In this online set-up, stress is a common enemy of students. One of the remedies to this is reaching out to our peers virtually to lessen the stress. Likewise, in order to resolve the problems of the MSCB (Marist School Coordinating Body) is to reach out to the stakeholders who will be affected, especially students. Let us see how our Public Relations Officer (PRO) candidates would fulfill their roles as a bridge between the MSCB and the student body. 

1st Question: The public relations office is in charge of reaching out to the student body and maintaining cordial relations with them on behalf of the MSCB. How do you plan on building and maintaining this connection?

Nathaniel Barez (AKMA): 

As a leader, I think that we are nowhere similar to any kind of superhero nor should we be treated like one. We are not higher, nor lower than all of the Maristas that we represent. We are mere students that have accepted the extra tasks and responsibilities of standing up to lead the pack. As the PRO of our party, I would love to use and take advantage of the online setting we currently have to maintain and improve relations of the MSCB to our current senior high school students. I would try my best to act as the bridge that would connect each Marista to the officers of the MSCB. I plan to utilize polls and emails to amplify the voice of the Maristas that we ought to serve. With the help of the various platforms we have been accustomed to in this online learning environment, we, as a team, would be as welcoming as possible to any changes suggested by our fellow senior high students. I myself would occasionally ask suggestions from Maristas if ever they have any. With the help of the rest of the pack, we are going to try to aid your various concerns. As the PRO, I could confidently say that the MSCB Officers are one call away if you ever need them. Do not be shy to send us your requests and suggestions so that we can address them. We are also welcome to any feedback or criticisms so that if ever we get elected, we can also improve on our leadership. Remember, “Kayo ang boss namin” and I, along with the whole team, stand by that motto.

Christian Caballero (ADLAW): 

I think that the best way to maintain cordial relations with the students is by maintaining active MSCB accounts on the social media platforms that students use nowadays like Facebook and Twitter, this way, the students are able to communicate and become updated on the MSCB in platforms that they are accessible to and comfortable with.


2nd Question: The mental health of students has been a concern since the implementation of online distance learning. How do you plan on addressing this issue?

Nathaniel Barez (AKMA):

As of now, I don’t really have any solid plans on how I would address this issue. Though, I would like to inform everyone that I stand with the stance that mental health issues are valid. Everyone has their own personal level of tolerance towards stress that we should never compare between each other. As a Marista, I believe that we should understand, help, and tolerate one another in these trying times. All of us are struggling, yet I beg of all of you to be there for one another, in accordance with our virtue of communion. Your kind words, listening ears, and mere presence can greatly impact your friends and classmates who are currently struggling against their own personal battles. I think, if we are to solve or at least alleviate this issue, a tolerant and safe space for every Marista must be created to cater all of our psychological and mental needs. Tolerance and undying support are the most important virtues one must possess if we even want to delve into these issues. From that mindset, I think I can start creating programs and plans that could evidently aid us in our struggle against mental health problems. Just like physical pains and illnesses, mental health problems must also be given enough attention and help because they matter. I can assure you, fret not for we all stand together in fighting this difficult battle.

Christian Caballero (ADLAW):

The best way I can address the issue regarding the mental health of students is by using my voice as an MSCB officer through social media platforms to encourage them in working together. I want to promote communion in the Marist community, to remind the students that they are not alone in what they are going through and that they should not be afraid to talk to or ask for help from their classmates and the MSCB.


3rd Question: If elected, what is the first thing you would do to cater the needs of your constituents?

Nathaniel Barez (AKMA):

If I am to be elected this school year, I plan to immediately make the MSCB more open, transparent, and closer to Maristas. I want all Maristas to know that the MSCB Officers are their friends, and not their bosses. They should not be scared, but they should be more open and be more vocal of their opinions, thoughts, suggestions, or even criticisms if they think it would help us, and our school setting to become better. To initially achieve this goal, I plan on opening more lines of communication between Maristas and the MSCB Officers so that we could get your various opinions and suggestions on what we should do next. All I could say is, “Ang boses n’yo ang susundin namin ngayong taon.” Aside from that, I also plan to implement one of my proposed platforms so that we could provide Maristas a stage in which they can show and express themselves through art. This can both be an opportunity to get Maristas known for their skills and abilities, and can act as a freedom wall in which they can express their thoughts and ideas creatively. Maristas, I can assure you that this school year will be a better one, so please tune in.

Christian Caballero (ADLAW): 

If I were to be elected, the first thing I would do for my constituents is to do my best in meeting their expectations. I will immediately work on my platforms in order to have them implemented as soon as possible.

You have seen it Marista, on how our PRO candidates would reach out to you and be a bridge between the student body and the MSCB whom you’re going to elect soon. May it help you in selecting the right “bridge!”

Interview conducted by Josh Caballa

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