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De L a Salle University M anila
University Student Government
Constitution

C ONTENT
Preamble
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Name and Seat


M embership
Declaration of Principles, Purposes and Policies
Bill of Rights
Duties and Responsibilities of Students
A ccountability of USG O fficers
T he E xecutive Board
T he E xecutive Committee
Powers, Duties and Responsibilities of E B Members
T he A ctivities Assembly
T he College Student Government
T he Batch Student Government
T he E xecutive Departments
T he Legislative Assembly
T he L A Committees
T he L A Inner C ircle
T he College Legislative Board
T he Judiciary
Constitutional Commissions
A rticles of Impeachment
T he Council of Student O rganizations
Convention of Leaders
E lections
Vacancies
General Provisions
A mendments
T ransitory Provisions
Separability C lause
E ffectivity
Preamble

We, the undergraduate students of De La Salle University - Manila, imploring the aid of the Almighty God and invoking
the patronage of St. John Baptist De La Salle, assert our inherent democratic right to pursue an autonomous and genuine
student government that shall inspire us to become true Lasallian achievers for God and country, reinvigorate our
formation as Lasallians who secure harmony, unity and cooperation among ourselves and with those who, together with
us, make up the Lasallian community of persons, scholars, learners and citizens, commit to the advancement and defense
of our rights and welfare, safeguard the academic freedom and integrity of the University, affirm the student-FLWL]HQV
dignity and worth, promote the common good, actualize our roles as propagandists and catalysts for social change and
action, inculcate a social consciousness that will strike a balance between self and service to others, healthy competition
and cooperation, privilege and responsibility and embody our libertarian ideals, nationalist aspirations and noble vision
of a humane and sovereign society where truth, justice, freedom, love, equality and peace reign, do solemnly ordain and
promulgate this Constitution.

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N A M E A ND SE A T

Section 1.

The name of this student government, established under this Constitution, shall be known as the De La
Salle University - Manila University Student Government, which shall hereinafter be referred to as the
USG.

Section 2.

The seat of the USG shall be in the De La Salle University - Manila, 2401 Taft Avenue, Manila, which
shall hereinafter be referred to as the University.
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M E M B E RSH IP

The members of the USG shall be all undergraduate students of the University.
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D E C L A R A T I O N O F PR I N C IPL ES, PU RPOSES A N D PO L I C I ES
PR I N C IPL ES
Section 1.

The USG shall have the power of which emanates from the student body. It shall be the sole, unified,
autonomous and democratic representative body of the students.

Section 2.

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community of learners and scholars who value the pursuit of new knowledge within the perspective of
Christian ideals and values
2.1.
2.2.

The Mission Statement shall serve as the guide of the USG in achieving the collective interest
of the students.
The USG believes that the true importance of the Mission Statement lies in putting these ideals
into action.

Section 3.

The USG is founded on the principles of representation, participatory democracy, decentralization,


collaboration, equitability, accountability, unity and cooperation and efficiency and efficacy in the
delivery of services.

Section 4.

The USG shall adhere to the policy of cooperation with other sectors of the Lasallian community.

PU RPOSES
Section 4.

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The USG shall help foster the physical, intellectual, moral, cultural, civic, spiritual and political
interests of the students, as long as thesHDUHQRWFRQWUDU\WRWKH8QLYHUVLW\VYLVLRQDQGPLVVLRQ

Section 6.

The USG shall develop critical thinking among the studentry and encourage all students to unite
themselves and utilize their knowledge, skills and resources to contribute to nation-building.

Section 7.

The USG, recognizing the vital role of the youth in nation-building, shall encourage all students to be
aware and sensitive to the universal needs of their time;

Section 8.

The USG shall foster a progressive and innovative academic institution.

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Section 9.
The USG shall be in solidarity with the Filipino people by partaking in the efforts of working towards
genuine freedom and democracy.

PO L I C I ES
Section 10.

The USG shall pursue an independent stand, not dictated by any other sector, other than the students.

Section 11.

The USG shall value academic freedom, peace based on justice and the equality of gender, religion, and
race.

Section 13.

The USG shall encourage student and sectoral organizations to promote the welfare of the students.

Section 14.

The USG shall establish and maintain relevant linkages with various offices, sectoral and cause-oriented
groups within and outside the University to create venues for resource-sharing.

Section 15.

The USG shall pursue a policy of dialogue with other student governments, movements and the
marginalized sectors of society, consonant with its principles and purposes.

Section 16.

The USG shall pursue a Lasallian education that is holistic, competitive and of high standards, ensuring
that it develops Lasallians for the nation. The USG shall also fight for a relevant, nationalistic,
scientific, liberating and mass-oriented system of education.

Section 17.

The USG shall struggle against all forms of exploitation, oppression and corruption.

Section 18.

The USG shall renounce instruments of policy, activities and undertakings which are violent in nature,
and/or are contrary to the rules and regulations of the University and/or the laws of the land.

Section 19.

The USG shall adopt and implement a policy of public disclosure of all its transactions involving the
interest of its members.
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B I L L O F R I G H TS

Section 1.

Every student has the right to be properly informed of the programs, rules and regulations and policies
of the academic community.

Section 2.

Every student has the right to have access to his/her official records and other pertinent documents and
papers pertaining to official acts, transactions or decisions.

Section 3.

Every student has the right to receive professional competence from the faculty and administration.

Section 4.

Every student has the right to be academically evaluated based on objective criteria.

Section 5.

Every student has the right to conduct scholarly research freely and to publish, discuss and exchange
findings and recommendations for the purpose of academic development.

Section 6.

Every student has the right to suffrage.


6.1.
6.2.

Every student has the right to vote for representatives and officers of the USG.
Every student has the right to exercise other electoral practices.

Section 7.

Every student has the right to actively participate in the USG.

Section 8.

Every student has the right to recall their representatives from office.

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Section 9.
Every student has the right to proper representation and participation in all policy-making bodies inside
the University.

Section 10.

Every student has the right to regular student-faculty and student-administration dialogue.

Section 11.

Every student has the right to assemble and to freely and responsibly express their views, opinions and
grievances.

Section 12.

Every student has the right to objective presentation and independent operation of the student-controlled
publications, subject to the cannons of responsible journalism.

Section 13.

Every student has the right to establish, organize, join and actively participate in clubs, organizations,
groups and other associations for purposes not contrary to existing policies.

Section 14.

Every student has the right to due process.

Section 15.

Every student has the right to legitimate and responsible use of adequate, safe, clean and efficient school
facilities.

Section 16.

Every student has the right to apply for a USG position.

Section 17.

All other rights as specified in the Student Handbook DQGWKH8QLYHUVLW\V6WXGHQW&KDUWHUEXWDUHQRW


specified herein are included as rights of the students.

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D U T I ES A N D R ESPO NSI B I L I T I ES O F ST U D E N TS
Section 1.

Every student shall observe and uphold the laws of the land, the rules and regulations of the University
as stipulated in the Student Handbook and this Constitution.

Section 2.

Every student shall exercise his/her rights responsibly and in good faith.

Section 3.

Every student shall uphold the academic integrity of the University, endeavor to achieve academic
excellence and abide by the rules and regulations governing his/her academic responsibilities.

Section 4.

Every student shall promote and maintain the peace and tranquility of the University by observing the
rules of discipline and by exerting efforts to attain harmonious relationships with fellow students, the
administrators, the teaching academic staffs and other University personnel.

Section 5.

Every student shall uphold, preserve and maintain the integrity of his/her Alma Mater.

Section 6.

Every student shall participate actively in civic affairs and in the promotion of the general welfare,
particularly in the social, economic and cultural development of his/her community and in the
attainment of a just, compassionate and orderly society.
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A C C O U N T A B I L I T Y O F USG O F F F I C E RS

All USG officers shall at all times be accountable to the studentry who they must serve with utmost responsibility,
integrity, loyalty, efficiency and professionalism.
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T H E E X E C U T I V E B O A RD

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Section 1.
The Executive Board, which shall hereinafter be referred to as EB, shall be the highest governing body
and representative authority of the USG.

Section 2.

The EB shall be composed of the:


2.1.
2.2.
2.3.
2.4.
2.5.

Section 3.

President.
Vice President for Internal Affairs.
Vice President for External Affairs.
Executive Secretary.
Executive Treasurer.

The EB shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:


3.1.
3.2.
3.3.
3.4.
3.5.

To uphold and enforce the provisions stipulated in this Constitution and its bylaws.
To outline and enforce basic policies that shall facilitate the performance of its duties and
responsibilities.
To discuss national, sectoral and university-wide issues and academic-related matters, projects,
programs and campaigns to be presented to the College Presidents.
To ensure fair, efficient and effective representation in all University committees whose
services and decisions affect the welfare of the students.
To create departments and ad hoc as may be necessary to discharge its functions.

Section 4.

The members of the EB shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 5.

Any member of the EB may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 6.

The EB shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 7.

A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those present. Decisions made outside this
provision are tentative and unofficial until majority of the EB members are informed and have agreed.

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THE EX ECUTIVE C OM MITTEE
Section 1.

The Executive Committee, which shall hereinafter be referred to as EXECOM, shall be vested with
executive powers.

Section 2.

The EXECOM shall be composed of the:


2.1.
2.2.

Section 3.

All the members of the EB.


All College Presidents.

The EXECOM shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
3.1.
3.2.
3.3.
3.4.

To discuss and decide on national, sectoral, university-wide issues and academic-related


matters, projects, programs and campaigns for endorsement and final approval of the
Legislative Assembly, whenever necessary.
To implement all resolutions approved by the Legislative Assembly.
To issue Executive Orders to the USG in case of a state of emergency and be answerable to the
Legislative Assembly for the consequences thereof.
To appeal for reconsideration to the Legislative Assembly any approved motion or resolution
upon two-thirds vote of the members of the EXECOM.

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To determine the vision and mission of the USG and ensure that resources be made available
towards their attainment.

Section 4.

The members of the EXECOM shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 5.

Any member of the EXECOM may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 6.

The EXECOM shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 7.

A final decision can only be reached via a majority vote (50% + 1) of those present. Decisions made
outside this provision are binding and executory unless challenged by an EXECOM member.
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PO W E RS, D U T I ES A N D R ESPO NSI B I L I T I ES O F E B M E M B E RS

Section 1.

The President shall:


1.1.
1.2.
1.3.
1.4.

1.5.
1.6.
1.7.

1.8.
1.9.
1.10.
1.11.
1.12.
1.13.
1.14.
1.15.
1.15.

Be the Chief Executive Officer of the USG.


Be the official spokesperson of the USG at any function, meeting or assembly.
Preside over the meetings of the EB, EXECOM, USG General Assemblies, Convention of
Leaders and committees under his/her office.
Have no voting powers but shall have the power to veto policies, resolutions, programs and
projects approved by the EB, EXECOM, the Activities Assembly and the Legislative
Assembly.
1.4.2. The presidential veto must be communicated to the Executive Secretary within three
days of the approval of the policy, resolution, program or project. Otherwise, the
policy, resolution, program or project may be released or implemented.
1.4.3. A two-thirds vote of the remaining EB, EXECOM, the Activities Assembly and the
Legislative Assembly, whichever is concerned, is required to override a presidential
veto.
Oversee the internal and external affairs of the USG.
Initiate the implementation of all the decisions of the Legislative Assembly.
Nominate and appoint the student representatives to external alliances, seminars, sector
organizations, University-wide committees and other functions requiring such representation
and appointment. The order for the nomination and appointment is as follows:
1.7.1. Member/s of the EB.
1.7.2. College President/s.
1.7.3. Legislative Assembly Representative/s.
1.7.4. Batch President/s.
1.7.5. Other USG officer/s.
Be an ex-officio member of all the committees under the executive arm of the USG.
Submit to the Legislative Assembly and the Judiciary trimestral reports that shall present and
evaluate the state of the organizational affairs and recommend further actions.
Monitor, directly or indirectly, the performance of all offices and committees with executive
functions.
Receive and review periodic reports from each of the EB members, all Executive units, the
Legislative Assembly and the Judiciary.
Ensure that national, sectoral and University-wide issues be adequately addressed by the USG.
Represent the USG in sectoral activities within and outside the University.
Convene the Council of University Representatives (CURE) which shall be composed of all
student representatives to University policy-making bodies.
Perform other functions to facilitate the discharge of his/her responsibilities or acts prescribed
herein and be answerable to the Legislative Assembly for the consequences of such.
Be vested with the power to grant presidential pardon to any USG officer found guilty of
violation of this constitution and its bylaws by the Judiciary, provided that the pardon is with
just cause.

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The Vice President for Internal Affairs shall:


2.1.
2.2.
2.3.
2.4.
2.5.
2.6.
2.7.
2.8.
2.9.
2.10.
2.11.
2.12.
2.13.

Section 3.

Report directly to the President.


Be the supervisor and coordinator of the internal affairs of the USG under the direction of the
President.
Assume the responsibilities of the President in matters concerning internal affairs if the
President is absent or incapacitated or if so directed by the EB.
Assume automatically the Presidency in the event that such office is permanently vacated.
Coordinate with the College and Batch Student Governments with regards to internal affairs of
the USG.
Monitor all internal activities and programs of the College and Batch Student Governments.
Chair the Activities Assembly.
Ensure that the USG University-wide activities are prioritized over other student activities.
Create departments and ad hoc as may be necessary to discharge specific functions of the
internal affairs.
Supervise the planning and implementation of special projects during celebrations of USG
University-wide weeks and other occasions warranting participation of the USG.
Address student concerns regarding the operational efficiency and development of physical
facilities in the University.
Conduct research undertakings on University policies and structures and present results and
recommendations to the EXECOM, Legislative Assembly and/or the University administration.
Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the EXECOM.

The Vice President for External Affairs shall:


3.1.
3.2.
3.3.
3.4.
3.5.
3.6.
3.7.
3.8.
3.9.
3.10.
3.11.

Section 4.

Report directly to the President.


Be the supervisor and coordinator of the external affairs of the USG under the direction of the
President.
Assume the responsibilities of the President in matters concerning external affairs if the
President is absent or incapacitated or if so directed by the EB.
Assume automatically the Presidency in the event that both the Presidency and the Internal
Affairs Vice Presidency are permanently vacated.
Coordinate with the College and Batch Student Governments with regards to external affairs of
the USG.
Monitor all external activities and programs of the College and Batch Student Governments.
Co-chair the Activities Assembly and assume chairmanship if the Vice President for Internal
Affairs is absent or incapacitated or if so directed by the EB.
Create departments and ad hoc as may be necessary to discharge specific functions of the
external affairs
Establish liaisons with other student governments and other relevant entities.
Establish alliances with external entities on specific issues or campaigns as specified by the EB.
Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the EXECOM.

The Executive Secretary shall:


4.1.
4.2.
4.3.
4.4.
4.5.
4.6.
4.7.
4.8.

Report directly to the President.


Be the Chief Administrative Officer of the USG.
Take charge of the daily and administrative affairs of the USG.
Be the official custodian of all records and papers of USG.
Record all meetings of the EB, EXECOM, USG General Assemblies, Convention of Leaders,
Legislative Assembly and Inner Circle.
Be responsible for efficient USG office management.
Be responsible for the training and development and other concerns and needs of USG officers
in the discharge of their duties.
Handle all correspondences of the EB, both internally and externally.

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4.9.
Coordinate with the other offices to facilitate the maintenance of a complete and effective filing
system of the USG.
4.10. Supervise the information dissemination of the University-wide activities, programs and
campaigns of the USG through publicity, publications and the like.
4.11. Establish programs or projects to obtain regular feedback from the student body.
4.12. Prepare the agenda of meetings of the EB and EXECOM after due consultation with its
members.
4.13. Advise the President on matters of general administration.
4.14. Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the EXECOM.

Section 5.

The Executive Treasurer shall:


5.1.
5.2.
5.3.
5.4.
5.5.
5.6.
5.7.
5.8.
5.9.
5.10.
5.11.
5.12.
5.13.
5.14.
5.15.

Report directly to the President.


Act as custodian of the USG funds and enforce standard operating procedures within the USG
with regards to the financial system.
Design and implement a plan for the management of funds under the jurisdiction of the USG.
Be in charge of the preparation of the annual budget, of which allocation must be given to all
the offices under the structure of the USG, to be approved by the Legislative Assembly.
Formulate and implement policies and procedures governing the financial resources of the
USG.
Require financial documents necessary for the maintenance of an effective monitoring system.
Collect and summarize needed data in the preparation of financial reports dealing with all
phases of the financial, accounting and operating activities of the USG.
Prepare trimestral financial reports dealing with all phases of the financial activities of the
offices under the USG structure and present such reports to all offices concerned.
Safeguard cash temporarily on hand and maintain banking connection for the regular deposit
and savings accounts for the USG.
Monitor fund-raising activities initiated by the offices under the USG.
Make periodic reviews of the income and expenditure status of each budgetary unit for any
needed remedial action.
Review and monitor all receipts and disbursements of funds within the USG.
Prepare an annual financial report of the USG for examination by the EXECOM and
Legislative Assembly and also for audit by the Auditor duly appointed by the Judiciary.
Perform other such duties and responsibilities related to and/or implied from the above
enumeration of duties and responsibilities.
Perform other such functions as deemed necessary by the EXECOM.
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T H E A C T I V I T I ES ASSE M B L Y

Section 1.

The Activities Assembly, which shall hereinafter be referred to as AA, shall be the policy-making arm
concerning activities, projects and programs of the USG.

Section 2.

The AA shall be composed of the:


2.1.
2.2.
2.3.
2.4.

Section 3.

Vice President for Internal Affairs.


Vice President for External Affairs.
All College Presidents.
All Batch Presidents.

The AA shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:


3.1.

To outline and enforce basic policies and procedures for the efficient and effective
implementation of student activities, projects and programs and enforce these upon the
approval of the EXECOM.

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3.2.
To plan University-wide student activities, projects and programs and assign departments or ad
hoc for the implementation of such upon the approval of the EXECOM.
3.3.
To create departments and ad hoc as may be necessary to discharge specific functions of the
AA.
3.4.
To discuss and deliberate matters pertaining to activities, projects and programs of the
departments and ad hoc.
3.5.
To perform such other functions as deemed necessary by the EXECOM.

Section 4.

The members of the AA shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 5.

Any member of the AA may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 6.

The AA shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 7.

A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those present, subject to the decision of the
EXECOM and the Legislative Assembly. Decisions made outside this provision are tentative and
unofficial until majority of the AA members are informed and have agreed.
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T H E C O L L E G E ST U D E N T G O V E R N M E N T

Section 1.

The College Student Government, which shall hereinafter be referred to as CSG, shall be composed of
all undergraduate students of each respective college.

Section 2.

The CSG Executive Board, which shall hereinafter be referred to as CSG-EB, shall be the highest
governing body and representative authority of each respective college.

Section 3.

The CSG-EB shall be composed of the:


3.1.
3.2.
3.3.

Section 4.

The CSG-EB shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
4.1.
4.2.
4.3.
4.4.
4.5.
4.6.
4.7.
4.8.

Section 5.

College President.
All Batch Presidents from the college.
All Legislative Assembly Representatives from the college.

To discuss and decide on matters which are pertinent to their respective college.
To determine the vision and mission of the CSG and ensure that resources be made available
towards their attainment.
To outline and enforce basic policies that shall facilitate the performance of their duties and
responsibilities.
To execute all policies and directives issued by the Legislative Assembly which are pertinent to
each respective college.
To handle college affairs and the needs of the different majors and batches.
To organize and implement programs for their particular college.
To create departments and ad hoc as may be necessary to discharge its functions.
Prepare a Rules of Internal Governance of the CSG within the framework of this Constitution.

The College Presidents shall:


5.1.
5.2.
5.3.
5.4.
5.5.

