By Franchesca Persia
Candidates for the College of Mass Communication (CMC) Freshies, Shiftees, Transferees (FST) Council presented platforms focusing on educational discussions, information dissemination, media literacy, and efficient grievance systems during the FST Council Miting De Avance, Thursday.
While their platforms would cater to the FST student body, the candidates also sought to widen the reach of the council by zooming in on the concerns of the university, as well as national issues.
“Ang educational forums ang magmumulat sa’tin sa kawalan ng hustisya,” said chairperson candidate and Journalism freshman Carlos Dimailig. “Naniniwala ako na maraming injustices na hindi naiiresolba ng ating administrasyon katulad ng Taysan 3,” he added.
The Taysan 3 refers to three political prisoners seized by the military in Taysan, Batangas on June 3, 2010. Among them is CMC film major Maricon Montajes.
Other than the Taysan 3’s imprisonment, issues such as discrimination towards the LGBTQ community were also raised during the Miting De Avance.
Chairperson candidate and Broadcast Communication transferee Kathreen Aliwate acknowledged the presence of discrimination towards the LGBTQ community and pointed out that they should not be treated as a minority group.
“Naniniwala ako na kapag tayo’y nagsama-sama, mas lalakas ang ating boses, mas marami tayong magagawa,” said Aliwate, whose objective is to unite the FSTs.
Besides this, she also envisions that the FST community foster a nationalistic and socio-civic approach to issues–“Isang komunidad na may alam at may [pakialam].”
On the other hand, the respective candidates for Film and Journalism Representatives and CMC Representative to the University Freshie Council (UFC) believe effective grievance systems will contribute to a productive FST student body.
According to the candidates, the grievance systems will tackle Socialized Tuition System (STS) appeals, curriculum concerns, as well as personal problems. If the FST Council cannot resolve these grievances, they will be forwarded either to the CMCSC or the college administration.
Aside from presenting their plans of action, the candidates also answered questions ranging from the situation of Philippine media to the power of student movements.
CMC Representative to the UFC hopeful Rocky DG Morilla said the media lets readers and social media users label the output of the industry’s practitioners as biased information while sole Journalism Representative candidate Jerome Ignacio pointed out the mainstream media’s failure to tackle societal issues.
On student movement, College of Mass Communication Student Council (CMCSC) Chairperson Almira Abril asked the chairperson candidates about its importance, following up with a query on the direction they want the FST to go.
“Ang kahalagahan ng student movement ay iisang direksyon. Para sa FST, ito ay magkaroon ng dahilan para lumaban,” Dimailig answered.
Meanwhile, Aliwate responded that the student movement provides a voice to those who are unheard by society, adding that inciting discourse is necessary to inform the FSTs on issues both in and out of the university.
Only the positions of the chairperson and vice chairperson have more than one candidate, with two and three hopefuls, respectively. Running for the latter post are Film transferee Andie Geronimo, Broadcast Communication freshman Nacho Domingo, and Journalism transferee Frances Dianne Bael.
Gunning for department representatives posts are shiftees John Jimenez, Anna Pagdangan and Jerome Ignacio for Broadcast Communication, Communication Research and Journalism respectively, and transferee John Sherwin Colasito for Film.
Meanwhile, eyeing the treasurer position and CMC representative to the UFC post are Journalism freshman Moira Natividad, and Film freshman Rocky DG Morilla, respectively.
A special election will be held for the position of secretary as it had no candidate.
The FST Council is part of the month-long welcoming celebration of the UP College of Mass Communication for its FSTs. Spearheaded by the CMCSC, FSTs were encouraged to run for posts in the local council.
Voting for the CMC FST Council will be held online from Aug. 19 to 22 while the results will be announced on the culmination night of the FST Month, Aug. 26. #