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ACTIVITIES FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2002-3003

 

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We oppose Constituent Assembly!

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Lessons in Nation-Building: The East Timor Experience

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REMONTADOS-ADNU Debate Team to host National Debate championship

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KATOTOHANAN-Youth Launched

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University Lecture: Federal vs. Unitary, Presidential vs. Parliamentary Government,

                Their Economic, Philosophical, and Political Implications

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ADNU hosts National Conference on the State-of-the-Art of the Social Sciences

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Botong Pinoy: A Computerized Vote Processing System

 

We oppose Constituent Assembly! - The UNIVERSITY STATEMENT AGAINST CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY was drafted mid-December 2002, adapted by the various sectors of the university, and ratified by the Council of Administrators in early January 2003. The signature campaign for such statement was a collaborative effort among the following organizations: CCD, College and HS Faculty Clubs, Ateneo Personnel Club, ANSGO, and SSG.

Lessons in Nation-Building: The East Timor Experience- In the continuing effort to understand various socio-political issues, IP organized a forum last 27 June 2003 featuring the former minister of social services in East Timor, Fr. Filomeno Jacob, S.J. In the said forum, Fr. Jacob shared significant insights on the experiences of East Timor in its struggle towards independence, as well as the difficulties confronting it today. The discussion was held in the Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Convention Hall. 

REMONTADOS (ADNU Debate Team) to host National Debate Championship - The Ateneo de Naga University will host this year's National Debate Championship scheduled on the last week of October. The said event will be a gathering of the top debating teams and debaters of the country. Heralded as an intellectual gathering and characterized by ferocious competition, the said event is not only expected to generate wide interest but also to stimulate critical thinking among the Filipino youth. At least 300 debaters from all over the country, representing their respective schools, are expected to visit Naga City during the competition.

KATOTOHANAN YOUTH LAUNCHED! - In the continuing struggle against drug abuse, the voice of the youth persists. The KATOTOTHANAN YOUTH GROUP was formally organized in the university. Consequently, a city-wide alliance was forged with other youth and student organizations. The initial activity was an orientation seminar conducted last Wednesday, 12 March, 1:00pm, at the Fernando Hall of the Ateneo de Naga University. The main speakers during the said orientation were Hon. John Bongat, Naga City Councilor and Convenor of the local Katotohanan Cluster, Mr. Renne  Gumba, IP Director and Head of the Katotothanan Secretariat, and Mr. Ramon Beleno, the Katotohanan Youth Moderator.  

UNIVERSITY LECTURE - The ADNU College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Social Sciences sponsored a lecture series on charter-change related issues such as the debate on parliamentary versus presidential, unitary versus federal forms of government. The said event was held last 4 March, 8:00 am, in the ADNU Fernando Hall.

Mr. Renne Gumba, IP Director, discussed the political implications of the unitary and federal forms of government. Mrs. Arrieth Miranda, Chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences and a Political Science professor herself, talked about the implications of the presidential and parliamentary forms of government. Ms. Bernadette Gavino, Head of the Economics Program, discussed the economic implications of these debates, while Mrs. Myrna Nocos, Chairperson of the Philosophy Department explored their philosophical implications.  

National Conference on the state-of-the-art of the Social Sciences-

The Ateneo de Naga University College of Arts and Sciences co-sponsored with the University of the Philippines (Diliman) College of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the Association of Social Science Educators, Researchers, Trainers, Inc. (ASSERT) the first-ever NATIONAL TRAINING SEMINAR ON THE STATE-OF-THE-ART OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES in the Bicol Region. The event was held last 3, 4, & 5 February 2003 at the Convention Center of the Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J. Building, Ateneo de Naga University.

The national gathering featured lectures delivered by renowned experts in the Social Sciences, particularly in the areas of Political Science, Sociology, Economics, History, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, and Linguistics. The participants who registered came from the various points of the country, with representations from the three major island groupings of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Among the topics covered during the first day are the following: History and Documentation by Dr. Francis Gealogo (Dept. of History, Ateneo de Manila University and Secretary- ASSERT), The Importance of Developing Local History Prof. Danny Gerona (Dept. of Philosophy, Ateneo de Naga University), Japanese Impact on Philippine History by Dr. Francis Gealogo (Dept. of History, Ateneo de Manila University and Secretary- ASSERT), The Philosophy of Knowledge and Critical Thinking by Dr. Zosimo Lee (Dept.  of Philosophy, CSSP-University of the Philippines), and The Value of Poll Survey in Understanding Socio-Economic and Political Issues by Prof. Felipe Miranda (Dept. of Political Science, CSSP-University of the Philippines and Pulse Asia).

