The Party of the Adverb of Time

Former DEKADA Chairperson Tyrone Jann Nepomuceno (AY 2007-2008) once told me that the reason why DEKADA has never waned despite extreme political adversity is it being named after an adverb of time. Then, I had no full grasp of the chairman’s words, considering that I was also in the middle of recalibrating my senses back to student politics.

DEKADA (“decade” in English) is an adverb used to denote ten (10) years. Though, in essence, it denotes a specific timeline, a decade is eternal; eternal in a sense that everytime ten years has gone to pass, a decade is completed. I never knew the wisdom of founder Prof. Rey Trillana nor of his peers in 1991 in naming our party as such, but I had an inkling that they may compare the party’s life into a decade: ever-recurring and yet is defined by a limited span of time. I may, of course, be wrong.

For almost two decades now, DEKADA has been at the front line of students’ issues in AB. From our ranks have been heard the voices of dismay and disappointment over issues and student concerns. But our focal point was our capability to rebound to victory after almost 4 years of victory drought, which shook the party to its very root; even to the extent opf the thought of its euthanasia. But DEKADA has gone on, more fierce in heat as ever like the sun that represents it.

From our ranks have risen great leaders and people who have dedicated their profession to the development of their fellowmen. Some may have chosen another path of life, but never deviated from the values instilled by the party in them. Some have changed the party; but many were changed by it. In AB today, DEKADA is the sole party with a stash of former members in relevant posts in government, NGOs, and the private sector.

DEKADA’s greatest challenge today is relevance. Time changes, and so do people. The challenge for DEKADA today is how to maintain its relevance amidst the growth of apathy in the AB students. DEKADA’s major challenge is how to ensure that the party continues to be sensitive of new issues without neglecting other issues that form the core of our advocacy.

The response to this challenge is simple, but not easy to undertake. DEKADA must now explore constant dialogue with its constituency, and make its members become active livers of its values and principles. The party must now begin to look beyond the nature of apathy itself, and investigate on the causes of its occurrence, eventually hoping to find a cure to this human condition. DEKADA must set its eyes higher to new horizons of student governance, and must exude its examples to other parties and colleges. How? By ensuring a TRUE, WORKING, and SYSTEMATIC internal governance reflected in the way we do business in the student council. DEKADA must begin to professionalize its profile, molding its members to be true defenders of the party and its principles, and dependable brothers and sisters to each other. DEKADA must realize that it cannot win all its battles completely, and value the art and virtue of compromise.

It is high-time for our current party leaders and elected officials to look into these issues, which may be key to our continuous relevance to the AB community. When we lose our relevance, we lose our ability to become AB’s voice. It’s like a mouth without a larynx.

And so today, after our 17th General Assembly, I have realized Chairman Tyrone’s definition of DEKADA as “the party of the adverb of time”. We are eternal though measured in a span of time, but we hold the key to our eternity. We all are nothing but time points in the party’s existence, but we comprise the whole. We are… DEKADA.

Again, as I have been saying for 6 years now, it is with great pride to be a fiber in the tapestry of DEKADA, the party of the adverb of time.


For me: “DEKADA. Leadership. Principle. Forever Indivisible.”



About carlomasajo
I am a 21 year old Fine Arts student from the University of Santo Tomas trying to help this nation become a better one.

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