De La Salle University - Dasmariñas Dasmariñas, Cavite

Sentro Political Party
We, the liberal and progressive students of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas, united in common purpose, in order to establish a student-centered political party that is deeply concerned with the protection and advancement of students’ rights and welfare, mindful of it's role in social transformation, and equally aware of its part in the nation’s struggle for a just and free society, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Sentro Political Party. ARTICLE I GENERAL PROVISIONS Section 1. The official name of the organization shall be the Sentro Political Party, it shall also be known as Sentro – La Salle and Sentro. Section 2. The seat of Sentro Political Party shall be in De La Salle University Dasmariñas, DBB-B, Dasmariñas, Cavite. Section 3. The Sentro Political Party is a Student Political Party recognized by the DLSUD Student Commission on Elections (SCE) and shall adhere to all applicable provisions of the 2008 Revised Election Code of DLSUD. . ARTICLE II DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES Section 1. Sentro is a broad spectrum liberal and progressive union, all democratic and non-violent viewpoints, opinions, and ideas from moderate to radical are welcome within the membership and party activity. Section 2. Sentro adheres to the federalist doctrine of subsidiarity; it shall promote the principles of grassroots’ empowerment, participatory democracy and collective leadership as a means of effective governance. Section 3. Sentro is a federal and decentralized organization, in extension, it rejects actions that restrict any culture or sector’s right to self-determination and collective identity. Section 4. Sentro believes that it is their nature as a student-centered political party to pursue and uphold the legitimate rights of the students and promote their welfare. Section 5. Sentro believes that students should have a direct participation in the policymaking process in the University because it is the students who are the largest stakeholders in the University.

Section 6. Sentro believes that key to unlock the individual student’s potential to effect change in the larger society is to make proactive steps in advancing their rights and welfare. Section 7. Sentro believes that a more relevant, nationalist, scientific, and mass-oriented education is necessary for the advancement of the nation’s struggle for a just and free society. Section 8. Sentro believes that education is a right and not a privilege. Section 9. Sentro believes that a student leader must be principled, proactive, pro-student, pioneering, professional and socially-concerned. Section 10. Sentro is for the formation of individuals who are persons, learners, scholars, and citizens. Section 11. Sentro believes in the use active non-violence in advancing and promoting its interests and ideals. Section 12. Sentro believes that it is a part and parcel of a larger society, thus its members have direct responsibility over the Filipino people, in general, and the people of Cavite together with the Lasallian community in particular.

ARTICLE III DECLARATION OF OBJECTIVES Section 1. Sentro, as a social organization, shall actively participate in relevant campus and sectoral issues. 1.1 Sentro shall encourage and sponsor regular discussion, talks, symposia, and other activities to further social consciousness among the students. 1.2 Sentro shall provide a venue to encourage active student involvement in just social causes. Section 2. Sentro shall struggle to institutionalize student representation to the University’s highest policy-making body, in order that students are given an equal voice in the policymaking process within the institution. Section 3. Sentro shall take a collective stand on relevant issues concerning the students and the nation made not by the majority but through the weight of reason and argument. Section 4. Sentro, together with the other political parties and like-minded organizations shall enjoin the students to act as one in advancing their rights and welfare. Section 5. Sentro shall protect the rights and welfare of the students at all times.

