Golden Anniversary celebration and 5th National Convention on October 26 - 27, 2019

posted Feb 4, 2019, 9:30 PM by Ramil Sanchez

The National Executive Committee, after consultation with concerned councils, approved during its meeting on February 2, 2019 at Grand Caprice, Limketkai, Cagayan de Oro City, the holding of the Golden Anniversary Celebration and 5th National Convention on October 26-27, 2019 in Iligan City.

The NEC decided to give the Iligan Council of Nobles the hosting for historical reasons, after the Agusan Council of Nobles decided to waive the hosting in favor of Iligan CON. The Iligan Council of Nobles will be working closely with the NEC. Brother Raul Almeria and Sister Uldine Paras-Manon-og represented the Iligan CON. 

A search for the celebration and convention theme will be done by the NEC. The winning entry will receive an award during the convention.

In line with the Golden Anniversary celebration and in light of the Year of the Youth Celebration and the  revival of the student chapters and creation of new student chapters with pioneering recruits, a special recruitment and initiation will be conducted. It will be piloted in Iligan City through the Iligan CON but will cover Iligan City, MSU Marawi and Pagadian Chapters.

The council of nobles are requested to prepare their delegation to the 5th national convention and support the Iligan CON. Updated on the Golden Anniversary Celebration and 5th National Convention will be posted in the website and shared on the Roman Sigma Facebook group.

The NEC expressed gratitude to Sister Divina dela Cruz for hosting the meeting.

Roman Sigma celebrates 48th anniversary

posted Oct 21, 2017, 6:57 AM by Ramil Sanchez   [ updated Oct 21, 2017, 7:05 AM ]


All Romans are informed/reminded that the 4th General Assembly resolved to allow and empower the Councils of Nobles to organize recruitment and initiation to revive and create new Student Chapters. A fair reminder: our new recruitment and initiation policies and guidelines disallow hazing. That is in compliance to The Anti-Hazing Act of 1995, also known as Republic Act No. 8049. Any violators will be expelled from the fraternity/sorority.

Agusan Council organized

posted Aug 20, 2014, 5:32 AM by Ramil Sanchez

The Agusan Council was formally installed  with the induction of officers on August 2, 2014 at DLJ Chika-an, Cabadbaran City.

The induction ceremony was led by the Brother Ramil A. Sanchez, the National President of Roman Sigma. Brother Dante Manlimos, the National Executive Vice President and Brother Crisalde Avena, the National Treasurer were also present.

Inducted to office were Sister Myra Sanchez, Council President; Brother Doods Bugas, Vice President; Sister Lutchie Timkang Dizon , Secretary; Brother JR Petalcorin, Treasurer....(ed)




3rd national confab in Surigao City

posted Jun 16, 2014, 2:38 AM by Ramil Sanchez

Surigao City, the City of Islands Adventures, will be the venue of the 3rd Roman Sigma National Convention on September 19 - 21, 2014.

The biennial gathering of Romans from all over the world will have a theme: "Roman Sigma Transformation in the Social Era." The transformation of the organization is in consonance with  the No Hazing Policy and the reforms necessary for the fraternity/sorority to become more responsive and more relevant to the changing nature of higher education worldwide.

The convention will be attended by alumni and student members from the different councils and collegiate chapters nationwide. The Caraga Region councils will be hosting this event. Interested members are advised to connect with the organizing committee and read the advisories on Facebook as well.

Advanced registration will be facilitated at the website and payment of sponsorship and solicitation will be facilitated through the different designated bank account/s. For further queries, members may email ramilsanchez@gmail.com or call 09177064698 / 09328558320.

The Caraga Councils ( Agusan and Surigao ) in a meeting on June 14, 2014

Roman Sigma holds worldwide fundraising

posted Nov 17, 2013, 12:01 AM by Ramil Sanchez

The National Executive Committee (NEC) has issued an Executive Order No. 2 Series 2013 for the Worldwide Fundraising to help the victims of Supertyphoon Haiyan or Yolanda. Proceeds of the fundraising will be extended to identified areas and to the Philippine Red Cross or local partners in the Philippines through the International Council of Nobles and the various councils and chapters.