Report directly to the President


Discuss and update the EXECOM on college-wide programs and concerns.
Enforce programs of the EB, upon the approval of the EXECOM, to the college and its batches.
Spearhead the execution of all policies and directives issued by the Legislative Assembly
which are pertinent to their respective colleges.
Coordinate with the EXECOM regarding University-wide issues and activities.

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5.6.
Chair the CSG-EB and appoint from its members a replacement in case of their incapacity or
absence.
5.7.
Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the EXECOM and the Legislative Assembly.

Section 6.

The members of the CSG-EB shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 7.

Any member of the CSG-EB may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 8.

The CSG-EB shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 9.

A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those present. Decisions made outside this
provision are tentative and unofficial until majority of the CSG-EB members are informed and have
agreed.
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T H E B A T C H ST UD E N T G O V E R N M E N T

Section 1.

The Batch Student Government, which shall hereinafter be referred to as BSG, shall be composed of all
undergraduate students of each respective batch of each respective college.

Section 2.

The BSG Executive Board, which shall hereinafter be referred to as BSG-EB, shall be the highest
governing body and representative authority of each respective batch of each respective college.

Section 3.

The BSG-EB shall be composed of the:


3.1.
3.2.
3.3

Section 4.

The BSG-EB shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
4.1.
4.2.
4.3.
4.4.
4.5.
4.6.
4.7.

Section 5.

Create committees for the operations of the batch.


Execute all policies and directives issued by the Legislative Assembly which are pertinent to
the batch.
Organize and implement programs for the enhancement and development of the batch.
Participate in the execution of college and University-wide programs as directed by the College
President and AA.
Encourage batchmates to participate in batch, college and University-wide programs.
Prepare a Rules of Internal Governance of the BSG within the framework of this Constitution.
Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the EB and the College President.

The Batch Presidents shall:


5.1.
5.2.
5.3.
5.4.
5.5.
5.6.
5.7.
5.8.

Section 6.

Batch President.
Batch Vice-President.
Legislative Assembly Representative.

Report directly to the College President and President as deemed necessary.


Represent the BSG in the CSG, AA and other such entities as necessary.
Discuss and update the CSG on batch-wide programs and concerns.
Enforce programs of the EB, upon the approval of the EXECOM, to the batch.
Spearhead the execution of all policies and directives issued by the Legislative Assembly
which are pertinent to their respective batches.
Coordinate with the College President and EB regarding college and University-wide issues
and activities, respectively.
Chair the BSG-EB.
Perform other functions as defined in the Rules of Internal Governance of the BSG and as
deemed necessary by the EB, College President and the Legislative Assembly.

T he Batch Vice-Presidents shall:

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6.2.
6.3.
6.4.
6.5.
6.6.
6.7.
6.8.

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Report directly to the Batch President and College President and President as deemed
necessary.
Represent the Batch President in other programs and activities and other such entities.
Discuss and update the CSG on batch-wide programs and concerns in the absence of the Batch
President.
Assume powers and responsibilities of the Batch President in his/her incapacity or absence.
Enforce programs of the EB, upon approval of the EXECOM, for the batch.
Assist the Batch President in the execution of all policies and directives issued by the
Legislative Assembly which are pertinent to their respective batches.
Chair the BSG-EB in the absence of the Batch President.
Perform other functions as defined in the Rules of Internal Governance of the BSG and as
deemed necessary by the EB, College President and the Legislative Assembly.

Section 7.

The members of the BSG-EB shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 8.

Any member of the BSG-EB may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 9.

The BSG-EB shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 10.

A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those present. Decisions made outside this
provision are tentative and unofficial until majority of the BSG-EB members are informed and have
agreed.
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G E N E R A L PR O V ISI O NS
Section 1.

The Executive Departments, which shall hereinafter be referred to as EXEDEP, shall be the standing
committees to aid the USG in addressing specific concerns, issues, projects and programs consonant
with its principles and purposes.

Section 2.

The Batch Presidents shall be appointed to EXEDEP, except for the Department of Activity Approval
and Monitoring, and shall be limited to membership to only one EXEDEP. The EB shall assign the
Batch Presidents to the EXEDEP in reference to, but not entirely based upon, the top three choices of
each Batch President and in a manner that the EB deems necessary.

Section 3.

Each EXEDEP shall have a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson, all of whom shall be elected from
among and by the members of the EXEDEP. The members shall determine the manner of election
thereof.

Section 4.

The EXEDEP Chairpersons shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
4.1.
4.2.
4.3.
4.4.
4.5.
4.6.
4.7.

Section 5.

Report directly to the EB.


Preside over the meetings of their respective EXEDEP.
Administer the overall operations of their respective EXEDEP.
Report to the AA actions on programs and projects referred to their EXEDEP.
Appoint EXEDEP members to sub-committees as well as delegate EXEDEP tasks to members,
whenever necessary.
Consolidate the EXEDEP members on matters pertinent to the AA and in their attendance to
AA sessions.
Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the EB and AA.

The EXEDEP Vice Chairpersons shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:

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Report directly to the EXEDEP Chairperson.
5.2.
Assume the powers and responsibilities of the EXEDEP Chairperson in his/her incapacity or
absence.
5.3.
Supervise the EXEDEP programs and projects.
5.4.
Assist the EXEDEP Chairperson in supervising the operation of the EXEDEP.
5.5.
Perform other functions deemed necessary by the EXEDEP Chairperson or as prescribed within
the rules of their respective EXEDEP.

Section 6.

The members of the EXEDEP shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities, other than
those stated in Article XII Section 5 of this Constitution:
6.1.
6.2.
6.3.
6.4.

Report directly to the EXEDEP Chairperson.


Be present and participate actively in all EXEDEP meetings.
Aid the EXEDEP Vice Chairperson in all programs and projects.
Perform other functions deemed necessary by the EXEDEP Chairperson or as prescribed within
the rules of their respective EXEDEP.

Section 7.

The members of the EXEDEP shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 8.

Any member of the EXEDEP may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 9.

The EXEDEP shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 10.

A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those present. Decisions made outside this
provision are tentative and unofficial until majority of the EXEDEP members are informed and have
agreed.

E X E C U T I V E D E PA R T M E N TS
Section 11.

The EXEDEP prescribed by this Constitution shall be the following:


11.1
11.2.
11.3.
11.4.

Department of Activity Approval and Monitoring.


Department on Community Development.
Department on Student Services.
Department on Advocacy.

D E PA R T M E N T O N A C T I V I T Y A PPR O V A L A N D M O N I T O R IN G
Section 13.

The Department of Activity Approval and Monitoring, which shall hereinafter be referred to as DAAM,
shall be the coordinating body of the USG in approving and monitoring student activities.

Section 14.

The DAAM shall be chaired by a staff duly appointed by the Vice President for Internal Affairs.
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Section 1.

The Legislative Assembly, which shall hereinafter be referred to as LA, shall be the highest policymaking body of the USG. The legislative power shall be vested in the LA, except to the extent reserved
to the people by the provisions on initiative and referendum.

Section 2.

The LA shall be composed of the:


2.1.
2.2.
2.3.

Chief Legislator.
All LA Representatives.
Legislative Secretariat.

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The LA shall concern itself with discussing and deciding on the following matters:

3.1.
3.2.
3.3.
3.4.
3.5.
3.6.
3.7.
3.8.
Section 4.

Integral policies, existing operations, projects and programs.


Resolutions of University-wide, curricular and extra-curricular matters.
Resolutions on national and sectoral issues.
Representation of administrative and non-administrative units and committees requiring such
inside the campus.
Budget allocation of the USG as presented by the Executive Treasurer.
Creation of standing and ad hoc committees whose functions shall be determined by the body.
Approval of the Election Code to be adopted by the Commission on Elections.
Approval of appointed USG officers for elected positions.

The Chief Legislator shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
4.1.
4.2.
4.3.
4.4.
4.5.
4.6.
4.7.
4.8.
4.9.
4.10.
4.11.
4.12.
4.13.

Section 5.

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Call and preside over the sessions of the LA and appoint from its members, except the Majority
and Minority Floor Leaders and the Legislative Secretariat, a replacement upon his/her
incapacity or absence.
Call and preside over the meetings of the LA Inner Circle and appoint from its members,
except the Legislative Secretariat, a replacement upon his/her incapacity or absence.
Call special LA sessions.
Preserve order and decorum during sessions, and, in case of disturbance or disorderly conduct
within the premises where the session is being held, take such measures as he/she may deem
advisable or as the LA may direct.
Rule on all questions of order, subject to appeal by any member of the LA, which appeal shall
not be debatable, but the member appealing may explain his/her appeal for not more than five
minutes.
Sign and affix the seal of the USG in all resolutions, memorials, writs, warrants and subpoenas
issued by the order of the LA.
Enforce all rules, policies and procedures governing the LA.
Receive periodic reports from all units and members of the LA whose frequency of submission
shall be at his/her discretion.
Appoint LA Representatives to LA Committees.
Be an ex-officio member of all LA Committees.
Have administrative supervision over the LA and all its units.
Be the official representative of the LA in functions that require its presence.
Ensure that the LA follows properly the parliamentary procedure during sessions.

The LA Representatives shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
5.1.
5.2.
5.3.
5.4.
5.5.
5.6.
5.7.
5.8.
5.9.
5.9.

Report directly to the Batch President, College President, Chief Legislator and President as
deemed necessary.
Participate actively in LA sessions.
Conduct regular consultations with his/her constituents regarding academic and non-academic
matters.
Hold position in other USG units and University-wide committees as appointed.
Handle the College Advisory Board together with the other LA Representatives of each
respective college.
Handle the Batch Advisory Board.
Review existing policies and resolutions.
Pass resolutions and legislations that are of relevance to the studentry.
Be entitled to a copy of all minutes, resolutions and the like that concerns the legislative
proceedings.
Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the EB, College President, Batch President,
Chief Legislator and the LA.

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Section 6.
The Legislative Secretariat shall be chaired by the Executive Secretary and composed of at least two
staffs from the Office of the Executive Secretary.

Section 7.

The Legislative Secretariat shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
7.1.
7.2.
7.3.
7.4.
7.5.
7.6.
7.7.
7.8.
7.9.

Section 8.

Report directly to the Chief Legislator.


Enforce orders of the LA when such duty devolves upon them.
Record the minutes of each session of the LA and all meetings of the LA Inner Circle.
Call the roll of the members of the LA before the opening of the session.
Note all questions in order with the decisions thereon.
Complete, within five days after the close of the session, the printing and distribution of the
minutes for the said session to the members of the LA.
Provide each LA Committee a copy of the outline of the minutes for filing and reference.
Take charge in counting and recounting the votes or ballots.
Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the Chief Legislator or the LA.

The LA Representatives shall, during the first session, elect among themselves a Majority Floor Leader
and a Minority Floor Leader.
8.1.

8.2.

The Majority Floor Leader shall consolidate the arguments and positions in a specific issue or
resolution of the majority of the body. He/She shall serve as the spokesperson of the majority
side. In case of conflict of interest, he/she may appoint anyone from the majority side to assume
the position but may not vacate his/her position as part of the majority, except for meritorious
cases to be decided by the Chief Legislator. He/She may call separate meetings outside the LA
sessions to convene the majority side.
The Minority Floor Leader shall consolidate the arguments and positions in a specific issue or
resolution of the minority of the body. He/She shall serve as the spokesperson of the minority
side. In case of conflict of interest, he/she may appoint anyone from the minority side to
assume the position but may not vacate his/her position as part of the minority, except for
meritorious cases to be decided by the Chief Legislator. He/She may call separate meetings
outside the LA sessions to convene the minority side.

Section 9.

The members of the LA shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 10.

The LA shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 11.

Decisions made in the absence of the quorum shall not be binding, unless such are made in the context
of an implied quorum.
11.1.
11.2.
11.3.

Implied quorum shall only be decided through a 100% vote of the members present, which is
composed of at least a majority (50% + 1) of the members of the LA.
Decision made during an implied quorum can be reached through a majority vote and shall
remain final unless no member of the body challenges the decision in the succeeding sessions
or meetings.
Decisions made during an implied quorum, which were reached through a 100% vote, shall be
considered final.

Section 12.

Resolutions shall be passed by a majority vote (50% + 1) of the LA Representatives present in the
session, with the exception of resolutions which seek to amend this Constitution which requires a twothirds vote of the members of the LA.

Section 13.

Resolutions passed by the LA shall be final and binding. However, if the EXECOM does not concur
though a two-thirds vote of its members, the EXECOM may ask for reconsideration and return the same
with objections to the LA immediately on its next session. In the event that the LA retains the original
decision by a majority vote of LA Representatives present, the resolution is executory.

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All rulings announced by the Chief Legislator shall be final unless reversed through a motion to appeal
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Section 1.

The LA Committees shall be formed to address specific tasks and functions and ensure that specialized
issues and concerns are adequately addressed by the LA.

Section 2.

The LA Representatives shall be appointed to LA Committees and shall be limited to membership to


only one LA Committee. The Chief Legislator shall assign the LA Representatives to the LA
Committees in reference to, but not entirely based upon, the top three choices of each LA
Representative and in a manner that he/she deems necessary.

Section 3.

Each LA Committee shall have a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and a Secretary, all of whom shall be
elected from among and by the members of the committee. The members shall determine the manner of
election thereof.

Section 4.

The LA Committee Chairpersons shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
4.1.
4.2.
4.3.
4.4.
4.5.
4.6.
4.7.
4.8.

Section 5.

The LA Committee Vice Chairpersons shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
5.1.
5.2.
5.3.
5.4.
5.5.

Section 6.

Report directly to the LA Committee Chairperson.


Assume the powers and responsibilities of the LA Committee Chairperson in his/her incapacity
or absence.
Supervise the LA Committee researches.
Assist the LA Committee Chairperson in supervising the operation of the LA Committee.
Perform other functions deemed necessary by the LA Chairperson or as prescribed within the
rules of their respective committees.

The LA Committee Secretary shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
6.1.
6.2.
6.3.
6.4.
6.5.
6.6.
6.7.

Section 7.

Report directly to the Chief Legislator.


Preside over the meetings of their respective LA Committees.
Participate in the meetings of the LA Inner Circle.
Administer the overall operations of their respective committees.
Report to the LA Inner Circle actions on resolutions referred to their committees.
Appoint committee members to sub-committees as well as delegate committee tasks to
committee members, whenever necessary.
Consolidate the committee members on matters pertinent to the LA and in their attendance to
LA sessions.
Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the Chief Legislator and the LA.

Report directly to the LA Committee Chairperson.


Record the minutes of the LA Committee meetings and provide copies to committee members.
Organize and compile all documents pertinent to the LA Committee.
Be in charge of all logistical work of the LA Committee.
Be responsible for drafting and submission of periodic reports to the Chief Legislator.
Inform members of the LA Committee meetings two days prior to the scheduled date of the
meeting.
Perform other functions deemed necessary by the LA Committee Chairperson or as prescribed
within the rules of their respective committees.

The members of the LA Committees shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities, other
than those stated in Article XIV Section 5 of this Constitution:

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7.2.
7.3.
7.4.

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Report directly to the LA Committee Chairperson.


Be present and participate actively in all LA Committee meetings.
Aid the LA Committee Vice Chairperson in committee researches.
Perform other functions deemed necessary by the LA Committee Chairperson or as prescribed
within the rules of their respective committees.

Section 8.

The members of the LA Committees shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 9.

Any member of the LA Committees may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 10.

The LA Committees shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 11.

A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those present. Decisions made outside this
provision are tentative and unofficial until majority of the LA Committee members are informed and
have agreed.
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Section 1.

The LA Inner Circle, which shall hereinafter be referred to as LA-IC, shall be vested with the
administrative power of the LA.

Section 2.

The LA-IC shall be composed of the:


2.1.
2.2.
2.3.
2.4.
2.5.

Section 3.

Chief Legislator.
Majority Floor Leader.
Minority Floor Leader.
All LA Committee Chairpersons.
Legislative Secretariat.

The LA-IC shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
3.1.
3.2.
3.3.
3.4.
3.5.

Discuss and decide on matters relating to the administration of the LA.


Receive reports from LA Committees on resolutions referred to it and on the performance of
the committee and its members.
Discuss and decide on matters relating to the rules and procedures to be used in the
consideration on the floor of resolutions reported to it, such as time limit for the debates, rules
on germaneness and amendments, etc.
Calendar resolutions reported by the LA Committees for consideration.
Outline the agenda of all LA sessions.

Section 4.

All rulings by the LA-IC on matters pertaining to the administration of the LA may be overturned by a
two-thirds vote of the total membership of the LA.

Section 5.

The members of the LA-IC shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 6.

Any member of the LA-IC may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 7.

The LA-IC shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 8.

A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those present. Decisions made outside this
provision are tentative and unofficial until majority of the LA-IC members are informed and have
agreed.
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Section 1.

The College Legislative Board, which shall hereinafter be referred to as the CLB, shall be an aid to the
CSG and shall act as the highest policy-making body of the CSG.

Section 2.

The CLB shall be composed of:


2.1.

Section 3.

All LA Representatives of the college.

The CLB shall concern itself with discussing and deciding on the following matters:
3.1.
3.2.
3.3.
3.4.
3.5.

Integral policies, existing operations, projects and programs of the college.


Resolutions of curricular and extra-curricular matters which are college-wide or batch-wide, as
may be necessary, in scope.
Representation of administrative and non-administrative units and committees requiring such
within the college.
Creation of standing and ad hoc committees for the college whose functions shall be
determined by the body.
Approval of College Commissioners for the Commission on Elections and the Commission on
Audit.

Section 4.

Motions or resolutions approved by the CLB may be subject to the approval of the LA as deemed
necessary.

Section 5.

The members of the CLB shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 6.

Any member of the CLB may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 7.

The CLB shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 8.

A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those present. Decisions made outside this
provision are tentative and unofficial until majority of the CLB members are informed and have agreed.
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Section 1.

The Judiciary shall be the sole body to be vested with judicial power. Judicial power includes the duty
of the Judiciary to settle actual controversies involving rights which are legally demandable and
enforceable and to determine whether or not there has been a grave abuse of discretion amounting to
lack or excess of jurisdiction on the part of any branch or instrumentality of the USG. The Judiciary
shall enjoy fiscal autonomy.

Section 2.

The Judiciary shall be composed of the:


2.1.
2.2.

Section 3.

Chief Magistrate.
Five Magistrates.

The Judiciary shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
3.1.
3.2.
3.3.
3.6.

To sit en banc , hear, try and resolve, by a two-thirds vote of the members present, within three
weeks any complaint involving the constitutionality, legality or jurisdiction of the acts, policies
and resolutions of USG officers.
To summon, order the investigation of suspension and impeach or recall USG officers.
To reprimand or cite in contempt any USG officer or unit.
To review and approve appointments by the officers of the USG.

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To review and approve the budget allocation of the USG, as presented by the Executive
Treasurer.
3.8.
To confirm all Commissioners of the Commission on Elections and Commission on Audit
approved by the College Legislative Board.
3.9.
To appoint its Investigating Officers and Prosecuting Officers whose number shall be
determined by the Judiciary.
3.10. To draft and adopt a Complaint and Impeachment Code.
3.11. To draft and adopt its own Rules of Internal Governance including the Rules of Court.
3.12
To conduct impeachment trials for any USG officer who is subject of an impeachment
complaint.

Section 4.

The LA shall prescribe the qualifications of the Magistrates, Auditor, Investigating Officers and
Prosecution Officers.

Section 5.

The Magistrates shall be duly appointed by a group of representatives from both the outgoing members
of the EXECOM and the Judiciary. The number of representatives of the Judiciary shall be the number
of undergraduate colleges, such that each college is represented.

Section 6.

The completion of appointment of all Magistrates shall be at most a month after the General Elections.
The term of the Magistrates shall commence right the completion of appointment.