Section 6. Sentro, together with other political parties and like-minded organizations, shall continuously fight apathy and push for the upliftment of the social and political consciousness of the students. Section 7. Sentro shall actively participate in all electoral exercises within the University and shall field candidates/representatives in all student leadership positions in the University. Section 8. Sentro shall train members who are principled, proactive, pro-student, pioneering, professional and socially-concerned. 8.1 Sentro shall provide relevant and effective training programs to develop potential leadership skills. 8.2 Sentro shall provide a Sentro Basic Orientation Seminar to further the understanding of its vision and embodiment of its principles. Section 9. Sentro shall encourage its members to serve as volunteers in different government, non-government and other non-violent socio-civic and political organizations other than those that may blacklisted by the Secretariat. Section 10. Sentro shall provide equal opportunities to members and member-petitioners in the arena of campus politics and party activities regardless of one’s academic standing, leadership experience, nationality, gender, sexual-orientation, socio-economic background and such other distinctions. ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP Section 1. The essential requisites for a petitioner to become a member are the following: a) must be a student of De La Salle University – Dasmariñas; b) must have attended a Secretariat authorized, basic orientation seminar, and c) must have subscribed to an oath of affiliation, prescribed by the Secretary on Membership and Education. Section 2. The formal requisites for a petitioner to become a member are the following: a) photocopy of the current registration form; b) Two (2) 2X2 Identification Photograph; c) An accomplished membership form; and d) An initial registration fee to be determined by the secretariat; Section 3. Any member of the SENTRO Political Party may be suspended or expelled on the following grounds: a) consistent absence from meetings and negligence of duty; b) membership and/or affiliation to any non-affiliated political organizations; c) disclosure of sensitive party information to any other political organization without proper clearance from the Secretariat; and d) culpable violations of any provision of this Constitution;

Section 4. a) The two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Sector Council to which the member belongs shall be enough to suspend or expel the said member b) Such expulsion or suspension may be appealed to the Secretariat upon not more than 5 days after the date of such expulsion or suspension. c) The Secretariat upon a majority vote may affirm the case, reinstate the member or return the case to the Sector Council for further investigation. ARTICLE IV. ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE Section 1. The organizational structure of the SENTRO Political Party shall have the following bodies, General Assembly, Secretariat, Sector Councils, Alumni Council. Section 2. The Secretariat - The Secretariat shall be composed of the following officers, namely: a) Secretary-General; b) Secretary on Membership & Education; c) Secretary on Records & Communications; d) Secretary on Finance, Secretary on Audit; e) Secretary on Ways & Means; and f) Secretary on Public Information. Section 4. Sector Councils a) The Sector Council otherwise known as the “SC” shall act as a venue wherein issues confronting the nation, their locality, campus, the student government and the party may shall be ventilated, crystalized and elevated into the General Assembly and/or the Secretariat for proper action. b) A SC shall be composed of at least fifteen (15) members, of the same academic programs, collegiate affiliations, nationality or any other substantial sectoral distinctions; c) A SC shall meet at least once a month; d) From time-to-time a petioner may be asked to observe a sector council meeting; e) Aside from its issue advocacy functions an SC shall act as the party’s basic a administrative and political unit, and as such; f) Each Sector Council shall elect its own Sector Leader, who shall act the SC's chief executive and official representative to the Secretariat. g) The SC may adopt its own by-laws to be reviewed by the Party Secretariat. Section 5. Alumni Council a) All alumni students who have been a regular member upon graduation at the University shall become members of the Alumni Council. b) The Alumni Council shall have neither official decision making powers nor any official function in the party organization; however, they may organize themselves to render any form of assistance to the organization.

ARTICLE V. GENERAL ASSEMBLY Section 1. The General Assembly otherwise known as the “GA” shall be composed of all the members of the SENTRO – Political Party, provided that they are not yet considered members of the Alumni Council. Section 2. They shall elect the Members of the Secretariat. Section 3. The GA whenever in session may perform direct actions that may otherwise be performed by the Secretariat. Section 4. a.) The GA shall meet in regular annual sessions and is such special sessions as occasion may require. b.) Special Sessions may be called upon through of the following means: 1.) by the Secretary General; 2.) by at least three (3) members of the Secretariat, other than the SecretaryGeneral; 3.) by at least three (3) Sector Councils represented by the Sector Leader; or 4.) by at least five percent (5%) of the General Assembly. Section 5. a.) The GA shall adopt its own rules of procedure. b.) The Secretary-General shall preside each session. c.) Each member of the GA shall have one (1) vote. Section 6. The GA may establish such subsidiary organs, as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of the organization. Section 7. The GA may order the payment of monthly, trimestral, semestral, or annual dues, as it deems necessary to carry out the purposes of the organization. Section 8. One half plus one of all the Regular members shall constitute a quorum, which shall be necessary to conduct official business. Section 9. Any direct action initiated by the General Assembly shall not be reversed, modified, or amended by the Secretariat or the Secretary-General within one (1) month from the date of approval thereof, and such may be reversed, modified or amended by General Assembly.