            The participants were further inspired by  magnificent dance numbers presented during the lunch break by selected Physical Education students, as well as by the wonderful songs generously rendered by gifted students and staff of the university. The day was also capped by a dinner for the participants at the Magdalena Hall of the Crown Hotel, Naga City,  hosted by the 2nd District of Camarines Sur Representative Sulpicio Roco Jr..

            Lectures and discussions during the second day included interesting topics, such as  Security Issues and U.S. Foreign Policy  by Dr. Wendy Hazard (Fulbright Scholar), Regional Economy and Globalization and Politics in Asia: The Role of Rising Powers by Dr. Gareth Richards (Dept. of Political Science, CSSP-University of the Philippines), A Cross-Sectoral Study on Corruption in the Philippines  by Prof. Cristina Lim (Dept. of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Naga University and Director, Ateneo Social Science Research Center), Environment Preservation for Sustainability by Prof. Emelina Regis (Dept. of Math and Sciences, Ateneo de Naga University and Director, Institute for Environmental Concerns and Research), and Cultural Anthropology: A Study of Indigenous Communities by Prof. Nestor Castro (Dept. of Anthropology, CSSP-University of the Philippines).

            The third day included lectures on the following topics: Models of Parliamentary Government by Prof. Carmencita Aguilar (Dept. of Political Science, CSSP-University of the Philippines  and  President-ASSERT), State-of-the-Art in Sociology by Dr. Ma. Cynthia Rose B. Bautista (Dean, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy-University of the Philippines), State-of-the-Art in Linguistics by Dr. Jonathan Malicsi (Chair, Dept. of Linguistics, CSSP-University of the Philippines)

            Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J., President of the Ateneo de Naga University arrived on the third day and extended a warm welcome in behalf of the university community to the guests and participants. The UP-CSSP and ASSERT also presented a plaque of appreciation to Fr. Tabora as a token of gratitude for ADNU’s role in the said conference.

A simple closing ceremony, wherein plaques of appreciation and certificates of participation were jointly awarded by the ADNU-CAS Dean Dr. Lydia T. Goingo, UP-CSSP Dean Dr. Cynthia Bautista, and ASSERT President Dr. Carmencita Aguilar to the conference staff and participants, marked the culmination of the event.

            Guests from the Northern Luzon, Visayas, and Minadanao were then taken to the neighboring Province of Albay for an exposure trip prior to their departure in the evening.

BOTONG PINOY!

A revolutionary voting and vote-processing system was recently introduced into the country.  This system:

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Uses dual biometrics for voter recognition. It recognizes a voter through his/her face and fingerprints. In one second, it can scan millions of faces. It can stop unqualified voters from voting. It can stop flying voting.

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Uses a touch screen for voting. The voter votes by touching a picture. S/he is guided in a language of choice. No tedious writing is necessary.

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Uses an electronic tabulation system. Votes are tabulated at the municipal, city, district, provincial, national and (for overseas Filipinos/as) world levels in a matter of hours, not months. Recounts are possible on any level at similar speeds. This eliminates inaccuracies and cheating from counting and tabulation. Dagdag-bawas would not be possible.

It has been well said that the only persons who would be against this system are those who feel they cannot manipulate it for their own ends. Or those who have vested interests in an obsolete system.

The first-ever demonstration of the BOTONG PINOY! COMPUTERIZED VOTING AND VOTE-PROCESSING SYSTEM in the Bicol Region was organized in ADNU through the Institute of Politics, Supreme Student Government, and Mega Computers. Actual demonstration was repeated seven (7) times last 29 January 2003, with the university’s Arrupe Convention Hall packed to the hilt for each demonstration.

An opinion poll on contemporary issues such as charter change and the coming presidential elections was also conducted among the participants.

The said activity and software was featured in a two-issue article of Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Conrado de Quiros, Ateneo alumnus and himself being present in one of the demonstrations. It was also given extensive attention by the local print and broadcast media.

 

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