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Mga Pilipino mulat na sa isyu ng pederalismo —ex-CJ Puno

“Segun sa pangangailangan ng bansa, sa pagkakaiba ng mga lengguwahe, kultura at relihiyon sa iba’t ibang rehiyon, angkop sa Pilipinas ang pederalismo bilang porma ng pamamahala.”

Ito ang pahayag ni dating Chief Justice Reynato Puno nang siya ay magsalita sa forum ukol sa “Shift to Federalism: Its Impact on Philippine Politics, Business, and Economy” na inorganisa ng Philippine Christian University Alumni Association Inc. (PCUAAI).

Mabuti na lamang ay “unti-unting nagbubukas ang mga mata natin sa mga ‘advantage’ ng pederalismo,” ani Puno sa wikang Filipino.

Si Puno, na siyang itinalaga ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte bilang tagapangulo ng binuo nitong Consultative Commission on Charter Change, ang pangunahing tagapagsalita sa nasabing forum na ginanap sa loob ng Auditorium ng PCU sa Taft Avenue, Malate, Maynila.

Aniya, hindi na bago ang ideya ng pederalismo sa Pilipinas dahil isinulong na ito ng pambansang bayani na si Gat Jose Rizal bago pa siya ginawang martir ng mga mananakop na Kastila, na napalayas ng mga Amerikano bago pa man naglipat ng ika-20 siglo.

Noon pa man ay nakita na umano ni Rizal na nababagay sa bansa ang pederalismo bilang porma ng pamamahala dahil ito’y isang arkipelago o binubuo ng maraming isla ang Pilipinas kaya’t iba’t iba ang mga lengguwahe at kultura ng mga tao dito. 

Idiniin ni Puno na bagama’t pederalismo ang porma ng gobyerno ng Estados Unidos, hindi ito ang ipinatupad ng huli sa Pilipinas kundi isang estado lamang o “unitary form of government.”

“Bakit? Dahil kung ‘unitary’ ang Pilipinas ay mas madali tayong makokontrol ng Estados Unidos,” paliwanang ng dating Punong Mahistrado.

Aniya, ilang pagkakataon na ang pinalampas ng bansa upang mag-pederalismo. Ito umano ay nangyari nang isulat Konstitusyon noong 1937, nang baguhin ito noong 1973 sa ilalim ng diktadurya ni dating Pangulong Ferdinand Marcos at ang huli ay noong 1987 sa ilalim ng President Corazon Aquino matapos ang EDSA Revolution.

Tahasang idineklara ni Puno na “hindi karapat-dapat” ang kasalukuyang anyo ng pamahalaan.

Sinabi niya na noong huling eleksyon ng pagka-Pangulo, si Duterte lamang ang nagdeklarang pabor siya sa pagbabago ng porma ng pamamahala patungong pederalismo. Dahil “landslide” ang pagkakahalal kay Duterte, posible umanong karamihan na sa Pilipino ang pumapayag sa panukala ng Pangulo na pederalismo.

Ngayon umano ay nasa kamay na ng Kongreso ang “draft” ng panukalang pederalismong isinulat ng consultative body.

Ayon umano sa kanilang isinulat, magiging maayos ang pulitika at ekonomiya ng Pilipinas kung ito’y sakaling papasa sa Kongreso.

Ibinunyag niyang ang isa sa nais nito’y ang mabuwag ang “political dynasty,” na aniya’y “number one problem ng Pilipinas.”

Hindi umano magkakaroon ng maayos at pantay-pantay na distribusyon ng kapangyarihan sa 16 na rehiyon kung hindi masosolusyunan ang problema sa “political dynasty.”

“Kailangan ay may equal access to public offices,” aniya.

Kapag maayos na ang “sharing of power,” aniya, “sisigla ang ekonomiya sa mga rehiyon.”

Minungkahi rin ng komisyon ni Puno na mabuwag ang mga monopolyo at oligopolyo “upang mabago ang kasalukuyang sistema kung saan kakaunti ang mayayaman at napakarami–at patuloy na dumarami–ang mahihirap.”

“Nasaan na ba ang demokrasya ngayon?” tanong niya.

Maliwanag aniya na ang may malaking malaki sa kasalukuyang sistema kaya’t makabubuti sa Pilipinas ang lumipat na sa pederalismo bilang istilo ng pamamahala. —LBG, GMA News

Photo by Fort Nicolas

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A GREAT LEAP FORWARD

Representatives from GreatnessLab Asia by Cypher Learning and the Philippine Christian University (PCU) sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) during a formal ceremony held at the Pan Pacific Manila Hotel in Malate, Manila. Shown in the picture are (from right): Edwin J. Loma of GreatnessLab Asia; his colleague Mrs. Pilarcita Sta. Ana; Dr. Junifen F. Gauuan, President of PCU; Dr. Kathleen Rose L. Guimbatan, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Dir. Mario G. Miranda II of the Information Technology Department (ITD).

