History of CPU Republic – The Reign of Independents (1987-1988)
The CPUR elections of 1987 resulted in the landslide victory of a group of independent candidates. With their slogan “I am Independent! I am free to Serve!” these batch of CPUR leaders captured the sentiments of the students.
Accomplishments of Salido and Plotria (1987-88)
The accomplishments of the Salido and Plotria administration were:
- The construction of the first CPUR freedom board beside Roblee Science Hall;
- Donated textbooks for the different colleges through the Council of Governors and Vice Governors;
- Putting up of the basketball court lights;
- Repair of the waiting shed near the first gate;
- Electric fans for the province of engineering; and
- The construction of a bulletin board at the high school province.
The problems and proposals which the CPUR presented to the Administration that they granted are the following:
- Gate No. 1 was limited for traffic and Gate No. 2 for the pedestrians only;
- painting of the Engineering building;
- fifteen additional stools for the engineering drawing room;
- installation of electric fans at Franklin dormitory’s study area; and
- the repair of broken switches in the Old Valentine Hall, highs school, techno, and agriculture building.
Through the Salido-Plotria administration, the students were able to persuade the Administration to refund the students of their cultural fee payment.
The fee was collected by the Administration without proper consultation from the students. Resolved with the good intentions of the cultural fee, it was then charged in the next semester.
The Salido-Plotria administration was able to conduct the first CPUR Day and homecoming of previous CPUR officials.
It was during the first year of the independents that student activism had regerated in a different approach.
They had achieved so much that their campign propaganda in the next election was, “the astounding truth is the accomplishment of the PANGMASA and Koalisyon in five years of administration could not surpass the one-year administration of the Independents.”
KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE INDEPENDENTS AFTER 1988… (TO BE CONTINUED…)
Source: Jonan Castillon, “The History of the Revived CPUR and the Emergence of the Student Independent Democratic Party,” Central Echo Summer 1999.