Roman Sigma holds strategic planning

posted Apr 17, 2013, 2:41 AM by Admin Roman Sigma


Roman Sigma will hold its Strategic Planning Workshop and 1st National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting on April 20, 2013 at the Mindanao Training Resource Center, Davao Medical School Foundation, Bajada, Davao City.

The Strategic Planning is conducted in order to define the direction of Roman Sigma through its Vision, Mission, Goals and Programs for the years 2013 to 2020. The National Executive Council is expected to deliberate and approve the enhanced constitution and by laws. 

With the objective of gathering inputs from key informants and the members, a survey is being conducted online @ https://sites.google.com/site/romansigmafraternitysorority/survey-2013 .

Join the Roman Campaign of the 21st Century

posted Feb 8, 2013, 3:44 AM by Admin Roman Sigma



Now is a different time, its the 21st Century!

We are now in a "Social Era", an era in a global world. We can build a great Roman Sigma Fraternity & Sorority in the modern world. As they said, "Rome was not bulit in one day", the Roman Sigma can not be built great by one or few people, it takes all of us to build a Roman Sigma in the 21st Century. 

Doing small deeds with great love will be better than just dreaming of big things...

In one front, the social media, let me call on everybody to help.

I enjoin you to do this, a Roman way to promote our group on Facebook, other social networking sites if ever possible.

If you visit my Facebook Profile my alternate name "Ramil Roman Sanchez" appears! 

To do that : Go to that gear in the upper right most of your profile page, click and find Account Setting, look for General Account Setting and find Name, scroll down and fill in the "Alternate Name" , now type in your name but make your middle name "Roman." 

Best if all of us use our real name, our family picture and a profile pic with a logo in the background. This will be helpful in creating public awareness...that we are Romans! Thanks.

Roman Sigma adopts "No Hazing Policy"

posted Oct 31, 2012, 7:18 PM by Admin Roman Sigma   [ updated Nov 6, 2015, 8:39 PM by Ramil Sanchez ]


The General Assembly passed on October 28, 2012 Resolution No. 3 Series of 2012 - Adopting A No Hazing Policy in compliance with Republic Act No. 8049 otherwise known as "Anti-Hazing Law of the Philippines". 

The resolution was passed by Sister Gina Perez-Johnston, with amendment introduced  by Brod Epimaco Cabanlit. It is expected that the National Executive Council will issue an new guidelines for the standards of recruitment and initiations effective immediately.

RA 8049 Full Text from: www.chanrobles.com

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8049
AN ACT REGULATING HAZING AND OTHER FORMS OF INITIATION RITES IN FRATERNITIES, SORORITIES, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREFOR

Section 1. Hazing, as used in this Act, is an initiation rite or practice as a prerequisite for admission into membership in a fraternity, sorority or organization by placing the recruit, neophyte or applicant in some embarrassing or humiliating situations such as forcing him to do menial, silly, foolish and other similar tasks or activities or otherwise subjecting him to physical or psychological suffering or injury.  

The term "organization" shall include any club or the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Philippine Military Academy, or officer and cadet corp of the Citizen's Military Training and Citizen's Army Training. The physical, mental and psychological testing and training procedure and practices to determine and enhance the physical, mental and psychological fitness of prospective regular members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police as approved ny the Secretary of National Defense and the National Police Commission duly recommended by the Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Director General of the Philippine National Police shall not be considered as hazing for the purposes of this Act.  

Sec. 2. No hazing or initiation rites in any form or manner by a fraternity, sorority or organization shall be allowed without prior written notice to the school authorities or head of organization seven (7) days before the conduct of such initiation. The written notice shall indicate the period of the initiation activities which shall not exceed three (3) days, shall include the names of those to be subjected to such activities, and shall further contain an undertaking that no physical violence be employed by anybody during such initiation rites.  

Sec. 3. The head of the school or organization or their representatives must assign at least two (2) representatives of the school or organization, as the case may be, to be present during the initiation. It is the duty of such representative to see to it that no physical harm of any kind shall be inflicted upon a recruit, neophyte or applicant.  

Sec. 4. If the person subjected to hazing or other forms of initiation rites suffers any physical injury or dies as a result thereof, the officers and members of the fraternity, sorority or organization who actually participated in the infliction of physical harm shall be liable as principals. The person or persons who participated in the hazing shall suffer:  

    1. The penalty of reclusion perpetua (life imprisonment) if death, rape, sodomy or mutilation results there from.  

    2. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period (17 years, 4 months and 1 day to 20 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall become insane, imbecile, impotent or blind.  