Section 7.

A magistrate may hold office for more than one school year given that he/she will undergo reapplication
provided that he/she has at least three terms remaining.

Section 8.

A joint EXECOM, AA and LA session, to be chaired by the President, shall be devoted to elect a Chief
Magistrate. Such election shall be done at most one week after the completion of appointment of the
Magistrates.

Section 9.

The Chief Magistrate shall preside over all proceedings and shall be the spokesperson of the Judiciary.
In his/her absence or incapacity, he/she may appoint a replacement among the members of the
Judiciary.

Section 10.

Any Magistrate who has committed his/her third unexcused absence from its sessions shall
automatically be investigated for impeachment.

Section 11.

The Magistrates shall determine the frequency and the time of their meetings.

Section 12.

Any Magistrate may call special meetings if he/she deemed it necessary.

Section 13.

The Judiciary shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members, except on
impeachment proceedings which require complete attendance.

Section 14.

Cases concerning violations of any USG officer of this constitution and its bylaws shall be heard and
decided upon by a magistrate from the college to which the accused belongs. Decisions made by a sole
magistrate can be subject to appeal provided that new evidences and/or points supporting the case of the
accused are found. Such appeal process shall be provided for in the Rules of Court.
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C O M M O N PR O V ISI O NS
Section 1.

There shall be two independent Constitutional Commissions that shall report directly to the Judiciary:
1.1.
1.2.

Commission on Elections.
Commission on A udit.

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Section 2.

The LA shall prescribe the qualifications of the Commissioners of the Commission on Elections and the
Commission on Audit.

Section 3.

The Commissioners shall be appointed and approved by their respective College Legislative Board and
shall be presented to the Judiciary for confirmation.

Section 4.

The completion of appointment, approval and confirmation of all Commissioners shall be at most a
month after the General Elections. The term of the Commissioners shall commence right the
confirmation of all the Commissioners of each Constitutional Commission.

Section 5.

The Commissioners shall hold office for one complete school year, beginning in the first trimester and
ending in the third trimester.

Section 6.

All Commissioners shall be prohibited from appointed position/s in any USG unit.

Section 7.

The Commissioners of each Constitutional Commission shall elect among themselves a Chairperson, a
Vice Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer. They shall also be given the prerogative to recruit
members who shall help them in discharging their functions.

Section 8.

The Chairperson of each Constitutional Commission shall preside over all proceedings and shall be the
spokesperson of his/her respective Constitutional Commission.

Section 9.

The Commissioners of each Constitutional Commission shall determine the frequency and the time of
their meetings.

Section 10.

Any Commissioner of each Constitutional Commission may call special meetings if he/she deemed it
necessary.

Section 11.

Each Constitutional Commission shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its members.

Section 12.

A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those present. Decisions made outside this
provision are tentative and unofficial until majority of the members of each Constitutional Commission
are informed and have agreed.

C O M M ISSI O N O N E L E C T I O NS
Section 13.

The Commission on Elections, which shall hereinafter be referred to as COMELEC, shall decide on all
electoral exercises within the University.

Section 14.

The COMELEC shall be composed of two Commissioners from each college.

Section 15.

The COMELEC shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
15.1.
15.2.
15.3.
15.4.
15.5.
15.6.
15.7.

Section 16.

To adopt and uphold the Election Code passed by the LA.


To serve as the steering committee for the USG elections.
To certify qualifications of candidates.
To penalize or disqualify candidates and/or political parties who violate the Election Code.
To educate voters on the voting process to be used in the USG elections.
To encourage students to vote.
To enforce and administer all rules and regulations relative to the conduct of an election,
plebiscite, initiative, referendum and recall.

The decision of the COMELEC on all electoral practices shall be considered final unless appealed in the
Judicial department.

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Section 20

The Commission on Audit, which shall hereinafter be referred to as COA, shall be composed of a
chairman and two commissioners, who shall be legitimate students of DLSU, and at the time of their
appointment, has at least one year of tenure in DLSU, and must not have been candidates for any
position in the election preceding their appointment.

Section 21

The Chairman and the Commissioners shall be appointed by the President with consent of the
EXECOM, Chief Legislator and Chief Magistrate, for three consecutive terms without reappointment.

Section 22

In cases of early vacancy, the President with consent of the EXECOM, Chief Legislator and Chief
Magistrate must appoint a new commissioner who will serve the unexpired term of the commissioner
preceding his appointment.

Section 23

The Commission on audit shall have the power, authority, and duty to examine and audit all accounts
pertaining to the revenue and receipts of, and to the expenses and disbursements of every USG unit

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Section 25

The Commission on Audit shall create a COA Manual to be approved by the Legislative Assembly
The COA Chairman shall have 1 year experience of being an auditor in the Office of the Treasurer.

Section 26

The Commission on audit has the responsibility of filing a complaint to the USG-SC or to lower courts,
whichever is deemed necessary, against any USG official accused to be misappropriating fund.

Section 27

The COA shall create their own structure relevant to their operations.

Section 27

The Commission on Audit shall submit trimestral COA reports to the President, Chief Legislator and
Chief Magistrate.
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A R T I C L ES O F I M PE A C H M E N T

Section 1.

All USG elected officers may be removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable
violations of this Constitution and betrayal of public trust.

Section 2.

The following may be grounds for impeachment:


2.1.
2.2.
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Any willful violation of this Constitution and its bylaws.


Gross negligence of duty.
Illegal disbursement of funds.
Any behavior which undermines the integrity of the USG.
Any other forms of gross misconduct as provided by the USG policies.

Section 3.

Any student or officer of the USG may file a resolution of impeachment against any USG officer. The
resolution must be addressed to the Chief Magistrate.

Section 4.

The policies on impeachment shall be as follows:


4.1.

4.2.

The Judiciary shall order investigations of cases of impeachment and recall at its own
discretion or on the basis of written complaints from any student or officer of the USG within
seven regular school days (not including Sundays and holidays). The Judiciary shall then
decide whether to initiate impeachment or recall proceedings or not. Should the Judiciary fail to
meet this deadline, complaints shall automatically be dismissed.
The Judiciary shall serve notice of impeachment or recall to the official/s concerned at least
four days before the set hearing date. Any USG officer must take a leave of absence once
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All matters of impeachment and recall shall be heard and tried with all the Magistrates in
attendance. Decisions on impeachment shall be made upon two-thirds vote of the Judiciary.
4.4.
The Judiciary shall impose the necessary sanctions. All decisions of the Judiciary on matters of
impeachment and recall are final and executory, except for meritorious cases.
4.5.
Should any Magistrate be the subjected to an impeachment complaint, he/she must take a leave
of absence before any investigation on the complaint is conducted. He/She shall be temporarily
replaced within twenty-four hours by a prosecuting officer of his/her choice. A special body,
chaired by the President, with five unconfirmed impartial appointees from the students, shall
initiate impeachment proceedings on the Magistrate/s concerned. It shall resolve the matter
unanimously within three weeks.

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T H E C O U N C I L O F ST U D E N T O R G A N I Z A T I O NS
Section 1.

The Council of Student Organizations, which shall hereinafter be referred to as CSO, shall be the union
of all the duly accredited organizations in the University. The CSO shall create and maintain conditions
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activities and develop proactive and dynamic leaders.

Section 2.

The CSO shall be an autonomous body that may work closely in coordination, in the principle of
synergy, with the Vice President for Internal Affairs.

Section 3.

The CSO shall:


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Section 4.

Adhere to the policies of cooperation and harmonious relations with all the units of the USG.
Be responsible for its member organizations and be answerable to the student body, subject to
agreements entered into by the CSO and its member organizations.

The CSO shall have the right to:


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Operate on its own with regards to CSO-related matters.


Implement full decision-making capability on matters concerning its member organizations.
Draft its own by-laws to guide its operations and policies subject to the consultation and
approval of the Council Body and in reference to the policies of the USG.

Section 5.

The policy-making body of the CSO shall be the Council Body composed of all the existing
organizations.

Section 6.

A student organization shall be recognized for membership in CSO subject to the policies of the
Aspiring Organizations Accreditation Committee (AOAC).

Section 7.

The CSO as a body shall not be empowered to make stands on national and University issues but
individual organizations may do so. CSO as a body, however, upon a unanimous decision, may take
stands on University issues affecting the interests of the member organizations upon the discretion of
the CSO Executive Board.

Section 8.

The CSO and its member organizations are prohibited from endorsing any political party or candidate
for the USG Elections.
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C O N V E N T I O N O F L E A D E RS

Section 1.

The Convention of Leaders, which shall hereinafter be referred to as COLE, shall serve as an advisory
body to the President, without any executive or legislative functions.

Section 2.

The COLE shall be composed of the:

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All members of the EXECOM.


Chief Legislator.
Chief Magistrate.
All Batch Presidents.
One representative from each recognized student organization.
One representative from each unrecognized student organization.
One representative from each major student publication.
One representative from each support group of administrative unit.
One representative from each cultural arts group.
One representative from each athletic and varsity team.
One representative from each other student organization or unit not listed.
Immediate past members of the USG EB.

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The student leaders can suggest projects, programs and actions to the USG regarding national,
sectoral and University-wide and academic-related issues.
The USG leadership can gather feedback on the projects, programs and actions being
undertaken by the USG.
The student leaders can assess the performance of the USG and recommend necessary steps to
further attain its objectives
Information regarding USG affairs can be disseminated directly from the EB to the student
leaders.
Other functions as deemed necessary by the President.

The COLE shall convene once a term. The President shall have the prerogative to call emergency
meetings at times which warrant the immediate advice of the COLE.
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E L E C T I O NS

Section 1.

The elections of the USG officers shall be held every third trimester of the preceding school year, with
the exception of the election of incoming freshmen officers, which shall be held during the first
trimester of the school year.

Section 2.

USG officers shall be elected by the plurality of all votes cast. Protest of a majority (50% + 1) against
any officer by his/her constituent population shall render the election of such an officer invalid.

Section 3.

The qualifications to be a candidate for the USG elections shall be provided by the Election Code.

Section 4.

The members of the EB shall be voted into office by the members of the entire student body.

Section 5.

The College Presidents shall be voted into office by the members of their respective colleges.

Section 6.

The Batch Presidents and the LA Representatives shall be voted into office by the members of their
respective batches of their respective colleges.

Section 7.

The COMELEC shall call a special election within the first four weeks of the first trimester of the
school year for vacancies arising from the disqualification of candidates.

Section 8.

The term of the USG officers shall begin on the last day of the preceding school year and end on the last
day of the same school year.
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The LA shall decide on actions required for vacancies in the USG following a special session.

Section 2.

In case of incapacity in the discharge of duties, removal from office or resignation of the President, the
Vice President for Internal Affairs shall take the position of the President while maintaining his/her
functions and powers as Vice President for Internal Affairs until the necessary appointment is made.

Section 3.

In case of incapacity in the discharge of duties, removal from office or resignation of any EB member
excluding the President, the President shall endorse a USG officer excluding the Judiciary department,
and the LA shall decide on the endorsement of the USG officer into position.

Section 4

In case of incapacity in the discharge of duties, removal from office or resignation of a Batch VicePresident or LA Representative, the College President shall decide on what action/s to take in such
circumstance, upon confirmation of the LA.

Section 5.

Resignation shall only be valid if it concerns health, academics, among others, subject to the approval of
the LA. There shall be no leave of absence from the USG duties, except for the case of incumbent USG
officers seeking to run for office in the next general elections. Such officers are, however, required to
resume their original posts and complete the term of their original office after election.
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G E N E R A L PR O V ISI O NS

Section 1.

The results of all referenda and plebiscites not provided herein shall be valid upon a majority turnout of
voters.

Section 2.

All incumbent COMELEC Commissioners shall remain in office until after the newly appointed
Magistrates assume their office.

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Section 1.

Any amendment or revision of this Constitution may be proposed by the students through an initiative
upon a vote of at least two-thirds of the members of the LA.

Section 2.

Any amendment or revision of this Constitution under Section 1 hereof shall be valid only when ratified
by a majority of all votes cast in a plebiscite.

Section 3.

No amendment or revision of this Constitution shall be authorized within three years following the
ratification of this Constitution.
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T R A NSI T O R Y PR O V ISI O NS

Section 1.

All existing resolutions, codes, Rules of Internal Governance and policies consistent with this
Constitution shall remain operative until amended, repealed or revoked.

Section 2.

The term of incumbent officers shall be extended until such time that matters pertaining to their term of
office require representation of the studentry.
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If any provision of this Constitution is declared invalid, the remainder thereof not affected thereby shall continue in full
force and effect.
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Student Council
Legislative Assembly

P.L.A.R. No. 2009-01-15


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-12

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng
Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng

Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010


Anna Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE APPROVAL OF PRESIDENTIAL PARDON


GUIDELINES
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body of the Student
Council (Article VIII Section 1, Student Council Constitution);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Article VIII, Section 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government has been ratified. (Mistades, V. (2009,
April 21). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council General
Elections 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2009, from De La Salle University: Manila
website: http://www.dlsu.ph/announcements/default.asp?id=604);
Whereas, the USG President shall be vested with the power to grant presidential
pardon to any USG officer found guilty of violation of this constitution and its
bylaws by the Judiciary, provided that the pardon is with just cause. (USG
Constitution, Article IX Section 1.15);
Whereas, a pardon is defined as an action of an executive official of the government
that mitigates or sets aside the punishment for a crime. (West's Encyclopedia of
American Law, edition 2. (2008). Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group Inc.);
Whereas, a pardon is divided into absolute and conditional. The former is that which
frees the criminal without any condition whatever; the latter is that to which a
condition is annexed, which must be performed before the pardon can have any
effect. (Bouvier, J. (1856). A Law Dictionary: Adapted to the Constitution and
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Whereas, an unconditional pardon fully restores an individual's civil rights forfeited upon
conviction of a crime and restores the person's innocence as though he or she
had never committed a crime. This means that a recipient of a pardon may
regain the right to vote and to hold various positions of public trust. (West's
Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. (2008). Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale
Group Inc.);
Whereas, a conditional pardon imposes a condition on the offender before it becomes
effective. Typically this means the commutation of a sentence. For example, the
president has the power under the Pardon Clause to commute a death sentence
on the condition that the accused serve the rest of his or her life in prison without
eligibility for Parole, even though a life sentence imposed directly by a court
would otherwise be subject to parole. (West's Encyclopedia of American Law,
edition 2. (2008). Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group Inc.);
Whereas, except in cases of impeachment, or as otherwise provided in the Philippine
Constitution, the Philippine President may grant reprieves, commutations, and
pardons, and remit fines and forfeitures, after conviction by final judgment. (1987
Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, Article VII Section 19);
Wherefore, be it resolved that the Presidential Pardon Guidelines take into effect from
SY 2010-2011 to SY 2011-2012;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that any amendments to the Presidential Pardon
Guidelines after its approval shall be subject to a majority vote in the Legislative
Assembly;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the Presidential Pardon Guidelines attached (see
appendix) be approved.
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PRESIDENTIAL PARDON GUIDELINES
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Definition of Terms
A. Pardon is an action which mitigates or sets aside the punishment for a
crime;
B. A just cause is a reason deemed rationale by the discretion of the officer
granting the pardon;
C. Commutation is the replacement of a greater amount by a lesser amount;

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The Presidential Pardon


A. Description of the Presidential Pardon
i. A presidential pardon shall render the offender free from the
sanction/s imposed by the Judiciary;
ii. A presidential pardon shall be granted upon the sole decision of the
President;
iii. A presidential pardon may either be conditional or unconditional:
1. A conditional pardon imposes a condition which can be
fulfilled at the moment of imposition on the offender before
the pardon takes effect (i.e. commutation of a sanction);
2. An unconditional pardon restores the state of innocence of
the offender as though he/she had never committed the
crime upon declaration of the pardon;
B. Requirements for a Presidential Pardon
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declaration of the offender guilty;
ii. A presidential pardon shall be of just cause;
C. Restrictions on the Presidential Pardon
i. A presidential pardon, upon being granted, may or may not be
accepted by the offender;
ii. A presidential pardon can no longer be revoked once granted;

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The President
A. The President shall make his/her formal intention, act, and cause of
pardon public to all USG units, student publications, and the studentry by
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for answering to any legal repercussions caused by the pardoned act of
the offender;
C. Upon granting a conditional pardon, the President shall make his/her
condition for pardon public to all USG units and student publications;
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Other Provisions
A. All parties directly concerned by the violation and pardon reserve the
option to consult with the President and express his/her opinion publicly
regarding the pardon;
B. The Officers Monitoring Board reserves the option to monitor the
performance of the pardoned USG officer for the remainder of his/her term
of office by requiring him/her to report to the Officers Monitoring Board or
any USG unit as stated by the Officers Monitoring Board whenever
deemed necessary;
C. The Office of the President shall be responsible for properly documenting
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Student Council
Legislative Assembly

P.L.A.R. No. 2009-01-17


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-15

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng
Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng

Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010


Anna Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE JURISDICTION


GUIDELINES FOR UNIVERSITY AND COLLEGE MAGISTRATES OF THE
UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Whereas, the De La Salle University Student Council is the supreme student
organization of DLSU, the power of which emanates from the Student Body. It
shall be the sole, unified, autonomous and democratic representative body of the
Students (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. III, Sec. 1);
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body in the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. VIII, Sec.1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Art. VII, Sec. 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
Elections
2009.
Retrieved
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http://www.dlsu.ph/announcements/default.asp?id=604,);
Whereas, the Judiciary shall have the power, duty and responsibility to sit en banc,
hear, try and resolve, by a two-thirds vote of the members present, within three
weeks any complaint involving the constitutionality, legality or jurisdiction of the
acts, policies and resolutions of USG officers (University Student Government
Constitution, Art. XVIII, Sec. 3.1);
Whereas, cases concerning violations of any USG officer of this constitution and its
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which the accused belongs. Decisions made by a sole magistrate can be subject
to appeal provided that new evidences and/or points supporting the case of the
accused are found. Such appeal process shall be provided for in the Rules of
Court (University Student Government Constitution, Art. XVIII, Sec. 14);
Whereas, the Judiciary shall have the power, duty and responsibility to draft and adopt
their own Rules of Internal Governance including the Rules of Court (University
Student Government Constitution, Art. XVIII, Sec. 3.11);
Whereas, there is a need for a clarification on the distinction of duties and
responsibilities between a College Magistrate and the whole Judiciary as seen in
the University Student Government Constitution, Art. XVIII, Sections 3.1 and 14;
Wherefore, be it resolved that the Magistrate Jurisdiction Guidelines take into effect
from Academic Year 2010-2011 to Academic Year 2011-2012;
Wherefore, be it resolved that any amendments to the Magistrate Jurisdiction
Guidelines after its approval shall be subject to a majority vote in the Legislative
Assembly;
Wherefore, be it also resolved that the Magistrate Jurisdiction Guidelines supersede the
Rules of Court to be made by the Judiciary of the University Student Government
upon approval of the Legislative Assembly;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Magistrate Jurisdiction Guidelines be adopted
by the Judiciary arm of the University Student Government upon approval of the
Legislative Assembly;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the Magistrate Jurisdiction Guidelines (see
appendix) be approved.
Adopted, July 22, 2009

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Appendix A
MAGISTRATE JURISDICTION GUIDELINES
1. Any violation incurred by a non-Executive Board USG officer and non-Executive
Board USG appointee except the magistrates shall first be heard, tried and
resolved by his or her respective College Magistrate as stated in Article XVIII,
Sec. 14 and the Rules of Court.
2. An allotment of three weeks shall be given to the College Magistrate to
investigate, decide and resolve the case of the accused USG officer who falls
under Guideline 1.
3. The College Magistrate, through the help of the Investigating and Prosecuting
Officers appointed by the Judiciary, shall head and supervise the investigation as
well as decide the case of the accused within three weeks.
4. Any decision made by the College Magistrate shall be final unless an appeal is
made to the whole Judiciary within three (3) school days (a school day is defined
as a day that falls from Monday to Friday) after the decision.
5. In line with Article XVIII Section 14, decisions regarding cases under Guideline 1
made by a sole magistrate (College Magistrate) can be subject to appeal
provided that new evidences and/or points supporting the case of the accused
are found.
6. When a reopening of a case occurs due to Guideline 4, such case shall be
heard, tried and resolved by the whole Judiciary in line with its roles and
responsibilities as stated in Article XVIII Section 3.1 and the Rules of Court.
7. Should an Executive Board member or Executive Board appointee of the USG
violate any part of the constitution or a case which does not fall under Guideline 1
be filed, the whole Judiciary shall immediately hear, try and resolve such case.
8. Any decision made by the Judiciary by a two-thirds vote of the members present
shall be final and binding at this point.

