Gean Marie Celestial and Mark Gio Olivar were respectively elected as chairperson and vice-chairperson in the 2022 University Student Council (USC) – College Student Council (CSC) Elections held from April 18 to April 23, 2022.
In the results released Saturday, April 23, the elections concluded with a final turnout of 38.74%, or a total of 5,179 voters.
This falls short of the 44.16% voters’ turnout in the 2021 USC-CSC General Elections.
Celestial, who won USC councilor in the 2021 elections, attained a total of 4,640 votes in this year’s elections. Her slatemate Olivar accumulated a total of 4,536 votes.
The incoming councilors of SAKBAYAN include Carla Ac-ac (3,439 votes), Julian Louis Bonza (3,402 votes), Gian Arnold Catangay (3,258 votes), Anne Margrett Dolar (3,519 votes), John Athani Famador (3,354 votes), Arvi Charlize Pascual (3,502 votes), and Justin Glenn Salayog (3,368 votes).
In the Miting de Avance conducted last April 13, SAKBAYAN highlighted the fight for education and democratic rights. The slate disputes neoliberal education and pushes for a nationalist, mass-oriented, and scientific education system (READ: USC-CSC elex candidates share platforms in TAPATAN Forum, MDA).
“Ang pinakakinakaharap nating problema ay ang current setup natin na hindi lahat inklusibo sa mga estudyante; tuloy ang online set-up. Sinisigurado po natin na maifo-forward ang panawagan for ligtas na balik-eskwela,” Celestial said.
[“The biggest problem is our current educational setup, which is not inclusive for all students. We ensure that we will forward the call for the safe return to face-to-face classes.”]
SAKBAYAN-USC focuses on forwarding the call for #LigtasNaBalikEskwela, security against state forces’ intervention in the university, pushing for a just society, and integrating with the community. [P]