Out of 11 finalists, Tarlac State University student Jahnella S. Zulueta from the College of Arts and Social Sciences was hailed as the one of the three best panelists in the Virtual Social Business Students’ Forum (VSBSF) 2020 organized by Daffodil International University (DIU) of Bangladesh on November 25-26, 2020.
Themed “Role of Youth in Zeroing Poverty, Unemployment, and Net Carbon Emission,” the VSBSF 2020 is the first virtual forum on social business which highlights the three major global concerns on eradicating poverty, unemployment, and net carbon emissions which are also called “three zeroes.”
The forum, attended by more than 200 young leaders from 23 countries and 36 universities, features a panel discussion where panelists were selected based on submitted profiles and video messages of student-nominees during the registration. Afterwards, the selected 11 finalists discussed and presented their visions and ideas on the three zeroes.
Joining Zulueta among the finalists are students from Russia, South Africa, Macau, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Ukraine, Indonesia, and Bangladesh. She is also joined by a finalist and awardee from San Pedro College in Davao, Philippines.
TSU nominated four other student-delegates to join the forum, namely Dexter Ivan T. Fernandez (College of Science), Jay Ford L. Ringor (College of Public Administration and Governance), Nicole T. Nicasio (College of Teacher Education), and Kein Edriene B. Miranda (College of Architecture and Fine Arts). [Jazzel Llaneli M. Manabat]
Photo from Social Business Students' Forum Facebook page
Tarlac State University-School of Law (SOL) sent four truckloads of relief goods to Cagayan Valley and Bicol after launching an “academic break for a cause” for flood victims during the onslaught of super typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.
According to Atty. Jose I. Dela Rama Jr., SOL dean, 3,000 food packs were prepared by law students who joined the relief operations during their academic break. Three military trucks of relief goods were sent to the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan while the other truck was sent to the residents in Naga City in Bicol.
“Naisipan ko na even before the call for academic break, gusto ko maituro sa students ang social responsibility sa mga nangangailangan ng tulong tulad ng mga nasalanta ng bagyo. May clamor na mag academic break but inisip ko [na] tumulong na lang ang mga students na mag empake ng relief goods na umabot sa halos apat [na] military trucks,” Dean Dela Rama said in an interview.
Dean Dela Rama also said they partnered with Handa and Shelter for Mankind foundations for their donations in Bicol and with Redjuice to provide the other food packs.
“In that way, we can teach our students to be of service to our country and immerse them in social responsibility and corporate governance," he added.
Aside from in-kind donations, they also raised 688,351.15 pesos from their online donation drive last November 17-21, 2020 which was also used to buy goods.
Around 100 students and volunteers helped in preparing the donations which were coordinated with the Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force for the shipment to the affected provinces. [Maria Adelaida Calayag]