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UPLB STUDENTS’AGENDA AND LIST OF GENERAL DEMANDS August 2009 I.

TAMBAYAN AND OFFICES OF STUDENT COUNCILS AND STUDENT PUBLICATION We believe that organizational tambayan is integral in the functioning of student organizations, as it is necessary for student councils and student publications in order to perform their duties and responsibilities. By this, we mean that tambayan and offices are utilized to plan activities and consolidate members and constituents. As part of the UP administration’s duty to promote student welfare, we demand that student organizations be provided of functional tambayans and guidelines that will genuinely secure student organizations’ rights to have tambayans. In particular, we: 1. Request that the phased out Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS)-based tambayans be returned to the IBS vicinity. These tambayans were relocated to the Student Union building Lobby on February 2007 to make way for Wing renovations; 2. Assert that functional tambayans be provided to the following student organizations: Society for Math Majors, UP Socius, and Society of Applied Math Majors-UPLB. The organizations mentioned experience flooding and leaks in their tambayan when it rains. Their health is also put to risk since their tambayans are breeding grounds of mosquitoes; 3. Request that functional tambayans be provided for CHE-based organizations; 4. Assert that CFNR-based tambayans not be relocated to make way for the proposed construction of a student park; 5. Assert that CDC-based organizations shall have a guidelines that will genuinely secure their rights to have tambayans and be vulnerable to threats of suspension; 6. Assert that tambayans that will be phased out due to the construction of parking lot and parks be provided of functional tambayan; 7. Assert that tambayan of Beta Kappa Sigma Sorority and Beta Kappa Fraternity be returned the NCAS vicinity. Their tambayan were phased out due to the Heritage Tree project; 8. Assert that tambayan of Ep Chi Fraternity and Chi Ep Sorority not be phased out. They were informed that their tambayan will be displaced due to the landscaping of the Physical Sciences area; 9. Assert that the offices of the University Student Council and UPLB Perspective not be relocated from the the 2nd floor of the Student Union Building. The institutions were informed that OVCPD have plans to relocate the offices to the basement of the same building; and 10. Assert that conducive offices be provided to all college student councils. ---------------------Page 1 of 12 UPLB Student Agenda v.3 / USC 09-10; 733c

II. RECOGNITION OF STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS We maintain for the recognition of student organizations and the preservation of their right to self-organization in the presumption that these organizations nobly and lawfully conduct activities for the development of the UP community and the country. That, instead of demonizing organizations and implementing tedious and restrictive recognition policies, the UP administration should encourage students to engage in student organizations and extra-curricular activities in line with its thrust to develop holistic students. Furthermore, it is evident that the UP administration aims to curtail constitutional rights over student organizations as they fully control the recognition process. We demand that the recognition of all student organizations be through a democratic recognition policy defined by the students. In particular, we assert that: 1. The standing policies concerning recognition of student organizations be reviewed to know the empirical effects of such to student organizations; 2. The Student Legislative Chamber shall recommend a set of recognition guidelines and policies approved by student organizations; 3. A student representative be part of the recognition panel of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA); 4. Financial reports shall not be part of the requirements for recognition as it is deemed as an exclusive and internal document of organizations; 5. Organization profile and roster of members be protected for security purposes of organizations. Last 2008, Camp Eldrige requested the roster of organizations from OSA for purposes of updating their data base. This request of the military are clearly an intervention to the student affairs in UPLB and could take precedence to other requests from collection of data to conduct of activities; 6. The required number of advisers for an organization be recognized be reduced to one; 7. There be no required minimum number of members to be recognized as an organization. Current university policy requires 15 members, excluding the top three officers. There are cases that the organizations are pushed to change their constitutions just to meet this minimum requirement. In that case, policies such that intervene the autonomy of the student organizations; 8. Newly recognized organizations should not be resricted from using their organizations’ name to their publicity materials. The OSA rationalizes that this policy should be required in order for the newly recognized organizations prove to OSA that they can manage their organizations. This policy required by OSA hampers their right to organize and be recognized as an organization. ; and 9. Non-attendance of organization heads to OSA meetings should not be a reason for disqualification for recognition. Some organizations are not recognized for such reasons that OSA noted that their top three heads are not able to attend the meetings called by OSA. ----------------------

