MMSU wins FEM Intercollegiate Debate Tournament 2015

Sep 17, 2015 ...

Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) – Batac emerged as champion
after defeating Northern Christian College (NCC) in this year’s
Ferdinand E. Marcos (FEM) Intercollegiate Debate Tournament held on
September 16 at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium.

The final round focused on the motion “This house believes that all
public utility vehicles (PUVs) should be under government control”
debating on an Asian Parliamentary System.

With the recent launching of the Metro Ilocos Norte Council (MINC), the
motion relates to the on-going efforts of Governor Imee R. Marcos
concerning the transportation developments in the province.

On the government side, Agatha Quidilla, John Galat and Jazerie Sales of
MMSU – Batac argued that government control of PUV entails benefits in
transport and traffic management, better provision of services to the
commuting public and accommodation of tourists.

NCC’s team composed of Stephen Valencia, Sheena Bartolome and Jet Lee
Dafun posed that government control of PUVs is unnecessary as current
regulations are already well-implemented and functional.

Governor Imee noted that transportation is a burning issue for every
Ilocano especially to the youth who are considered to be the main
passengers of PUVs.

With this, she said that “this is a significant debate” and “wide
ranging policy and programmatic actions are guaranteed after.”

‘DEBATE COMMUNITY’

Now on its third year, tournament director Herdy La Yumul described how
the FEM Debate Cup has evolved to become a community of brilliant
Ilocano speakers.

Unlike in the past tournaments, this year has welcomed the election of
officers of the first ever Ilocos Norte Debate Union during the
participants’ socialization night on September 15.

Yumul said that with the debate union, “we no longer want to just
compete against one another anymore but we are looking forward to the
higher ends.”

Moreover, a new feature of the tournament has been highlighted during
the three-day competition wherein nine student adjudicators were trained
during the elimination rounds.

Julianne Bugaoisan of MMSU – Laoag was proclaimed as the best student
adjudicator.

During the final round, Bugaiosan, together with SP02 Aurora Manuela,
Atty. Val Pascua, Atty. Erme Labayog, Mr. Herdy Yumul, Ms. Janet Clark
and Prof. Romeo Abucay was a part of the final adjudication panel.

Meanwhile, John Gallat of MMSU – Batac was declared as the
tournament’s best debater while Patrick Quitoriano of MMSU – Batac
and Antonio Guerrero of Northwestern University tied for the best
speaker.

“As the most debate friendly governor in South East Asia, I would like
to extend my gratitude to Governor Imee for giving the Ilocano youth the
chance to contribute to the pressing issues of the province,” said
Gallat.

Capping off the week-long celebration of FEM’S 98th birthday
anniversary, the debate tournament is a fitting tribute to his legacy as
a great debater during his time.

The FEM Intercollegiate Debate Tournament 2015 was joined by five
colleges and universities in the province namely MMSU – Batac, MMSU
– Laoag, Northwestern University, Northern Christian College and Data
Center College of the Philippines.

Governor Imee highlighted that “we had a very balance, well-placed and
even competition as all the participating schools have shown that they
have excellent speakers, great debaters and analytical minds
indeed.”

by John Michael Mugas



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