(16) From Kaye Cala: To the presidents, Patpy I have seen you work and you always find a way. I always see you look at every corner possible. Jon Dy, you are the epitome of planning. You always have a plan, and if that plan goes wrong you always have a backup planning. I’ve noticed that there is a growing student apathy, and my question would be how will you address this rampant apathy in our school?
Patpy: I will find a way like you said. Quality over quantity. The organisations I’ve handled span 150-1000 people. What I want dot do during that time is to match the personalities of people to the events. Tedious but effective siya. At the end of the day, there’s only so much the student council can do. There’s only so much leaders can do. I will find a way to cater to the needs and holistic growth of the student body.
Jon: I think student apathy is a general concern in a student population. In my college we had 3,000 students, and we didn’t get all of them to participate but we got 1,000 to. How? We make opportunities available. Impossible na walang mapipique na interest. Student apathy stems from—well what part do we play? Ten people organise the activity. Compared to if 100 people organise the activity, attendance will rise. Again we make opportunities available. No permanence. Ad hoc. That’s the perfect plan. Backup plans will be to go to the students mismo. RTRs, if we really want the students to participate.
(17) From Glynise Cielo: For everyone, if you are going to define the position you are running for based on the constitution, how would you define it?
Jaye: Treasurer negotiates w/ committees that deal with budget, auditor safe keeps money, does auditing work, clerical work and that’s how I’d define my job.
Martin: Job is to announce, take minutes, keep records, but it doesn’t actually give proper importance to what you do. I’d like to reword the def’n into an operational def’n. I’d like to define it as a COO and the safe keeper of the constitution
Princess: Aside from being a rep of SLCM in APMC. I would like to add I’d like to rep SLCM internationally. We’ll be inviting speakers who come to the school and we represent the students. The roles of an EVP are to 1) Help the president 2) Head externals committee, be the 3) Mediator between different organisations
Patpy: The constitution has the basics, but basics lang. For the president, I’d like the president to be the main bridge of the student body to the administration. Sounds light, but when you think of it how will you adhere to that? So I think as simple as that. Na ikaw yung main nilang kausap I think that would give more purpose to your job and more ideas on how to improve
Jon: Three main things: 1. CEO, 2. Responsible for cohesiveness of members of SC 3. Responsible of representing students with the admin, with the goal in mind that it’s always the student before everything else
(18) From CJ Almazan: To Princess, what points from the last year’s externals committee would you like to improve on specifically and will you tulip team externals originally externals was 2 peoples, representatives from each year. In my term, I pleaded for a committee. The image of externals is haggard. I’d like to thank team X for sticking with us. Kung itutuloy mo siya, how will you encourage people to take part knowing the image of the job being toxic. Side question, what project would you take in the APMC?
Princess: Points of improvement: focus is sponsorships kasi kulang ng funds for projects. School gives a lot to MGMR, [but] sana this year wala nang magdadala ng kotse. Sana sagot na ng team x. Sana sagot na yung lunch. Last year, kaunti lang support sa team yung team x. Tatanong ko lang sa classmates ko, iniwan ko ba kayo sa christmas party? In the APMC, MSS—it’s time to redeem ourselves.
(19) From James Ayuson: To the Internals VP on punctuality. You mentioned you’d release who are late. How will that help increase punctuality?
Lorenz: First of all, if we’re going to release stats regarding late students, iniinform ko na bakit ganoon kadaming students late. Of course not everyone will be on time talaga. I plan to make a rewards system sa kung sinong batch/department will improve on attendance.
Follow up: Is it to increase awareness? or decrease lateness?
Lorenz: Both actually. Increase awareness and decrease lateness so we know if we achieved it kung may nakita tayong significant change.
(20) Follow-up question from Kaye Cala: Are you in favour of locking the doors?
Lorenz: We should not prohibit the students from learning dahil late sila. Maybe we can improve the way we handle attendance. I disagree na kailangan i-lock ang doors to serve as a lesson ‘di dapat masala ang right nila to learn just cause late sila.
(21) From Arah Sacdalan: The dean is very passionate about inculcating professionalism, and he’s been very vocal na the first step is punctuality. I also wanna ask paano siya eevaluate, but I’ll just broaden my question—how would you promote professionalism in your projects (or as part of the Student Council)?
Lorenz: By evaluating the Intro to Med profession ’cause I think that subject has great potential. Pero, for me personally, may parts na redundant and may mga ‘di effective. Maybe we can evaluate it per year level so that it will be more effective in encouraging the students to have a culture of professionalism among students.
Patpy: As SC helping out each batch for example in batch decisions. I think the way we make decisions minsan and daming suggestions na ‘di macacater lahat. Maybe the SC can help segregate suggestions into what’s best, or better.