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III. ACTIVITY CONDUCT AND FACILITY USE OSA Memorandum No. 1 was released to the student organizations during the February Protest Fair 2009.It was never consulted to the student institutions and organizations and was readily imposed by OSA as the first policy crafted by then newly appointed OSA Director and Col. Vivian A. Gonzales. OSA Memorandum No. 1 requires student organizations of an activity permit that will go through unneccessary, impractical, unbeneficial and beaucratic processes such as: 1. Limiting the number and sizes of teasers, posters and tarpaulins to be released and such publicity materials be approved by the Office of Student Affairs; 2. Requiring the submission of financial reports of the organizations per activity; 3. Passing the bio-data and backgrounder of the speakers and guests of the activities; This will clearly preclude student organizations from fulfilling their goals and objectives, which are in line with the university’s goals as well. The engagement of the student organizations to extra-curricular activities aid in the holistic learning process that university seeks to impart. The following are the cases that the student organizations experienced as for the implementation of OSA Memorandum No. 1 and other facility use guidelines: 1. Sociology Society conducts their regular general assembly at humanities steps. However, they usually experience that the security guards and forces of the Campus Security Brigrade (CSB) insisted them to evacuate the area; 2. CEM-based organizations are also requested to evacuate their tambayans during their meetings and conduct of activities beyond 10 PM; 3. HULAGPOS, the official publication of Sigma Rho Fraternity, is not allowed to be posted at the Physical Sciences Building; 4. Statements and publicity materials of Samahan ng Kabataan Para sa Bayan (SAKBAYAN) are restricted to be posted to main bulletin boards due to the building administrators’ arbitrary reasons that if they are going to allow the posting of statements of SAKBAYAN, it may give a signal that the administration supports the political stand of the alliance; 5. At time to time, the publicity materials and statements of the University Student Council containing calls to: PROCLAIM USC-CSC NOW!, are not being allowed to be posted due to the form and medium used such as placards.; 6. The institutionalized street painting activity of Tau Gamma Phi Fraternity and Tau Gamma Sigma Sorority are being threatened not to be allowed next year. The CAS administration are asking the organizers to erase the “OUST VIVIAN” message incorporated to the artworks of the participating organizations. For such case that they will not follow the request, the CAS administration will no longer allow the organization to conduct the institutionalized activity next year.; 7. Freshmen Night organized and sponsored by Alpha Sigma Fraternity is another institutionalized activity in UPLB as part of welcoming the new freshmen. However, for this year, OSA did not allow them to use the word “freshmen” in all their publicity materials.;
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8. During the processing of the activity permit of Chi Ep Sorority for their annual Open Tambayan, the building administrator of Physical Sciences Building did not sign their permits because of the threat that their tamabayans will be phased out due the landscaping plans of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development; 9. Isko’t Iska 2009, an institutionalized theatre production sponsored by the University Student Council and student organizations, is not staged at the DL Umali Auditorium. This is due to the intervention of OSA Director and Col. Vivian Gonzales insisting that the USC should not be permitted to use the facility again because in recent activity sponsored by UPLB Perspective and USC, the OSA was not informed that one of the speakers of the CHACHA Forum is Engr. Jun Lozada, NBN-ZTE Deal whistleblower and well-known anti-GMA; 10.During the Board of Regents (BOR) meeting propaganda action, forces of the CSB insisted to remove the craft papers posted by the USC and UPLB Perspective at the Oblation. The craft papers contain calls such as: Reclaim Pro-student OSA, OUST COL. VIVIAN GONZALES!, Junk TOFI, Collect Student Funds, and STOP