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With five of its six positions held by Bukluran party members, the Supreme Student Council (SSC) this year is expected to make a louder call for student regency (SR).
A student regent is a student representative to the University’s Board of Regents (BOR), which is the highest decision-making body of PLM and has the power to grant diplomas, certificates and titles to students and the authority to settle issues within the University.
Bukluran, for many years, has been in the forefront of the SR campaign.
Its main arguments are PLM’s classification as a state university and the existence of a law providing that state universities and colleges (SUC) must have a student representative in their BOR.
In a statement it previously issued, Bukluran said that PLM is a state university because Section 3(b) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 8292, also known as the Higher Education Modernization Act (HEMA) states so.
It provides that SUCs “refer to public (Higher Education Institutions) in the Philippines created and established by law which constitutes their charter and which have independent and separate (Governing Boards).” PLM fits those descriptions.
According to Section 6 of R.A. 8292’s IRR, the Governing Board or the BOR of a state university must be composed of 10 individuals: the Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as chairman; the President of the chartered SUC as vice chairman; the Chairman of the Committee on Education of the Senate; the Chairman of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education of the House of Representatives; the Regional Director of the National Economic Development Authority of the particular region where the chartered SUC is located; the President/Chair/Head of the duly recognized Faculty Association of the chartered SUC; a Student Regent; the President of the alumni association; and two prominent citizens representing the private sector who have distinguished themselves in their professions or fields of specialization.
For the student regent, the law provides that he must be “the President of the supreme student council or the student representative elected by the student council who shall be known as the Student Regent (SR)…” and “…that in the absence of a student council president or student representative elected by the student council, the university or college shall schedule one week for the campaign and election of a student representative.”
This year’s SSC President is Medicine student Noliver Barrido, a member of the Bukluran party. He also has four partymates in the student council.
There is an argument against student regency in PLM, though.Republic Act 4196 or the PLM Charter specifically states the composition of the University’s BOR.
In Section 4 of the Charter, it is stated that “The Board of Regents shall be composed of the president of the university and five members, all of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City of Manila, with the consent of the Municipal Board: provided, that of the six members appointed by the Mayor, one shall come from the faculty, another from the alumni of the said university when such alumnus shall be available, and one of the others to be a recognized educator or authority in the field of education. The Superintendent of Schools for the City of Manila shall be ex-officio member of the Board of Regents.”
Bukluran, however, believes that such provision in the Charter has been superseded by that of RA 8292.
“PLM is enacted by legislation thru Republic Act No. (4196), commonly known as the PLM Charter. The PLM Charter vested its powers to the Board of Regents authorizing it to open curricula and institutional programs, and award its own degrees. However, on July 22, 1997, landmark legislation was made enacting into law Republic Act 8292 otherwise known as the Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997,” it said.
“This Act provides among others for the uniform composition and powers of the governing boards of SUCs with the Chairman of CHED as the Chair of the governing boards of all SUCs. With this new set-up, in effect this places all SUCs under the supervision, policy and development mandate of CHED. This enables the CHED to exert influence or provide proper guidance on the quality and directions of the academic programs as well as on the internal operations of the SUCs,” it added.
The PLM administration, however, maintains that the University has full autonomy mainly because it has its own charter.
For its failure to allow a student representative to sit as a member of the University’s BOR, Bukluran said that the PLM administration has violated the law.
“PLM is clearly non-compliant of the law specifically created to modernize and rationalize the direction of SUCs particularly in the composition and powers of governing boards,” it said.
“The absence of a student regent in the BOR is one visible indication that PLM refuses to grant the right of the students to be represented in policy-making within the university,” it concluded.
Bukluran said it would seek intervention in the matter of PLM’s non-compliance of R.A. 8292 and the issuance of a restraining order to the PLM BOR from delivering its normal function until its composition is fully organized in compliance with R.A. 8292 with the inclusion of a student regent.
The call for student regency has been on for years now with several student organizations supporting the Student Regent Now! Alliance. In 2002, there was an attempt to amend the PLM Charter and insert a provision allowing student regency. The bill was filed by Senator Francis Pangilinan but no action on the bill was taken by the Senate up to this time.
Former University President Adel Tamano also expressed his support for SR and said that he might initiate a bill that would amend the Charter if he would be elected as a senator. However, Tamano lost in the recent elections.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The members and officers of the Bukluran Students' Alliance, a socio-political student organization in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, joined thousands of protesters from senators, party-list organizations, politicians, church leaders, students and the so called "Juan dela Cruz" of our society, to denounce the self-serving House Resolution No. 1109. The rally was staged at the Makati Business District, located at the intersection of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas last Wednesday (June 10, 2009)
Approval of House Resolution No. 1109 empowered Congress to convene itself into a Con-ass in which members of the House and the Senate would vote jointly—not separately—to amend the 1987 Constitution. Debates dragged for hours but it took only a few seconds for the House of Representatives to approve a resolution that would convene Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.With the “ayes” registering a louder vote than the “nays,” the House of Representatives late Tuesday (June 9, 2009) approved House Resolution 1109 convening Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the 1987 Constitution.