Jon: As someone with a position, people are always going to look at you. Is this guy always on time? In meetings? Are your activities going to start on time? So it starts with everything done in the student council. If you embody the culture of punctuality, the people will see that they’re really serious. So we have to embody consistency.
Patpy: Also, proper uniform kasi ‘di ako nakanameplate ngayon and nakacoloured socks ako. Bakit, kasi when we get to the hospital you’re not just representing SLCM but you are representing SLMC. So kung ngayon pa lang ‘di mo mastart, I think the SC can help out in instilling wearing the uniform properly.
Martin: One way is to practice openness and involvement. As I proposed in assemblies, we can be open with our leaders, and that can help us become professional.
(22) From Anselme Ang: Every time malapit na exam week may magsisign ng attendance tapas pagtinawag ka sa class, nawawala. Punctual nga pero nawawala sa class. How can you address that?
Lorenz: In terms of your concern, satin talaga yung honesty. Ito young naisip ko regarding that specific issue. First attendance would be the first thirty minutes, then the attendance of the last subject will be given during the last thirty minutes
Jon: If in terms of pure observation, I think that would lean more on exam week. So exam week ang concern. Personally, if the exam is on Wednesday then you have class until Tuesday. We have to understand that students have their own way of prioritising studying for exams. This is just my opinion. Sana less yung classes and make up classes near exam week.
(23) From Margarita Rosario: This question is for the presidents. Will the winning candidate adapt the opponents platform? If yes, how would you handle this given the low number of task members?
Patpy: I will adapt some of JD’s proposed plans if I win kasi some of it are already in the works. I think what JD wants to address is implementation. Given more jobs, yung mga plans na iniisip ko are already in some people’s plans, so to address the fact na mas maraming tao yung kailangan. I’ll go back to what I was saying earlier—you have to personalise your projects based on the personalities of the people.
Jon: One plan I really want to adapt is the mental health awareness and I think RE jobs, what we need is compartmentalisation. What we know now is just the tip of the iceberg. So of course, if it’s more jobs, be realistic first. What are you capable of achieving? How many students do we know who have mental health problems in medical school? You have to do what’s feasible within the year and evaluate how you can do better next year.
(24) From Lyka Atienza: To princess, you plan on Open House for high school students—so 1 for HS and 1 for college? It’s difficult to organise an Open House. Next, St. Luke’s is now considered as one of the top schools. Do you think na kailangan pa mag-Open house since we are established na? This is a question that is always asked by the Dean.
Princess: I am foreseeing that sana [during] med week natin is class free so that we can focus on mga talks. Sa HS, it’s more of they go to a talk about what they look forward to in med schools. Magsisign up pa rin mga students. So mga students ngayon pweding magsistrive na sila for the scholarship. So it’s different from open house if it’s possible. I taught in high school, and may mga students who are looking for scholarships. Feeling ko kailangan ng open house. Panghatak rin yun ng competent students who are considering other schools. We can show them what we can offer them. If we can get more competent students, we can get more students who can top the boards, etc.
Martin: I think open house is also needed for the students to know what’s really in St. Luke’s that makes them the top performing schools. People always ask me why SLCM? We really have to reach out to schools. We can reach out as well to colleges, and that’s what I’m doing in UST Pharma. Di nila kilala from the start, but when people like us reach out to them, it will be a plus for SLCM and for their future.
(25) Question for the presidents: Baka may changes from hair to makeup to coloured socks, and facial hair. Possible mas maging strict. The question is what is your view? There is always the question of our being professionals versus self expression
Patpy: Having been in a strict catholic private school, may imposition ng strict dress code. I think it builds character in people. What I’m saying is yes to the restriction, with reservations. But I’ll give you an example, in ASMPH, they can wear whatever shoes.
Jon: Yes, you can place some, but not all. Coming from a public university, although it might seem inappropriate to some it didn’t make me look at a person any less. We still went on with our agenda. But at least give people options. People will always find a loophole. So yun, you allow certain freedoms but with some restrictions.
Follow-up question: Would you allow blue hair colour?
(26) From Henson Turalde: Regarding the tuition free increase, I noticed people have different opinions of it. Patpy is okay with it as long as students get what they deserve. Jon opposed it. For Patpy, is there a threshold until you oppose? How much are you willing to do to oppose tuition fee increase if we need to oppose it?
Patpy: 5% yung cap ng CHED, and if it gets any more than that, there will be a collective effort for legalities to be involved. So we can take legal action to prevent that from happening. Why am I okay with it, right now we’re working towards accreditation and to be able to support those changes, we have to support that. And we also are supporting scholars. I’m afraid if we don’t maintain the right amount to run the school baka mabawasan yung scholars.
