Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pangmayaman na lang ba ang UP? (A Public Forum)

"Pangmayaman Na Lang Ba Ang UP?" is the third forum of the 2012 TWSC Public Forum Series, "Ang Tama ba sa UP, Tama rin sa Bayan?"

Please click here for the playlist of the forum's video recordings.

14 November 2012 (Wednesday), 9:00 AM - 12:00 NN

Pulungang Claro M. Recto (Faculty Center Conference Hall), Rizal Hall, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

8:30 – 9:00

9:00 - 9:05
Maria Corazon J. Tan
Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs
University of the Philippines-Diliman

9:05 - 9:15

9:15 - 9:35
Gerald Pio M. Franco
Office of Admissions
University of the Philippines

9:35 - 9:55
Richard Philip A. Gonzalo
Former Officer in Charge
Office of Scholarships and Student Services
University of the Philippines-Diliman

9:55 – 10:15
John Erwin S. BaƱez
Assistant Professor
Department of Community Development
College of Social Work and Community Development
University of the Philippines-Diliman

10:15 – 10:35
Cleve Kevin Robert V. Arguelles
Student Regent
University of the Philippines

10:35 - 11:50

11:50 - 12:00

Jean Encinas-Franco, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

“Edukasyon! Edukasyon! Karapatan ng Mamamayan!” If only the zeal in shouting such tired slogans are made into money, then all the poor but deserving students would indeed end up in UP. But it seems the reality in UP these days is this: only those who can pay their way are allowed to bring home a college degree. The so-called poor and deserving students fend for themselves—if only to prove that indeed they will survive out of sheer intelligence. Even the UP Collegian, in its 20 June 2012 issue, quoted UP President Alfredo Pascual as saying, “mayayaman na lang talaga ang nag-aaral sa UP.” Section 9 of the UP Charter of 2008 says UP “shall take affirmative steps which may take the form of an alternative and equitable admissions process to enhance the access of disadvantaged students, such as indigenous peoples, poor and deserving students including but not limited to valedictorians and salutatorians of public high schools, and students from depressed areas, to its programs and services.” However by some prestidigitation, the present dispensation’s UP Strategic Plan for 2011-2017 now claims “to recruit the best and the brightest students from all over the country regardless of economic status.” What's more, it aims to review and rationalize UPCAT “to make it more aptitude-based rather than achievement-based.” This ambivalence results in the further marginalization of the disadvantaged students who were granted privileged status in the UP Charter of 2008. In teasing out the above contrarieties, how can we define the goal of “democratic access” in the National University? How far is UP in addressing in full said objective? This forum will be a survey of how committed UP is to this singular mandate.

Monday, October 01, 2012

New TWSC Deputy Director

We are pleased to announce that effective today, 01 October 2012, Perlita M. Frago-Marasigan, PhD, an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman is TWSC's new deputy director.