In the resolution, it was interpreted that voting should be done upon the three-fourths of “all the members of Congress, not three-fourths of each House voting separately.” Proponents of this measure had hoped that this would prompt someone to question it before the Supreme Court, so that the tribunal could decide whether voting by the two chambers of Congress should be done jointly or separately.
OUR VIEW ON HR 1109
HR 1109 is only a disguise, a pill coated with sugar, a big blunder. We all know from our Social Science classes that this government is being run by a bicameral Congress, hence, this nasty move of the House of Representatives only left us to doubt the sincerity of their efforts.
Bukluran believes on saving the fundamental law of the land which is our own Constitution. We, as a catalyst of change and the hope of the future, would like to ask each House Members: "Is this the legacy you want to share for the Filipino youth?" If this is how they want to control our government, then we shall ensure that they'll suffer thru the ballots.
We stand against this kind of farce from the Arroyo faction or allies or should we say puppies, and this only reflects on how dirty our governmental institutions are - from Malacañang to the House of Representatives. We seek to end this kind of suffering. This oligarchy that the Arroyos have put up should be destroyed little by little.
THE FIGHT FOR A GENUINE AND GOOD GOVERNANCE WILL NOT JUST END TODAY. WE SHALL CONTINUE TO GUIDE EVERY PLMayer ON MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS AT ALL TIMES, AND OF COURSE WE SHALL NOT SUPPORT THOSE CONGRESSMEN WHO APPROVED THE HR 1109! NO TO CON-ASS! PRIORITIZE THE PEOPLE NOT THE FEW!
---THE STUDENTS UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED! ---
Friday, April 17, 2009
WE STAND FOR TRANSPARENCY IN MATTERS RELATING TO THE FUNDS DULY PAID FOR BY THE STUDENTS OF PLM.
WE DEMAND FOR THE SPEEDY RESOLUTION ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE "NEGLIGENCE RESULTING TO THE LOSS OF STUDENTS' FUND FROM THE COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP."
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I – Whether or not PLM is state university as defined by the
Republic Act No. 8292 and it's IRR thru CHED Memorandum Order No. 3,
The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila is a state university. The
distinction and definition given by our law, is to have a charter
and an independent governing board for an institution to be
considered as a state university (Par. (b), Section 3 of the IRR for
RA 8292). PLM holds a special characteristic as defined by its own
charter, Republic Act No. 4196. It reads in Section 15 of the said
charter that, the Municipal Board of the City of Manila shall
appropriate the funds for the operation of the university. Given
this difference from any other state university like the University
of the Philippines and the Polytechnic University of the
Philippines, wherein funds form part of the Annual Appropriations of
the national government, the PLM still holds the same requirements
as defined by law to be considered as a state university.
According to the plain meaning rule, absent a contrary definition
within the statute, words must be given their plain, ordinary and
literal meaning. The law is clear, thus this should not create
further interpretation or confusion.
II – Whether or not the PLM Board of Regents is violating the
provisions of the Republic Act No. 8292 or the HEMA for failure to
comply with the requirements of law for a uniform composition
and powers of governing boards of chartered state universities and
The Commission on Higher Education oversees the higher education
system in the Philippines. It is an agency attached to the Office of
the President of the Philippines for administrative purposes as
stated in its own charter. CHED is responsible for administering and
supervising both public and private higher education institutions
(HEIs) in the country.
The state universities and colleges' (SUCs) autonomy is assured by
their individual charters. In this regard, PLM is enacted by
legislation thru Republic Act No. 8292, commonly known as the PLM
Charter. The PLM Charter vested its powers to the Board of Regents
authorizing it to open curricula and institutional programs, and
award its own degrees. However, on July 22, 1997, landmark
legislation was made enacting into law Republic Act 8292 otherwise
known as the "Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997." This Act
provides among others for the uniform composition and powers of the
governing boards of SUCs with the Chairman of CHED as the Chair of
the governing boards of all SUCs. With this new set-up, in effect
this places all SUCs under the supervision, policy and development
mandate of CHED. This enables the CHED to exert influence or provide
proper guidance on the quality and directions of the academic
programs as well as on the internal operations of the SUCs.
The Board of Regents, the highest decision-making body of PLM, has
the authority to grant diplomas, certificates and titles to students
who have completed their academic programs and validate graduation
of students. The six-member Board is currently composed of the
President of PLM, a representative of the PLM faculty, a
distinguished alumnus, a respected educator, and one other respected
professional, and the Superintendent of the Division of City Schools-
Manila. Each member serves six-year tenure of office.
