UP Democratization Movement on Roman’s Undemocratic Governance

Posted on March 3, 2010

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Oppose Roman’s undemocratic governance!

Oppose Malacanang intervention in decision-making in the University of the Philippines!

Uphold  democratic representation in the university, appointments based on merit and the principles of accountability and transparency in decision making!

Statement of the UP Democratization Movement, March 3, 2010

Barely two years after the U.P. Centennial Celebration, the Roman Administration is eroding the cherished valutes of democratic representation, appointments based on merit and the principles of accountability and transparency in decision-making in the University of the Philippines.

President Emerlinda Roman plays the leading role in the weakening of democratic governance in the university as indicated in her recent actuations and decisions during the following crucial moments: the Student Regent’s Disqualification, the deliberations on the expired terms of the Malacanang-appointed acting Regents, the removal of PGH Director Jose Gonzales, the UP Mindanao chancellorship, her denial of the appeal for tenure of Prof. Sarah Raymundo, her continuing inaction on the appeal of UP Los Banos faculty and students to hold in abeyance the full-scale implementation of a policy requiring ALL general education, foundation and legislated courses to be taught in large class mode starting June 2010.

Sec. 3 (h) of the U.P. Charter stipulates that the University “shall provide democratic governance based on collegiality, representation, accountability, transparency, and active participation of its constituents….”.  Pres. Roman is reneging on this responsibility, is twisting the democratic processes, and is leading the maneuvers  for the adoption and implementation of decisions detrimental to the interest of the UP constituents.

For the first time in UP’s 100-year history, students were stripped of their representation from the UP Board of Regents (BOR) on the basis of a technicality rather than on failure to meet the academic requirements of the university.

For the first time in UP’s 100-year history, three regents overstayed their temporary designations to the BOR which lapsed in 2009; yet they remain regular members of the Board.

For the first time in UP’s 100-year history, the appointment of a University official was revoked without due cause. The sitting UP-PGH director was removed from his post even though he has been sworn into office, has occupied that office for over a month and is protected by Civil Service rules on tenure.

For the first time in UP’s 100-year history, all General Education, Foundation and Legislated courses will be transformed into large class (as large as 160 to 350) mode at UP Los Banos.

President Roman  is  turning the BOR into a highly politicized body by initiating the attack to remove the Student Regent, by conspiring to reverse a BOR selection of the PGH Director that she did not want, by acting as the President only of some segments of the university instead of the whole university. She is demonstrating all the weaknesses of her appointing authority, which is to divide and confuse instead of leading and governing. The crisis of the University  is really a gross failure of executive leadership of President Roman.

Pres. Roman has to answer for her leading role in the erosion and weakening of democratic representation, democratic processes and accountability in the University through  maneuvers that reek of double standard, the selective use of legal justifications to reward persons loyal to her and to exclude perceived opponents to her policies and her administration.  We call on the faculty, students, REPS and staff of the University of the Philippines to oppose the undemocratic moves of the Roman Administration.

The UP Democratization Movement forwards the following calls:

Ensure student representation in the Board of Regents. Grant the appeal of the Student Regent for residency!

Recognize Dr. Jose Gonzales the duly appointed UP PGH director from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012 in accordance with his  December 28, 2009 original appointment!

Oppose Roman’s undemocratic governance! Oppose Malacanang intervention in decision-making in the University of the Philippines!

Uphold   democratic representation in the university, appointments based on merit and the principles of accountability and transparency in decision making!

Photo originally posted here: http://arkibongbayan.org/2010/2010-03March03-UPinCrisis/pix1/DSC03355.JPG