ARTICLE VI. THE SECRETARIAT Section 1. a) The Members of the Secretariat, otherwise known as the “MS”, shall be elected by the General Assembly in a session called for that purpose, from among the party members present. b) There shall be no term-limits, however any or all of the MS may be

subjected to a vote of confidence for every trimester of their tenure. c) A vote of confidence must be performed only through either a regular or special session of the GA. Section 3. a.) The Secretariat shall act for and in behalf of members of the organization, whenever the GA it is not in session. b.) Implement policies and programs, orders and resolutions passed by the Secretariat and draw up a program of activities for the benefit of the organization. ARTICLE VII. POWERS & FUNCTIONS OF THE MS Section 1. The Secretary-General a.) The Secretary-General shall enforce this constitution and all policies and resolutions passed by the Secretariat and the General Assembly. b.) The Secretary-General shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the SENTRO Political Party. c.) The Secretary-General shall exercise general supervision over all Sector Councils that may be established. d.) The Secretary-General shall initiate all necessary measures for the benefit of the organization, whenever the General Assembly is not in session. e.) The Secretary General shall call and preside all sessions of the General Assembly, in which he shall have no vote, unless in case of a tie. f.) The Secretary-General shall represent the SENTRO Political Party in his capacity as chief administrative officer on occasions or events where the organization needs representation. g.) The Secretary General shall make an annual report to the General Assembly on the work of the party. Section 2. The Secretary on Membership & Education a.) The Secretary on Membership & Education shall perform all duties of the Secretary-General in the absence or incapacity of the latter. b.) The Secretary on Membership & Education may establish a Membership and Education Council to assist the Secretariat in its membership, recruitment and political education programs. c.) The Secretary on Membership & Education shall be the Chairperson of such Membership Council duly created. d.) The Secretary on Membership & Education shall perform other functions as may be delegated by the Secretary-General or the General Assembly. Section 3. The Secretary on Records & Communications a.) The Secretary on Records & Communications shall keep full minutes of the meetings of the Secretariat and the General Assembly. b.) The Secretary on Records & Communications shall prepare all communications, files and other documents pertaining to the Party organization. c.) The Secretary on Records & Communications shall keep the seal of the organization and shall attach the same to all outgoing and incoming documents.

d.) The Secretary on Records & Communications shall be the custodian of all the incoming records and documents of the organization, and for that matter, he shall take charge of the organization's document archives. e.) The Secretary Records & Communications shall perform other functions as may be delegated by the Secretary-General or the General Assembly. Section 6. The Secretary on Finance a.) The Secretary on Finance shall keep full and accurate accounts of the receipts and expenditures of the organization. b.) The Secretary on Finance shall be in charge of collecting fees and other dues from members. c.) The Secretary on Finance shall have custody of all money belonging to the SENTRO Political Party and as such shall turn over to his successor in office all the money, books, records and other properties in his possession, in due time. d.) The Secretary on Finance shall prepare the financial statements that will be reported to the General Assembly. e.) The Secretary on Finance shall perform other functions as may be delegated by the Secretary-General or the General Assembly. Section 7. Secretary on Audit a.) The Secretary on Audit shall maintain and update completed records and disbursements of the SENTRO Political Party. b.) The Secretary on Audit shall act as custodian of the properties of the SENTRO Political Party. c.) The Secretary on Audit shall monitor the funds of the SENTRO Political Party. d.) The Secretary on Audit shall assist the Treasurer in facilitating the transactions of the SENTRO Political Party. e.) The Secretary on Audit shall audit the Financial Statements of the Secretary on Finance. f.) The Secretary on Audit shall perform other functions as may be delegated by the Secretary-General or the General Assembly Section 8. Secretary on Ways & Means a.) The Secretary on Ways & Means shall transact approved business deals inside or outside the establishments and shall report the same to the organization. b.) The Secretary on Ways & Means shall take charge of all purchases of the organization. c.) The Secretary on Ways & Means shall submit project proposals and screens proposals for before presentation to the Secretariat or the General Assembly. d.) The Secretary on Ways & Means shall conduct feasibility studies on increasing the financial as well as recruitment and advocacy capability of the organization. e.) The Secretary on Ways & Means shall prepare all necessary arrangements such as venues, physical arrangements, for all organization meetings. f.) The Secretary on Ways & Means shall perform other functions as may be delegated by the Secretary-General or the General Assembly

