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Pangalangan is Inquirer publisher U.P.Newsletter Written by Rosario A. Garcellano, Philippine Daily Inquirer diliman, quezon city UP, Comelec ink agreement to ensure ‘intelligent’ polls KIM Quilinguing UP is mobilizing its resources for the upcoming national and local elections. For the first time, UP signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) last October 23 at the Board Room, Quezon Hall, UP Diliman (UPD). The MOA is UP’s commitment to a clean and intelligent exercise of the people’s right to suffrage in May 2013. Under the agreement, UP units, colleges and student groups to be involved in a various election-related activities like voter registration and education; holding of candidate fora; and even research on election-related issues such as polling and media analysis. Mobilizing its faculty, students and staff in 15 campuses nationwide, UP can help the COMELEC prepare and educate the citizenry about the significance of exercising their right to vote. COMELEC Commissioner Rene Sarmiento and UP President Alfredo Pascual shake hands after exchanging copies of the MOA linking the two institutions in promoting clean and intelligent elections in May 2013. Continued on page 16 UP Doctor World TOYP Youngest Chief Justice to serve the longest By Continued on page 14 Continued on page 3 Sereno Group calls for strategic policymaking on West Philippine Sea Tetch Torres, MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday appointed government’s chief peace negotiator Marvic Leonen as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. With his appointment, Leonen has become the youngest member of the high tribunal this century. Leonen will be turning 50 on December Leonen 29. Before Leonen, the youngest to be appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court was Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. She was 50 when she joined the high court in 2010. Sereno was born in Lawyer-academician Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno was appointed on August 16, 2010 as the 169th Justice and on August 24, 2012 as the 24th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Born on July 2, 1960, she is the youngest to be so appointed to the SC in this century. She may also be one of the longest-serving ever, as she is to mandatorily retire in 2030 after serving a 20-year term. Despite her family’s humble means, Chief Justice Sereno’s parents were able to nurture in her a passion for learning and personal excellence during her formative years. Her father, a native of Siasi, Sulu, and her mother, a public school teacher, saved what little money they had to buy secondhand books that she would eagerly read. Her appetite for literature and reflection served her well during her primary schooling and enabled her to graduate with honors at the Kamuning Elementary School and Quezon City High School. She was then awarded generous scholarships by the government Continued on page 15 Continued on page 13 UPV signs MOU for academic consortium on Iloilo watershed mgt Aliw honors artists with lifetime achievement awards Wired UP Wider library access UP Manila faculty, students and staff can now access the UPM library resources and journals from outside the UPM network through VPN. Assistance is provided by the library on how to configure their computers (Windows, MacOs and Ubuntu) for this. For mobile devices, only Ipads and Iphones are currently supported. >page 5 >page 6 >page 12 >page 14 File Photo In this c i t y, l a s t Tuesday, at the awarding ceremonies of the 2012 Salvaña Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) accorded by the Junior Chamber International (JCI), I became privy to the lives of 10 young men and women whose common advocacy is to effect change in the lives of others. Photo from DOST’s Balik-Scientist Program TAIPEI — The world does not run short of heroes. The COMELEC, as part of the agreement, will also mobilize its offices to assist UP units in activities in pursuit of voter registration, education and information. This will allow both COMELEC and UP units to work hand-in-hand at the provincial, city and district levels. UP’s involvement with the COMELEC is anchored on its public service role in the UP Charter (Republic Act 9500) which mandates the university to harness its expertise to provide various forms of community, public and volunteer service, as well as scholarly and technical assistance to the government, private sector and civil society. According to UP President Alfredo Pascual, the MOA institutionalizes what UP has been doing all these years through its faculty who serve as political analysts and the initiatives of individual colleges and student groups. UP’s contribution to the maturation of democracy in the country, added Pascual is the coordinated use of its experts, students, institutions, and social media to inform, generate debate, and empower the voters. As the leading higher education institution, Pascual said that UP will employ the expertise of its academe and research units for the engagement with the country’s Aquino appoints Leonen to SC From the Supreme Court website Excerpts from the column ‘New Beginnings’ by Bum D. Tenorio Jr., Philippine Star INSIDE: University of the Philippines Community Newspaper Photo by Arlyn VCD P. Romualdo In August, Inquirer columnist Raul C. Pangalangan wrote about a 35-second video taken by a motorist and posted on Facebook, of an episode under the EdsaTimog flyover i n w h i ch a young woman took off her coat, wrapped it around a street urchin, and then hurried on as Typhoon “Gener” raged. Pangalangan The earlymorning episode gave Pangalangan pause. The former dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law found the young woman’s act quite special in that it “seemed like one of those quiet acts of kindness—unrehearsed, unplanned, spontaneous and real, a moment solely between [her] and the child she was helping —to which we, the officious public, are at best a cheering squad and at worst kibitzers.” Writing thus, Pangalangan, who assumes the post of Inquirer publisher Tuesday, appeared to show a side to him quite different from the man of law who would perhaps raise a quizzical eyebrow at, instead of (like the motorist who shot the video and many others who had viewed it) be touched by, “the magic of meeting kindness in the most unexpected places.” Experts discuss pros and cons of cybercrime law Shaping minds that shape the nation Vol.xiii | no.10 | oct 2012

UP Newsletter October 2012

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