The Election Interviews: 2019 Batch Council

As Pisay scholars, making informed decisions regarding the candidates we elect is essential not only to ensure a better school year for everyone, but also to guide us in making better decisions for our Philippine political candidates in the future. That’s why this week, we’ll be interviewing your candidates for this year’s elections.

Here are the candidates running for the 2019 Batch Council: the party Fortis and independent runner Darren Sarmiento.

In one sentence, state your party’s general plan of action.

Strengthen what the batch has already grown into in the past years.

What are the guiding principles of your party?

Transparency. Productivity. Working together for something 2019 wants. Cooperation and Involvement.

Why did you name your party FORTIS?

Fortis means strong, and we believe that we already have the foundation — we just need to strengthen and expand.

President: Jefferson Emmanuel Reyes

Why did you select the position you are running for?

I selected the position I am running for because I feel like I’m the most capable to handle this position. I have lots of the experience needed in order to fulfill the job. I also believe that service is a part of leadership but it’s not necessarily the whole thing because you should be someone that can stand up and give the batch a sense of direction and I think I’m the best man for that job.

Given your position, how will you be able to address the concerns of your fellow students?

We plan to assign one class officer and appoint them as a member of some sort of ‘Transparency Committee’ where concerns are relayed from the class to the batch council and through which we can review the concerns and address them by the week (ideally).

If you could accomplish only one thing in your term, what would it be?

Although it has already been assigned to us, I think that it’s necessary for me to make sure that we have a very remarkable and memorable fair. This year, we’re also trying to push for the school prom and the usual projects that have been implemented such as the movie night and perio review.

I deserve to win because first and foremost, I have experience.

Why do you deserve to win?

I deserve to win because first and foremost, I have experience. I’ve been thinking about this for over two years now, and I’ve served two years in the SA to learn other positions besides the executive, such as being an assistant secretary and treasurer. As much as possible, I could work on other tasks besides what people would think to be just commanding a batch. I also have experience in different types of officer work and I’m really engaged to the work.

Vice President: Megan Gozum

Why did you select the position you are running for?

I selected it because by the end of last school year, I already knew that I wanted to go for something that’s not money-related because I feel that there are better people that can execute the job. I told myself that I’d either go for secretary or VP or nothing. So yeah, that was it for me.

Given your position, how will you be able to address the concerns of your fellow students?

As vice president, I think the first step would be to get those concerns. I’d make it a point that the students have chances to voice out their opinions. With the help of the council, we plan to have meetings with the class officers, like what Empoy said. This is so we can hear their problems and work hand in hand with the class officers to formulate plans and as VP, I’ll make sure that we get to execute them.

I’d make it a point that the students have chances to voice out their opinions.

If you were to choose one, which PISAY value would you highlight in your position? Why?

I’d say Integrity. Having a position in the batch council means that the batch trusts you to stick to your morals and make sure that the power doesn’t get to you, or that you don’t take advantage of your position. I’d highlight integrity because a lot of people put their faith in you and also so that I’d stay true to what I believe in despite pressure from any other influences.

Why do you deserve to win?

I think I deserve to win because I feel like I still have a lot to offer for the batch. I think it’s a really good opportunity to work with the people also running for the other positions because I see a lot of potential in this party and I know that with my help, I’d be able to contribute a lot to it — both as a leader and as a member of 2019.

Secretary: Carmen Luisa Cabral

Why did you select the position you are running for?

At first, all I knew was that I was to run for either vice president or secretary. Empoy was already set to be the president, which I supported; also I knew finance wasn’t my forte. Later on, my party mates started filling up the slots so I decided to run for secretary. Since then, I did a lot of thinking about whether or not to run due to other responsibilities. I wasn’t fully confident about committing to all of them, and at one point, I didn’t mind what the job was anymore. My deciding factor was whether or not I was capable of leading the batch given my current situation. I finally decided after a lot of thinking and building confidence, and now I’m ready to take on the job and commit to it as needed.

Hopefully, people wouldn’t look at the council so much as a ‘governing body’ — we’re just the representatives.

Given your position, how will you be able to address the concerns of your fellow students?

There are a lot of platforms we can use to talk to our batch mates. The first thing I could think of is social media, like on Twitter, Facebook, and hopefully, people wouldn’t look at the council so much as a ‘governing body’ — we’re just the representatives. You can just hit us up and message us. We still have to work on letting other people realize that though. Aside from online platforms, we can engage in conversations, like we can hold forums. If not that, we plan on meeting representatives of the classes and give them updates every time we have a committee meeting or any major meeting about batch events. We plan to get the class VPs involved as representatives in the council much like how VPs in the batch council are reps in the student council.

What, to you, is the importance of your position?

It would be my job as the secretary to organize our ideas, files, and take note of all the details, all the feedback and such. We need a secretary because the secretary is the one who documents and that’s really important in projects and in communication.

