by Dexter Cabalza
Candidates vying for posts in the University Student Council (USC) failed to cite specific actions they had taken on the implementation of the five-year Electronic UP (eUP) Project in the annual elections forum UPFront at the Film Center Friday.
As President Alfredo Pascual’s flagship project for his “One University, One UP” vision, the eUP Project aims to connect and manage the information systems of all the constituent units of the university.
In partnership with the USC under former chair Heart Diño’s administration, a student consultation was held on Aug. 3, 2012 at the Institute of Small-Scale Industries. The UP Diliman kickoff was held on Aug. 6, 2012 at the Intel ICSI Auditorium of the National Institute of Physics. The College of Engineering and College of Science (CS) also presented a forum on eUP on Sept. 24, 2012 at the CS Auditorium.
Representatives of the three parties admitted they were not present during the consultations and fora held within the university.
“Sa mga ganitong panahon, buong tindig na lalapit ang STAND UP upang manghingi ng opinyon regarding sa eUP (During these times, STAND UP will earnestly reach out to solicit opinion regarding the eUP Project),” said Erra Mae Zabat, Student Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND UP) chairperson candidate.
Kristian Michael Martinez, who is running as councilor under Nagkakaisang Iskolar para sa Pamantasan at Sambayanan (KAISA), said stakeholders should first be consulted before any policy was implemented by any decision-making body.
Running as councilor under Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA), Walter Martin Tamayo called for an accountable and transparent Board of Regents.
One of the direct impacts of the eUP project once implemented is the replacement of UP Diliman’s Computerized Registration System (CRS) with the Student Academic Information System (SAIS). SAIS’ primary purpose is to manage student, faculty, and alumni information. SAIS was set to be released in March 2013 for the UP Open University.
However, the eUP Project said in its website that no campus will be forced to stop using its existing student registration system. If a constituent university decides to keep its current system, that system will be integrated with SAIS.
In addition, it said no UP employee “will lose his/her job involuntarily as a result of the eUP Project.” UP employees will undergo trainings to prepare them for the operational changes.
The USC candidates also debated on other UP issues including the proposed academic calendar shift, privatization of idle UP lands and the renaming of the College of Business Administration to Virata School of Business, among others.
UPFront is an annual debate for USC candidates organized by the UP Economics Society. – With reports from Alliah Czarielle Relayson Guerra