Campus Repression; 11.The Office of the Student Regent (OSR) requested the usage of the Makiling Ballroom Hall for the UP Luzonwide Students Congress, whereas councils, publications, organizations and students from UP Diliman, UP Manila, UPDEP in Pampanga, UP Baguio and UP Los Baños will convene for the assessment of students rights and welfare. Though the request is coming from one of the regents of highest policy making body, Chancellor Velasco and OSA Director Vivian Gonzales declined the request even if the Makiling Ballroom Hall is available and not reserved for any other activities; 12.The University Student Council were harassed by 6 or more forces of the CSB during the UPCAT propaganda action. The CSB are imposing that distribution of flyers are not allowed and the USC don’t have an authorization letter to do such act. The CSB also insist and threaten the USC to be detained at the University Police Force (UPF) Headquarters. We demand that the OSA Memorandum No. 1 be junked. ---------------------IV. RENTAL FEES FOR UNIVERSITY FACILITIES The student organizations along with other UP units are charged with exorbitant fees upon using university facilities and equipment for their activities. Though it is a right of recognized organizations to use university facilities and equipment freely, the OSA Director insists that recognized organizations may only avail of discounts upon completion of a 100hour community service. As a result, student organizations encounter difficulties in holding their activities and are precluded from attaining their organizational goals. Though these activities entail a cost to the university, the UPLB administration should take these expenses as beneficial costs in pursuit of holistic development. We demand that the extra-curricular use of university facilities and equipment be free. In particular, we assert that: 1. The use of university facilities and equipment by student organizations be free of charge. This is the right of students upon entering a state-funded university.
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Also, since the State provided UP of the budget for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenditure (MOOE), the UP administration need not use exorbitant fees as compensation for the insufficient maintenance funds for these facilities; The proposed policy of the Office of the Student Regent and UMAKSYON be adopted for the extra-curricular use of university facilities and equipment; The concerned offices in control of university facilities exhibit flexible scheduling of the use of these facilities and equipment, especially on activities involving urgent and national issues; The college administrations provide students with documents containing how and where these fees are being used for; A basis for the 100-hour community service policy be provided by the Office of the OSA Director; Varsities be allowed to use facilities for free. Varsities constitute a significant number of UPLB students, yet have difficulty in securing venues for their rehearsals and training. As the UP system pursues the holistic development of students, the UP administration must support these forms of student alliances.

V. DORMITORY PAYMENT AND SERVICES Since the first semester of the academic year 2008-2009, CFNR-based dormitory managers are implementing a one-semester full payment scheme without any administrative basis. As a consequence, students unable to pay the full payment were forcibly driven out of their dormitory while some did not even obtain the dorm services. We demand that the implementation of the one-semester full payment of dormitory fees be ceased. We demand that improvement of the facilities, utilities and other dormitory services should not be the reason of the administration for a dorm fee increase. Also, we assert that: 1. More security guards with lengthened hours of duty be stationed at the forestry dormitories. There are currently two guards with 9am-4pm working hours safeguarding three dormitories, despite accidents being reported as early as 6am; 2. An intercom system be provided for the New Forestry Residence Hall; 3. Sanitary comfort rooms, repaired ceilings, and generators be provided to the Men’s Residence Hall; 4. The computer room in the Men’s Residence Hall be fully functional and usable to the students; 5. Utilities such as electricity and water supply be improved. There are cases that for the whole weekend, dormitories don’t have electricty and water supply.; 6. Php 100 association fee for the womens and mens dorm be used for services so as dormers wouldn’t be hassled to pay for other expenses that the dormitory should offer as a free service; 7. Php 50 key deposit fee be reimbursed by the dormers at the end of the academic year or at the end of their stay. It should be transparent that upon deposit what will be the use of those collected fees.; 8. Security guards be reinstalled to the MAREHA and cease the plans to have a surveillance camera instead.
