UP community protests

UP Community Protests Denial of Tenure, Large Class-Size Policy, Other Issues

By Danny Arao

Concerned University of the Philippines (UP) students, faculty, REPS and staff will hold a protest action on 29 January 2009, Friday, 8:00 a.m., as the Board of Regents (BOR) holds its meeting in Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Simultaneous protest actions will also be held in the campuses of UP Los Banos (UPLB), UP Cebu, and UP Mindanao.

Various issues related to governance will be raised by the protesters. They support the tenure appeal of Prof. Sarah Raymundo of UP Diliman and the continued stay of Dr. Jose Gonzales as the duly appointed Director of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) of UP Manila.

On the other hand, UP Los BaƱos faculty and students denounce the January 4 memorandum of UPLB Chancellor Rey Velasco ordering the implementation of a large class size (from 160 to 350 students) for ALL foundation and general education courses in UP Los Banos starting June 2010.

In Cebu, the faculty and students are against the unilateral decision of UP Cebu Dean Enrique Avila to suspend the acceptance of applicants for the admission test of UP Cebu High School scheduled on March 6 and in effect laying the grounds for the abolition of the high school unit of UP Cebu.

Protesting UP Mindanao constituents are supporting the appointment of a new Chancellor of UP Mindanao instead of reappointing the incumbent whom they believe has not fulfilled the requirements for democratic governance in the university, particularly transparency and accountability.

Contact persons:

Prof. Mykel Andrada, All-UP Academic Employees Union: (0927) 474-1362
Arnulfo Anoos, All-UP Workers Union: (0939) 194-0878
Prof. Danilo Arao, CONTEND UP: (0908) 866-ARAO
Jaque Eroles, UPD Student Council: (0915) 328-0878

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