A significant part of the program that was held on February 7, 2019, was the reading of the Statement from the Principal by Ms. Arlynne Awayan, GreatnessLab Asia’s Director of Customer Success and Engagement, Cypher Learning. Not shown in the picture but among the signatories was Mr. Abelardo Sta. Ana.

The historic event was witnessed by the staff members of both Greatness Lab Asia and PCU, including the members of the ITD team. “This MOA will provide PCU with an E-Learning portal that any IT expert knows would leapfrog the University to the promising digital future,” according to Dir. Miranda. (Photo by Nep Cortez)

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PCU-UTS Dasma’s New Access Road to Benefit Motorists, Businesses

The construction of a new access road is underway. Very soon, Cavite’s Aguinaldo Highway will be linked to the Governor’s Drive, thanks to the P139-million road project that cuts across the more than 90-hectare property of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) and the Union Theological Seminary (UTS). The project includes the construction of bridges.

Definitely, its completion will be a joyous moment for commuters and motorists who have been complaining about the worsening traffic jams in the area. The new access road, the construction of which started in February 2018 and is expected to be finished in 2020, will cut short their travel time considerably.



Engr. Robert Regala a member of PCU Board of Trustees, and Prof. Jordan Ramos, PCU
Dasmariñas Administrative Officer, inspect the dirt road that will soon become the new access road linking Aguinaldo Hi-way to Governor’s Drive .

The access road is just one of the several infrastructure projects the PCU is undergoing in consonance with the vision of the University president, Dr. Junifen Gauuan, of a progressive and academically excellent learning institution. The access road will not only benefit travelers but also the larger communities in the area since it will boost further the Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry, a prospect that will transform the area into a bustling commercial and business hub.


Photos by JF Perona

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PCU, foreign partners agree to explore TESOL potentials

The Language Training Institute (LTi), reputed to be one of the leading companies in the emerging industry of TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Christian University (PCU) and the Advantage Asia recently.

University President Junifen Gauuan, Ph.D., and Mr. David Robertson, representative of both the LTi and AA, signed the MOU that paved the way for the three institutions to make further studies and pursue potential paths they can tread together in search of an innovative system of English instruction they can offer to Filipino students.

“We agreed to explore further,” the PCU President said. “However, each project is subject to our mutual agreement at this point.” He, however, expressed optimism that the partners can come up with an excellent plan at the end of the day. LTi trains its students to be IELTS and TOEFL trainers to “greatly improve their chances of finding professional niche work.”

The Australia-based training institution has developed certificate and diploma courses in TESOL in consultation with other industry players to ensure that it meets, and even exceeds, industry standards. The AA, meanwhile assists TESOL students of LTi with all arrangements associated with the completion of Practice Teaching at PCU.

LTi, an Australia-based non-profit organization endorsed by its own government, has been delivering training in 20 countries, including China, Malaysia, South Korea, Iran and Singapore. President Gauuan said if the vision will push through, TESOL can mean more high-paying jobs for young Filipinos who will finish one of the courses.

“For example, we are looking at the vast China market,” he said. “Those who want to learn and speak the English language in that country would have a high demand of competent teachers who graduated from TESOL courses.”

President Gauuan, however, said they are carefully studying the financial aspect of the project.

“We have to look closely at the cost of TESOL courses,” he said. “If we can ascertain that the students will have a more than fair chance to land lucrative teaching jobs, then this project is worth pursuing.”

 

PCU President Junifen Gauuan, Ph.D. (Right), and Mr. David Robertson of the Language Training Institute (LTi) and the Advantage Asia (AA) shake hands to signify their agreement to explore together the potentials of TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages as an industry that will benefit a number of young Filipinos who will pursue a career in English education. Dr. Gauuan and Mr. Robertson are seen here flashing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) they just signed moments ago.

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Senior High School duo wins University Duet contest

“I look around me and see a sweet life,” the singing tandem of Maria Raquel de Leon and Micah Mendoza intoned, in the process grabbing the first place of the University Duet competition held at the Auditorium of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) Manila campus yesterday, October 2, 2018, the second day of the week-long celebration of the University’s 72nd founding anniversary.

WINNING PERFORMANCE. Maria Raquel de Leon and Micah Mendoza belt out their winning piece, “Flashlight,” in front the appreciative PCU community that trekked to the Auditorium. The tandem won the coveted championship of the University Duet competition to celebrate the Philippine Christian University’s 72nd Founding Anniversary. (Photo by Neptalie Cortez)

 

Senior High School’s De Leon and Mendoza relied on their individual talents to give justice to the Jessie J. hit “Flashlight” to the delight of the overflowing audience, many of them students from the University’s Senior High School.

HEART-FELT. The emotion-filled performance of Jennifer Bornasal and Sheila Padagdagan earned them the second place of the University Duet contest. (Photo by Neptalie Cortez)

The panel of judges composed of University Guidance Counsellor Mrs. Maria Cecile Delfin, University treasurer Raul Cacho and University Music Director Glenn Cantada deemed the duo showed extra-ordinary voice quality, perfect blending and compelling stage presence to rule on their favor.