This current composition of the PLM Board of Regents, given the
status of PLM as a state university, is directly violating the HEMA.
As stated in R.A. 8292, the governing body of state universities and
colleges is hereby in the Board of Regents for universities and in
the Board of Trustees for colleges which shall be composed of the
(i) Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Chairman;
(ii) President of the university or college, Vice Chairman;
(iii) Chairmen of the Congressional Committees on Education and
(iv) Regional Director of the National Economic Development
Authority (NEDA) where the main campus of the university or college
(v) Regional Director of the Department of Science and Technology
(DOST) in case of science and technological colleges; or the
Regional Director of the Department of Agriculture colleges; or the
Secretary of Education for an Autonomous Region. In lieu of such
representation, the commanding generals of the Philippine Air Force
and the Philippine Navy shall sit as members of the Board of the
Philippine State College of Aeronautics and the Philippine Merchant
marine Academy, respectively;
(vi) President of the faculty association;
(vii) President of the supreme student council or the student
representative elected by the student council: Provided, That in the
absence of a student council president of student representative
elected by the student council, the university or college shall
schedule one (1) weekly for the campaign and election of student
(viii) President of the alumni association of the institution
(ix) Two (2) prominent citizens who have distinguished themselves in
their professions or fields of specialization chosen from among
lists of at least five (5) persons qualified in the city or the
province where the school is located, as recommended by the search
committee constituted by the President consultation with the
Chairman of the CHED based on the normal standards and
qualifications for the position;
PLM is clearly non-compliant of the law specifically created for to
modernize and rationalize the direction of SUCs particularly in the
composition and powers of governing boards. The absence of a student
regent in the BOR is one visible indication that PLM refuses to
grant the right of the students to be represented in policy-making
within the university.
Ignorantia legis neminem excusat.
WHEREFORE, given our arguments and legal basis, we pray for this
Honorable Commission to wit:
1. Intervention in the matter of PLM's non-compliance of the
R.A. 8292 and other CHED issuances relevant to the composition of
governing boards of state universities and colleges which includes
2. Issue a restraining order to the PLM BOR from delivering its
normal function not until the composition of the BOR is fully
organized in compliance with Section 3 of R.A. 8292 with the
inclusion of a Student Regent.
3. Provide all remedies as it is deemed appropriate for the
proper resolution of this issue.
We stand by the rule of law and by the rights of the students.
Signed in the City of Manila.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Sigaw ng Pamantasan, KATOTOHANAN! - Bukluran Students' Alliance at Supreme Student Council nanguna sa rally
We have been witnesses to a politicaltelenovela in the past few weeks.This time, Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada, aformer chief executive officer of thePhilippine Forest Corporation, surfacedto expose not only some influentialgovernment officials' involvement in theZTE-NBN deal, but the corrupt, rottingsystem that has long been haunting thelives of the toiling Filipino people,led by no one else but GloriaMacapagal-Arroyo.We have been slaves under a regime whodoes not care and does not even thinkabout the people's future. As of today:• 1 out of 10 Filipinos did not have theopportunity to study at all (6.8 million)• 1 out 6 Filipinos can be considerednot functionally literate (9.6 million)• 4.1 million are illiterate• 11.6 million youth are out-of-school• More than half (51 percent) ofFilipinos only reached elementary levelof education• From 1000 Grade 1 students, only 688will finish elementary level and only 7will pass the school's standards forlearning and development.The present regime could haveprioritized social services rather thantying itself up in paying debts that aremostly anomalous and illegitimate, asreflected by the process within thewhole ZTE-NBN deal picture. It couldhave thought of building the nation'sdevelopment, giving priority to the poorand unprivileged, but all it did was tomake a fortune with people's funds andmake corrupt officials assert their"kickbacks" from ill-concocted projects.We have been audiences – better yet,victims – to a never-ending circus inthe Arroyo regime. The fertilizer scam,the overpriced Diosdado MacapagalHighway, "Hello Garci", politicalkillings, being the biggest borrowersince Cory Aquino – the long list goeson. We made our stand with these issues,but it just does not suffice to toppledown Arroyo's seven-year stint inMalacañang.However, we must not yield. Because, tosimply put, the people who perpetrateand continue to serve the corruptpractices of the current system does notyield as well.And we, youth and students, in unitywith all basic sectors of the societyfrom all walks of life, should let ourvoices be heard. We are one of the manyvictims of this corrupt and uncaringregime. We are one of the many whoshould stand up for truth,accountability and justice.The past EDSAs can be consideredfrustrating because a simple regimechange took place. This time, we do notneed another promise of a vicious cycleof elitist and trapo regimes. We needgenuine social and systemic change,where the real sense of democracy – therule of the majority – is realized andrecognized.In this crucial time of the country, ifwe are not part of the solution, then,we are part of the problem.
SAMAHANG DEMOKRATIKO NG KABATAAN (SDK)