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Report of the Student Regent on the 1295th BOR Meeting

Report of the Student Regent on the 1295th BOR Meeting

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Report of the Student Regent on the 1295th Board Meeting (February 6, 2014)
Report of the Student Regent on the 1295th Board Meeting (February 6, 2014)

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University of the Philippines System
Vinzons Basement, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1101 9818500 loc 4511
OFFICE
 
OF
 
THE
 
STUDENT
 
REGENT
 
February 7, 2014
REPORT OF THE STUDENT REGENT ON THE 1295
TH
 BOR MEETING
On the Shift of the Academic Calendar
President Pascual presented to the Board the proposed pilot shift in the academic calendar as approved by the members of the Presidential Advisory Council. This project supposedly aims to
“internationalize” and “globalize” the education system by
 synchronizing the calendar with other Southeast Asian countries, in line with the ASEAN Integration in 2015. We voted against this policy for several reasons. First, as reported by our student leaders during the General Assembly of Student Councils, no comprehensive consultation was yet conducted among students. Second, it is not clear what problem the calendar shift is attempting to address. The OSR has not received any report about students complaining about the current academic calendar. Third, thi
s new calendar policy reveals a skewed idea of “internationalization” and “global competitiveness.” Our
iskolars ng bayan
 continue to endure poor conditions (ex. Lack of facilities, etc.) in the University. We believe there are more problems that the administration and the national government must prioritize. Internationalization and globalization are excuses and used as illusions to distract us from the real issue
that the ASEAN integration is a policy which aims to open up SEA nations like the Philippines as a source of cheap labour for multinational corporations in the region.
On the renaming of the UP Diliman CBA as the Cesar Virata School of Business
The committee tasked by President Pascual to investigate on the issue presented their report.  After deliberations on the report and revisiting the discussions during past BOR meetings, the Board finally decided to resolve this issue. Despite the opposition posed by the different sectors of UP Diliman and the resolution formed by the GASC, majority of the regents decided to retain the renaming
 
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).

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