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---------------------VI. EXORBITANT FEES Laboratory and other exorbitant fees have been increasing without justification. There are no clear grounds for the mandatory collection of these fees and where they are being spent. It is evident that exorbitant fees are only being used to augment the lack of fund for Maintenance and Other Operation Expenses (MOOE). We demand that exorbitant fees not be collected. Instead, the university should continuously assert for higher state subsidy that will cover such expenses. In particular, we assert that: 1. Insurance and transportation expenses for outside-classroom exercises be covered by these fees; 2. The high transportation costs of field trips be subsidized by the university; 3. The proposed increase in laboratory fees for STAT1 classes be repealed. The current STAT1 fee does not even cover lab manuals and is already expensive; 4. The Forestry Licensure Exam Review be made more affordable to students; 5. A breakdown of how these fees are being used be presented to the students.; 6. Students of THEA courses be not responsible for the generation of funds that will be used for their curricular activities such as theatre production since these are part of their academic requirement; 7. Exorbitant fees for insurance and transportation fees for laboratory classes requiring curricular outside-classroom activities such as SDS 11 and HNF 151 should be removed; 8. Exorbitant fees for laboratory classes such as HNF 132 that do not use such fees for consumable materials should be also removed; 9.The CDC administration should be transparent as to where and how the laboratory fees for the DEVC 120 and 123 courses are being utilized. According to the students, the price of the materials used in these courses are relatively lower than the actual laboratory fee they are paying; 10. Students of DEVC 123 course should not be burdened of the fund generation for the publication of the paper LB Times, which is also an academic requirement for the said course. Students manifested that they have been unneccessarily allotting so much of their time for fund generation for the said course.; and 11. Labortory fees should not be used to augment the lacks of funds for MOOE. ---------------------VII. UNIVERSITY FACILITIES AND SERVICES We remain to ensure that the students’ constitutionally guaranteed right to quality and equally accessible education, as this is stipulated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution, Section 12. Though it is the duty of the State to “promote, foster, nurture and protect” this right of its citizens the declining quality of UP education is characterized by poor and lacking university facilities, equipment, and references. We demand that higher state subsidy for UP, in particular, and higher education budget in general be allocated. We assert that the UP administration should also intensify its campaign to join with the call of the students for the State prioritization of the education sector by appropriating higher education budget
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proportional to the actual amount needed by colleges and universities. In particular, we assert that the UPLB Administration: 1. Redirect the university budget in resolving the immediate need for maintenance and procurement of university facilities and equipment necessary for academic development, instead of using these funds for ecotourism projects; 2. Install lamp posts in accident- and crime-prone areas like the roads to the upper campus, between forestry dormitories among many; 3. Provide free wireless internet connection and sufficient, virus-free computers with updated software to all students; 4. Procure functioning and technologically updated equipment, chemicals, and other primary needs for Forest Biological Sciences, Development Journalism, Food Technology, Agronomy, Ergonomics, and Chemistry laboratory classes. 5. Renovate and refurbish non-functioning facilities that may still be used by the students, particularly the old Department of Agricultural Education building along with its comfort room, the Forest Science Building basement, and most of the upper campus buildings. Student councils and organizations have expressed interest in utilizing these facilities for the conduct of their activities; 6. Hasten the construction of the CHE Lecture Hall, and the renovation of the CFNR basketball court and Student Center. The Student Center in particular was targeted to have finished construction in the second semester of last year, but has progressed slowly due to lack of funds and materials; 7. Cement the pathways connecting the Institute of Human Nutrition and Food (IHNF) building to the CHE Main building and Physical Sciences Building; 8. Provide proper ventilation for rooms, especially in the Math building; 9. Maintain cleanliness in laboratory rooms in the College of Engineering and Agroindustrial Technology as well as the surrounding areas of the Department of Family and Child Development in IHNF; 10. Install complete comfort room facilities and improve