Jon: Talagang oppose because it becomes a hindrance to an ongoing problem. generally one of the top three reasons would be not just the length or the difficulty but the expense involved to go through… it looks like a formality, but there are students who are really concerned even scholars because they’re not safe from a tuition fee increase. We have to present that there are really students struggling. They have a voice as well. There are really some students who are less fortunate. Any form of tuition fee increase, almost an 11k increase each year. If we just allow it, it’ll go up each year. What about the less fortunate who want to go to medical school? Upper middle class, we’re not the majority here. Legitimate concern talaga siya. Justified or not. At least we make up for that with the scholarship program. At least equal opportunity talaga lahat maging scholar. It doesn’t mean walang sinasabi, okay lang sa kanila.
Lorenz: We’re a private institution, so the school has a right to propose an increase. Realistically, the student council can give specific recommendation to let the admin know that some students really impose the increase.
(27) From Eunice Agapito: Following up on punctuality and professionalism, what do you think about people who don’t attend class but ask classmates to sign for them?
Patpy: I don’t like it personally, but the one at the losing end is the one not attending. I’m proposing to fix it, instead of signatures maybe we could have biometrics para di kokopyahin yung thumbprint. Maybe, I guess, progressive naman ang school. They’d probably be open to that.
Jon: With regard to it, personally I don’t like it, but I did see one way it could be addressed. I saw a prof who did it. He doesn’t let people sign it. He roll calls students in class. It takes time, but it’s worth it. Eventually it addresses the problem that he has to be here. And if possible kahit at the end of the class. Through and through losing end naman talaga yung mga wala.
(28) From R-jay Agbon: For Jaye, why did you file for auditor and not treasurer when no one was running, and who would you suggest for treasurer?
Jaye: Basis ko for choosing auditor is based on the responsibilities na sa constitution. I think mas fit ako sa auditor because I can work fast and efficiently kung ganoon yung job. Negotiationg—weakness ko yun cause I will look for options to get what I want pero baka wala na akong time. ‘Di na feasible. Baka sila Zea, Bea people who have experience.
(29) Kuya Brylle: What character trait that you have can you vouch for? Primary objective is always a medical student. So how can you assure us that your interest to serve will not wane?
Jaye: I really value respect, and I think I try very hard to show respect and to gain their respect back. Syempre respect for people’s time, money and the value we give the students. I know I am prepared to do this task because I have the experience to do this . I am trained to do this. I respect your vote, so once I know you elected me I won’t lose your respect.
Martin: Dedication. I’m not the best worker, and I don’t do things good kaagad, but I always make it a point na I’m always improving. I will dedicate myself to improve myself para I can give the best output when the time comes. I can assure you that whatever happens that I already accepted my fate when I filed my candicacy. Hindi ko bibitawan and aking position, pero syempre I need to keep my scholarship to stay, and that will serve as my challenge. I will put in extra effort. I can’t think of any other way to serve you.
Princess: Di ako scholar, but I promise I will always be open to more learnings. I am always open to learn the job na ibibigay sa akin. Even if I have a lot to learn, what I can offer is perseverance. I will not stop when I am tired, I stop when I get the job is done. Sabi nila humans are like pencils, habang nahihirapan mas nagiging better pencil tayo. So I can offer perseverance and hard work. Ginusto ko to, tatapusin ko to.
Lorenz: I value consistency. Iniisip ko when I was writing my platforms is are these feasible? Gusto ko lahat ng sinabi ko, gusto ko maibibigay ko lahat when I get into position. First of all gusto ko lang i-point out na we are students first. We have the responsibility to be students first kasi the goal is to be a doctor. I think I’ve showed as Internals PRO that I can handle the responsibility with my academics. We have already promised that we chose this, at di namin maiiwan.
Patpy: I think for me, it’s the value of having a vision. Not just for myself, but for the entire Lukan community. Why do I value vision? Having a vision means you’re looking beyond your term. You’re looking beyond what you can give during the term. Nauuna naman talaga yung student sa student leaders. Over the years what I’ve learned is your academics should be constant. You adapt your work. You learn to prioritise and you learn to delineate.
Jon: Open-mindedness not because you’re at the top that means you shouldn’t listen to what other people should say. If I didn’t keep an open mind, I would’ve been stuck at 1+1=2 instead of listening to other opinions of how to get there. As it pertains to academics. Of course, student leaders emphasis yun. I personally should maintain extra effort because academics equals leader. What you can expect from me in academics you can expect from me as a leader.
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Some notes on the vacant positions:
- SC will assign OIC for the following unfilled positions
- Treasurer—finance head appointed once SC has been elected into position
- EPRO—duties will be shared among externals representatives elected by batches
- Internals PRO—duties will be shared among internals representatives elected by batches
- Snap elections on the first week of classes