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De La Salle University
Student Council
Legislative Assembly

P.L.A.R. No. 2009-01-27


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-21

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng
Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng

Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010


Anna Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE REVISED COUNCIL OF


UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVES (CURE) MANUAL
Whereas, the De La Salle University Student Council is the supreme student
organization of DLSU, the power of which emanates from the Student Body. It
shall be the sole, unified, autonomous and democratic representative body of the
Students (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. III, Sec. 1);
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body in the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. VIII, Sec.1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Art. VII, Sec. 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
Elections
2009.
Retrieved
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3,
2009
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http://www.dlsu.ph/announcements/default.asp?id=604,);
Whereas, the University Student Government Constitution includes the following in its
Bill of Rights (USG Constitution, Art. IV, Sec. 9, 10 and 11):
x Every student has the right to proper representation and participation in all
policy-making bodies inside the University.
x Every student has the right to regular student-faculty and student
administration dialogue.
x Every student has the right to assemble and to freely and responsibly express
their views, opinions and grievances;

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Whereas, the Student Council, being the sole and the highest representative of the
student body and being the highest form of expression of student power on
campus, shall have the right to participate in the formation of school policies
directly affecting the students (De La Salle UniverVLW\6WXGHQWV&KDUWHU6WXGHQW
Handbook, App. G, Sec. 3.d);
Whereas, the University shall recognize the right of students to be represented, through
the Student Council, in all policy-making bodies handling issues that affect them.
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Chap. 4, Sec. 10);
Whereas, the President shall nominate and appoint the student representatives to
external alliances, seminars, sector organizations, University-wide committees,
and other functions requiring such representation and appointment The order for
the nomination and appointment is as follows:
1.7.1. Member/s of the EB.
1.7.2. College President/s.
1.7.3. Legislative Assembly Representative/s.
1.7.4. Batch President/s.
1.7.5. Other USG officer/s.
(USG Constitution, Art. IX, Sec. 1.7);
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly Representatives shall hold position in other Student
USG units and University-wide committees as appointed (USG Constitution, Art.
XIV, Sec. 5.4);
Wherefore, be it resolved that the revised CURE manual take effect starting Academic
Year 2010-2011;
Wherefore, be it also resolved that any amendments to this manual after its approval
shall be subject to a majority vote in the Legislative Assembly;
Wherefore, be it also resolved that the USG President, as CURE Chairperson, be
accountable for student representation in University committees as well as
the USG Executive Secretary and Officers Monitoring Board for proper
monitoring of USG officers and student representatives;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Rules and Policies Committee of the
Legislative Assembly update the CURE Manual every year for consistency and
accuracy;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the revised CURE manual be approved by the
Legislative Assembly.
Adopted, August 14, 2009

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APPENDIX A
COUNCIL OF UNIVERSITY REPRESENTATIVES MANUAL
INTRODUCTION
The University Student Government (USG) officers are held responsible for the
following committees. ,QOLQHZLWKWKHYLVLRQ/DSDOOLDQ$FKLHYHUVIRU*RGDQGFRXQWU\
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Government is expected to strengthen the needed student representation in these
committees and must also act with utmost credibility and accountability in performing
tasks. The Rules and Policies Committee of the Legislative Assembly takes the
responsibility in forming guidelines and rules that may guide us in properly representing
the students. It is in our hopes that the University Student Government in general
takes a step further in achieving our vision.
The Adhoc academic committees are composed of the deans of every college, the
University Registrar, the AVC-Academic Services, the Dean of Student Affairs, one
student representative, and one faculty representative. With the University Registrar as
the chair, this committee convenes once a term for graduation awards and once a year
for the BPI-DOST awards. Each representative is tasked to give a numerical grade to
the applicants/nominees for the student awards according to submitted documents and
another numerical grade for an interview panel with the applicants. Awards given by this
committee are: the Brother Connon, Student Leadership Award, Athletics Award,
Cultural Development Award and Community Development Award. Currently, there is
no RIG present. The student representative is responsible for giving the grades that
assess the students vying for the award, lobbying for proposals for the awards system,
and encouraging students to apply for these awards. The President is the student-incharge.
The Aspiring Organizations Accreditation Committee (AOAC) is composed of the
following: Director of the SPS office in charge of student activities; the Council of
Student Organizations (CSO) Chairperson and the University Student Government
(USG) Vice President for Internal Affairs. The primary role of the AOAC is to facilitate
the recognition of aspiring organizations into the university system. It is likewise tasked
to make policies affecting the recognition of aspiring organizations. Section 12 of the
Student Handbook can be used as a reference for more information.
The Bookstore Committee is composed of the Purchasing Officer, Dean for
Student Affairs, Parents of University Students Organization (PUSO)
representative, administration, and a student representative. Chaired by the
Officer-in-Charge, it discusses bookstore supplies, prices and other services like
book transfer payments of University Student Government supplies. With the
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voting after all arguments have been given. The student representative is tasked
to monitor prices, hear out concerns from students to be lobbied in the meeting.
The University Student Government Executive Treasurer is the student-in-charge.
The Canteen Committee is composed of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus
Services, the DLSU-PUSO (Parents of University Students Organization) President,
a Faculty Association representative, student representatives, as well as
representatives from the following offices: 1) Building and Grounds Maintenance, and 2)
Medical and Dental Services. The Committee also includes representatives from the
four (4) canteens inside the University Animo Food Haus, Capri International, Inc., La
Casita Canteen, and Zaide Food Corp. With the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus
Services as the chair, the committee is scheduled to convene every trimester during the
school year. This Committee aims to monitor the operations of all canteen
concessionaires in the University by continuously evaluating canteen inspection results
and implementing proper actions to resolve concerns that are duly raised. The
Committee likewise discusses policies that can help improve the service provided by
concessionaire, as well policies that affect the prices charged and food choices offered
to the students. Student representatives, who are in most cases University Student
Government officers, are tasked to periodically evaluate canteen operations and help
make suggestions to the committee for the overall improvement of the concessionaires.
Student representatives must likewise air out student concerns that are gathered
through efficient communication and feedback systems. Currently, the University
Student Government Executive Treasurer, together with other University Student
Government officers, acts as student representatives in this committee.
The Canteen Inspection Committee is composed of the following: University Student
Government (USG), Parents of University Students Organization (PUSO), Faculty
Association (FA), Employees Association (EA), University clinic representative, Security
and Safety Office Head, and Campus Development Office through the Building and
Grounds Maintenance Office Head. With the Building and Grounds Maintenance Head
as the chair, the committee convenes once a term in order to discuss the previous
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scheduled inspection. The committee acts as an independent body from the Canteen
Committee to ensure the cleanliness and safety of canteen facilities and services. The
student representative is tasked to inspect all University canteens and accomplish the
forms given to evaluate these canteens. The Vice President for Internal Affairs is the
student-in-charge.
The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) is commissioned to
advance and promote the teaching function of the Catholic Church. It contributes
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through a Catholic orientation in accordance with the norms of the Church, constituent
with national development goals as expressed in the Philippine Constitution (CEAP
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The Committee on National Issues and Concerns is mainly composed of


representatives from the LaSallian Pastoral Office (LSPO), Student Leadership,
Involvement, Formation and Empowerment (S-Life), Student Publications Office
(SPO), Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA), University Student
Government (USG), POLISCY, Faculty and the Council of Student Organizations
(CSO). Its primary role is to discuss issues of national concern and mobilize the
community to take part in addressing them. Its meeting usually takes place at
least twice a month unless called upon. The USG representatives are tasked to
come up with solutions, programs and activities related to the issues discussed.
The President, Vice President for Internal Affairs and Vice President for External
Affairs are the students in-charge of representation and resource mobilization.
A College Council is present in each college and is usually composed of the respective
dean, vice dean, department chairs, faculty members, USG officers and other
representatives of that college. With the College Dean as the chair, this committee
convenes once a term or more, if the dean deems it necessary. The dean usually
reports relevant information from other university committees such as the COD and
Operations Council as a means to cascade it to the college. The dean also discusses
new proposals within the college such as new courses and programs to be offered with
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there is no RIG present. The student representative is responsible for being active in the
council to effectively represent the student body and also to eventually cascade relevant
information to the University Student Government and the student population. The
President is the student-in-charge of all the College Presidents and batch level
representatives who must religiously attend their respective councils.
The Enrollment Committee is composed of the Vice Deans and academic assistants
of each college, the University Registrar, Office of the University Registrar (OUR)
staff, Information Technology Center representatives, one student representative and
one faculty representative. With the University Registrar as the chair, this committee
convenes twice a term, with almost a month in between. The first and second meeting
discusses enrollment and adjustment concerns, respectively, for the succeeding term.
This committee usually reports and discusses on enrollment statistics, new policies and
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flowcharts, course codes, syllabi, etc. The committee uses a relaxed parliamentary
procedure to place order in the meeting and seek votes if necessary. There is no RIG
currently present. The student representative is responsible for cascading information
reported in the committee such as enrollment and adjustments schedules as well as
lobby for improvement in the enrollment and academic processes. The President is the
student-in-charge.
The Honors and Awards Committee is composed of the deans of every college, the
University Registrar, the AVC-Academic Services, the Dean of Student Affairs, one
student representative and one faculty representative. With the Dean of Student Affairs
as the chair, this committee convenes once a term for graduation awards and once a
year for the BPI-DOST awards. Each representative is tasked to give a numerical grade

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to the applicants/nominees for the student awards according to submitted documents


and another numerical grade for an interview panel with the applicants. Awards given by
this committee are: the Brother Gabriel Connon Award, Student Leadership Award,
Athletics Award, Cultural Development Award and Community Development Award.
There is no current RIG present. The student representative is responsible for giving the
grades assessing the students vying for the award, lobby for proposals for the awards
system, and encourage students to apply for these awards. The President is the
student-in-charge.
The University Library is composed of the faculty representatives from each college,
AVC-Academic Services, one student representative and the library staff. Anyone from
the committee can be elected as chair; elections are usually held annually during the
first committee meeting. This committee convenes only once, usually at the start of the
year, unless a committee member requested for a meeting to be convened. The
committee meeting votes on the percent (%) allocation per college of the library fund
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year. There is no current RIG present. The student representative is responsible for
reviewing and lobbying proposals for library policies and procedures. The Vice
President for Internal Affairs is the student-in-charge.
The Lost and Found committee is chaired by the Discipline Office (DO) Director. This
committee rarely convenes as well because of the minor policies and maintenance it
needs in its office. The DO religiously forwards to the University Student Government
unclaimed textbooks which are a good source of inventory for the Pahiram Libro
program. Student representatives must just claim receipt of the books monthly and
lobby new policies for the Lost and Found if necessary. The Vice President for
Internal Affairs is the student-in-charge.
The Multi-Sectoral Committee on Budget is composed of the different sectors of the
university: University Student Government (USG), Parents of University Students
Organization (PUSO), Faculty Association (FA), Employees Association (EA), and the
administration. With the 3DUHQWV RI 8QLYHUVLW\ 6WXGHQWV 2UJDQL]DWLRQV 3862)
president as the chair, this committee convenes every year. This committee has been
serving the academic community since 1987. It has been assigned to decide on the
tuition fee increase for the coming school year. There is an RIG to be followed, as
approved by the committee. The student representative is tasked to meet up with the
University Student Government President and the University Student Government
Executive Treasurer and form a Tuition Fee Research Committee (TFRC). The Student
representatives should not only be able to come up with a proposed percentage of
increase/decrease in tuition fee, but valid arguments should also be presented to
support the proposal. Presently, the basic issues/arguments revolve around inflation,
the standards of living for professors and employees, and the fear of losing students as
a result of the increasing tuition fee throughout the years. Recently, the Office of the
Executive 7UHDVXUHUV5HVHDUFKFRPPLWWHHLQLWLDWHGSURJUDPVDQGDFWLYLWLHVWRLQFUHDVH
awareness of the TUITION FEE issue and has come up with the proposal paper to
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The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) is a nationwide alliance of


more than 600 student councils/governments/unions committed to the advancement of
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society (NUSP Website, 2009). The Vice President for External Affairs is the student incharge.
The Physical Facilities Committee is composed of the Vice Chancellor for
Administration, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Development, Civil Works
Section Head, University Architect, Mechanical and Electrical Office Head, Security and
Safety Office Head, Building and Grounds Maintenance head, and the student
representative/s. With the Vice Chancellor for Administration as the chair, the committee
convenes twice a month or every other week for the entire school year. This committee
discusses and decides on the matters involving the construction, maintenance, and
improvement of University physical facilities. The student representative is tasked to
propose to the body suggestions on the development and maintenance of these
facilities. The Vice President for Internal Affairs is the student-in-charge.
The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) is a union of various student
councils in the Philippines aimed towards transgressing the roles of student councils
from within their respective universities to nationwide concerns as well (SCAP Mission
and Vision, 2009). The Vice President for External Affairs is the student-in-charge.
The Security Committee LVHPERGLHGLQWKH8QLYHUVLW\VSDUWLFLSDWLRQLQWKH7DVN)RUFH
Safe School, which is a partnership with De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB)
DQG6W6FKRODVWLFDV&ROOHJH-Manila (SSC). It is composed of the Manila Police District
Officers and the following personnel from the respective schools: students (USG),
parents (PUSO), the administration through the Dean of Student Affairs, Security and
Safety Office heads, Discipline Office representatives. Aside from these persons, the
Marketing Communications Office representatives from DLSU-M and the Student
Publications Coordinator of DLS-CSB are also included. The chairmanship of this
committee rotates every year among the Dean of Student Affairs of the three
universities, with the committee convening every month. This committee aims to ensure
the safety of the LaSallian and Scholastican community through close coordination with
the local police district. The Task Force Safe School has its own structure composed of
different committees including the following: Finance and Solicitation Committee,
Awards and Recognition Committee, Community Relations Committee, and Publicity
and Education Committee. There is an RIG present. The student representative is
tasked to accomplish his/her duties depending on the committee he/she is assigned and
to provide suggestions on how to help heighten community security. As of present, the
Vice President for External Affairs is the student-in-charge.
The South Manila Inter-Institutional Consortium (SMIIC) is a group of higher educational
institutions in the southern portion of Manila. The purpose of the consortium is to

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collaborate actively to effect social transformation by promoting the cause of education


and by making quality and relevant learning accessible to as many as possible
(Wikipedia, 2009). The Vice President for External Affairs is the student in-charge.
The Student Handbook Revisions Committee is composed of the Dean of Student
Affairs, administration representative, faculty representative, CSO Chairperson,
USG President and Vice President for Internal Affairs. Chaired by the Dean of the
Student Affairs, its primary role is to discuss amendments for the next student
handbook. The meetings run for the whole academic year prior to the release of
the new student handbook. The manner of decision is through voting amongst
the administration, faculty and student. The student representative is tasked to
raise proposals from the students. The President and Vice President for Internal
Affairs are the students in-charge.
The Union of Catholic Student Councils (UCSC) is a youth organization whose vision is
$XQLWHd and holistically developed Catholic studentry, promoting and working for social
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October 1998 (UCSC Information: Vision, Mission and History). The Vice President for
External Affairs is the student in-charge.
Sources:
About CEAP (2009). Retrieved on August 10, 2009 from
http://www.ceap.org.ph/who_we_are/about_CEAP.php
National Union of Students of the Philippines (2009). Retrieved on August 10, 2009 from
www.nusp.blogspot.com
SCAP Mission and Vision (2009). Resolution No. 2009-11. De La Salle University Student Council
Legislative Assembly
South Manila Inter-Constitutional Consortium (2009). Retrieved on August 10, 2009 from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Manila_Inter-Institutional_Consortium
UCSC Information: Vision, Mission and History (2009) Resolution No. 2009-16. De La Salle
University Student Council Legislative Assembly

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De La Salle University
Student Council
Legislative Assembly

P.L.A.R. No. 2009-01-21


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-24

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng
Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng

Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010


Anna Villanueva, FAST 2008

Authored by:
Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng
RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE
IMPEACHMENT GUIDELINES

APPROVAL

OF

THE

JUDICIARY

Whereas, the De La Salle University Student Council is the supreme student


organization of DLSU, the power of which emanates from the Student Body. It
shall be the sole, unified, autonomous and democratic representative body of the
Students (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. III, Sec. 1);
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body in the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. VIII, Sec.1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Art. VII, Sec. 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
Elections
2009.
Retrieved
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2009
from
http://www.dlsu.ph/announcements/default.asp?id=604,);
Whereas, the President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme Court, the
Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be
removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction of, culpable violation of
the Constitution, treason, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or
betrayal of public trust. All other public officer and employees may be removed

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from office as provided by law, but not by impeachment. (1987 Constitution of the
Republic of the Philippines, Article XI Section 2);
Whereas, the House of Representative shall have the exclusive power to initiate all
cases of impeachment. (1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines,
Article XI Section 3);
Whereas, cases concerning violations of any USG officer of this constitution and its
bylaws shall be heard and decided upon by a magistrate from the college to
which the accused belongs. Decisions made by a sole magistrate can be subject
to appeal provided that new evidences and/or points supporting the case of the
accused are found. Such appeal process shall be provided for in the Rules of
Court (University Student Government Constitution, Art. XVIII, Sec. 14);
Whereas, there is a need for a clarification on the distinction of duties and
responsibilities in cases where a complaint has been filed against a member of
the judiciary or a non-judiciary USG officer;
Whereas, there are no guidelines in place to justify the appointment of impartial officers
appointed by the President;
Wherefore, be it resolved that the Judiciary Impeachment Guidelines take into effect
from Academic Year 2010-2011 to Academic Year 2011-2012;
Wherefore, be it resolved that any amendments to the Judiciary Impeachment
Guidelines after its approval shall be subject to a majority vote in the Legislative
Assembly;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Judiciary Impeachment Guidelines be adopted
by the Judiciary arm of the University Student Government upon approval of the
Legislative Assembly;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the Judiciary Impeachment Guidelines (see
Appendix A) be approved.
Adopted, September 18, 2009

