Only three members voted against the retention of the name, myself, the Staff Regent and Congressman Roman Romulo.
Such a brazen act of disregard for the UP community’s stand is
also a show of disrespect to the memory of our Martial Law martyrs
all in exchange for a P40M-donation of Regent Magdaleno Albarracin.
On the PCARI Project
A short presentation on the Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) project was presented by Dr. William G. Padolina. This project shall be funded solely by the Philippine government: Php 1.763 billion for 2014 and alone and a total of Php 8 billion in the span of its five-year implementation. Through PCARI, Filipino researchers are sent to the United States to train and earn graduate and doctoral degrees at the University of California. At first glance, it would seem that this project is in no means harmful to the Filipino people. But further analysis of the issue would say otherwise, because despite the dismal state of the local science and technology department, the government will allot a huge amount of funds for this project, which could otherwise be directly invested here at home. From the very start of this project, it has been received criticism not only from the student sector but also from ranking officials of the CHED, Commissioner Nona Ricafort and Director Carmina Alonzo who resigned from their posts due to anomalies hounding the project. Although there is a joint ownership of the Philippines and the US in the results and products of the research studies, intellectual property rights and patents may still be purchased at a price. In this scenario, the US may end up having sole ownership of the IPR and the patents. Despite contracts and guidelines, there is also no assurance that the beneficiaries of this project will return and use their newly earned degrees for the benefit of the country.
As your Student Regent, I am for the development of the country’s science and technology.
Sharing resources and best practices often lead to remarkable research advances. Under this project, however, which has been marred with controversies and framed without any genuine
regard for protecting the interests of the country, our universities’ researchers will only
remain at the disadvantaged end of the bargain.
On the Diliman Draft Code of Student Conduct
Since its inception in 2006, the Diliman Draft of Code of Student Conduct has been a contentious matter. Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma was asked to present the differences of the student code currently used by the University with the new proposal. (Board members were given advanced copies of the proposal).