    3. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its medium period (14 years, 8 months and one day to 17 years and 4 months) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have lost the use of speech or the power to hear or to smell, or shall have lost an eye, a hand, a foot, an arm or a leg or shall have lost the use of any such member shall have become incapacitated for the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged.  

    4. The penalty of reclusion temporal in its minimum period (12 years and one day to 14 years and 8 months) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall become deformed or shall have lost any other part of his body, or shall have lost the use thereof, or shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for a period of more than ninety (90) days.  

    5. The penalty of prison mayor in its maximum period (10 years and one day to 12 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for a period of more than thirty (30) days.  

    6. The penalty of prison mayor in its medium period (8 years and one day to 10 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged for a period of ten (10) days or more, or that the injury sustained shall require medical assistance for the same period.  

    7. The penalty of prison mayor in its minimum period (6 years and one day to 8 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim shall have been ill or incapacitated for the performance on the activity or work in which he was habitually engaged from one (1) to nine (9) days, or that the injury sustained shall require medical assistance for the same period.  

    8. The penalty of prison correccional in its maximum period (4 years, 2 months and one day to 6 years) if in consequence of the hazing the victim sustained physical injuries which do not prevent him from engaging in his habitual activity or work nor require medical attendance.

The responsible officials of the school or of the police, military or citizen's army training organization, may impose the appropriate administrative sanctions on the person or the persons charged under this provision even before their conviction. The maximum penalty herein provided shall be imposed in any of the following instances:  
    (a) when the recruitment is accompanied by force, violence, threat, intimidation or deceit on the person of the recruit who refuses to join;  

    (b) when the recruit, neophyte or applicant initially consents to join but upon learning that hazing will be committed on his person, is prevented from quitting;  

    (c) when the recruit, neophyte or applicant having undergone hazing is prevented from reporting the unlawful act to his parents or guardians, to the proper school authorities, or to the police authorities, through force, violence, threat or intimidation;  

    (d) when the hazing is committed outside of the school or institution; or  

    (e) when the victim is below twelve (12) years of age at the time of the hazing.

The owner of the place where hazing is conducted shall be liable as an accomplice, when he has actual knowledge of the hazing conducted therein but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring. If the hazing is held in the home of one of the officers or members of the fraternity, group, or organization, the parents shall be held liable as principals when they have actual knowledge of the hazing conducted therein but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring.  

The school authorities including faculty members who consent to the hazing or who have actual knowledge thereof, but failed to take any action to prevent the same from occurring shall be punished as accomplices for the acts of hazing committed by the perpetrators.  

The officers, former officers, or alumni of the organization, group, fraternity or sorority who actually planned the hazing although not present when the acts constituting the hazing were committed shall be liable as principals. A fraternity or sorority's adviser who is present when the acts constituting the hazing were committed and failed to take action to prevent the same from occurring shall be liable as principal.  

The presence of any person during the hazing is prima facie evidence of participation therein as principal unless he prevented the commission of the acts punishable herein.  

Any person charged under this provision shall not be entitled to the mitigating circumstance that there was no intention to commit so grave a wrong.  

This section shall apply to the president, manager, director or other responsible officer of a corporation engaged in hazing as a requirement for employment in the manner provided herein.  

Sec. 5. If any provision or part of this Act is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other parts or provisions thereof shall remain valid and effective.  

Sec. 6. All laws, orders, rules or regulations which are inconsistent with or contrary to the provisions of this Act are hereby amended or repealed accordingly.  

Sec. 7. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) calendar days after its publication in at least two (2) national newspapers of general circulation.


Brod Wawuls welcome and challenge speech to Romans

posted Oct 30, 2012, 2:28 AM by Admin Roman Sigma

Brother Epimaco Cabanlit, members of the Steering Committee, Brothers and sisters, good Morning.

 

I am genuinely delighted to see all of you today and profoundly honored to be given the chance to formally open this well anticipated 2nd Roman Sigma National Convention.My long journey all the way here to General Santos City is vindicated by this large turnout of members from all over the country and abroad.

