CLEAN SLATE. The USSC Officers of SY 2016-2017 pay off all the council's debts so the next administration can start over.  Photo by Isabel Gimenez.

BAYBAY CITY, Leyte – Last year’s University Supreme Student Council (USSC) administration started off carrying the burden of the previous officers’ left-over accounts. Now, they're debt-free.

Mr. Mark Michael Unlu-cay, who has just graduated and stepped down as student regent, has declared zero accountability for VSU's highest governing student body on August 3, 2017, Thursday.

This was after he paid USSC's remaining bills to the Pavillion, Apartelle, University Student Services Office and College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) former President, Joaquin Balce, amounting to P125,000, in a simple ceremony at the USSC Office.

Last May, the council officers also turned over a cheque worth P200,000 to former VSU President Jose L. Bacusmo. Former USSC President Claire Larzen Tello borrowed this large amount from Dr. Bacusmo, but was unable to return it following a bungled council-sponsored concert that featured GMA-7 talents.

The outgoing USSC Officers, since taking their respective seats last year, has since made it their goal to pay the remaining accounts left by the former officers, with the help and guidance of their adviser, Dr. Aleli Villocino.

“We needed these accountabilities to come to an end in order for the new set of officers to have a fresh start and have new set of projects and activities for the upcoming school year,” said Unlu-cay in a phone interview.

This was achieved by increasing the membership fee in the VSU main campus from P20 to P50, and the help from students in VSU’s external campuses by contributing P10 each.

The zero accountability for the USSC is a remarkable achievement in the council history, as accounts left to incoming officers have hampered projects that could have been made possible had the money been used for better reasons instead of paying-off debts.

“By attaining this goal, the new set of officers won’t have a big problem as compared to what we have faced. We may not be able to come up with physical projects but [we] put back the council in good shape,” Unlu-cay said.

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