Events have taken place in a very fast pace for all of us, first the convening of the Students’ Constitutional Convetion, the release of the Con-Con comics and then the actual revision of the USC Constitution.
In spite of all this, many basic questions still remain: Why was the Con-Con organized? and Why was the USC Constitution revised?
One very good way of answering these two basic and important questions is by sharing with all the students and the public, the project proposal of the USC Executive Board AY 2007-2008 which details the reasons, objectives and intentions as why all of these has taken place.
Below in verbatim or in whole are the contents of the Project Proposal which started all of these talks about the Con-Con and the USC Constitution.
De La Salle University
University Student Council
Title: Constitutional Convention
Date/Time: December 7 – 9, 2007
Venue: Charles Huang, Tagaytay, Cavite
The University Student Council Constitution was promulgated on the year 2000. However, the present USC Executive Board feels the significance as well as the urgency to have it revised with the support of its stakeholders.
This initiative finds its basis in Article XIII (Amendments or Revisions) Section1.a of the USC Constitution (2000) which states that “this Constitution shall be amended or revised through a proposal to amend by three-fourths (3/4) votes of a plenary composed of the following:
a.1. University Student Council Executive Board 3
a.2. Legislative Board 14
a.3. Council of Student Organizations Executive Board 2
a.4. Heraldo Filipino Editorial Board 2
a.5. Council of Presidents of Performing Arts Group 7
a.6. Central COMELEC 2
This endeavor will benefit the abovementioned stakeholders and DLSU-D students in general for this will resolve issues and concerns that affect, limit and/or hinder the University Student Council and those that it governs to function efficiently and effectively.
- To aid in the revision of the USC Constitution for the benefit of DLSU-D students.
- To resolve issues and concerns that limit/hinder the USC in discharging its functions efficiently and effectively.
- To empower student leaders in the process of decision-making by contributing their ideas, opinions, and having their own stance for or against proposals that will be presented therein.
- To establish good working relationship and cooperation among all parties involved.
The second page, contains a breakdown of the projected expenses for the said Constitutional Convention.
The objectives explained:
To aid in the revision of the USC Constitution for the benefit of DLSU-D students.
Very very few students are aware that there exists a USC Constitution. It contains the rules and procedures, the things that the USC must do and follow, the rights of every Lasallian student and many other important things each student must know.
Unfortunately, the recently-revised 2000 USC Constitution has become obsolete and almost useless for a student. So to reflect the trends, needs and realities of our modern times, it’s only logical and reasonable to revise the Constitution for the greater benefit of all students in DLSU-D.
To resolve issues and concerns that limit/hinder the USC in discharging its functions efficiently and effectively.
At present, USC and College Council officers face many many problems within and outside their office. How to better serve and protect the students, what to do if a fellow Officer resigns, who should prevail during conflicts within the USC? These are just some of the problems student-leaders face in their daily service to the students. The USC Constitution is the one document that is supposed to provide solutions to these problems, but since the previous Constitution is old and obsolete, it offers little to no help during some cases.
So it’s only logical and to solve these problems, the old Constitution must be revised in order to spare the future generations of student-leaders from suffering the same problems. More importantly, to improve the USC and to make it more effective when it comes to serving the students.
To empower student leaders in the process of decision-making by contributing their ideas, opinions, and having their own stance for or against proposals that will be presented therein.
Among the student-leaders in DLSU-D are the brightest and most passionate leaders with the excellent solutions to the problems they face in the university. Experience is the best teacher and these student-leaders are rich in experience both as a student and as a leader. The Con-Con will be a great venue for them to really sit down, discuss and formulate solutions to the problems being faced by us the students.
To establish good working relationship and cooperation among all parties involved.
Regardless of beliefs, ideologies, experience and political affiliations, the student-leaders gathered as one in tackling and discussing in healthy debates the problems faced by the students, the USC and the College Councils. In this healthy, professional and democratic environment of the Constitutional Convention, the student-leaders have shared and exchanged ideas and in the process have bonded with each other under the banner of student service.
These are the most of the stories behind Con-Con. We hope that by sharing these stories with you our fellow students, we have answered your questions and made things clearer about the going-ons in DLSU-D.
Lastly, you can check out the Con-Con Info Boards located in the East Campus at the SBC Canteen and another in the West Campus located near the Accounting Office. Posted there are the copies of the Old and New USC Constitution for all to read and scrutinize.
If you have more questions, or any reaction please share them through the comments below. We would greatly appreciate them.
Or if you want to keep it private, you can send the USC an email at: uscdlsud [AT] gmail [DOT] com