the comfort rooms in CHE, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) building, CAS Annex 1 building, College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology buildings, and Agronomy building; 11. Repair the drainage systems in the Department of Agribusiness Management in CEM and in Pili Drive; 12. Provide safe and affordable 24-hour transportation to the upper campus and Institute of Plant Biology area; 13. Paint yellow stripes for loading/unloading areas in the Agronomy building area; 14. Paint pedestrian lanes in the upper campus; 15. Subscribe all college libraries to electronic journals; 16. Provide photocopying machines with full-time operating personnel in all libraries in the university; 17. Repair or replace broken equipment like electric fans, air conditioners, printers, overhead projectors, and LCD projectors; 18. Intensively inform students of their privileges in computer centers, library services and details about their plan of study; 19. Improve the retrieval scheme of books and other materials in all libraries; and 20. Allow the use of the CDC lobby for promotional activities. ---------------------Page 7 of 12 UPLB Student Agenda v.3 / USC 09-10; 733c

VIII. INSTRUCTION In pursuit of attaining holistic development of students, courses in arts, physical sciences and social sciences must be offered to the students. The recent reduction of the maximum number of students to be accepted in the Arts courses from 60 to 45 students is a manifestation of the UP administration’s plan to dissolve or completely abolish all Arts courses in the University. The current sequence of events is similar to those of what happened when the Philosophy courses were abolished. We demand that the evident plan to dissolve or abolish all Arts courses offered in the university be scrapped. On another note, university students constantly find it difficult to manually preregister subjects. Thus, students reserve the need for an efficient scheme for preregistration, which since the past years, has been the SystemOne program. However, by allocating major subjects to younger batches while depriving supposedly prioritized upperclassmen of major subjects necessary for them to take in order to graduate, SystemOne has been inefficient in performing its objective. We demand that the efficiency of the SystemOne program as a facilitator of preregistering students’ subjects be reviewed. ---------------------IX. UNIVERSITY FACULTY AND PERSONNEL The members of the University faculty are integral constituents of the university, primarily to execute their role inside the institution as molders of quality UP education. As nurturers of the students’ creativity and potentials, they are truly deserving of a guaranteed and well compensated employment in the university. Research and extension personnel and staff (REPS) are also vital in the development of UP education that spearheads the national, and even international, research and breakthroughs. University personnel are essential in the continuous operaion of the university. Taking their welfare into consideration would also mean considering the maintenance of the univeristy facilities and equipment, which quality are significant factors at least maintain quality of UP education. Moreover, university personnel are also tasked to maintain security within campus premises. While we maintain that lamposts and other security devices should be installed around campus, we also maintain that ensuring security and safety within campus is best guaranteed by the sufficient number of security personnel. Student assistants aid faculty in their role as facilitators of learning. Thus, they must also maintain the right to receive salaries on time. We demand that the administration uphold the security of tenure and the rights of the faculty, REPS and student assistants. In particular, we assert that: 1. Salaries of the faculty, REPS and student assistants be released on the preferred date and not be delayed for 2-3 months; 2. Emergency cash at SFAD should be given priority in processing in order to reinstitute the one-day processing as part of the assistance and services for the studnets;
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3. 200 hours maximum hours of student asistants’ service be reinstuted for those who have below 9 units academic load. Though there is a Php 5 increase in per hour rate of the student assistants, the allowable number of hours of rendered service is reduced to 120 hrs. Thus, makes their income significantly reduced ---------------------X. AUTONOMOUS, DEMOCRATIC AND TRULY REPRESENTATIVE STUDENT COUNCILS The remnants of the five-month delay of the 2008 USC-CSC elections can still be felt today. Due to the insistence of UPLB Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco that the 1978 UPLB Constitution be imposed, the existing constitution of the student councils was threatened and challenged. Registering the 70.54% voters turnout and 95.5% affirmative vote during the 2008 Plebiscite, the Iskolars ng Bayan of UPLB reaffirmed their stand to have an autonomous, democratic and truly representative