by Krysten Mariann Boado
University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman nominee Raoul Danniel Manuel was declared UP’s 34th Student Regent (SR) after all UP units arrived at a consensus at the 42nd General Assembly of Student Councils (GASC).
Manuel was selected by all eight UP units based on his experience as National Chairperson of Katipunan ng mga Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP (KASAMA sa UP) National Executive Council along with his extensive contribution to the student movement across all UP contingents.
“Our vision is an Office of the Student Regent (OSR) that is not confined in meeting rooms, but an Office that fights with the student body so as to promote and protect the welfare of the marginalized sectors in the university and the country,” Manuel said as he presented his general plans of action to the GASC.
The new SR’s platform centers on four main points—proper information and communication among the studentry, student collaboration, a review of railroaded university policies and the forwarding of students’ interest to the new UP president.
Upon election, Manuel also mentioned his plan to maximize local council alliances as well as the training of OSR volunteer corps to better serve UP students.
He added that the OSR would also continue to be active in campaigning against the “neoliberal offensives” affecting UP through exposing and opposing structures and plans that will worsen the neoliberal agenda.
“Someone must be the voice, the voice of all who are oppressed in the university,” Manuel said. “There are more things that unite the student body, and it is the OSR’s job to unite them.”
Fifty student councils from different UP contingents took part in the SR selection held July 17 at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UP Los Baños.
The Student Regent is the only student member of the Board of Regents, the highest policy-making body of the UP System. #