It has been ten years since UP Cebu Batch 2005, Tribu Dos Singko, graduated from college. In the recent two years, much has changed in the campus.
1. Arts and Sciences Building and Parking Lot
For a long time, we had to endure the mud, dust, rain, and/or heat to go to classes in the Arts and Sciences Building. It was sometime in 2004 when the Student Council was able to convince the Cebu Provincial Government to prioritize the paving of the walk going to/from the AS Building. The province decided to construct the parking lot including a catwalk for the students. Continue reading UP Cebu: 10-year before and after→
The UP Cebu Main Library is now back in operation in time for the start of the 1st Semester of this school year. Two years after it was closed and relocated into smaller libraries, it is again home in its familiar building. The building had to be retrofitted and reinforced after the 2013 earthquake (epicenter in Bohol) exposed concerns regarding the structure.
Those who are used to its olden look since its establishment two decades back are in for a surprise. Modern, spacious, and furnished with workstations, the new library would be a go to place to study, and, of course, tambay and sleep.
As for the book collection, I hope significant additions are on the way.
The news about the dismissal by the Cebu City Prosecutors’ Office of the libel case against me brought tremendous relief and inspiration to me. Truly, the vigilant watch of colleagues and students hand in hand with our highly committed and principled defense lawyers proved more powerful than the baseless libel complaint of UP Cebu Dean Dr. Enrique Avila.
While confident that the libel case will never progress, it had caused me undue stress, troubled sleep and financial distress. I thank the students from the Nagkahiusang Kusog sa Estudyante and League of Filipino Students who never faltered in their support to the UP Cebu 10 and the 5 job order workers. We clinched another victory and it is time to clinch more victories in the Avila Ouster Movement.
The moment has come to break the inertia brought about by the summer break; it is time to end the reluctance caused by the fear that came with the several charges leveled by the Avila camp. Let us invigorate the movement we ignited last March and bring UP Cebu to an autonomy guided by democratic governance, collegiality, genuine development and service.
A tall order lies ahead. We shall persist in defending the remaining nine professors and workers still facing a libel complaint and the job-order workers in their perjury case. Most importantly, we shall vigilantly keep watch of the upcoming marathon hearings on the administrative case against Avila, Sharif and Pineda and support the process toward their eventual dismissal.
Padayon sa militanteng pakigbisog hangtod sa kadaugan!
Oust Avila, Sharif and Pineda!
Bring back democracy in UP Cebu!
The upcoming search for the cluster heads in UP Cebu will be the acid test of the OIC leadership. UP Cebu, as per the structure approved by the BOR, will consist of four clusters namely: Sciences (NSMD and DCS), Social Sciences (SSD and PED), Humanities and Management.
Nominations will start this Monday.
We will see if there will be a credible search process and more importantly, a credible selection and appointment of cluster heads. Democratic consultation and respect to the voice of the majority must be the guiding rule. The UP Cebu community will no longer accept appointments made mainly on the basis of executive (i.e. dean’s) prerogative.
The All UP Academic Employees Union, All UP Workers Union, and the different student formations will be vigilantly watching the whole search process for the cluster heads.
The year 2010 was marked with the rise of the militancy of the youth and the rest of the education sector. I believe that the March 24 mobilizations in UP Diliman, PUP and then CHED presaged the year of numerous pro-education protests. The historic nationwide campus strikes last November 26 and the December 1 Senate March capped the year 2010.