P1.39 billin less han he curren P6.9 billin budge he universiy. A day aer he summi, he Cllege Science released a saemen in is websie urging he sudens and aculy paricipae in he “mulisecralaciviies” agains he budge cu.“he Cllege is in dire need addiinal unding suppr prperly mainain and perae he NainalScience Cmplex ha is scheduled rcmplein in 2011,” he saemenread.he UP Manila (UPM) cmmuniy annunced in a press cnerence hahe campus will als g n srike nNvember 25 and 26. In he prpsed budge, he allcain r hePhilippine General Hspial decreased by P114 millin.Las Nvember 19, he aculy heUPM Deparmen Scial Sciencespassed a resluin calling r hesudens paricipae in he srike.
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Studnt rrsnttvs from rvt nd ubc schoos jond Kbtnprtyst R. Rymond ptno n fn Hous B 3708 or th “Thr-Yr TutonMortorum act” on Novmbr 23. Th b sks to frz tuton hks n ubc ndrvt schoos for th nxt thr yrs.
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“Nasa 50/50 ang buhay ng isklarng bayan a ng mamamayan naumaanggap ng serbisy sa PGHdahil sa budge cu. ha’s why he UPManila PGH cmmuniy will g nsrike asser ur righ educainand lie,” said Cesarie Sans,chairpersn he UPM universiy suden cuncil. As press ime, six deans in UPDnamely Dr. Mary Ann Espina heCllege Archiecure, Dr. CaesarSalma Science, Dr. Aura Maias Engineering, Dr. Elena Miran Arsand Leers, Dr. land lenin Mass Cmmunicain and Dr. EdnaC he Nainal Cllege Public Adminisrain and Gvernance, havealready endrsed he srike.“We need ac nw sp budge cus in educain and herscial services. he cus will lead skyrckeing uiin and her ees andcmmercializain scial services, which will resul a greaer number Filipins being driven in urherdesiuin,” accrding he NUSP.
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HE CoMMISSIoN oN Audi (CoA) has expresseddubs n he “legaliy and validiy” he 25- year lease cnrac r he Faculy Medical Ars Building (FMAB) hePhilippine General Hspial (PGH)signed by UP and Mercad GeneralHspial, Inc. (MGHI).“U
nreslved legal issues andinadequacy he audirialdcumenary requiremens casdubs n he legaliy and validiy he 25-year lease cnrac,”accrding he
2009 Cnslidaed Annual Audi epr released by CoA n Nvember 4.
UP has leased u MGHI hehree-srey Dispensary Buildingha was subsequenly renvaedin a privae hspial, he FMAB.Clinic spaces in he FMAB will be rened PGH dcrs andcnsulans, privae pharmacies,labraries and diagnsicservices.CoA was he secndgvernmen insiuin quesinhe validiy he FMAB cnrac.on a February 9 pinin, heDeparmen Jusice (DoJ)explained ha he FMAB cnrachas vilaed prvisins he UPCharer.“Dalawang insiusyn nangayn ang kumukwesiyn salegalidad ng knraa para saFMAB. Panahn na upang may kngkreng hakbang na gawinang UP adminisrain hinggilsa usaping i,” Sa egenClduald Cabrera said.
COA questions legality of FMAB contract
In a Nvember 9 leter heBo las year, he All UP WrkersUnin (AUPWU) Manila Chaperexplained ha he Bo vilaedcerain prvisins he 2008 UPCharer when i apprved he leasecnrac r he FMAB.Cerain requiremens r assedispsiin se by Secin 23 henew UP Charer were n llwed by he Bo. Tese requiremensinclude basing lease ransacinsexceeding ve years n a muli- year develpmen plan and havinga hird pary assessmen aer heFMAB prjec underwen wailed biddings.Te UP adminisrain hasiniially dismissed he AUPWU’scnenins, explaining haSecin 23 he UP Charer is napplicable he FMAB cnracas he cied prvisins were “n ye exisen” when UP and MGHInegiaed he erms he cnrac lease rm 2006 2008.epublic Ac (R) 9500 r henew UP Charer, which cnainshe asse dispsiin clause, waspassed in April 2008.Hwever, he DoJ released alegal pinin n February 9 his year, uphlding he cneninsraised by he AUPWU. Accrding rmer Jusice Secreary AgnesDevanadera, he FMAB cnracis cvered by R 9500 as UP andMGHI is sill in he middle negiains when he law k eec in April 2008.Te FMAB cnrac beweenUP-PGH and MGHI was signed by he Bo n June 18 las year, andis eeciviy cnrmed n Augus28 he same year.Te UP adminisrain,hwever, did n llw DoJ’srecmmendain cancel hecnrac due is illegaliy,adding ha he legal pinin is“n binding” and UP can p disregard i.
In he 2009 CAA, heaudi agency cmpelled he UPadminisrain reslve he legalissues n he FMAB cnrac. Aside rm he vilaing heUP Charer, CoA als ned heabsence several dcumens andpermis “necessary deerminereasnable assurance hecnrac’s cmpliance exisinggvernmen rules esablishhe validiy and regulariy heransacin.”Tese deciencies include helack permi rm he NainalHisrical Insiue (NHI) cnver and rehabiliae he PGHDispensary Building. Being par he riginal PGH cmplex, whichhe NHI declared as an “hisricedice,” n alerains can bedne he said building wihupermissin rm he NHI.
Als, as he FMAB prjec is underhe Build-operae-ranser scheme, heprjec shuld have been rs examined by he Invesmen CrdinainCmmitee he Nainal EcnmicDevelpmen Auhriy gauge isprabiliy r UP.Te FMAB prjec als lackeda clearance rm he
Deparmen Envirnmen and Nauralesurces and her gvernmenregulary insiuins.PGH direcr land EnriqueDming reused cmmen nhe issue, saying ha he FMABcnrac was apprved by he prirhspial adminisrain.
“Nakapagaaka na sa dami ng vilain ng FMAB ay hindi pa iipinapaigil,” Cabrera said.
Tugh he FMAB, whichperaes under he name “
Universiy Physicians Medical Cener” rUPMC, is n ye ully uncinal,several privae labraries andpharmacies have already saredperains since Augus his year.
Services such as radilgy,furscpy, ulrasund and labrary services have als sared perains inhe UPMC.Te AUPWU has previusly criicized he FMAB prjec as“deleerius” he perains PGH,as i may aec incme rm PGH’swn labrary aciliies and pharmacy.In a saemen released las ocber,he AUPWU-Manila has already repred decreased sales in he PGHpharmacy, which hey atribued he“direc cmpeiin” rm UPMC.“Sa ngayn, wala pang cnclusivena daa na magpapaunay sa ganingepek ng FMAB sa perasyn ngPGH. Nguni sinisimulan na rin namining pag-aralang mabui,” Cabrerasaid.Te legal cnenins n he FMABprjec will be raised in upcming bard meeings, he added.“Sa papalii na badye ng PGH,hindi dapa pumapask ang UPadminisrain sa mga kasunduang sahalip na magdagdag ng kia sa spial ay makababawas pa,” said Cabrera.