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Appendix A
Section 1.
Impeachment of any USG Officer
1.1. All USG elected officers may be removed from office, on impeachment for, and
conviction of, culpable violations of this Constitution and betrayal of public trust.
(Article XX, Section 1)
1.2. The following may be grounds for impeachment: (Article XX, Section 2)
1.2.1. Any willful violation of this Constitution and its bylaws.
1.2.2. Gross negligence of duty.
1.2.3. Illegal disbursement of funds.
1.2.4. Any behavior which undermines the integrity of the USG.
1.2.5. Any other forms of gross misconduct as provided by the USG policies.
Section 2. Procedures in filing an Impeachment Complaint for a non-Judiciary USG
officer
2.1. Any student or officer of the USG may file a resolution of impeachment against
any USG officer. (Article XX, Section 3)
2.2. The resolution must be addressed to the Chief Magistrate. (Article XX, Section
3)
2.3. Before an investigation can be initiated, all impeachment complaints submitted
to the Chief Magistrate shall be subjected to a screening process. All members
of the Judiciary will handle the screening process. During the screening process,
the Judiciary shall validate the claim in order to determine if an investigation is
necessary. (Article XX, Section 4.1)
2.4. The Judiciary shall notify the defendant at least four (4) days before the set
hearing date of the impeachment complaint. Any USG officer must take a leave
of absence once the impeachment complaint has been validated and deemed
that an investigation is necessary. (Article XX, Section 4.2)
2.5. In the hearing of the impeachment complaint, a two-thirds vote of the
magistrates present will serve as the final decision of the Judiciary. (Article XX,
Section 4.3)
2.6. The judiciary is the one in charge to impose certain sanctions on the USG officer
concerned in which these decisions are final and executory, except for
meritorious cases. (Article XX, Section 4.4)
Section 3. Impeachment Complaint Guidelines for a Judiciary USG officer:
3.1. In cases where the complaint is filed against a member of the judiciary, the
defendant will not participate in the screening process. A prosecuting officer of
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the defendant. (Article XX, Section 4.5)
3.2. The prosecuting officer who temporarily replaces the magistrate who filed a
leave of absence will have all the powers borne by a magistrate, except voting
from the screening process until the impeachment case of the said magistrate
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3.3. A two-thirds vote of the members present during the screening process will
serve as the final decision of determining whether an investigation is necessary
or otherwise.
3.4. A special body, chaired by the President with five unconfirmed impartial
appointees from the students, shall initiate impeachment proceeding on the
Magistrate/s concerned. It shall resolve the matter unanimously within three
weeks. (Article XX, Section 4.5)
3.4.1. The president will select the appointed members of the special body. The
Legislative Assembly shall screen selected members before they are
admitted to the special body. A two-third vote is required in order to approve
the member of the special body.
3.4.2. If the Legislative Assembly disapproved a candidate for the special body,
the president shall search for another candidate to be approved by the
Legislative Assembly.
Section 4. Procedures in the appointment of impartial officers handling the
impeachment proceedings of a magistrate
4.1. A special body chaired by the president with five (5) unconfirmed impartial
appointees from the students, shall initiate impeachment proceedings on the
magistrate/s concerned. (USG Constitution; Article XX, Section 4.5)
4.1.1. The President will appoint five (5) officers of his/her own choice from the
student body.
4.1.2. The Legislative Assembly will handle the screening process and the
approval of the five (5) appointed officers by the President.
4.1.3. The Legislative Assembly shall approve the five (5) appointed officers
chosen by the President and provided that these individuals satisfactorily
undergoes the screening process and interviews prescribed in its
qualifications and has passed an examination prepared by the Legislative
body.
Section 5. Qualifications for an unconfirmed impartial appointee
5.1. He/She is not currently under any academic probation.
5.2. He/She shall not have been a member of any political party as certified by the
political party presidents for the duration of his/her stay as a student in the
University.
5.3. He/She should be able to work during the hours deemed necessary by the
Position.
5.4. He/She must score a grade of at least 65% in the USG constitution exam that
was prepared by the Judiciary.
5.5. He/She must undergo the complete USG training handled by the Judiciary right
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Section 6. Excusing of an impartial appointee in handling an impeachment complaint


6.1. Upon appointment by the Legislative Assembly, an impartial appointee must
initiate the impeachment proceeding until a decision is reached
6.2. An impartial appointee may be excused from his/her duties due to the following
reasons:
6.2.1. Conflict with academic schedule.
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activity.
6.2.3. Other reasons as deemed necessary by the Executive Secretary of the De
La Salle University Student Government.
6.3. An impartial appointee who must be excused from his/her duties shall submit a
letter to the Judiciary and the Legislative Assembly, which will undergo a
deliberation by the Legislative Assembly.
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impeachment proper, the impeachment proceedings will continue without
replacing the appointee who is unable to assume his/her role in the
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De La Salle University
Student Council
Legislative Assembly

P.L.A.R. No. 2009-02-33


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-27

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Louise Artadi, BnE 2012
Jana Cabuhat, CATCH 2T13
Jesyl Gagto, FOCUS 2009

Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng


Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng
Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010
Anna Angelica Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ELECTIONS AS A MEANS TO IDENTIFY THE BATCH


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Whereas, the De La Salle University Student Council is the supreme student
organization of DLSU, the power of which emanates from the Student Body. It
shall be the sole, unified, autonomous and democratic representative body of the
Students (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. III, Sec. 1);
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body in the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. VIII, Sec.1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Art. VII, Sec. 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
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Retrieved
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Whereas, the Batch Student Government Executive Board shall be composed of the:
3.1 Batch President.
3.2 Batch Vice President.
3.3 Legislative Assembly Representative;
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Whereas, the Batch Vice Presidents shall:


6.1. Report directly to the Batch President and College President and
President as deemed necessary.
6.2. Represent the Batch President in other programs and activities and other
such entities.
6.3. Discuss and update the CSG on batch-wide programs and concerns in the
absence of the Batch President.
6.4. Assume powers and responsibilities of the Batch President in his/her
incapacity or absence.
6.5. Enforce programs of the EB, upon approval of the EXECOM, for the
batch.
6.6. Assist the Batch President in the execution of all policies and directives
issued by the Legislative Assembly which are pertinent to their respective
batches.
6.7. Chair the BSG-EB in the absence of the Batch President.
6.8. Perform other functions as defined in the Rules of Internal Governance of
the BSG and as deemed necessary by the EB, College President and the
Legislative Assembly.
(University Student Government Constitution, Art. XII, Sec. 6);
Whereas, the elections of the USG officers shall be held every third trimester of the
preceding school year, with the exception of the election of incoming freshmen
officers, which shall be held during the first trimester of the school year.
(University Student Government Constitution, Art. XXIII, Sec. 1);
Whereas, the Batch Presidents and the LA Representatives shall be voted into office by
the members of their respective batches of their respective colleges. (University
Student Government Constitution, Art. XXIII, Sec. 6);
Whereas, no amendment or revision of this Constitution shall be authorized within three
years following the ratification of this Constitution. (University Student
Government Constitution, Art. XXVI, Sec. 3);
Whereas, there is no blatant means stated in the USG Constitution of how the Batch
Vice President shall be identified;
Whereas, in the absence of a provision on how a government officer shall be identified,
tradition shall be followed for as long as it is not contradictory to law, morals,
public order or public policy. (Conversation with Atty. Blas Viterbo of Sen. Mar
5R[DV2IILFH-Xne 16, 2009, See Appendix A);
Whereas, it has been cleared upon by Vice President for Operations and
Communications Chichi Tullao and former Student Council President Nicole
Villarojo that the original intention of the University Student Government is to
elect the Batch Vice Presidents as ratified in the General Elections last March
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Wherefore, be it resolved that the Batch Vice Presidents shall be identified through
elections to be done during the annual General Elections as conducted by the
Commission on Elections;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the
Commission on Elections and the two political parties: Santugon sa Tawag ng
Panahon and Alyansang Tapat sa Lasalista;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that this resolution take effect from Academic Years
2009 to 2012.
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APPENDIX A
Conversation with Atty. Blas Viterbo
(through e-mail)
Hi Atty. Viterbo!
I hope you still remember me. I was the one who called you up two months ago with
regard to fixing our locked constitution.
We are currently working out in fixing it through your recommendations. One of them is
the identification of each batch's vice presidents. May I ask the source of your
recommendation when you said that when there is no means cited in the constitution on
how the batch vice president shall be identified, then he/she must be identified by
tradition. And by tradition, we elect them.
Thank you very much!
Sincerely yours,
Ma. Ana Patricia R. Mallari
Legislative Assembly Representative, BnE2010
De La Salle University Student Council
----------------------------Ms. Patricia Mallari
Legislative Assembly Representative, BnE2010
De La Salle University Student Council
mara_mallari@yahoo.com
Dear Ms. Mallari,
Thank you for writing about your concern.
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constitution was silent on the matter. The previous recommendation was that when
there is no means cited in the constitution on how the batch vice president shall be
identified, then he or she must be identified by tradition (previous practice). You
responded that by tradition, you elect them.
As a rule, customs (or traditions) which are contrary to law, public order or public policy
shall not be countenanced (Art. 11, Civil Code). Ostensibly, elections are not contrary
to law, public order or public policy; thus, they are a valid means (as established by your
tradition) of identifying your batch vice-presidents.
Assuming that the election of the batch vice-president is not evidenced by tradition, it
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batch president and the legislative assembly (LA) representative, are through election
under Section 6, Article XXIII of the DLSU USG Constitution. If election is the process
of identification of other batch officers under your constitution, we see no reason why it
should not be the case with the batch vice-president, IRU FRQVLVWHQF\V VDNH HYHQ LI
your constitution is silent on the matter.
We note that the foregoing is just an opinion based on the representations you have
provided and premised on assumptions as stated. Please use this only as a guide. I
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same if you want something authoritative.
Sincerely,
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APPENDIX B
Conversation with Vice President for Operations
and Communications Chichi Tullao
(through SMS/text)
Patricia Mallari:
Hello Chichi! Aimee informed me that you said that the original intention of the USG is
to elect the Batch VPs for the coming elections. Is this true? Because apparently,
nothing of it appears in the USG constitution. RnP wants to do a resolution to formalize
this one. Thanks!
Chichi Tullao:
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lang ha? Medyo busy siya >3OHDVHLQWURGXFH\RXUVHOI6KHVDOLWWOHEXV\@. Pero [but] you
know Pat, for this part, in virtue, pinagbotohan din siya ng mga students [it was voted by
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Conversation with former Student Council President Nicole Villarojo
(through SMS/text)
Patricia Mallari:
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the identification of Batch VPs in the USG. Originally, RnP wants to do a MOA with
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the original intention of the USG is to elect the Batch VPs. Is this true? Because
apparently, nothing of it appears in the USG constitution. RnP wants to do a resolution
to formalize this one. Thanks!
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De La Salle University
Student Council
Legislative Assembly

P.L.A.R. No. 2009-02-36


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-29

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Louise Artadi, BnE 2012
Jana Cabuhat, CATCH 2T13
Jesyl Gagto, FOCUS 2009

Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng


Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng
Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010
Anna Angelica Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS AND


APPLICATION PROCESS OF MAGISTRATES OF THE UNIVERSITY
STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body of the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Article VIII, Section
1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Article VIII, Section 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
Elections
2009.
Retrieved
July
3,
2009
from
http://www.dlsu.ph/announcements/default.asp?id=604,);
Whereas, the Judiciary shall be composed of the chief magistrate and five other
magistrates (University Student Government Constitution, Art. XVIII, Sections 2.1
and 2.2);
Whereas, the LA shall prescribe the qualifications of the Magistrates, Auditor,
Investigating Officers and Prosecution Officers.( University Student Government
Constitution, Art. XVIII, Section 4);
Whereas, the Magistrates shall be duly appointed by a group of representatives from
both the outgoing members of the EXECOM and the Judiciary. The number of
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such that each college is represented.( University Student Government


Constitution, Art. XVIII, Section 5);
Wherefore, be it resolved that the Qualifications and Application process for the
Magistrates of the USG shall, upon the approval of the Legislative Assembly take
into effect from Academic Year 2010-2011 to Academic Year 2011-2012;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that any amendments to the Magistrates Qualifications
and Application process for the USG after its approval shall be subject to a
majority vote in the Legislative Assembly;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Qualification and Application process for the
Magistrates of the USG shall, upon the approval of the Legislative Assembly,
supersede the Rules of Court to be made by the Judiciary of the University
Student Government in line with Art. XVIII, Sec. 3.11 of the USG Constitution;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Qualification and Application process for the
Magistrates of the USG shall, upon the approval of the Legislative Assembly be
adopted by the Judiciary arm of the University Student Government;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Magistrate Training Program and the
Application Form mentioned in the Qualification and Application process for the
Magistrates of the USG (see Appendix A) be prepared and accomplished by the
Rules and Policies Committee of the Legislative Assembly in cooperation with
the OSEC and the Ethics Committee of the Legislative Assembly for AY 20092010;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the outgoing EXECOM be the sole body
responsible for the screening and appointing the 6 college magistrates in line
with the process mentioned in the Qualification and Application process for the
Magistrates of the USG (see Appendix A) for AY 2009-2010;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Resolutions Monitoring and Management
Committee of the Legislative Assembly furnish a copy of the Qualification and
Application process for the Magistrates of the USG, upon approval, to all
incumbent EXECOM officers for proper briefing on the new process;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the Qualification and Application process for the
Magistrates of the USG (see Appendix A) be approved.
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APPENDIX A
QUALIFICATIONS FOR MAGISTRATES
1. The applicant for Magistrates must have gone under the Magistrate Training
Program (MTP) provided by the outgoing Judiciary during the application period
in order to have sufficient background and knowledge regarding the USG
Constitution and specifically his/her role as a Magistrate.
2. The applicant for Magistrates must not have been actively involved in any
political party during his/her stay in the university to ensure an unbiased
approach in doing his/her duties as a Magistrate. This is certified by a joint
written statement/certification from both political party presidents, who in turn,
have the option to refuse signing the document in cases where complications
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3. The applicant must be able to serve and perform the duties of a Magistrate of
his/her college for one full year.
4. The applicant must have at least 3 terms left during the time of application.
5. The applicant must not hold any EB position in any other organization.
6. The applicant must come from the college he/she wishes to represent.
APPLICATION PROCESS
1. The College Assembly Presidents, in coordination with the outgoing Judiciary,
shall spearhead the recruitment for Magistrates in their respective colleges
during the third term of each academic year. Applicants must submit a standard
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their application forms (and may also choose to screen these applicants
personally) in order to come up with a shortlist of 3 to 5 applicants who shall be
selected to undergo the Magistrate Training Program.
2. Shortlisted applicants shall undergo the Magistrate Training Program conducted
by the outgoing judiciary. Upon completion of the said course, a test that will be
prepared by the outgoing Judiciary shall be taken by the applicants. He/she
needs a 70% passing grade in order to get to the final stage of the application
process.
3. The applicants must undergo an interview (or any other means of screening
deemed necessary by the outgoing EXECOM and Judiciary) with the outgoing
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applicants have been interviewed, the outgoing EXECOM and Judiciary shall,
through a majority vote, appoint the 6 college magistrates.
4. Exactly one magistrate per college must be appointed by the end of the
application period. A joint EXECOM, AA and LA session, chaired by the
President, shall be devoted to elect a Chief Magistrate. Such election shall be
done at most one week after the completion of appointment of the Magistrate.
(University Student Government Constitution, Art. XVIII, Section 8);
5. In cases where there are no qualified applicants for the position of magistrate for
a certain college, or there is a vacancy in the position, the elected Chief
Magistrate shall act and handle all cases of that college until the newly-appointed
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APPENDIX B
Syllabus for Magistrate Training Program
Content

No. of Hours

Preamble
Article I Name and Seat
Article II Membership

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Article V Duties and Responsibilities of


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Article VI Accountability of USG Officers

Article VII The Executive Board


Article VIII The Executive Committee

Article IX Powers, Duties and


Responsibilities of EB Members

Article XI The College Student Government

Article XII The Batch Student Government

Article X The Activities Assembly


Article XIII The Executive Departments

Article XVIII The Judiciary

Article XIV The Legislative Assembly

Article XV The LA Committees

Article XVI The LA Inner Circle

Article XVII The College Legislative Board

Article XVIII The Judiciary

Article XIX Constitutional Commissions

Article XXI The Council of Student


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Article XVIII The Judiciary

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Article XXIV Vacancies

Article XXV General Provisions


Article XXVI Amendments
Article XXVII
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Article XXIX Effectivity

Article XVIII The Judiciary

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Independent Commissions
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De La Salle University
Student Council
Legislative Assembly

P.L.A.R. No. 2009-02-37


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-31

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Louise Artadi, BnE 2012
Jana Cabuhat, CATCH 2T13
Jesyl Gagto, FOCUS 2009

Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng


Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng
Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010
Anna Angelica Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR


CONSTITUTIONAL COMMISSIONERS OF THE UNIVERSITY STUDENT
GOVERNMENT
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body of the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Article VIII, Section
1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Article VIII, Section 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
Elections
2009.
Retrieved
July
3,
2009
from
http://www.dlsu.ph/announcements/default.asp?id=604,);
Whereas, there shall be two independent Constitutional Commissions that shall report
directly to the Judiciary: Commission on Elections and Commission on Audit.
(University Student Government Constitution, Art.XIX, Sections 1.1 and 1.2);
Whereas, the LA shall prescribe the qualifications of the Commissioners of the
Commission on Elections and the Commission on Audit. (University Student
Government Constitution, Art.XIX, Section 2);
Whereas, the Commissioners shall hold office for one complete school year, beginning
in the first trimester and ending in the third trimester. (As seen in Appendix A)
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Whereas, All Commissioners shall be prohibited from appointed position/s in any USG
unit. (As seen in Appendix A) (University Student Government Constitution,
Art.XIX, Section 6);
Whereas, The Commissioners of each Constitutional Commission shall elect among
themselves a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
They shall also be given the prerogative to recruit members who shall help them
in discharging their functions. (University Student Government Constitution,
Art.XIX, Section 7);
Whereas, The COMELEC shall be composed of two Commissioners from each college.
(University Student Government Constitution, Art.XIX, Section 14);
Whereas, the Commission on Audit, which shall hereinafter be referred to as COA, shall
be composed of a chairman and two commissioners, who shall be legitimate
students of DLSU, and at the time of their appointment, has at least one year of
tenure in DLSU, and must not have been candidates for any position in the
election preceding their appointment. (As seen in Appendix A) (University
Student Government Constitution, Art.XIX, Section 20);
Whereas, the Chairman and the Commissioners (of COA) shall be appointed by the
President with consent of the EXECOM, Chief Legislator and Chief Magistrate,
for three consecutive terms without reappointment. (As seen in Appendix A)
(University Student Government Constitution, Art.XIX, Section 21);
Whereas, the COA Chairman shall have 1 year experience of being an auditor in the
Office of the Treasurer. (As seen in Appendix A) (University Student Government
Constitution, Art. XIX, Section 25);
Whereas, if any provision of this Constitution is declared invalid, the remainder thereof
not affected thereby shall continue in full force and effect. (University Student
Government Constitution, Art. XXVIII);
Wherefore, be it resolved that the Qualifications for Constitutional Commissioners of the
USG shall, upon the approval of the Legislative Assembly take into effect from
Academic Year 2010-2011 to Academic Year 2011-2012;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that Article XVII, Section 3.5 of the University Student
Government Constitution be invalidated;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that Article XIX, Section 3 of the University Student
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Wherefore, be it further resolved that the COMELEC commissioners shall be


recommended by their respective College Assembly President to the Legislative
Assembly for approval;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the screening process for COA commissioners
mentioned in Appendix A be done in coordination with the Office of the Treasurer
for AY 2009-2010;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that any amendments to the Qualifications for
Constitutional Commissioners for the USG after its approval shall be subject to a
majority vote in the Legislative Assembly;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Qualifications for Constitutional
Commissioners of the USG shall, upon the approval of the Legislative Assembly
be adopted by the Constitutional Commissions of the University Student
Government;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Resolutions Monitoring and Management
Committee of the Legislative Assembly furnish a copy of the Qualifications for
Constitutional Commissions of the USG, upon approval, to all incumbent
EXECOM officers for proper briefing on the new process;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the Qualifications for Constitutional Commissioners
of the USG (see Appendix A) be approved.
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QUALIFICATIONS FOR COMELEC COMMISSIONERS
1. The applicant for COMELEC Commissioner must not have been actively involved
in any political party during his/her stay in the university to ensure an unbiased
approach in doing his/her duties as a Constitutional Commissioner. This is
certified by a joint written statement/certification from both political party
presidents, who in turn, have the option to refuse signing the document in cases
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2. The applicant must have served as a COMELEC volunteer for at least one term
of election prior to being a commissioner.
3. The applicant must be able to serve and perform the duties of a COMELEC
Commissioner of his/her college for one complete year, beginning in the first
trimester and ending in the third trimester.
4. The applicant must not hold any appointed and/or elected position/s in any USG
unit.
5. The applicant must have at least 3 terms left during the time of application.
6. The applicant must come from the college he/she wishes to represent.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR COA COMMISSIONERS
1. The applicant must be able to serve and perform the duties of a COA
Commissioner for one complete year, beginning in the first trimester and ending
in the third trimester.
2. The applicant must not hold any appointed and/or elected position/s in any USG
unit.
3. The applicant must not have been a candidate for any position in the election
preceding his/her appointment.
4. The applicant must have at least 3 terms left during the time of application.
5. The applicant must have basic auditing knowledge to be determined by a
screening process to be conducted by the appointing officers in coordination with
the outgoing COA commissioner.
6. The COA Chairman shall have 1 year experience of being an auditor in the Office
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P.L.A.R. No. 2009-02-49


