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UP OSR history (May 2013)

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Members of the BOR
1 Chair of the Commission of Higher Education, Chair
2 President of the University, Co-chair
3 Chair of the Senate Committe on Education, Ex-officio member
4 Chair of the House Committe on Education, Ex-officio member
5 President of the UP Alumni Association, Ex-officio member
6 Faculty regent, selected by the faculty
7 Staff regent, selected by the staff
8 Student regent, selected by the students
9, 10, 11 Malacanang apppointees

Years of Sacrifice, Years of Struggle
Office of the Student Regent:
The Fight for Student Representation and Democratic Governance
in the University of the Philippines System

presentation by
Krissy Conti
from an article by
JPaul Manzanilla
for KASAMA sa UP
May 2013

The Student Regent is a member of the UP Board of Regents (BOR), the highest policy-making body in the University of the Philippines.
Board of Regents
President's Advisory Council
Office of the Secretary of the University
Vice President
Acad Affairs
Vice President
Planning and Finance
Vice President
Vice President
Vice President
Public Affairs
Vice President
Legal Affairs
First student council established
Ferment of nationalist sentiments [anti-annexation]
Heated protests against government policies [import substitution,
wasteful gov't spending, graft and corruption]
Counter-action versus the Commission on Anti-Filipino Activities

Movement against the Americanization of UP [Vietnam war, oil
monopolies, retail trade nationalization]
Struggle against Martial Law [repression, export dependence,
foreign debts]

Heightened vigilance and protests against commercialization of education
[Education Act, fee increases, STFAP]
Renewed prominence in national decision- and policy-making
The Student Regent represents some 55,000 students
- the largest sector - in the UP system.
Gerardo Barican was the first student invited to observe, and eventually, sit in the BOR upon the recommendation of UP President Salvador Lopez on 29 September 1969. Barican was chairperson of the UP Student Council.
With the declaration of Martial Law on
21 September 1972, all student councils, organizations, fraternities, sororities and publications in UP were immediately abolished.
In October, President Marcos issued Presidential Decree (PD) number 58 which amended the UP Charter and allowed the creation of other UP units. PD No. 58 also changed the composition of the BOR to provide a seat for “one regent representing the student body” in the 14-person BOR.
. The BOR Chair and the UP President announced that this appointment of the student council chair as regular board member “will therefore set an important precedent and give due recognition to the role of students in the life of the university.”
The first student council was restored in UP Los Baños, in 1978, closely followed by the revival of regional college councils. The University Student Council (USC) of UP Diliman was re-established in 1980.
Gerry Barican,
first student regent
Malou Mangahas,
UP Diliman chair upon reestablishment of councils post-Martial Law
UP Diliman convened the councils from the different units in November 1981. The Katipunan ng mg Sangguniang Mag-aaral sa UP (KASAMA sa UP), national alliance of student councils, was loosely organized to spearhead the system-wide campaign to reinstate a student regent in the BOR. Student leaders emphasized the need for students to be directly involved in policy formulation in the University - since the largest stakeholders of the University are the students.
On 7 January 1983, the KASAMA sa UP held its first dialogue with the BOR. During the dialogue, KASAMA sa UP leaders asserted the right of the students to directly participate in the decision-making processes in UP through direct representation in the BOR. On 5 and 6 February 1983 KASAMA sa UP held a system-wide conference to discuss the mechanism for the selection of the student regent. Their position: an Office of the Student Regent (OSR) should be created to position an ex-officio membership of the SR in the BOR and the institutionalization of its board membership.
Lean Alejandro,
student regent nominee
rejected by Marcos
Francis Pangilinan,
first student regent
David Celdran,
1987 student regent
In 1991, KASAMA sa UP named Jose Ilagan, a student council officer from UP Los Baños, as its unanimous choice for student regent. Ilagan’s name was submitted to then UP President Jose Abueva for Malacañang’s approval. Abueva, however, chose to defy the selection process of KASAMA sa UP and instead recommended UP Diliman USC chairperson Angelo Jimenez, for appointment as student regent.

