General Election Special 2013

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The President of the University Student Government is the USG’s Chief Executive Officer, responsible for setting the general agenda and overall supervision of the USG.
Given the president’s onerous task, Lasallians had better be informed about their choice for the job. With that, you may wish to share your feedback on your choice for president in our informal poll.

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In an interview with The LaSallian, candidates from both political parties explain their preparations, procedures and processes.

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When students need someone to fight for their rights, one USG Executive Board office should, according to the USG Constitution, take the lead. This office handles all student concerns within the University; this office is none other than the Office of the Vice President for Internal Affairs.

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In every government, money serves as “fuel in the tank” to carry out its various functions. Article III, Section 19 of the USG Constitution provides that the USG shall adopt and implement a policy of public disclosure of all its transactions involving the interest of its members.

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For regular students, March is the time to prepare for the last few weeks of the academic year. For aspiring student-leaders, however, it is their time to show their worth.

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According to the Philippine News Agency, 18,022 national and local positions will be up for election, including those in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the local governments of each region, province, city, and municipality.

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As the USG’s Chief Executive Officer, the president sets the vision and the general direction upon which the other units will direct their programs and activities.

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The much-awaited annual general election is distinctly different this academic year. The Executive Board candidates campaigned not only in the Taft campus but also on the Canlubang grounds; the candidates from the Canlubang campus will also be running under the two main political parties as well.

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Amid the running, complex, complicated gears of the General Elections, one should wonder how all the mass-distributed tarpaulins, laminated IDs and other props are produced. The answer, of course, lies in funding. Funding for campaign period is sourced from both parties’ members and candidates.

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It may have been that for every ten exceptional leaders, there may be one or two delinquent officers who tend to neglect their duties. This is where the USG’s Judiciary branch comes into play. Since 2010, the branch has been monitoring the elected officers of DLSU, ensuring that the student leaders perform as expected of them.

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Under the DLSU-STC merger, the USG EB, along with the rest of DLSU-M’s student services offices, will assume their respective roles of responsibility over the Canlubang campus. Come election time, the two student bodies will become one under the integration.

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According to The LaSallian’s General Elections Special (2010), SC President Saint Anthony Tiu initially conceptualized the USG in 2004 then further revived by 2008 SC President Nicole Villarojo to achieve a more efficient means of leadership and a more established check and balance system. It was meant to stand for competence, transparency and accountability in governance.

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