Section 9. Secretary on Public Information a.) The Secretary on Public Information shall take charge of giving proper and due publicity to all activities of the SENTRO Political Party. b.) The Secretary on Public Information shall disseminate information concerning meetings, updates and other important matters to all members of the organization. c.) The Secretary on Public Information shall conceptualize various means of promoting the principles and objectives of the organization to the general public. d.) The Secretary on Public Information shall coordinate all promotion efforts during all election and advocacy campaigns of the organization and in this matter shall maintain a regular staff of campaign managers, coming from the various sectors of the organization. ARTICLE VIII. VACANCIES Section 1. In case of permanent disability, mortality, impeachment or resignation of the Secretary-General, the Secretary on Education and Membership shall take the office and serve only for the unexpired term. Section 2. In case of a permanent disability, mortality, impeachment or resignation of any other member of the Secretariat, the Secretary-General shall appoint, in an acting capacity, any regular member subject to confirmation by the majority of the all the members of General Assembly in a special session, Section 3. In lieu of the General Assembly the, three-fourths (3/4) of all the Sector Leaders is session, shall be enough to confirm the Secretary-General's temporary appointment to a vacancy, provided that there shall be established at least four (4) Sector Councils in the organization, otherwise the confirmation shall be void. ARTICLE IX. IMPEACHMENT PROCEDURE Section 1. Any member of the Secretariat may be impeached for gross inefficiencies or negligence of duties; culpable violations of this Constitution; malversation of funds; and excessive absences in meetings and activities, disclosure of sensitive party information to any other political organization without proper clearance from the Secretariat. Section 2. Any motion for impeachment may be initiated by the following: a.) Any member of the Secretariat; b.) At least ten per cent (10%) of all the party members comprising at least three (3) sectors, provided that if the organization shall only be able to establish less than two Sector Councils, at least five percent (5%) of all the party members shall be enough to initiate impeachment procedures.

Section 3. Upon passing the motion for impeachment the Secretary-General or such official is the subject of impeachment, the Secretary on Membership & Education shall convoke the General Assembly into a special session in order for it to create an Ad Hoc Impeachment Body that will be composed of eight (8) party members. Section 4. The Impeachment proceeding shall not last longer than fifteen (15) working days, after which, the Ad Hoc body must render its decision. Section 5. No party official shall be removed by the Ad Hoc Impeachment Body without the three-fourths (3/4s) vote of its members. ARTICLE X STANDING COMMITTEES Section 1. There shall be created a number of Standing Committees each to be composed of not more than eleven (11) individual members each. 1. Ways & Means 2. Electoral Affairs & Membership Development 3. Media & Public Relations 4. Research & Advocacy 5. External Affairs Section 3. The functions of each Standing Committee shall be the following: 3.1 The Ways & Means Committee shall formulate an overall financial and resource-generation program and facilitate and oversee Party fund-raising activities. It shall also explore different approaches for Business Development, Entrepreneurship and other self-help schemes for the benefit of the Party and its members. 3.2 The Electoral Affairs & Membership Development Committee shall oversee the Party’s overall electoral organizing and membership recruitment program and strategies. It shall be responsible for the management and conduct of the Sentro Basic Orientation Seminar, Sentro Leadership Training Program, and other leadership and membership development activities of the party. It shall take charge of the nomination of the party’s Standard Bearer for University Student Council (USC) elections. It shall likewise design a nomination process for fielding candidates in other student leadership positions in the University. In coordination with the Research and Advocacy Committee, it shall also regularly conduct political analysis of international, national, local and University situations. 3.3 The Media and Public Relations Committee shall have responsibility for the overall media exposure of the Party and for the maintenance of a good public image with the general population. 3.4 The Research and Advocacy Committee shall be responsible for advocacy and research program of the Party. It shall be tasked to conduct regular discussion, talks, symposia, and other similar activities, as well as the conduct of various outreach programs. It shall likewise be responsible for developing the organization’s historical accounts.