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-38

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Louise Artadi, BnE 2012
Jana Cabuhat, CATCH 2T13
Jesyl Gagto, FOCUS 2009

Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng


Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng
Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010
Anna Angelica Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE


PROSECUTING AND INVESTIGATING OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY
STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body of the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Article VIII, Section
1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Article VIII, Section 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
Elections
2009.
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http://www.dlsu.ph/announcements/default.asp?id=604,);
Whereas, the Judiciary shall appoint its Investigating Officers and Prosecuting Officers
whose number shall be determined by them (University Student Government,
Art. XVII, Section 3.9);
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly shall prescribe the qualifications of the Magistrates,
Auditor, Investigating Officers and Prosecution Officers.( University Student
Government Constitution, Art. XVIII, Section 4);
Whereas, should any Magistrate be subjected to an impeachment complaint, he or she
must take a leave of absence before any investigation on the complaint is
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prosecuting officer of his or her choice (University Student Government


Constitution, Art. XX, Section 4.5);
Wherefore, be it resolved that the Qualifications of the Prosecuting and Investigating
Officers of the USG shall, upon the approval of the Legislative Assembly take
into effect from Academic Year 2010-2011 to Academic Year 2011-2012;
Wherefore, be it also resolved that any amendments to the Qualifications of the
Prosecuting and Investigating Officers for the USG after its approval shall be
subject to a majority vote in the Legislative Assembly;
Wherefore, be it also resolved that the Qualifications for Prosecuting Officers and
Investigating Officers supersede the Rules of Court to be made by the Judiciary
of the University Student Government upon approval of the Legislative Assembly;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Qualifications of the Prosecuting and
Investigating Officers of the USG shall, upon the approval of the Legislative
Assembly be adopted by the Judiciary arm of the University Student
Government;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the Qualifications of the Prosecuting Officers and
Investigating Officers (See Appendix A) of the USG be approved.
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Qualifications for Prosecuting and Investigating Officers
1. The applicant must not be affiliated or acquainted with anyone involved in the
particular case they wish to work on to avoid any biases in executing their roles.
This will be ensured through a written certification from both defendant and
complainant who in turn, have the option to refuse signing the document in cases
where the applicant is proven to be affiliated with either party.
2. The applicant must have sufficient background and knowledge on the University
Student Government and the case he or she is handling which are to be
determined by the current Judiciary.
3. The applicant must be able to serve for the entire duration of the case they wish
to work on.
4. The applicant must be willing to temporarily stand as a replacement Magistrate,
should he or she be accepted as a prosecuting officer, in cases where any
Magistrate is subjected to an impeachment complaint.
5. The applicant for the Prosecuting and Investigating Officers must have stayed in
DLSU for at least one term.
6. The applicant for the Prosecuting and Investigating Officers must not have any
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Student Council
Legislative Assembly

P.L.A.R. No. 2009-02-50


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-39

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Louise Artadi, BnE 2012
Jana Cabuhat, CATCH 2T13
Jesyl Gagto, FOCUS 2009

Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng


Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng
Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010
Anna Angelica Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE SUPPLEMENTARY


PROVISIONS OF USG CONSTITUTION ARTICLE XXI, ALSO KNOWN AS
THE COUNCIL OF STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
Whereas, the De La Salle University Student Council is the supreme student
organization of DLSU, the power of which emanates from the Student Body. It
shall be the sole, unified, autonomous and democratic representative body of the
Students (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. III, Sec. 1);
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body in the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. VIII, Sec.1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Art. VII, Sec. 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
Elections
2009.
Retrieved
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http://www.dlsu.ph/announcements/default.asp?id=604,);
Whereas, the Council of Student Organizations (CSO) is the umbrella organization of
accredited professional, special interest, and socio-civic organizations of De La
Salle University-Manila (De La Salle University Student Handbook, Academic
Year 2009-2012, Appendix H);
Whereas, Article XXI of the USG Constitution is entitled as the Council of Student
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Whereas, Ms. Maria Francesca Tomaliwan, Chairperson of CSO requested for


supplementary provisions on how they are going to interpret the article relating to
them, specifically Article XXI;
Wherefore, be it resolved that Article XXI Sec. 2 of the USG Constitution be clarified
that the CSO shall not exclusively coordinate with the Vice President for Internal
Affairs but may coordinate with other USG units as well as deemed necessary;
Wherefore, be it resolved that Article XXI Sec. 3.1 of the USG Constitution be clarified
that the policies referred to shall be subject to agreements entered into by official
representatives of both the USG and CSO;
Wherefore, be it resolved that Article XXI Sec. 4.3 of the USG Constitution be clarified
that the policies referred to are limited to Article XXI only;
Wherefore, be it also resolved that Article XXI Sec. 7 of the USG Constitution be
clarified as national and University issues concerning the whole student body and
individual organizations may opt to release their own stands to represent its own
organization only;
Wherefore, be it also resolved that throughout in Article XXI of the USG Constitution be
clarified that CSO as a Council would be appropriately called as the Council
Body;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be given to Ms. Maria
Francesca Tomaliwan, Chairperson of CSO;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that these supplementary provisions hold until the
judiciary initiates for re-evaluation of Article XXI of the USG constitution;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the resolution be approved.
Adopted, November 27, 2009

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P.L.A.R. No. 2009-02-39


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-41

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Louise Artadi, BnE 2012
Jana Cabuhat, CATCH 2T13
Jesyl Gagto, FOCUS 2009

Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng


Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng
Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010
Anna Angelica Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS AND


PROCESS OF APPLICATION FOR AUDITORS OF THE UNIVERSITY
STUDENT GOVERNMENT
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body of the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Article VIII, Section
1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Article VIII, Section 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
Elections
2009.
Retrieved
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24,
2009
from
http://www.dlsu.ph/announcements/default.asp?id=604,);
Whereas, the LA shall prescribe the qualifications of the Magistrates, Auditor,
Investigating Officers and Prosecution Officers.( University Student Government
Constitution, Art. XVIII, Section 4);
Whereas, the Commission on Audit shall have the power, authority and duty to
examine and audit all accounts pertaining to revenue and receipts of, and to the
expenses and disbursements of every USG unit. (University Student Government
Constitution, Art. XIX, Section 23);
Whereas, an auditor is defined as a person appointed and authorized to audit or
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examine the parties and witnesses, allow or reject charges, and state the
balance. [1913 Webster] (The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
v.0.48. What does Auditor mean?. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
http://www.dictionary.net/auditor);
Whereas, the Executive Treasurer shall prepare an annual financial report of the USG
for examination by the EXECOM and Legislative Assembly and also for audit by
the Auditor duly appointed by the Judiciary (University Student Governance
Article IX Section 5.13);
Whereas, the commissioners of each Constitutional Commission shall be given the
prerogative to recruit members who shall help them in discharging their functions;
:KHUHDV QH[W VFKRRO \HDUV $< -2011) proposed qualification and process of
application of auditors has been patterned from the previous school years (AY
2008-2009 and 2009-2010) qualifications and process;
Wherefore, be it resolved that the Qualifications and Process of Application for Auditors
of the USG shall, upon the approval of the Legislative Assembly take into effect
from Academic Year 2010-2011 and Academic Year 2011-2012;
Wherefore, be it resolved that the auditors are appointed and evaluated by the current
Commission on Audit commissioners;
Wherefore, be it further resolved that any amendments to the proposed qualifications
and process of application for auditors for the USG after its approval shall be
subject to a majority vote in the Legislative Assembly;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the Qualifications and Process of Application for
Auditors be approved by the Legislative Assembly.
Adopted, November 27, 2009

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APPENDIX A
QUALIFICATIONS FOR AUDITORS
1. The applicant may not hold an EB position in any USG unit.
2. The applicant must be able to serve and perform the duties of an auditor from the
time of appointment to the last term of the academic year.
3. The applicant must be well-knowledgeable of auditing and its internal control
procedures to maintain the technical competence of the auditors. Their
knowledge with auditing will be determined and evaluated through a screening
exam to be prepared by the current Commission on Audit commissioners.

PROCESS OF APPLICATION
1. The applicants must take a screening exam that must be approved by a Certified
Public Accountant. The passing grade for such screening exam is 70% to
maintain the quality of our auditors. The exam shall be conducted by the current
Commission on Audit commissioners;
2. The applicant must go through an interview conducted by the Commission on
Audit commissioners. Through this, the commissioners will determine and
appoint the auditors.
3. Once the applicant has been chosen, he/she must undergo an orientation
spearheaded by the Commission on Audit commissioners to know the basic
procedures as auditors in the USG.
4. In the case where there is still a lack of auditors after the testing period, the
previous applicants who still wish to be auditors may opt to retake the exam
provided they have accomplished a remedial course to be spearheaded by the
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Legislative Assembly

P.L.A.R. No. 2009-02-52


Status: Approved
Resolution No. 2009-42

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Louise Artadi, BnE 2012
Jana Cabuhat, CATCH 2T13
Jesyl Gagto, FOCUS 2009

Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng


Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng
Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010
Anna Angelica Villanueva, FAST 2008

Sponsored by: Rules and Policies Committee


Carl Vincent Abaya, FAST 2007
Louise Artadi, BnE 2012
Jana Cabuhat, CATCH 2T13
Jesyl Gagto, FOCUS 2009
Michael Gutierrez, 63rd Eng

Trisha Vanessa Liu, 63rd Eng


Ma. Ana Patricia Mallari, BnE 2010
Ysabel Pelio, EdGe 2007
Philip Rentillo, EdGe 2008
Anna Angelica Villanueva, FAST 2008

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE REVISED LEGISLATIVE


ASSEMBLY MANUAL
Whereas, the De La Salle University Student Council is the supreme student
organization of DLSU, the power of which emanates from the Student Body. It
shall be the sole, unified, autonomous and democratic representative body of the
Students (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. III, Sec. 1);
Whereas, the Legislative Assembly is the highest policy making body in the Student
Council (De La Salle University Student Council Constitution, Art. VIII, Sec.1);
Whereas, the Rules and Policies Committee shall initiate the review of the rules,
policies, and procedures of the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University
Student Council, and De La Salle University, in coordination with the concerned
offices and/or units, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly,
De La Salle University Student Council Executive Committee and offices
concerned. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Art. VII, Sec. 5.1);
Whereas, the University Student Government (USG) has been ratified (Mistades, V.
(2009 April 1). DLSU-Manila: Announcements: Results of the Student Council
General
Elections
2009.
Retrieved
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Whereas, any amendments to the Legislative Assembly Rules of Internal Governance


can be proposed by any Legislative Assembly Representative through a
resolution and shall be approved by a two-third majority vote of the Legislative
Assembly. (LA Rules of Internal Governance, Art. XVI);
Wherefore, let the LA Manual read:
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Legislative Assembly.
Inside, you will find the Legislative Assembly Rules of Internal Governance,
Parliamentary Procedures, and Resolution Formats.
We hope that this manual be helpful to all University Student Government
Officers, especially to the Legislative Assembly.
For Lasallian Achievers for God and Country!
De La Salle University Student Government
Office of the Executive Secretary
Contents
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The Legislative Assembly
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LA Rules of Internal Governance
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Format of a Resolution
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About Resolutions
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Person to Person Communication
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Parliamentary Procedures
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Summary of Motions
The Legislative Assembly
The Legislative Assembly (LA) is the highest policy making body of the University
Student Government It is composed of the elected Legislative Assembly
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Pursuant to the USG Constitution, the LA Representatives have the following


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Legislative Assembly Sessions are held on a regular basis. Regular sessions
happen during Fridays at 1430h -1600h
LA Rules of Internal Governance
Article I
Policy and Application
Section 1. Title. These rules shall be known and cited as the Rules of Internal
Governance of the Legislative Assembly.
Section 2. Purpose. These rules are promulgated to prescribe the structure,
procedures, and guidelines for the proper discharge of the powers and
responsibilities of the Legislative Assembly, so as to achieve the purpose of
active legislation.
Section 3. Declaration of Policy. It is hereby declared the policy of the De La
Salle University Student Government that the Legislative Assembly shall enjoy
the balance of power and authority with the Executive Branch to enable it to
attain its fullest development as a self-reliant body and make it a more efficient
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goals. A more responsive and accountable structure shall be provided to the


Legislative Assembly, through a system whereby its powers, jurisdiction,
procedures, and guidelines shall be clearly defined.
Section 4. Scope of Application. These rules shall apply to the following:
4.1. Chief Legislator of the Legislative Assembly
4.2. Legislative Assembly Majority and Minority Floor Leaders.
4.3. Legislative Assembly Inner Circle.
4.4. All Legislative Assembly Representatives.
4.5. Legislative Committees.
4.6. All officers of the De La Salle University Student Government, whenever
applicable.
Section 5. Formulation of Comprehensive Policies by the Legislative
Assembly. The Chief Legislator and the Majority/Minority Floor Leaders,
together with the Legislative Secretariat and Legislative Committee
Chairpersons, shall formulate and enforce basic administrative policies and
procedures to facilitate the implementation of this Act.
Article II
Members
Section 1. A Member of the Legislative Assembly shall refer to the Legislative
Assembly Chief Legislator or to a Legislative Assembly Representative.
Section 2. Every Member shall be present at the sessions of the Legislative
Assembly unless otherwise excused.
Section 3. Every Legislative Assembly Representative present at the session
shall vote on every motion, unless he/she has direct personal or pecuniary
conflict therein.
Section 4. Legislative Assembly Representatives shall be appointed to only one
Legislative Committee. The Chief Legislator shall assign the Legislative
Assembly Representatives to the Legislative Assembly Committees in reference
to, but not entirely based upon, the top three choices of each Legislative
Assembly Representative and in a manner that he/she deems necessary. The
Legislative Assembly Representative that will be elected as the Legislative
Assembly Chief Legislator shall be an ex officio member of every committee.
Article III
The Legislative Assembly
Section 1. The Legislative Assembly (LA) is the highest policy making body of
the University Student Government. (Article XIV, Section 1 of the De La Salle
University Manila University Student Government Constitution).
Section 2. The Legislative Assembly Representatives shall have the following
functions: (Article XIV Section 5 of the De La Salle University Manila University
Student Government Constitution)
2.1. Report directly to the Batch President, College President, Chief Legislator
and President as deemed necessary.
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and non-academic matters.
2.4. Hold position in other USG units and University-wide committees as
appointed.
2.5. Handle the College Advisory Board together with the other LA
Representatives of each respective college.
2.6. Handle the Batch Advisory Board.
2.7. Review existing policies and resolutions.
2.8. Pass resolutions and legislations that are of relevance to the studentry.
2.9. Be entitled to a copy of all minutes, resolutions and the like that concerns
the legislative proceedings.
2.10. Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the EB, College
President, Batch President, Chief Legislator and the LA.
Section 3. The LA shall concern itself with discussing and deciding on the
following matters: (Article XIV Section 3 of the De La Salle University Manila
University Student Government Constitution)
3.1. Integral policies, existing operations, projects and programs.
3.2. Resolutions of University-wide, curricular and extra-curricular matters.
3.3. Resolutions on national and sectoral issues.
3.4. Representation of administrative and non-administrative units and
committees requiring such inside the campus.
3.5. Budget allocation of the USG as presented by the Executive Treasurer.
3.6. Creation of standing and ad hoc committees whose functions shall be
determined by the body.
3.7. Approval of the Election Code to be adopted by the Commission on
Elections.
3.8. Approval of appointed USG officers for elected positions.
Article IV
The Legislative Assembly Chief Legislator
Section 1. Pursuant to the provision stated in Article XIV, Section 4 of the De La
Salle University Manila University Student Government Constitution, an elected
Legislative Assembly Representative shall be the Chief Legislator of the
Legislative Assembly.
Section 2. The powers and responsibilities of the Chief Legislator shall have the
following powers, duties and responsibilities:
2.1. Call and preside over the sessions of the LA and appoint from its
members, except the Majority and Minority Floor Leaders and the Legislative
Secretariat, a replacement upon his/her incapacity or absence.
2.2. Call and preside over the meetings of the LA Inner Circle and appoint from
its members, except the Legislative Secretariat, a replacement upon his/her
incapacity or absence.
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2.4. Preserve order and decorum during sessions, and, in case of disturbance
or disorderly conduct within the premises where the session is being held, take
such measures as he/she may deem advisable or as the LA may direct.
2.5. Rule on all questions of order, subject to appeal by any member of the LA,
which appeal shall not be debatable, but the member appealing may explain
his/her appeal for not more than five minutes.
2.6. Sign and affix the seal of the USG in all resolutions, memorials, writs,
warrants and subpoenas issued by the order of the LA.
2.7. Enforce all rules, policies and procedures governing the LA.
2.8. Receive periodic reports from all units and members of the LA whose
frequency of submission shall be at his/her discretion.
2.9. Appoint LA Representatives to LA Committees.
2.10. Be an ex-officio member of all LA Committees.
2.11. Have administrative supervision over the LA and all its units.
2.12. Be the official representative of the LA in functions that require its
presence.
2.13. Ensure that the LA follows properly the parliamentary procedure during
sessions.
Section 3. As provided for by Article XIV, Section 14 of the De La Salle
University Manila University Student Government Constitution, all rulings
announced by the Legislative Assembly Chief Legislator shall be final unless
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member of the LA. Such reversal shall require a two-thrids vote of the members
of the LA to be carried.
Section 4.
The Legislative Assembly Chief Legislator shall have the
administrative supervision over the Legislative Assembly and all its units, such as
the Inner Circle and the Legislative Assembly Committees.
Article V
The Legislative Secretariat
Section 1. The Legislative Secretariat shall be chaired by the Executive
Secretary of the De La Salle University Student Government and composed of at
least two (2) members of the staff of the Office of the Executive Secretary.
Section 2. The Legislative Secretariat shall have the following powers, duties
and responsibilities (De La Salle University Manila University Student
Government Constitution Article XIV Section 7):
2.1. Report directly to the Chief Legislator.
2.2. Enforce orders of the LA when such duty devolves upon them.
2.3. Record the minutes of each session of the LA and all meetings of the LA
Inner Circle.
2.4. Call the roll of the members of the LA before the opening of the session.
2.5. Note all questions in order with the decisions thereon.
2.6. Complete, within five days after the close of the session, the printing and
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2.7. Provide each LA Committee a copy of the outline of the minutes for filing
and reference.
2.8. Take charge in counting and recounting the votes or ballots.
2.9. Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the Chief Legislator or
the LA.
Section 3. The Legislative Secretariat shall formulate and enforce policies and
procedures governing the documentation and monitoring of implementation of
resolutions approved by the Legislative Assembly;
Section 4. The Legislative Secretariat shall monitor the status of resolutions
approved by the Legislative Assembly and present recommendations to the
Legislative Assembly on such;
Section 5.
The Legislative Secretariat shall outline basic policies and
procedures to facilitate the monitoring of resolutions from the time they have
been placed on the agenda until its delegation to an executive office, and enforce
the same as approved by the Legislative Assembly.
Article VI
The Majority and Minority Floor Leaders
Section 1. The Majority and Minority Floor Leaders shall convene their
respective majority/minority group.
1.1. The Majority Floor Leader shall consolidate the arguments and positions in a
specific issue or resolution of the majority of the body. He/She shall serve as the
spokesperson of the majority side. In case of conflict of interest, he/she may
appoint anyone from the majority side to assume the position but may not vacate
his/her position as part of the majority, except for meritorious cases to be decided
by the Chief Legislator. He/She may call separate meetings outside the LA
sessions to convene the majority side.
1.2. The Minority Floor Leader shall consolidate the arguments and positions in a
specific issue or resolution of the minority of the body. He/She shall serve as the
spokesperson of the minority side. In case of conflict of interest, he/she may
appoint anyone from the minority side to assume the position but may not vacate
his/her position as part of the minority, except for meritorious cases to be decided
by the Chief Legislator. He/She may call separate meetings outside the LA
sessions to convene the minority side.
Article VII
The Legislative Committees
Section 1. There shall exist the following Legislative Committees:
1.1. National Affairs Committee
1.2. Rules and Policies Committee
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Section 2. The National Affairs Committee shall have the following duties and
responsibilities:

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2.1. Discuss national and sectoral issues, and present recommendations on such
to the Legislative Assembly.
2.2. Review the existing positions of De La Salle University on national and
sectoral issues, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly
whenever necessary.
2.3. Monitor the performance of all executive units of the De La Salle University
Student Government on matters relating to addressing national and sectoral
issues.
2.4. Report to the Legislative Assembly Inner Circle resolutions referred to it after
the introduction of such.
2.5. Conduct public hearings on resolutions or propositions, and inquiries in aid
of legislation.
2.6. Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the Chief Legislator or the
Legislative Assembly.
Section 3. The Rules and Policies Committee shall have the following duties and
responsibilities:
3.1. Initiate the review of the rules, policies, and procedures of the Legislative
Assembly, De La Salle University Student Government, and De La Salle
University, in coordination with the concerned offices and/or units, and present
recommendations to the Legislative Assembly, De La Salle University Student
Government Executive Committee and offices concerned.
3.2. Monitor the implementation of rules, policies, and procedures approved by
the Legislative Assembly.
3.3. Report to the Legislative Assembly Inner Circle resolutions referred to it after
the introduction of such.
3.4. Conduct public hearings on resolutions or propositions, and inquiries in aid
of legislation.
3.5. Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the Chief Legislator or the
Legislative Assembly.
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duties and responsibilities:
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Salle University, and present recommendations on such to the Legislative
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4.2. Review the existing positions of the De La Salle University Student
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scope, and present recommendations to the Legislative Assembly whenever
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welfare issues, whether
national or local in scope.
4.4. Report to the Legislative Assembly Inner Circle resolutions referred to it after
the introduction of such.
4.5. Conduct public hearings on resolutions or propositions, and inquiries in aid
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4.6. Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the Chief Legislator or the
Legislative Assembly.
Section 5. Each Legislative Committee shall have a Chairperson, a ViceChairperson, a Secretary and other officers and/or sub-committees it may deem
necessary, all of whom shall be elected from among and by the members of the
committee. The members shall determine the manner of election thereof.
Section 6. The LA Committee Chairperson shall have the following powers,
duties and responsibilities:
6.1. Report directly to the Chief Legislator.
6.2. Preside over the meetings of their respective LA Committees.
6.3. Participate in the meetings of the LA Inner Circle.
6.4. Administer the overall operations of their respective committees.
6.5. Report to the LA Inner Circle actions on resolutions referred to their
committees.
6.6. Appoint committee members to sub-committees as well as delegate
committee tasks to committee members, whenever necessary.
6.7. Consolidate the committee members on matters pertinent to the LA and in
their attendance to LA sessions.
6.8. Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the Chief Legislator and
the LA.
Section 7. The LA Committee Vice Chairperson shall have the following
powers, duties and responsibilities:
7.1. Report directly to the LA Committee Chairperson.
7.2. Assume the powers and responsibilities of the LA Committee Chairperson
in his/her incapacity or absence.
7.3. Supervise the LA Committee researches.
7.4. Assist the LA Committee Chairperson in supervising the operation of the
LA Committee.
7.5. Perform other functions deemed necessary by the LA Chairperson or as
prescribed within the rules of their respective committees.
Section 8. The LA Committee Secretary shall have the following powers,
duties and responsibilities:
8.1. Report directly to the LA Committee Chairperson.
8.2. Record the minutes of the LA Committee meetings and provide copies to
committee members.
8.3. Organize and compile all documents pertinent to the LA Committee.
8.4. Be in charge of all logistical work of the LA Committee, including the
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8.5. Be responsible for drafting and submission of periodic reports to the Chief
Legislator.
8.6. Inform members of the LA Committee meetings two days prior to the
scheduled date of the meeting.
8.7. Monitor the status of resolutions approved by the Legislative Assembly
8.8. Perform other functions deemed necessary by the LA Committee
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Section 9. The members of the LA Committees shall have the following


powers, duties and responsibilities, other than those stated in Article XIV Section
5 of this De La Salle University Manila University Student Government
Constitution:
9.1. Report directly to the LA Committee Chairperson.
9.2. Be present and participate actively in all LA Committee meetings.
9.3. Aid the LA Committee Vice Chairperson in committee researches.
9.4. Perform other functions deemed necessary by the LA Committee
Chairperson or as prescribed within the rules of their respective committees.
Section 10. The members of the LA Committees shall determine the frequency
and the time of their meetings.
Section 11. Any member of the LA Committees may call special meetings if
he/she deemed it necessary.
Section 12. The LA Committees shall constitute a quorum of no less than twothirds of its members.
Section 13. A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those
present. Decisions made outside this provision are tentative and unofficial until
majority of the LA Committee members are informed and have agreed.
Section 14. The Chief Legislator shall be an ex officio member of all LA
Committees.
Article VIII
The Legislative Assembly Inner Circle
Section 1. The administrative power of the Legislative Assembly shall be vested
in the Legislative Assembly Inner Circle.
Section 2. The LA-Inner Circle shall be composed of the:
2.1. Chief Legislator.
2.2. Majority Floor Leader.
2.3. Minority Floor Leader.
2.4. All LA Committee Chairpersons.
2.5. Legislative Secretariat.
Section 3. The LA-Inner Circle shall have the following powers, duties and
responsibilities (De La Salle University Manila University Student Government
Constitution Article XVI Section 3):
3.1. Discuss and decide on matters relating to the administration of the LA.
3.2. Receive reports from LA Committees on resolutions referred to it and on the
performance of the committee and its members.
3.3. Discuss and decide on matters relating to the rules and procedures to be
used in the consideration on the floor of resolutions reported to it, such as time
limit for the debates, rules on germaneness and amendments, etc.
3.4. Calendar resolutions reported by the LA Committees for consideration.
3.5. Outline the agenda of all LA sessions.
Section 4. All rulings by the LA-IC on matters pertaining to the administration of
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Section 5. The members of the LA-IC shall determine the frequency and the time
of their meetings.
Section 6. Any member of the LA-IC may call special meetings if he/she deemed
it necessary.
Section 7. The LA-IC shall constitute a quorum of no less than two-thirds of its
members.
Section 8. A final decision must be reached via a majority (50% + 1) of those
present. Decisions made outside this provision are tentative and unofficial until
majority of the LA-IC members are informed and have agreed.
Article IX
Resolutions, Messages and Petitions
Section 1. The Legislative Committees to which a resolution has been referred
to shall act on such, as it deems necessary. It may create a sub-committee and
refer the same to it, or act on the resolution in full committee.
Section 2. The Legislative Assembly Inner Circle shall act on any resolution
reported to it within five (5) calendar days upon receipt of the report, after which
the Legislative Assembly Inner Circle shall place the resolution on the Calendar.
Section 3. The Legislative Assembly Inner Circle shall outline the agenda for the
next session or meeting of
the Legislative Assembly.
Section 4. Resolutions passed and approved for discussion by the Legislative
Assembly Inner Circle shall be opened in a first come, first serve basis, unless
argued upon by the body, if the body deems necessary.
Section 5. When a resolution is in order on a particular session or meeting, the
parliamentary rules and procedures, together with the rules provided by the
Legislative Assembly Inner Circle shall be in order during debates and
proceedings.
Section 6. All resolutions that have not been approved by the end of the terms of
office of the Legislative Assembly Representatives shall be declared void and
kept in records of resolution filed only for the purpose of reference and research.
Section 7. Any Member of the Legislative Assembly may deliver messages and
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at the end of the session, and only upon recognition by the Chief Legislator.
Section 8. Non-members of the Legislative Assembly may address the
Legislative Assembly, deliver messages, petitions, and deliver privilege speeches
on the floor only upon the approval of two-thirds of the Members of the
Legislative Assembly.
Article X
Sessions, Meetings, Attendance and Quorum
Section 1. The first session of the Legislative Assembly shall be reserved for
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delegation of initial and provisional task and shall be convened by the Chief
Legislator not later than one month after the formal turnover of office.
Section 2. Regular sessions or meetings shall be held once every Friday
between 1430H and 1600H. The first fifteen (15) minutes of each session shall
be allotted for the general orders (i.e. calling of the meeting to order, calling of
the roll, approving of the minutes). If there are no more matters for consideration
during this period, the Chief Legislator may proceed to the next order of the
session. A regular session of the meeting may be called off on the following
cases: suspension of classes, official national, local or university holidays and
final examinations week. Otherwise, it may be called off by the Chief Legislator
with concurrence of the De La Salle University Student Government Executive
Committee.
Section 3. Special sessions may be conducted upon the approval of the majority
of the Legislative Assembly. Such motions and the announcement thereof shall
only be made during regular Legislative Assembly sessions.
Section 4. The Chief Legislator, or the Legislative Assembly Inner Circle may
call emergency sessions.
Section 5. A member is considered late if he/she arrives after the first roll call.
Section 6. A member is considered absent for a meeting if he/she arrives after
one-third of the given period for these said meetings.
Section 7. The following shall serve as guidelines on the absences of Legislative
Assembly Representatives:
7.1. Excused Absences
7.1.1. Legislative Assembly Representatives are entitled to unlimited number of
excused absences on Legislative Assembly sessions.
7.1.2. Legislative Assembly Representatives may only be excused on reasons
such as conflict with academic schedule, health reasons that may deter a person
from attending any normal human activity, other reasons as deemed necessary
by the Executive Secretary of the De La Salle University Student Government.
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as soon as possible.
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certification to the Executive Secretary.
7.1.5. Officers who need to absent themselves from a Legislative Assembly
session due to unexpected reasons (those not included in 7.1.2.) should submit
an excused absence form within two days after the session to the Executive
Secretary.
7.1.6. The Legislative Assembly Representatives concerned should submit an
excuse letter addressed to the Executive Secretary stating the reason of
absence. The letter should be submitted at least two days before the session.
7.1.7. Approval of the absence would be upon the discretion of the Executive
Secretary. The decision should be released at most one day before the session.
7.2. Unexcused Absences.
7.2.1. Legislative Assembly Representatives are allowed three (3) unexcused
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7.2.2. An officer exceeding the number of allowable unexcused absences shall


be subject to the proceedings of the Judiciary Branch.
Section 8. Two-thirds of the total number of Legislative Assembly
Representatives shall constitute a quorum during its sessions or meetings.
Quorum in the meetings of the Legislative Committees shall be constituted by a
simple majority of its total membership.
Section 9. Decisions made in the absence of the quorum shall not be binding,
unless such are made in the context of an implied quorum.
9.1 Implied quorum is at least one-half plus one of the total number of the
Legislative Assembly Representatives.
9.2. Implied quorum shall only be decided through a 100% vote of the members.
9.3. Decisions made during an implied quorum can be reached through a
majority vote and shall remain final unless a member of the body challenges the
decision in the succeeding sessions or meetings.
9.4. Decisions made during an implied quorum, which were reached through a
100% vote, shall be considered final.
Article XI
Election and Vacancies of Legislative Assembly Officers
Section 1. Election of the Legislative Assembly Chief Legislator shall be done
before the first Legislative Assembly session among all Legislative Assembly
Representatives. These elections shall be conducted by the President of the
University Student Government;
Section 2. Elections of the Majority and Minority Floor Leader shall be done
during the first Legislative Assembly session before the assignment of Legislative
Assembly Representatives to their respective Legislative Assembly Committees.
Only Legislative Assembly Representatives from the majority and minority group
shall vote for their respective Floor Leader. The Chief Legislator shall preside
over the election of both Floor Leaders. In case of a tie in the number of votes of
each Floor Leader position, the Chief Legislator shall be given voting power to
break the tie.
Section 3. Election of Committee Chairpersons, Vice Chairpersons, and
Secretaries shall be done during the first Legislative Assembly session, after the
assignment of Legislative Assembly Representatives to their respective
Legislative Assembly Committees. The Chief Legislator shall preside over the
election of the aforementioned officers. In case of a tie in the number of votes of
each Floor Leader position, the Chief Legislator shall be given voting power to
break the tie;
Section 4. Nominations for Legislative Assembly Officer-ship shall only be
accepted upon confirmation of the nominee. Absentees may be nominated but
will not be given voting power.
Section 5. Any Legislative Assembly representative may be nominated for any
position but may assume only one elected position at a time.
Section 6. Elections for Legislative Assembly officers may only be conducted in
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Section 7. All voting shall be done through a raise of hands.


Section 8. Only members of the same committee may vote for their respective
committee officers.
Section 9. In case of resignations and/or vacancies, the following guidelines and
hierarchal adjustments shall be followed accordingly:
9.1 Should the Chief Legislator choose to resign from his/her position, special
elections are to be conducted before the following Legislative Assembly session.
Procedures for election of Chief Legislator will be followed
9.2. Should the Majority or Minority Floor Leader choose to resign from his/her
position, special elections are to be conducted before the following Legislative
Assembly session. Procedures for election of Floor Leaders will be followed.
9.3. Should a committee chairperson resign, the vice-chairperson of the said
committee shall immediately assume all roles and responsibilities held by the
resigning chairperson.
9.4. Should a committee vice-chairperson resign, the secretary of the said
committee shall immediately assume all roles and responsibilities held by the
resigning vice-chairperson.
9.5. Should a committee secretary resign, special elections must be held in the
presence of the Inner Circle to fill the vacancy in that committee.
Article XII
Decorum and Debate
Section 1. Only members of the Legislative Assembly may participate in the
debate and discussions during the sessions. However, non-members may speak
on the floor upon the approval of two-thirds of the Members present.
Section 2. No person shall interrupt the Chief Legislator and the Member having
the floor.
Section 3. No Member shall leave the session without the approval of the Chief
Legislator.
Section 4. Members and non-members who disturb the proceedings shall be
expelled from the session hall for a period deemed necessary by the Chief
Legislator, and may be brought to face administrative, and disciplinary charges
as deemed necessary by the Chief Legislator.
Section 5. Closed-door sessions shall not be called unless on the discussion of
impeachment cases or other important matters as approved by two-thirds vote of
all members present.
Section 6. Non-members shall be barred from attending closed-door sessions.
Section 7. Gross violation of these Rules, Parliamentary Procedures, and other
codes and policies of the Legislative Assembly shall tender the Member
impeachable.
Section 8. All matters brought to the floor shall be directed to the Chief
Legislator. Any referral to any person shall be made using the third person form.
Section 9. Any action or language by a Member deemed unethical by two-thirds
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Assembly or the De La Salle University Student Government shall be barred from


use during the sessions of the Legislative Assembly.
Section 10. Violators to this rule shall be sanctioned as deemed necessary by
the Chief Legislator.
Article XIII
Voting
Section 1. Voting on bills or resolutions shall be done in the following manner:
1.1. Division of the House. If a Legislative Assembly Representative wishes to
appeal or to move for the reconsideration on the ruling of the Chairperson on the
viva voce, he/she shall have to make a motion for a division of the house. At this
point, the Chief Legislator shall direct all in favor to rise, then direct all opposed to
rise.
1.2. Roll Call Vote. If a Legislative Assembly Representative wishes to appeal or
to move for the reconsideration on the ruling of the Chief Legislator on the
question after the division of the house, he/she shall have to make a motion for a
roll call vote. At this point, the Chief Legislator shall direct the Executive
Secretary to call the roll, and direct the Members of the Legislative Assembly to
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of their name.
Section 2. The Legislative Secretariat shall place the votes made by the
Members of the Legislative Assembly on record.
Section 3. All rulings announced by the Chief Legislator shall be final unless
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Member of the Legislative Assembly. Such reversal shall require a two-thirds
vote to be carried.
Section 4. A simple majority shall decide all resolutions or motions unless
otherwise provided by the parliamentary authorities as provided by Article XIV of
these Rules.
Article XIV
Submission of Resolutions
Section 1. Softcopies of resolutions should be submitted to the respective
Committee Secretaries concerned on or before Wednesdays at 2200h while
hardcopies of resolutions should be submitted on or before Thursdays at 1200h.
Section 2. Resolutions should be submitted in both hardcopy and softcopy. The
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pigeonhole while the softcopy should be sent via electronic mail.
Section 3. Failure to submit the resolutions on the said deadline will be
subjected to the sanctions deemed necessary by the Legislative Assembly
Secretariat;
Article XV
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If any portion of these Rules is declared void or unconstitutional, the remaining


portions or provisions hereof shall not be affected by such declarations.
Article XVI
Amendments
Amendments to these Rules can be proposed by any Legislative Assembly
Representative through a resolution and shall be approved through a two-third
majority vote of the Legislative Assembly.
Article XVII
Repealing Clause
All laws, decrees, orders, rules, and regulations, other issuance, or parts hereof
inconsistent with the provisions of these Rules are hereby repealed or modified
accordingly.
Article XVIII
Effectivity Clause
These Rules of the Legislative Assembly shall be effective immediately upon the
approval of the Legislative Assembly.
Format of a Resolution
Document Properties:
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Margins: 1 inch on all sides
Font and Size: Arial 12
Hanging Indents
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Legend:
1. Pending Legislative Assembly Resolution No. Year -Term - Resolution
Number. Used as a reference for tracking resolutions discussed.
2. Status of the resolution whether approved, disapproved, or otherwise.
3. Resolution Number Year-Resolution Number. This only applies if the
resolution is approved.
4. Name of sponsoring committee or group of LA Representatives (only of
applicable).
5. Name of author/s of the resolution with their respective batch. This is arranged
alphabetically.
6. Title of the Resolution.
7. Whereas statements. These statements serve as point of bases on why you
are writing the resolution.
8. Source of your basis (if applicable).

