Still wondering who to vote for when it comes to the highest position in your student council? Or are you still thinking of who would lead you despite the hurdles of online distance learning? Here is what your Presidential candidates have to say about it. 

1st question: If elected, how will you handle the Senior High School Coordinating Body especially when other members have heavy academic workloads?

Kian Arboleda (AKMA): 

When running for a specific position in the MSCB, one must be aware of the responsibilities it comes with, especially during these challenging times of the pandemic. Being an MSCB member during these difficult times also introduces us not only to new experiences but also new challenges that previous student bodies haven’t encountered yet. 

Being able to be daring and cautious during these times are valuable assets for a student leader. By becoming an example not only to my fellow members, but [also] to my fellow schoolmates, I can encourage a more positive outlook on the challenges we Maristas are facing today. By completely devoting ourselves [to] serving the Marist community, these challenges are nothing but small hindrances to us students who are striving to give the Marist Community a more enjoyable and safer environment during these trying times.

Isaiah Salalila (ADLAW): 

Having heavy academic workloads is inevitable. In an online learning environment, it made us realize the importance of addressing issues properly. If elected, what I would do first is to be a good communicator to the members of the Senior High School Coordinating Body. 

Being a student council that refuses to acknowledge their obstacles is far worse than a student council that pretends everything is under control even if it is not. Boosting their morale by being a person who cares and understands their obstacles can help them since it is very essential that the members of the Senior High School Coordinating Body can feel like they have someone who they can trust with their mishaps, and know that you will take into consideration [what] they have to say.

2nd Question: What do you think of acting on something now vs spending precious time to research all possible data to make a good choice?

Kian Arboleda (AKMA):

Both actions serve different scenarios well. Acting on something now refers to a situation wherein unfortunately, time is very limited. It is important that a student leader is capable of making rational and appropriate decisions in similar scenarios wherein time is very limited, because not in all instances time favors our situation. 

[It] is also important to take note that being able to prepare ahead of time to secure the best decision is also a very important asset every leader should have. Possessing both the skill to rationally decide [under time pressure] and to actively prepare for something in advance are assets that me and my party members exercise to help us serve the Marist community and contribute greatly to it’s betterment.

Isaiah Salalila (ADLAW): 

I think that these two things should co-exist, and be applied to different contexts and situations. These are like two buttons, and you only get to press one that you think should be utilized once a situation is given to you. Acting on something urgently is to be done where there are urgent matters that are needed to be accomplished. 

For example, there are unexpected occurrences that the student body needs to address. However, it is important to take note that acting faster does not mean that we should not rationalize and come up with sensible actions. You need to make time for something that matters more and needs urgent intervention while thinking wisely about what action needs to be done. 

On the other hand, spending precious time researching possible data to make a good choice is also the best option when you are given a longer time to think and plan about it. This will allow you to be more rational, and make a choice that you know will allow you to commit fewer mistakes once that choice is made. Even if you have a long time, you should always remember to be progressive, since the important aspect of preparing is to have a favorable result.

3rd Question: Seeking for the highest position in the MSCB-SHS, how would your leadership define the MSCB Presidency and its administration?

Kian Arboleda (AKMA):

My leadership stems from my experiences as a struggling learner. Always being behind the pack brings many difficulties and challenges that are not recognized by most student leaders who excel in various fields in their academics. I have this personal belief that a leader shouldn’t be someone who leads the pack, but someone who stays behind. Because I believe that by being a leader, it is my responsibility that no one gets left behind, and that everyone will reach our destination together. And by receiving this opportunity to run for MSCB President, I aim to resolve the issues and challenges a struggling learner experiences, in order to secure a better experience for all students, and to make sure that all of us will reach our destinations together.

Isaiah Salalila (ADLAW):

I would define it as open & transparent. Running for a position in the Senior High School student body, I firmly believe that the student body and the school administration should work together in facing the challenges that come across in the Marist School community. 

In seeking the highest position in the MSCB-SHS, I think that being open is defined as something that listens, and a place where students can feel that they are in a safe space in discussing their challenges and suggestions. Transparency, on the other hand, is presenting what transpired with truthfulness. Even though this unfortunate time made us more doubtful of the people who are leading us, my leadership, together with fellow officers, will make Maristas believe that it is still possible to put their trust in a government. 

My platforms are what I think [are] very essential in serving a school community. KASAMarista is a platform that aims to open our student council to listen to the problems and suggestions that our Marist students believe should be addressed. This platform’s objective is to amplify the voices of Maristas and be a spokesperson for the student body and school administration. My next platform aims to address the issue of transparency. Tapat Marista is a state of the student address that aims to establish effective communication and build trust with the student body.

With that being stated, my leadership will define the MSCB Presidency and our administration as open & transparent. An instrument for the students and school administration to work in harmony in facing the challenges brought by the pandemic.

May this feature serve as a guide on who to vote for this year’s MSCB-SHS elections as we have seen how they responded with how they would embody the responsibility as a Marist School Coordinating Body (MSCB) President. Vote wisely Marista!

Interview conducted by Briana Bernabe

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