The Central Student Government (CSG) officers reflected on their accomplishments and signed off with a hopeful message to the next batch of leaders in the last State of the Government Address (SOGA) for this academic year, held at Greenway Square, Taft Campus last July 19.
Fulfilling her promise that the SOGA will be conducted every first and third term to ensure greater transparency and participation, CSG President Nicole Panganiban shared last Wednesday the hardships and joys CSG experienced in the last year while serving the student body.
“Actually, I feel both happy and sad at the same time; happy because the stress is now over. I’ve had sleepless nights and, perhaps, this is the time that I focus on other sectors in my life,” Panganiban said.
Panganiban proceeded to reiterate their projects, which included seminars, student-concern guides, advocacy campaigns, as well as entertaining events such as the Benildean Week and the Benildean Fest. Some of the achievements they have done are the following:
Aside from continuing projects from previous batches, the outgoing CSG also developed new initiatives such as Pagpupulong, an interactive seminar, and ContinYOU, a spoken word and open mic program.
Panganiban expressed her dismay on her unfinished pioneer projects but is hopeful the next set of elected officers will continue these projects and create more beneficial ones that are in line with their theme, Help Us, Help You.
“Coming from different political parties will always be the challenge of student governments. Please, go beyond that. Try to talk, have a dialogue, then everything will turn out well and beautiful if you just look unto and focus on your goal that is to be of service to the Benildean community and do it wisely,” Panganiban said.
SOGA is regularly conducted to let students know what CSG plans to do for the school year ahead and discuss what has transpired in the previous terms.
The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde CSG is the highest governing representative of the Benildean Students that is mandated to exemplify the Lasallian values of Faith, Zeal for Service and Communion in Mission and the Benildean Core Values, aiming to embody the highest expression of the will and development of students, and seek for continuous improvement to serve the students and nation through innovative and efficient representation.