student council. Thus ratifying the 1984 UPLB Student Council Constitution. With the the 4-month delay in the proclamation of the USC-CSC for AY 2009-2010 is a curtailment of the students’ right for representation as well as autonomy. To note, with OSA Director and Col. Vivian A. Gonzales as the presiding officer of the Central Electoral Board (CEB), arbitrary decisions and irregularities caused the delay in the hearing of protests and proclamation of the Student Councils. The time that OSA questions the validity of the representation of the USC-CSC AY 2009-2010 due to the delay in the proclamation, is the same time that she released a directive that the UPLB Administration should not collect the student fees. For such these cases that the Student Council Constitution were challenged and the representation of the USC-CSCs were being questioned, it is the time that the administration impose anti-student policies that could take precedence to other schemes of campus repression. The studentry is the largest sector in the university and is the sector directly affected by any policy passed by the UP administration. With the current student representation in UP Manila’s different levels of administration, students and administration receive mutual benefits and cordial relations while students ensure the protection of their democratic rights. Consistent to this principle, we demand that student councils continue to be democratic representations in the university, and remain autonomous, democratic, and truly representative, free from any administrative intervention. In particular, we assert that: 1. At least one member of the College Student Councils be given a seat in their respective college executive committees, act as a member and be given equal privileges as with those give to other members of committees; 2. At least one member of the University Student Council (USC) be given a seat in the university executive committee, act as a member and be given equal privileges as with those give to other members of committees; 3. Student institutions are autonomous and are legitimate representatives of the students; and
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4. Junk the SDT cases filed to two terms of the University Student Council (AY 20072008 and AY 2008-2009). ---------------------XII. 2009 DRAFT CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT The 2009 Code of Student Conduct (CSC) as a draft being proposed to the UP Diliman unit as a basis for the student discipline runs counter to the student demands forwarded to the Board of Regents. The provisions in the code runs counter to the ideals of academic freedom in the university. It dictates on the organizationsthe kind of activities it must pursue for it to be able to qualify for recognition and application of tambayans. It also prohibits students from using UP’s Information Technology System for political, personal, and commercial reasons, including crossposting in email groups. “Breach of peace”, “disrespect towards persons of authority” and “threatening behavior” are vague statements that may render academic and extra-curricular activities as punishable by the Code. Moreover, the transformation of the Student Disciplinary Tribunal into a Council eliminates student representation in disciplinary proceedings, as it effectively removes the existence of Student Jurors. At the same time, the proposed process ofhearing cases of violations also runs counter to the principle of fair and due process. In fact, the Code approximates the Human Security Act in its totalitarian tone. It unilaterally imposes the kind of thinking, behavior, and endeavors that students must conform to. The CSC is a gross violation of our basic rights, as our constitutional right to organize and right to free speech stands to be crushed by the stipulations of the Code. Asidefrom the provisions stated above, it also sets high criteria for the recognition of organizations, requiring an approximate of 100 members to qualify for University recognition. It also prohibits freshmen and transferees from joining organizations, otherwise, the individual and the organization shall be punished by the Code. Instead of providing an academic community that upholds our basic rights and instituting safeguards for the realization of the students’ holistic and full potential, the Code limits our democratic space, effectively restricting students from joining organizations and expressing our opinions. As some of the provisions already being implemented in UPLB, the more that the UPLB Student Institutions and student formations condemn the Code of Student Conduct (CSC) as it is tested that these policies repress the students aspiration to uphold their democratic rights in the University. With the release of Memorandum No. OSU (CPA) 09-66, giving all Chancellors of the UP System one month (From August 14-September 14 2009) to decide if other UP units such as UPLB will adopt the draft 2009 Code of Student Conduct or craft another, it only permits to legitimize the repression in UPLB. We demand to junk the proposed 2009 Code of Student Conduct.

