by Alysha Nacino
The UP National College of Philippine Administration and Governance (NCPAG) released Friday the official list of candidates for this year’s student council elections.
Practice of Administrative Leadership and Service (PALS) comprise the majority of the list, fielding in 15 hopefuls.
Meanwhile, their opposing party, the Initiative for Genuine Involvement, Transparency, Empowerment (IGNITE), has fielded in 11 candidates.
Two incumbent NCPAG officers are vying for the Council’s top post, namely NCPAG Councilor for Skills Development Tiffany-Anne Uy and NCPAG Juniors Batch Representative Jameson Austria.
Both Uy and Austria have filed a leave of absence to vie for chairperson in this year’s NCPAG Student Council elections as per Article VII, Section 5 of the NCPAG Student Government Constitution.
The college regulation states that incumbent officers are required to file a leave of absence should they run again during their term.
On the other hand, one hopeful is off NCPAG’s official list of candidates after the deliberation of the college’s electoral board this Friday.
Professor Herisadel Flores, a member of the electoral board, refused to give the name, party and position of said candidate saying the student’s privacy should be respected.
He said the candidate was disqualified due to failure in meeting the required grade imposed by the NCPAG Faculty Council.
This policy was established in 2011, requiring all candidates to have a final average of at least 2.5 in 75 percent of the courses they had taken in the semester prior the election.
“We want our students to perform well academically,” Flores said. “We don’t want to give them more responsibilities that may affect their academic standing.”
The official list of candidates for the NCPAG Student Council is as follows:
Tiffany Ann Uy (IGNITE)
Jameson Austria (PALS)
Nathalie Gabrielle Tatualla (IGNITE)
Arianne Rose Agustin (PALS)
NCPAG REPRESENTATIVE TO THE USC:
Ivan Evangelista (IGNITE)
Nicole Parreno (PALS)
Kathleen Mai Cardoz (IGNITE)
Mary Gwyneth Ann Paredes (PALS)
Robert Velarde (IGNITE)
Ric Arvin Agapay (PALS)
Anne Clarice Ng (IGNITE)
Celina Eunice Cheyenne Abueg (PALS)
Maria Danica Soriano (IGNITE)
Ronna Shane Belaro (PALS)
WAYS AND MEANS:
Merryl Kristie Francia (PALS)
Mark Cedrick Jorell Lustado (IGNITE)
Alvin Ace Melano (IGNITE)
Zaianne Moraga (IGNITE)
Eleangel Dawin Cortel (PALS)
Czarlo Demetrio (PALS)
Bernice Joyce Oliveros (PALS)
Alexis Caesar Sanchez (PALS)
Elijah Isabella Ednalino (IGNITE)
Christen Diana Gallinera (PALS)
Jacob Fajardo Jr. (PALS)
Cyril Katherine Manongdo (PALS)
Erratum: PALS Chairperson Macky Asuncion confirmed that PALS is not KAISA’s local arm in NCPAG. PALS is but a member org of KAISA, and its members are given freedom to decide whether to join the university-wide political party or not.