Why do you deserve to win?

I think that the criteria for a deserving person would be the people’s vote. I can only say that I deserve to win if I know that I have the people’s vote.

Treasurer: Dea Amparado

Why did you select the position you are running for?

When I decided to run for batch council, I didn’t have a specific position in mind, and I wasn’t particularly averse to any position (except president). The main thing in my head was that whatever position I ran for, I had to make sure that I was fit for it so I could serve the batch to the best of my abilities. Things worked out so that, despite my initial qualms about the stress being the treasurer would entail, I decided that being the treasurer was the best fit for me.

Given your position, how will you be able to address the concerns of your fellow students?

As batch treasurer, my main responsibility is to fundraise and keep track of batch expenses. Beyond that, being batch treasurer will allow me to help the batch achieve all its goals by finding ways to make seemingly impossible things within reach by maximizing use of the funds.

Give an example of what was done in past councils that you that you would have done differently.

I was actually part of last year’s council, and I know that all of us gave our all trying to make sure each batch project was a success. But, like everything else, we weren’t perfect, and what I guess I’d want to do differently is that this year I’d like to make the batch more involved, so they’d know what was going on and they’d have a say in it, because the main reason the council is here is to serve the batch and we can’t do that if we don’t know what it wants.

I think that to be a good leader, you need to be someone that people can trust- trust to work, trust to listen, trust to have their best interest in mind.

Why do you deserve to win?

I think that to be a good leader, you need to be someone that people can trust — trust to work, trust to listen, trust to have their best interest in mind — it all comes down to trust. With that, I can say that I deserve to win only if the batch trusts me enough to make it so.

Auditor: Alyssa Guevara

Why did you select the position you are running for?

At the start, when I decided to run for the batch council, I also didn’t have a position in mind. When our party met up, no one wanted to get the finance roles (treasurer, auditor) and our president, Empoy, suggested that I be part of the finance team since I’m good at math. And I thought it made sense. I know I could do auditing because I’ve done it before in Elementary and I’m currently Sagala’s auditor.

I think transparency is one of the major issues that matter.

Given your position, how will you be able to address the concerns of your fellow students?

With the treasurer, one of the problems we hope to address is transparency. The auditor is the one that audits, so basically the one that does checks and balances, like income, loss, profit, etc. If I win, I hope to be able to relay to the batch our expenses and profits so that they’d have an idea about how rich or how poor the batch really is. So yeah, I think transparency is one of the major issues that matter.

Share a unique vision of what Pisay could be.

I envision the Pisay community to be in camaraderie — with good relationships between the admin, DO, faculty, staff, students, and student governments. Each sector would understand the other and there’d be less conflicts.

Why do you deserve to win?

I’d like to believe that I have the capability to be the auditor, given my past experiences. I think that the gauge of how deserving a person is to hold a position is in their past experiences. I also think that I’d be deserving if the voters believe in my leadership.


Independent — President: Darren Sarmiento

Why did you select the position you are running for?

Individual yung pagtakbo. So bakit pa ako pupunta dun sa mga mas nakakababa na pwesto kung pwede naman kunin ko na lahat ng pwestong yun. Bakit pa ako pupunta sa masmababang pwesto na certain lang yung gagawin mo kung di mo nalang puntahan lahat para makita mo kung anong nangyayari sa lahat.

Given your position, how will you be able to address the concerns of your fellow students?

So diba president yung pinagtatakbohan ko, so siyempre ako yung gagawa ng final decisions. Tapos dahil nga rin president na ako, pwede nila ako lapitan tapos pwede ko sabihin sa council namin tapos pagusapan pa namin kung ano pa pwede gawin sa issue na yun.

If you could accomplish only one thing during your term, what would it be?

Yung gusto ko talagang gawin ay makatulong dun sa SIP kasi required siya tapos di lahat mayroong connections para makapag internship.

Gusto ko rin makipag connect sa mga parents para malaman yung mga connections ng parents tas para makapagusapusap rin silang mga parents kung pwede ba sila magbigay ng internship mula sa connections.

[Tumatakbo ako] para marinig yung boses ng mga ibang groups, kasi parang nanggagaling lang sa isang source.

Why do you deserve to win?

Kasi napansin ko kasi na yung mga past administrations parang parepareho lang sila.

Parang wala pang naggagaling dun sa mga hindi kilala. Hindi naman necessary na popu[lar], parang itinuturing ng batch natin na nasa taas kesa sa iba. In a way, may social classes na rin yung batch natin. Nandun yung iba na loko-loko, nandun yung iba na hindi talaga nagsasalita, tas meron din yung mga mas administrative na galing sa group na yun.

Para marinig yung boses ng mga ibang groups kasi parang nanggagaling lang sa isang source.

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