Jimenez accepted and served the year. Despite this, KASAMA sa UP does not recognize his term.
In recognition of the need for wider and active participation of all UP student councils in the selection of the student regent, Leo Malagar formed the General Assembly of Student Councils (GASC) in 1997 to include all student councils in the SR selection process. All student councils whether KASAMA sa UP member councils or not, crafted the Codified Rules for Student Regent (CRSRS).
Eventually, the internal divisions intensified.
Some student councils left KASAMA sa UP, and
refused to participate in the selection process.
Sahlee Carino,
first female student regent
In 1998 the UP Diliman USC disregarded the selection process they took part in and nominated their own choice, John Pineda, to UP President Emil Javier, over GASC-selected Dennis Longid. Stronger safeguards and intense opposition nevertheless made Longid serve as the SR that year.
In 1999 several student councils led by the UP Diliman USC contravened the selection of Ferdinand Zafranco of UP Manila. They wrote to various UP administrators and the offices of the University President, and even President Joseph Estrada, contesting Zafranco’s academic qualifications. Zafranco was selected a few months before the academic year. When he was not accepted for enrollment in June, his appointment was revoked and thus the previous student regent Longid extended his term.
To the surprise of all, Kristine Clare Bugayong and the KASAMA sa UP discovered and exposed graft and corruption from the term of Hannah Serana. Serana of UP Cebu allegedly received 15 million pesos from the Office of President Estrada for the UP Diliman Vinzons Hall renovation. Serana was charged with graft and corruption, and indicted by the Sandiganbayan. In hiding, she has not been served processes; thus the case may yet be archived.
This was another challenging year for the OSR. Three GASCs were launched after student councils failed to achieve at a decision on the rules to be used for the selection process in the first two GASCs. There were heavily debated provisions: the inclusion of good academic standing in the qualifications of a nominee, the one-council, one -vote voting scheme of UP student councils in the selection proper; and the exclusions of the historical role of KASAMA sa UP in the CRSRS.
Kristine Clare Bugayong,
student regent 2001
When the UP Charter was approved in 2009, Sec. 12 (g) provided for that the Student Regent must be chosen by the students from their ranks in accordance with the rules and qualifications approved in a referendum by the students. The referendum requirement, considered by the students repressive, saw the decade-old CRSRS ratified in a system-wide referendum held on 26-31 January 2009 with 73% of the 26,118 students voting yes.
Shan Abdulwahid,
first Muslim student regent
In December 2009, in the middle of decision-making on the directorship of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), several regents questioned the qualification of Charisse Bernardine Bañez to continue as student regent. Because she was neither enrolled nor on leave for that semester, the UP administration declared that Bañez ceased to be a UP student, and therefore ceased to be student regent.
The following year, in the middle of her term and as the BOR prepared to select UP's 20th President, Cori Alessa Co was dismissed from the University for failing academic requirements. In accordance with provisions of the CRSRS, she ceded the post to second nominee Jaqueline Joy Eroles. Students questioned the suspect timing, as the lack of a student representative delayed the eventual selection of UP President Alfredo Pascual.
Reunion 2008
JPaul Manzanilla, Ariel Tanangonan, Dennis Cunanan, Gloria Cutab, Dennic Longid, Shan Abdulwahid, Bong Bongolan, Sahlee Carino
Kiko Pangillinan (1986)
Stood vigilant over Aquino policies
Amante Jimenez (1990)
Critiqued the STFAP proposal and stood against

tuition fee increase from P40 to P300
Henry Grajeda (1991)
Organized anti-military bases rallies
Desay Jaranilla (1997)
Led the campaign to stop the commercialization of
UP lands (CPDP in Diliman)
KC Bugayong (2001)
Rallied against the corrupt Estrada regime
JPaul Manzanilla (2002)
Consolidated efforts against the US war on terror
Raffy Jones Sanchez (2006)
Opposed the 300% tuition fee increase
Cori Co (2009)
Launched student strikes for education rights
Krissy Conti (2011)
Paid special attention to human rights violations
especially against UP students (enforced
disappearances, arrests)
The Student Regent is at the forefront of the UP and national youth student movement, leading in the education, organizing, and mobilization of a potent sector of Philippine society.
Interference, external and internal
Division among the ranks
Corruption, within and outside
Because the Office of the Student Regent exists and operates within the rarefied atmosphere between the hallways of administration and the streets of protest, it will always contend with issues of relevance.
Internal strife and power struggles were exposed in 2011 when officers from one student council reported an attempt to unduly influence their position in the CRSRS. Local political party members, part of a campaign to introduce amendments to the code, aggressively pressed their side and even offered financial assistance to the student council. Maria Kristina Conti pressed charges of serious misconduct against the identified students for such shady and corrupt attempt to distort decision-making in UP’s leadership structures.
Raffy Jones Sanchez,
student regent 2006
Defend the OSR against:
Preserve the OSR for:
Assertion of students rights and interests
Representation of marginalized sectors within the University
Political education of society
Mobilization for short- and long-term social change
Cleve Arguelles,
student regent 2012
History of the Office
Hannah Serana,
student regent 2000
UP Supreme Student Council?
National Assembly of UP Student Leaders?
How to select a student regent from among co-equals?
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