 

It has now been more than 2 years since I have seen a similarly large gathering of Roman Sigma.

 


It’s also been about two years since we’ve started mobilizing members of the Host Team of General Santos City conglomeration of Chapters to organize this biennial gathering. I am deeply indebted to this hardworking team for their actions on behalf of the Steering Committee. I must take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation to Sister Gina Perez-Johnston for leading her team in making this important event happen. May I ask everyone to please give them a big round of applause.

 

Sis Gina was also instrumental to why Sis Amie Zonio is here with us. If she had not strongly bid for hosting this event in General Santos City, she would have not decided to come home to her beloved Gensan, all the way from Virginia, USA. Please give another big round of applause to these two fine sisters.

 

Iwill say that organizing this event has not been an easy task.A few months after the 1st National Convention, the conveners were practically groping in the dark, not knowing where to begin. Sister Gina, Sister ElgienVerano, (whom I regret that she is not here with us today due to a schedule conflict), and I incessantly exchanged views over the internet about which strategy to use. The other members of the conveners, Brod Leyto Labata and Brod Nestor Longakit, were so busy at that time that we barely saw them come, online. Nevertheless, their insights and encouragements gave us strength to keep the ball rolling.

 

Finally, we decided to build an Interim Steering Committee, in which, I became the Chairperson, Sis Elgien, the Chair for fund sourcing, and Sis Gina as Vice-Chair and also the lead person of the Host Team. Sis Elgien’s contributions were incredibly valuable up until the last hour, despite notifying us long before this convention that she couldn’t attend. We kept her absence a secret to discourage demoralization among members and the Host Team. Sis Elgien deserves a big round of applause even in absentia.

 

The problems were never totally solved after the organizing of the Interim Steering Committee. Five people can’t do everything. This was aggravated by the fact that Sis Elgien and I are living abroad. So we agreed to invite more members to join the Steering Committee.

 

An addition of six members was selected based on their contribution to the success of the 1st National Convention and their potential contribution to the 2nd National Convention. The response from our invitation was very encouraging.

 

Brod Dante Manlimos made the coordination more effective by creating a Facebook page for the Steering Committee. Brod Alexander Beley effectively coordinated with the Iligan Chapters. Brod Ramil Sanchez provided us with effective online tools for coordinating the registration as well as online streaming of our activity today so that Romans who are not here can join us via the internet. Brod Elias Egam is coordinating for the MSU –Marawi Chapter tagging along with our younger brothers and sisters. Brod Raul Almeria coordinated with the Host Team to create some of the materials for the program.

 

And last but not least, the only rose among the thorns, Sis Amie Zonio, my Triangle batch mate, wrestled with me and the rest of the Steering Committee in developingthe most appropriate statement for our convention theme. Hence we have: Strengthen the bond; let’s convene to shape the future. - A very fitting mantra for this two-day celebration. Please give a big round of applause to the members of the Steering Committee.

 

I am also impressed by these people’s readiness and willingness to accept these responsibilities without batting an eyelash, when I assigned these topics and tasks in the programme to them. I salute you guys.

 

For more than four decades, Roman Sigma had focused most of our energies on the usual activities campus Fraternities and Sororities do; such as recruiting members, increasing our numbers, socializing, etc. We did not anticipate the future. We never really pondered on the fact that we would still be Romans beyond the university and that there will be new generations of Romans born in various campuses around the country. Thus, we never really thought about planning the next steps for upgrading our organization to meet the challenges of a new era.

 

In the early 90’s, when Sto. Nino Community Chapter was still very active, Brod Jerry Dela Cruz, one of the prominent members and now a very successful businessman, asked me where we are heading. He observed that while we met regularly, did some community projects and ventured into small time enterprises (such as sponsoring benefit dances in the town plaza during fiestas), most of the time our chapter’s money was spent only on “tapok-tapok,” that would always result in drinking sprees.

 

He opined that we can do better than just socializing and recruiting and investing on petty projects. He envisioned a “big” Roman Sigma, an organization that can be compared to prominent civic organizations with a clear vision, mission and goals. I said yes, it’s possible? The first concept for the Roman Sigma Foundation actually originated from that conversation. Although that plan was not yet realized, it was never forgotten. I said to myself, someday, the right opportunity will present itself again. And it has, indeed, today! I believe we should consider it all over again. And this time around, we’ll make it truly happen.

