By Elizabeth Escaño, Dexter Cabalza and Melissa Luz Lopez
The official campaign period for the University Student Council (USC) elections started on February 15 as the three major political organizations in the University of the Philippines Diliman launched their respective campaigns in different styles.
The Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND-UP) began their campaign with room-to-room consultations with students in different colleges.
STAND-UP Deputy Secretary Montie Dominguez said the inputs of the students after the consultations will be incorporated in their general program of action (GPOA) and specific program of action (SPOA).
“We want first to unite the students in their concerns,” Dominguez said.
STAND-UP is scheduled to release its GPOA and SPOA next week, Dominguez added.
Meanwhile, Nagkakaisang Iskolara para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA) released their slate poster on the first day of the campaign period.
The slate poster describes the candidates’ course, organizations and achievements.
KAISA Chairperson Jico Santos said the slate poster “is a first in USC elections history.
KAISA candidates also went around colleges to promote their advocacy of “inclusive activism.” They gave away flyers containing their party statement, “Scholars in action. Driven by Passion.”
Alyansa ng mga Mag-Aaral sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (Alyansa) unveiled their leadership statement “Tayo ang USC”.
ALYANSA candidates spent February 15 going around rooms and posting campaign materials in colleges. They will also conduct dorm assemblies every night.
Kristine Borja, ALYANSA Chairperson, said the party covered enough bases on the first day of the campaign.
“We were able to cover much ground, but there’s always room for improvement,” Borja said.
“We have the USC as an institution for students as a means to achieve goals not only in the University but also on a national level,” Borja added.
The campaign period for USC elections will end with a miting de avance at the Palma Hall steps on February 29.