Thursday, February 10, 2011

Goodbye, Emerlinda Roman

By U.P. Kilos Na

UP Diliman Chancellor Cao sponsored a show in honor of outgoing UP President Emerlinda R. Roman in her last day in office. It was intended to be celebratory.

Outside the UP Theater, a celebration of sorts was held by UP Kilos Na - celebrating the end of the Roman Empire at the system level.

The students were there. Witness to the 300% tuition increase and the unending impositions of new or higher laboratory fees while the Roman administration leased lands to corporations, particularly the Ayalas, purportedly to help support the university.

The administrative staff were there. Decrying the discriminatory policies which gave premium to faculty as exemplified by the Roman administration's refusal to give them additional 10 day leave credits while easily giving 15 days additional sick leave benefits to the faculty for every year of service.

The members of the Rights of Untenured UP Faculty and Sarah Raymundo were there. Raymundo remains without a teaching position in UP, almost nine months after the May 27, 2010 BOR approval of her appeal for tenure.

PGH staff were represented; witness to the contract of the Administration with the Mercado corporation which has exclusive lease to the Mercado Faculty Medical Arts Building inside the UP PGH compound. The deal includes the setting up of a pharmacy, laboratory, radiology and x-ray facilities in competition with existing policies in PGH.

UP Kilos Na said good riddance to the Roman Administration and vowed to continue to assert for a democratic university in the service of the Filipino people.

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