Maskom elects FST council, vice chair and treasurer slots left vacant

A new batch of College of Mass Communication (CMC) Freshie, Shiftee and Transferee (FST) council officers was elected for the academic year 2021-2022.  

Yesterday, Oct. 11, the UP CMC FST council announced the results of a three-day virtual election starting Oct. 8, including a breakdown of votes for each position. 

Daphnee Gail Ferrer won as Chairperson with 67% of the votes. She was previously with the CMC Student Council (SC) as Communication Research (CommRes) Representative but resigned on Aug. 31 after shifting to the college’s Film program. 

First-year journalism student Fatima Faith Baltazar was elected as the college’s representative to the University Freshie Council with 89% of the votes, while CommRes student Maria Diosa Yvonie Lunas won as Secretary with nearly 84% of the votes. 

View the breakdown of votes for the newly elected council members below.

According to the CMCSC, nearly 68% or 103 out of 152 FSTs participated in the online elections. 

Open slots

Currently, Vice Chairperson and Treasurer slots remain vacant as no students ran for these positions. The CMC SC reopened the application period for these positions yesterday and will close on Oct. 15. 

According to the FST Council’s constitution, its outgoing council members may assign an appointee recommended by the incoming council in case no applicants apply.

The elections come after a week-long campaign period for candidates to introduce their plans of action, advocacies and platforms online, which culminated in a Miting de Avance on Oct. 8.

In an interview with TNP, chairperson-elect Ferrer expressed her determination to help FSTs adjust to their new environment despite the “anti-poor remote learning setup.” She emphasized calls for a safe return to in-person classes to help FSTs overcome learning challenges.

“This academic year will not be easy considering that nothing has really changed and our political situation keeps getting worse,” she said. “Nonetheless, it is reassuring to know that we are not alone in our battles. We don’t want any student to be left behind.”