3.5 The External Affairs Committee shall be responsible for the external and alumni affairs of the organization. It shall represent the Party in meetings and conferences outside the University, whenever specifically designated by the SecretaryGeneral or the Secretariat. It shall also monitor developments that may have significance for the Party’s political work and undertake alliance-building with other political forces promoting similar goals, subject to guidelines established by the Secretary-General. Section 4. All Standing Committees may be asked to perform other functions as may be delegated by the Secretary-General provided such assignments are consistent with the general mandate of such committees. Section 5. All policies and regulations adopted by the Standing Committees shall be subject to the approval of the Alyansa Council. ARTICLE XI STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS AND THE SENTRO ANNUAL CONVENTION Section 1. Sentro, as a political party of DLSUD, shall take part in the electoral exercises within the University and, as such, shall field candidates or send representatives in all student leadership positions in the University. Section 2. The Sentro Annual Convention shall be held at any time within the period of filling of candidacy as prescribed in the DLSUD Student Election Code. The purpose of such is to proclaim the party’s official Standard Bearer for the upcoming student elections for the University Student Council (USC). Section 3. The qualifications of a nominee for the USC positions are as follows: 3.1 Must be a bona fide member of the Sentro for at least one semester. 3.2 Must have taken the Sentro Leadership Training Program. Section 4. The party’s official Standard Bearer shall be selected through a nomination process to be conducted by the Electoral Affairs & Member Education Committee in the following manner: 4.1 Aspiring party members must present to the Committee concerned a letter signifying his intent to be considered in the nomination process along with the following documents: a. Certification of grades from the registrar’s office, of the semester preceding the elections b. Photocopy of the current semester’s Registration form with two (2) recent uniform copies of 2x2 pictures 4.2 The Committee concerned shall conduct a screening of the aspirants to verify their requirements and screen-out ineligible and unqualified aspirants. 4.3 The Committee shall submit a report to the Secretariat containing the list of eligible and qualified nominees for the consideration of majority of the party members.

Section 5. The aspirant who secures the majority vote of all members of the party shall be proclaimed as its official nominee. Section 6. The elected nominee shall become the official standard bearer of the party for the upcoming USC elections. He shall have the prerogative to nominate other qualified and eligible party members to complete his USC slate upon certification by the Membership Development Committee and approval of the Secretariat. Section 7. A protest vote against a chosen nominee by 50% + 1 of all present in the Convention shall render a candidacy invalid. Section 10. In case no nominees is presented for a position, the convention delegates shall have the privilege of nominating one whose candidacy shall be decided upon by the Secretariat. Section 11. The Sentro Annual Convention shall adopt its own rules of procedure. It shall elect a president for each session. A member of the Secretariat shall act as interim presiding officer until such time that the president for the current session has been elected. Section 12. The attendance of the general membership of Sentro equivalent to three-fourths (3/4s) of the current membership shall constitute a quorum which shall be necessary to conduct official business.

ARTICLE XII AMENDMENTS Section 1. A three-fourths (3/4s) vote of the General Assembly shall be necessary to ratify amendments or revisions to Article I II and III and only upon careful study and recommendation by the Secretariat. Section 2. The General Assembly may simply amend the remaining articles of the Constitution by a majority vote.

ARTICLE XIII TRANSITORY PROVISIONS Section 1. This Constitution shall take effect immediately after its ratification through a three-fourths (3/4s) vote of the Sentro Political Party voting in a General Assembly called for such purpose. Section 2. Until such time as new officers may be elected and commenced office, the incumbent Secretary-General elected under the 2005 Sentro Constitution shall temporarily

assume the position of Secretary-General under this new Constitution including the exercise of his respective powers, duties and responsibilities. He shall appoint the remaining members of the Secretariat; all such members shall serve until their successors have been elected. Section 3. The first elections of members of Secretariat under this Constitution shall be held on or before the last week of August 2009.

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