Text by Maverick Russel Flores and Pathricia Ann Roxas
Photos by MC Sacay
(Editor’s note: This story is included in the first print issue of TNP for Editorial Year 2014-2015)
MANILA -The College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMCSC) is left to pay the P28,000 debt from projects of the preceding council, as reflected in council’s April to June 2014 financial statement.
The current council is paying off the P14, 500 cash prizes entitled to the winners of Gawad Daluyong held in March, aside from other logistical expenses last school year amounting P13,360 to two undisclosed members of the previous council, CMCSC Treasurer Ria Bernadette Tagle said.
According to its Facebook page, Gawad Daluyong is a student-initiated award-giving body featuring advocacy-oriented media texts. Last year’s winners are “The Butterfly” by Butchito Campos and “Kabalintunaan” by Kaye Enriquez, Earl Orio and Mark Lester Oliver.
Winners were supposedly rewarded with a trophy, and P10,000 cash prize, but only the trophy was awarded in March due to financial difficulties.
“I told […] the winners that the council last year was experiencing problems, and [they] will be paid as [soon] as possible, but it will be difficult,” Tagle said in Filipino.
Tagle, who was last year’s Broadcast Communication representative, took over the council’s finances when Treasurer Keisha Alena Mayuga took a leave of absence during the second semester. Then Communication Research Representative Angelica Paredes shared the duties.
With the help of previous council members and austerity measures of the current council, Tagle said they will try to settle the debts especially the Gawad Daluyong prizes by October. She also said that cash inflow from income-generating projects (IGPs) and marketing are coming to their aid, but they are still prioritizing this year’s projects.
“If you compare it to other colleges, our student fund is much smaller… So we can’t really pay [the debt] all at once, especially now that we have our own projects…as much as possible, even if we’re paying for something, this year’s projects should not be sacrificed,” she said in Filipino.
Meanwhile, CMCSC Chairperson Beata Carolino said the borrowed funds paid for projects that benefited the students of the college, and that the current council is accountable for the debt and will pay for it.
Tagle echoed this sentiment, and said, “We still reflect the debt from last year on our financial statements, because we can’t just forget that and leave it to them [previous SC]…anyone who sits as treasurer, when you come in and those you work for are in debt, it’s already part of your job.”
Per semester, a P20 student fund is collected from each CMC student. Of the P20, P10 goes to CMCSC. The other half funds the college’s official student publication, Tinig ng Plaridel.
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