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9. First wherefore statement. The whereas statements serves as your point of


conclusion.
10. Second and succeeding wherefore statement/s.
11. Final wherefore statement.
12. Date of the approval of the resolution.
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About Resolutions
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Is it grammatically correct? Are the words used appropriate? Does it follow
logical reasoning? Does it possess sufficient premises? Is it clear, concise, and
precise? Does it avoid broad statements and value judgments?
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and where the budget will be taken from (if applicable). This will be the
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secure them both hard and soft copies of the document.
Person to Person Communication
Person to person communication of PTPC is one of the tasks of a Legislative
Assembly Representative. A popular method of conducting PTPC is by having
batch mates answer surveys to find out how they feel about certain issues. It may
be covering national, university wide, college, or batch level issues. Basically, the
idea of PTPC is to ensure that one is representing what his or her batch believes
in.
Parliamentary Procedures
The Legislative Assembly adapted the parliamentary procedures primarily for
protecting the democratic institutions for which the University Student
Government stands up for. Parliamentary procedures protect the rights of the
people attending and running a meeting in order to debate and equally express
ideas. The basic provisions of parliamentary law are as follows:
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Parliamentary Law, which originally referred to the customs and rules of
conducting business in the English Parliament, is a series of rules that were
formulated to facilitate the transaction of business and to promote harmony and
cooperation within an assembly. This is built on the principle that there must be a
careful balance of the rights of the organization, the rights of subgroups and
individual members.
BASIC RULES
I. The rights of the organization supersede the rights of individual members
Simply put, the organization has its own rules and all members should follow
them. Should the time come that conflict between the two rights arise, the right of
the organization shall prevail.
II. All members are subject to have equal rights
The rights of individual members are as follows:
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To attend all LA sessions;
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To make motions and speak in debates;

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To nominate;
To vote;
To hold office.

III. Concomitant with the rights are responsibilities.


The responsibilities of members are as follows:
a. Attend meetings and be on time;
b. Be ready to talk knowledgeably and intelligently on a topic;
c. Be attentive and open-minded;
d. Treat everyone with courtesy and respect the rights of others;
e. Follow the rules of debate;
f. Make a point concisely;
g. Attack issues, not people.
IV. A quorum must be present to do business, in order to protect the right
of absentees.
A quorum is the number of members who must be present to legally transact
business, or at least two-thirds of the expected number of members attending the
LA session. The purpose of a quorum is to prevent an unrepresentative group
from taking action in the name of the organization.
V. The majority rules.
This rule is the most basic element of a true democratic process. The minority,
however, has the right to be heard, but once the majority has reached a decision,
the minority has to respect and abide with the decision.
VI. The two-thirds vote rule.
A two-thirds vote is necessary whenever you are limiting or taking away the
rights of members, or whenever you are changing something that has already
been decided. For example, a motion calling for the closure of discussion
demands a two-thirds vote since it would in effect limit other members from
continuing to voice out.
VII. One question at a time, and one speaker at a time.
No other motion should be in order, which does not directly relate to the question
under consideration. In addition, once a member has been recognized, he or she
has been granted the chance to talk and no other member may interrupt.
VIII. Debatable motions must receive full debate.
The chairperson may not put a debatable motion to vote as long as members
wish to debate it. Debate can only be suspended by a two-thirds vote of the
members present.
IX. Once a question is decided, it is not in order to bring up the same
motion or one essentially like it at the same meeting.

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Motions of such nature should be ruled out of order.


X. Personal remarks in debate are always out of order.
The chairperson must rule out all personal remarks out of order. Debate must be
directed as motions, and not as motives; principles, and not as personalities.
TYPES OF MOTIONS
Main Motions or Principal Motions. A main motion introduces a new item of
business. Main motions allow groups to do their work. The common words used
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Main motions are the lowest-ranked motions, and are superseded by subsidiary,
incidental, and privileged motions.
Steps in handling main motions: SDAVR. Second. Debate. Amend. Vote.
Reconsider.
Rescind A motion to rescind annuls a previous decision made. It can be raised
only by a person who voted for the decision previously made, or who was absent.
The motion can be made until the next immediate meeting the decision was
made. It must be seconded, and requires a two-thirds vote (if made without a
written notice), or a majority vote (if made with a written notice).
Secondary Motions. A secondary motion can be made while the main motion is
on the floor and before it has been decided. Secondary motions are divided into
three classes which relate to their use in Parliamentary procedures: subsidiary
motions, privileged motions, and incidental motions.
Subsidiary Motions. Subsidiary motions relate directly to the motion on the
floor. They may change the words, send it to a committee, delay it, or others.
They are made to expedite business by disposing of the pending motion, other
than by adopting or rejecting it. These subsidiary motions cannot stand alone,
and must be decided before the assembly can act on the main motion.
Subsidiary motions have rank among each other. They are arranged in such a
way in which they must be considered and acted upon, some have higher
precedence than the other. The purpose is to avoid confusion when they are
applied to main motions. A motion of higher rank can be made at the time a
motion of lower rank is on the floor or pending, and never the other way around.
There is often a misconception that a group cannot have two motions on the floor
at the same time. More than one motion can be on the floor at the same time but
both should answer to one common question. All motions should also be related
to the main motion on the floor, and no new business may be introduced.
Ranking of Subsidiary motions (from highest to lowest)

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Lay on the table: If members wish to set aside a motion without establishing a
time for the debate to resume, they can use this motion. It must be seconded and
requires a majority vote.
Previous question: This is the motion used to cut-off debate and bring the group
to immediately vote on a pending motion. It can be applied to any pending
question, but is out of order when another member has the floor. It must be
seconded, is not debatable, and requires a two-thirds vote.
Limit or Extend debate: Limit debate is the motion by which a group or a person
can exercise special control over the debate. It can be used with any debatable
motion, must be seconded, cannot interrupt a speaker, is not debatable, and
requires a two-thirds vote. The proposed length of time to limit or extended may
be amended.
Postpone to a Specific Time: Postpone is to delay the action until a late time of
the meeting or until the next. It can be applied to all main motions, must be
seconded, may not interrupt a speaker, can be objected and is debatable.
Commit or Refer: This sends the question on the floor to a small number of
people so that it can be carefully studied and put into proper form for the group to
consider. It should give specific instructions as to where the question goes and
which committee of what size and composition should the resolution be referred
to. All amendments prior to committing must be presented to the committee. It
must be seconded and can be debated. The debate must go into the desirability
of committing only.
Amend: Amend is the most frequently used and most important motion that one
will use. To amend is to change wordings of a motion to make it more complete
or more acceptable before the resolution is voted upon. Amendments are
debatable, may still be amended, may be objected, and has to be seconded.
Adopting the amendment does not mean the approval of the resolution at hand.
There are three kinds of amendments:
Friendly amendment slight corrections that do not substantially change the
motion.
Primary amendment must be relevant to the motion to which it is applied, and
may also be amended further.
Secondary amendments seeks to alter a primary amendment, and may no
longer entertain further amendments.
Incidental Motions. Incidental motions relate to procedure and not directly to the
question on the floor. They are incidental to main motions, brought about by
chance in the process of the meeting. When an incidental motion is made, it must
be acted upon before any other business can continue, since incidental motions
take precedence over all other motions except privileged ones. These motions

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cannot be amended. There is no order or strict hierarchy among incidental


motions. They take precedence depending on how incidental they are.
Appeal: This is to challenge the Chief /HJLVODWRUV ruling on a specific issue. It
forces the Chief Legislator to submit the matter to a vote by the membership.
Consideration by Paragraph: This motion separates a long document or motion
into different parts so that each part can be debated on independently of the
others.
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an unofficial vote on the question at hand.
Division of the Question: This motion separates a motion into different parts so
that each part can be voted on independently of the others.
Objection: This enables members to avoid discussing motions that are off the
topic or likely to disrupt the meeting. This is to express objection to the
consideration of the question, and not to start or cut off debate.
Point of Order: This is an objection raised against any proceeding or motion that
the member decides is a violation of the rules.
Point of Information: This is a request for an immediate answer to a question
concerning the background or content of a motion or a resolution.
Parliamentary Inquiry: This is a request for an immediate answer to a question
concerning parliamentary law.
Suspending the Rules: This motion is used when the assembly wishes to discuss
an issue in a way that violates the standing rules or order, in a non-formal
manner for example.
Privileged Motions. Privileged motions are not necessarily related to the
business on the floor, but they are important because it ensures the rights of the
organization, as well as of the individual. They are of such importance that they
may interrupt business. They are not debatable.
Rank of Privileged Motions (from highest to lowest):
Adjourn: To close the meeting. All unfinished business will be deferred to the
next meeting. It must be seconded, is out of order when another member has the
floor, requires a majority vote, may not be amended and reconsidered.
Recess: This proposes a short intermission in the meeting. This motion is
reserved for occasions of special meetings, which would take more than the
usual session time. It must be seconded, may be amended, and requires a
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Point of Privilege: This relates to the rights of the organization and any of its
members. It enables members to interrupt business and state an urgent request.
It is in order when the comfort, dignity, safety or reputation of any individual
member is at stake. The Chief Legislator shall rule as to whether the privilege is
important enough to interrupt business. A member may not make a speech out of
privilege. If this motion is made when no business is pending, it may be amended
or debated upon. The speaker who was interrupted regains the floor after the
question of privilege is settled.
Call for the Orders of the Day: If the agenda is not being followed, or a specific
motion supposed to be debated at a certain time has not been take up. The
motion does not require a second, and cannot be amended, debated, or
reconsidered. It can be made when someone else has the floor.
DETAILED DISCUSSION OF MOTIONS
Motion to Amend
1. If the amendment is simple and accepted by every member, it can be adopted
by general or unanimous consent. In this way, it does not have to go through the
formal process of being amended.
2. If a motion is complex and not accepted by the majority of members,
amending it may simply confuse the issue and take up too much time. In such
cases, it is usually better to vote the motion down and then to propose a more
precise and acceptable amendment in its place.
3. Once a motion has been made, seconded and repeated by the Chief
Legislator, a member does not need the permission of the mover to amend it.
The motion has become the property of the assembly.
4. To be valid, an amendment must pertain to the motion and the specific change
the member desires in its wording and meaning. An amendment that is not
relevant should not be considered by the assembly.
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example, the word good may be changed to not good instead of bad.
6. A motion to amend is itself amendable (see three types of amendments).
7. The motion is debatable; however the debate must be confined to the
amendment itself and cannot touch on the main motion to which it has been
applied.
8. The motion to amend can be debated when the motion to which it applies can
be debated.
9. There is no limit to the number of motions to amend that can be applied to any
main motion overall. However, no more than two motions to amend can be
pending on a main motion at a time.
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clauses need to be amended first before the whereas clauses.
11. The motion to amend can be reconsidered. The motion is out of order when
someone else has the floor.

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Motion to Commit or Refer


1. The motion must include all relevant information to be effective, such as, the
name of the committee, size of the committee, how the committee will be formed,
and any other special instructions.
2. The motion requires a second, can be amended, debated and reconsidered. It
is out of order when another person has the floor. It requires a majority vote to
pass.
Motion to Lay on the Table
1. The motion does not establish a time for the debate to resume; rather, it
enables members to resume the discussion at any point during the meeting.
2. The motion can only be applied to main motions.
3. A motion can be tabled more than once, but only if another emergency arises
or the issues have been well debated between postponements.
4. While a motion is tabled, no member can make a motion that is substantially
the same. Further, no member can make a motion that would conflict the tabled
motion.
5. Any subsidiary motion adhering to the tabled motion are postponed along with
it. When the discussion resumes, the same motions are in effect. To resume
discussion, the motion must be taken from the table by a majority vote.
6. The motion requires a second and is out of order when another has the floor. It
cannot be amended, debated or reconsidered. No subsidiary motion can be
applied to it and requires a majority vote to pass.
7. For the DLSU-USG Legislative Assembly, all motions that remain laid on the
table at the end of each LA session remains laid on the table until it is once again
included in the agenda.
Motion to Limit or Extend Debate
1. The length of the debate is arbitrarily determined by the maker of the motion
and the assembly.
2. The motion can only reduce or extend debate, not cut it off completely. To cut
off debate, the motion to call for the Previous Question should be used.
3. This motion is applicable to all main motions and to all debatable motions.
4. The motion requires a second and can be amended and reconsidered. It
cannot be debated and is out of order when another has the floor. It requires a
two-thirds vote to pass.
Motion to Postpone to a Certain Time
1. This is commonly used when:
a. Members need more time to think about a motion but the debate has gone too
long already.
b. Members realize that there are pressing reasons to put the debate off until a
later time.
c. It is late and people are growing weary. In such cases, the motion may not
receive a fair and sound discussion unless it is postponed until the people are
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2. The motion must set a specific time for the debate on the issue to resume.
Although the motion can be postponed more than once, it should not be
postponed past the next meeting or past the current session.
3. When a main motion is postponed, it takes with it any subsidiary motions that
are attached to it as well. The entire package main and subsidiary motions is
therefore postponed. When the motion is taken up again, all subsidiary motions
except the Motion to Limit/ Extend Debate are in effect again as well.
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motion was postponed may still speak when the debate on the motion resumes.
5. If there is more than one postponed item to be discussed, each item should be
considered in the order in which it was originally postponed. If time runs out
before all postponed items can be reconsidered, they all automatically become
part of the next regular meeting.
6. The motion requires a second and can be amended, debated, and
reconsidered. It is out of order when another member has the floor. It requires a
majority vote to pass.
Motion for the Previous Question
1. The motion can be used with any motion that is on the floor.
2. When the motion is applied to a group of motions on the floor, the motions are
voted on in reverse order, from the last to the first moved. The voting continues
down the list unless a motion to Commit or Postpone is passed. In that instance,
the voting is over and the motion is disposed according to the motion that carried.
3. The motion can be reconsidered before the voting on any of the motions that
affect the order has begun.
4. If the motion to move the Previous Question carries, the Chief Legislator
immediately takes a vote on the motion on the floor.
5. The motion requires a second. It cannot be amended or debated. It also
requires a two-thirds vote to pass.
Motion to Appeal the Chief LegislatorV5XOLQJ
1. An appeal must be made directly after the &KLHI/HJLVODWRUV ruling. It cannot
be made after other business has transpired.
2. The motion requires a second. It is in order when another has the floor, but it
cannot be amended. The motion can be debated and reconsidered.
3. After the Chief Legislator states the issue under dispute and explains the
reasons for his ruling, the appeal is then decided by a vote. The Chief Legislator
needs a majority vote to carry the decision.
Motion to Consider by Paragraph
1. The motion differs from Division of a Question in one crucial way: here, the
document cannot be clearly divided into separate motions.
2. Separating the long document or motion into individual parts renews a debate,
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per debate.
3. Any member, including the Chief Legislator can make this motion.

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4. Members do not vote until the entire document has been reviewed. There is
only one vote, on the entire document, and not on each section.
5. The motion requires a second and a majority vote to pass. It can be amended
but not debated or reconsidered.
Motion to Divide the Assembly/House
8QOLNHLQ5REHUWV5XOHVRI2rder, this motion may be used to see an unofficial
decision to the pending question.
2. The unofficial vote is taken by having members stand up to ensure an
accurate count. The votes do not have to be counted, however. If a member
wishes a count be taken, he or she has to make a motion. The motion to count
the votes requires a majority vote.
3. Any member can demand a division of the assembly. It needs to be seconded,
and cannot be debated, amended or reconsidered. A member has to be
recognized first before calling for a division.
Motion to Divide the Question
1. The member making the motion must describe how the question is going to be
separated.
2. If someone at the meeting does not agree with the division, he or she can
move an amendment to suggest an alternative division.
3. Each part of the motion to be divided must be capable of standing on its own.
The division must not require any rewriting of the motion. If a motion cannot
logically be
separated into parts, this motion to divide the question cannot be used.
4. When a motion is divided, some parts may be approved, and some parts may
be defeated, since these parts stand alone.
5. The motion to divide a question can be made at any time during the debate.
6. The motion needs a second and can be amended. It is not in order when
another has the floor. It cannot be debated or reconsidered, and requires a
majority vote to pass.
Objection
1. After a motion has been introduced, any member can raise an objection to the
CONSIDERATION of the question because it is off topic or the motion is
irrelevant.
Objections are raised against the act of making the motion, and not to start a
debate on what the motion is trying to call for.
2. The motion must be made before the debate has begun, and is in order when
another has the floor.
3. After a member has expressed his objection, the member will state his
reasons concisely. The mover shall be asked if he wishes to push through or to
withdraw his motion. If he wishes to push through, a vote will be taken by the
Chief Legislator if the question is to be discussed. The objection needs a majority
vote to be accepted or defeated.

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Point of Order
1. The motion must be made at the time of the suspected infraction. The motion
cannot be made at any other time, even if the infraction is serious.
2. If the error continues for motion after motion and results in actions that violate
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and mention previous instances of the same problem.
3. While it is important to enforce the rules of parliamentary law, members should
not raise points of order when the infraction is very minor. This serves only to
slow down the meeting and create ill will.
4. If it is not clear whether the rules have been broken or not, it is better to make
a Parliamentary Inquiry rather than rise to a point of order.
5. The ruling must be made by the Chief Legislator. If desired, the Chief
Legislator may speak briefly with members well-versed in parliamentary law, but
the Chief Legislator must be the one to approach the members.
6. The motion does not need a second, is not debatable, amendable, and cannot
be reconsidered. It is in order when another motion is pending and may interrupt
another speaker.
Motion to Suspend the Rules
1. The motion does not have to list the specific rule, but it does have to provide a
reason for suspending the rules.
2. If the motion achieves passage by a two-thirds vote, the assembly can discuss
the new motion or business at once.
3. If the motion does not pass, it cannot be made again during the same meeting
for the same purpose or reason, unless all members agree. It can be made again
during the next meeting.
4. The motion requires a second, and cannot be debated, amended,
reconsidered, or made while another motion is being debated.
Motion to Adjourn
1. The motion can be made in the middle of a debate. It cannot be made,
however, in the middle of a vote.
2. The Chief Legislator must announce that the meeting is adjourned. Until that
time, the meeting is still officially in session, even if the vote has been tallied to
adjourn.
3. The motion is out of order when another has the floor, and it requires a
second. It cannot be debated, amended, or reconsidered. The motion must have
a majority vote to pass.
Point of Privilege
1. To raise a question of privilege means that a member obtains the floor while
business is in progress to make an urgent request. The Chief Legislator must
then rule on the request.
2. The motion is also applicable if the rights of the assembly are in danger of
being transgressed.

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3. If the situation cannot be resolved informally or simply, the Chief Legislator


must then rule whether the matter is a question of privilege and should be
considered before business can be resumed. When business is once again taken
up, it recommences at the point where it was interrupted.
4. The motion can be made even when someone is speaking, but only if the
matter is urgent. It cannot interrupt a vote. The motion does not require a second
and cannot be amended, debated or reconsidered. No vote is taken, as the Chief
Legislator rules on the motion.
Recess
1. The motion to recess is especially useful when it is necessary to take a short
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A recess is also helpful during an election when the tellers are busy counting the
ballots.
2. After a recess, business is taken up exactly where it was left off.
3. If the agenda specifies a recess, there is no need to make a motion for one. In
these instances, the Chief Legislator needs only to declare the recess when it is
reached on the agenda. It takes a two-thirds vote to postpone a scheduled
recess.
4. For the DLSU-USG LA, the mover must indicate how long he intends the
recess to be.
5. The motion requires a second, and it cannot be debated or reconsidered. It
can be amended and requires majority vote to pass.
MOTIONS IN REVIEW
Order of Precedence
Highest Rank Privileged Motions (in the ff. order)
Adjourn
Recess
Point of Privilege
Call for the Orders of the Day
Incidental Motions (in any order)
Appeal
Consideration by Paragraph
Division of the Assembly
Division of the Question
Objection
Point of Order
Parliamentary Inquiry
Point of Information
Suspend the Rules
Subsidiary Motions (in the ff. order)
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Limit or Extend Debate
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Lowest Rank Main Motions
Additional Notes:
1. In order of precedence
2. Must be enforced on the demand of the member unless set-aside by a twothirds vote
3. Only an affirmative vote may be reconsidered
4. The motion to reconsider is debatable only if the motion to be reconsidered is
itself debatable.
5. Requires either a simple majority (with prior notice), or a two-third vote, or a
majority of the entire membership.
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Wherefore, be it further resolved that the Executive Secretary for AY 2010-2011
incorporate the aforementioned amendments, upon its approval, into the LA
Manual AY 2010-2011;
Wherefore, be it finally resolved that the following amendments be approved.
Adopted, November 27, 2009