27th Directorate convenes for public directorate session

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The Central Student Government’s (CSG) 27th Directorate convened its first public directorate session on Nov 7 from 1:30PM-3:00 PM via Zoom Cloud Meeting.

The session’s agenda included the second reading of the CSG Appropriations Bill, the presentation of the proposed resolutions, Directorate Resolution No. 036–2021 and Directorate Resolution No. 037–2021, and other matters.

The public hearing aimed to promote accountability and transparency within the legislative branch by making the session open through live media streaming and exhibiting the basic rules and procedures of a directorate session. 

2nd reading of CSG Appropriations Bill

Director of Rules and Regulations Carlson Fabros read and discussed the contents of the bill. According to him, the budget for this academic year is Php 1,523,323.00 allocated within the different departments and offices with the CSG whereas the total expected expenditure for the year totals to Php 881,260.20.

The bill titled “An Act Appropriating The Funds Of Xavier University – Ateneo De Cagayan Central Student Government For The First Semester And Second Semester Of Academic Year 2020-2021” sought to appropriate the CSG funds. It has passed its first reading.

Regarding the timeliness of the bill, Fabros explained that the bill was only recommended sometime last month due to the uncertainties of projects that the CSG departments could implement. In addition, they were waiting for the interim guidelines of the Student Activities and Leadership Development (SACDEV) Office.

“The interim guidelines from the SACDEV were late to be announced for the student leaders so there were a lot of realignment in terms of our projects in the CSG,”  reiterated Directorate Convener Julian Burt Olano.

With no other questions from the body, a motion was raised to move the CSG Appropriations Bill to the third reading. The motion carried with seven in favor and none not in favor.

Reading of Directorate Resolution No. 036 – 2021

Fabros read and discussed the contents of the resolution titled “A Resolution Requesting the Finance Office to Review the Student Assessment Fees and Provide a Breakdown of the Tuition, Matriculation, and Other Fees for School Year 2020–2021”. It sought to alleviate the students’ financial struggles in meeting the tuition fees due to the pandemic by asking the University Finance Office to provide a clearer breakdown of the fees the students are paying for.

“I would just like to ask the body whether they have basis regarding such claims that they have placed in the resolution,” asked John Dante (BSN 1). He pertained to the second and fourth whereas statements of the resolution that state that the COVID–19 Pandemic has brought financial struggles to most students and parents in settling tuition fees this school year and that the examinations have consequently caused students to focus more on working to settle their outstanding balance than working to academically excel in their examinations, respectively.

Fabros said that they have collaborated with the CSG’s research department who have conducted a survey regarding these concerns to the student body. In addition, they have reached out to the different college presidents to ask about the concerns of their constituents.

Director of Political Affairs Kenth Lanzaderas also clarified whether or not the Finance Office has issued a memo regarding the matter of tuition fee breakdown.

“I think there was no memo released from the finance (department). They did release an estimated tuition fees for this school year however it wasn’t very clear when it comes to the breakdown of fees. Hence, this resolution,” answered Fabros.

Reading of Directorate Resolution No. 037 – 2021

Director of Academic Affairs Marjorie B. Susada read and discussed the contents of the resolution entitled “A Resolution Requesting the Office of the Vice President for Higher Education (OVPHED) to Implement an Academic Moratorium During Major Exam Week”. It sought to allow students to focus more on their examinations during exam week by providing a temporary prohibition of asynchronous and synchronous classes.

“Would this resolution be better knowing that we only have a short time in this school year and also knowing that the activities given by the teacher can also help in alleviating the grades of the students,” Lanzaderas pointed out.

Susada explained that the resolution would give great impact to students as it allows them to have their own time and pace in learning and studying for the major examinations.

“Okay pa ba nga sa ka paspas sa pacing, mag-break pa ta?” Lanzaderas followed up, pertaining to the fast pace of the online learning set-up and how the implementation of the moratorium could set back the academic calendar. Susada replied that because of the fast pace of learning students are in, they need the time for a break. 

Dante asked the proponents of the resolution if they have any further steps to compensate the time lost for classes during the moratorium. Susada said that if teachers strictly follow their designated schedules of classes, the students can cope with the lessons. Director of Information and Promotion Joan Guitarte expressed her agreement to this sentiment.

After the interpolations and debate, a motion was raised to approve the resolution. The motion carried with five in favor and none not in favor. With no other discussions, a motion was raised to end the session. This was carried and the first public directorate session was adjourned.C

Reina Margaret Gwynette Villamor

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