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XII. TUTION AND OTHER FEE INCREASES (TOFI) The USC subscribe to the principle that education is a right and not a privilege. Thus, any education policies affecting the students must first undergo consultations. With regards to the implementation of TOFI, the USC, with the support of the students, still and will continue campaigning against it. We are also aware of, and are adversely affected by, the flaws and inconsistencies of the Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP). We demand that there be accessible education for all. In particular, we assert that: 1. The STFAP and its application process be reviewed, justified and modified; 2. A three-year tuition moratorium be implemented to provide immediate economic relief to families; 3. Yearly increase of tuition be ceased; and 4. On the maximum, TOFI be completely junked. ---------------------XIII. NON-COLLECTION OF STUDENT FUND The student fund is integral in the operations of student institutions, that is, the USC and the UPLB Perspective [P]. Without such, the functioning of said student institutions will be greatly halted. With the non-collection of student funds following a series of intensive dialogues and an unsigned Memorandum of Agreement between the USC and the UPLB administration, not only are student institutions deterred from fulfilling their goals, but the tradition and collective struggle of students who fought for their democratic rights are lambasted and jeopardized. Through persistence of the USC and the studentry during the last Board of Regents (BOR) meeting in June 2009, UP President Emerlinda Roman assured that the student fund will be collected. Also, UP Vice President for Legal Affairs Atty. Teodoro Te, through the Memorandum TOT-2009-092, affirmed that the student fund should be collected by July 2009. However, due to the perennial insistence of UPLB Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco, the student fund remains uncollected. As defenders of the gains of militant struggle, we demand that the student fund be collected by the administration and directed to the University Student Council and UPLB Perspective. ---------------------XIV. MILITARY PRESENCE IN UPLB The UP System maintains the right to be free from any military intervention, as stated in the Ramos-Abueva Agreement of 1989 and LFS-DND Accord. According to the Agreement, the military cannot enter the university premises, unless they shall conduct inspections and arrests with prior notification and approval from concerned UP authorities. In this light, the conduction of the Laguna Peace and Order Council meeting at the Makiling Ballroom Hall, Student Union building, which is sponsored by AFP reservist and OSA Director Dr. Vivian A. Gonzales and attended by fully uniformed and armed military officers, is a crime. The said meeting in the university grounds is clearly a violation of the 20-year agreement between the Department of National Defense and the UP System. The
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university is a symbol of the struggle for democratic rights, and the presence of military officers inside it causes fear and insecurity among the students and faculty. As students who deserve security from armed threat while inside the university that nurtures their mind and ideologies, we demand that the military presence in the University of the Philippines Los Baños be ceased. ---------------------XV. OUST OSA DIRECTOR, COLONEL VIVIAN A. GONZALES Less than one year after her reinstatement as OSA Director, Dr. Vivian Gonzales has continuously implemented repressive policies towards student institutions and organizations. Gonzales, since her tenure as OSA Director from 1995-2000, has been marked as a person of dictator or non-consultative rule. Her term as director was plagued by several protests from students and colleagues as she was blotted as having undemocratic and nontransparent decisions, unamiable working relationships and issuing unjustifiable suspensions. Gonzales has made history by being the first OSA Director to be filed with cases that rose to the BOR level. Though her term was formally ended with her resignation, it was clear that the collective action of students and faculty was urged by her repressive rule. The reinstatement of AFP reservist Col. Vivian A. Gonzales into the position that enabled her to instigate campus repression has alarmed current and former students of the university. Less than one year into her new term, she has already relived her repressive actions during her previous term. The non-collection of student funds, the cancellation of the traditional AlmOSAlan, the threat of non-recognition to organizations who participated in the USC Almusalan, OSA Memo No. 1, and the passage of military officers in the university, is enough evidence that once again, Colonel Vivian A. Gonzales is set out to destroy university traditions, security and public trust. Her position as an army reservist manifests a conflict of interest in her tenure as OSA Director and active military official. We, as students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños, sensing that once again a personage of autocratic, militaristic and bureaucratic rule has gained a significant and affective position in our university, demand that Vivian A. Gonzales be ousted from her position as Director of the Office of Student Affairs.

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