 

believe things larger than us do not happen like magic. It takes time, effort and a lot of patience for something great to be born. Planning is its mother and the right time is its birthday. The biennial national convention will provide us with that opportunity. It is the only time that we members of the Roman Sigma family can discuss these dreams. We will start here.

 

But first of all, we need to delve further into ourselves: Know who we are, what we are, what we stand for, and most importantly what our goals for existence are. We need to know all of these things before we can determine what we really want and what we can do. The foundations of our existence should first be strengthened. Only then can we move on to the next phase.

 

Brothers and Sisters, the national convention means an opportunity for us. To plan, discuss, exchange ideas, and act on whatever is workable one at a time. We never need to rush because this process is tedious. What is important is that we have started the process. We should not cower despite how big these goals seem to be. We should not be afraid to dream big, for only in dreaming and working hard for it can our aspirations become a reality.

 

Heavy? Looks challenging?

 

So it seems, but I believe we can do it.

 

For two whole days and two nights, the Steering Committee carefully selected activities that will guide us towards achieving these goals. As you can see in the Programme, the activities are loaded with lots of listening, participating and doing. No fun games!

 

This is because we are still in the organizational strengthening phase, which is the first stage of our process. When this is over, our next conventions will be a bit more active and physical. There will be lots of leisure activities like beach volleyball and fancy shows because we have done our homework already.

 

For that time, the next Steering Committee may decide to extend the convention for 3 days. Why not? I am confident that with our combined hard work and the expected excellent output of this event, contributions will be pouring from members in support of the next convention. Imagine, if only all members will contribute - say an average of 1,000.00 pesos each - we will have more funds to spend for a three-day convention.

 

Please look at the statistics;

 

In my crude estimate (Don’t ask where I got the data. It’s just an educated guess.), our population is now more or less numbering 2,000 members worldwide. But let’s get real. Let’s look at tangible figures.  In one of our Facebook accounts (the one created by BrodRamil), there are 651 members and counting.

 

 

Of this 651,

 

481- I am certain to be full-pledged Romans

 

347 –are employed

          Of this 347

           91- works or lives abroad

           45-are in government service

          197- are in private sector

            14 – are engaged in business

          117- are students

          and  19- uncertain status

 

Therefore, if these 347 members would only send at least P1000 each, we will have a convention fund of 347,000.00 pesos. I’m sure there will be savings left that we can use to fund beneficial projects.

 

Sounds exciting, right? So maybe we should all spread the good news. What do we do now?Today and forward, we will keep on connecting to all members worldwide. We will tell them what we have been doing here so they will not hesitate to send their support for upcoming conventions. We can do it over and over again!

 

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Ok, I know you are keen to get started. Me too! But let me make this quick announcement I’ve been asked to deliver; ___________

 

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I would like to leave you with a quote from Thomas Moore. He said:”We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversation with people/ may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, /but it involves a lot of courage”

 

I wish you all a very interesting convention and a lot of real conversations.

 

Brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great honor and pleasure to declare this 2nd Roman Sigma National Convention open!

 

We may now partake from the most delicious lunch Gensan has to offer. Indulge yourselves.

 

Thank you.


BrodJuanlorenzo J. Castillon Jr., Chairperson-Steering Committee

Delivered during the Opening, 2nd Roman Sigma National Convention held on October 27-29 at Water Gran Beach and Resorts, General Santos City

National Executive Council for 2012-2014

posted Oct 30, 2012, 1:30 AM by Admin Roman Sigma


The National Executive Council of Roman Sigma Fraternity/Sorority, 2012-2014

Dante Comendador Manlimos, Chairperson
Ramil A. Sanchez, 
President/Vice Chairperson 
Gina Perez Johnston, VP for Finance
Nestor Rotsen Longakit, 
VP for Membership

Alexander Godwin G. Beley, 
VP for Operations

Roquito Malunes Jr.
Mario Pelarion
Mon Eliezer Sambo, Marawi Chapter, 
Fraternity Student Representative

Lislie Mendoza Jumawid, Tacurong Chapter, 
Sorority Student Representative

National Secretary: Cynthia de los Reyes
National Treasurer: Zaldy Avena 





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