In the process, the duo got to split the P3,000 grand prize.

Meanwhile, the pair of Jennifer Bornasal and Sheila Padagdagan snatched the second place with their rendition of Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me.” Ms. Jonah Domingo and Ms Angeline Ramirez gained the judges’ nod with their interpretation of Josh Groban’s “You Raised Me Up.”

UPLIFTING PERFORMANCE. The panel of judges was moved by the rendition of Jonah Domingo and Angeline Ramirez and awarded the two with the third place of the University Duet competition. (Photo by Neptali Cortez)

The two pairs received the amounts of P2,000 and P1,000, respectively, as prizes.

The special number of Mr. Jesdale Padua, who sang the popular Gary Valenciano version of “I Will Be Here,” was a hit especially among swooning girls, who screamed at the top of their lungs as they asked for more.

KEEPING IT TOGETHER. Program hosts Angel Alfonso, College of Education Dean Maritess Mercado and Dr. Marlisa Villavisa (not in photo) entertains the audience with their wit and humor as they helped the program of the University Duet contest flow smoothly.

 

Program hosts Angel Alfonso and Dr. Marlisa Villavisa’s infectious enthusiasm kept the crowd in the PCU Auditorium interested during the whole proceeding. FN

 

 

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NAASCU opening rites ‘a success’

President Junifen F. Gauuan of Philippine Christian University (PCU) and other heads of member-schools of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) took time out from their respective busy schedules last Tuesday, September 11, 2018, to take part in the league’s opening ceremonies held in Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. Dr. Putli Martha Beata F. Ijiran, director of PCU’s Institute of Sports, Physical Education, Arts and Culture (ISPEAC), said the NAASCU opening was “a success” and that every member-academic institution was well-represented.

Director Ijiran said PCU is participating in the following events: Basketball, volleyball, table tennis, chess, taekwondo. “We’re thinking of taking part in the event called handball in the future,” she added. She also expressed confidence about the chances of the PCU athletes in bagging the crowns in the said events, although she disclosed that the PCU Dolphins basketball team’s lineup were depleted due to the exodus of veteran players to a recently launched league. “Some of our good players already graduated or have been recruited by the MPBL,” disclosed Director Ijiran, who is also the president NAASCU this year.

SUCCESSFUL OPENING RITES. Dr. Putli Martha Beata F. Ijiran, Philippine Christian University’s director of Institute of Sports, Physical Education, Arts and Culture (ISPEAC) and this year’s president of National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU), addresses the players from 16 member-schools during the opening ceremonies of the annual sports festival. Dr. Ijiran urged the athletes to play hard but fair for their respective schools.

 

The MPBL is the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, a regional and semi-professional basketball tournament that was launched last year. Director Ijiran said it is understandable that the newcomers would feel the jitters, adding that this may be the reason why the Dolphins lost its first game to New Era College, 70-64. “This is expected. However, it is now the opportunity for new players to shine,” she said optimistically.

MARCH TO VICTORY. Players from the Philippine Christian University (PCU) led by PCU Dolphins’ Mac Louie F. and the school delegation’s muse, Ms Allyssa P. De Lara parade before the crowd of thousands during the successful opening ceremonies of this year’s season of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) held in Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

The beaming President Gauuan led a large contingent composed of PCU staff and students, especially those from Grades 11 and 12, to watch the event. He also participated in giving awards and recognition to invited speakers, including Secretary Bong Go, the Special Assistant to the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, and Director General of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. Secretary Go talked about the importance of sports in the development of the youth and the nation, while Director-General Dela Rosa emphasized the need for the young Filipinos to stay away from the use of illegal drugs in order to reach their highest potentials. Director Ijiran encouraged all the members of the PCU community “to show their support to our athletes, especially during the elimination round when the entrance to the games is free.”

 

PCU DELEGATION. Philippine Christian University (PCU) President Junifen Gauuan (right) beams with confidence as he leads a PCU contingent comprised of hundreds of students and staff to give support to their athletes during the opening rites of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) league last September 11 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. Dr. Gauuan was with Dr. Narciso Immanuel C. Managuelod, PCU’s dean of the College of Business Administration. 

 

YOUTH, SPORTS AND THE NATION’S DEVELOPMENT. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go explains before the athletes during the recent opening of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City the importance of sports in the development of the youth and the nation. Secretary Go was the main speaker of the event.

NAASCU is a sports association of academic institutions mostly located in Metro Manila was established in 2001 with only 10 participant-schools. It now has 16 active members. In 2014, PCU joined league, which runs for two months. Aside from PCU, the other metropolis-based member-schools at present are: AMA University, Arandia College, City University of Pasay, National Teachers College, De La Salle Araneta University, De Ocampo Memorial College, Enderun Colleges, Manuel L. Quezon University, New Era University, Philippine Merchant Marine School, Rizal Technological University, Saint Clare College of Caloocan, and Saint Francis of Assissi College. One member, the Holy Angel University, is based in Angeles City, Pampanga while another, the Our Lady of Fatima University, is located in Antipolo City in the province of Rizal. FN

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