THE NEW U.P. PRESIDENT’S STANCE

THE NEW U.P. PRESIDENT’S STANCE

December 13, 2022 @ 1:04 AM 2 months ago


On December 10, the editorial board of the Philippine Collegian, the University of the Philippines’ official student publication, released a full unedited transcript of its ‘Fast Talk’ interview with new U.P. President Atty. Angelo Jimenez, which was conducted on November 22 at the Collegian office.

Angelo Jimenez is a former member of the U.P. Board of Regents. On December 9, he became the 22nd president of the University of the Philippines System.

Let’s take a look at Attorney Jimenez’s fast replies to the interviewer, Daniel Sebastianne Diaz, on some university issues that will offer us a peek of the future of the U.P. System:
1) He said yes to the retention of the UPCAT; 2) between free and unconditional education, he said “free, but not unconditional,” because “you have to serve the people too”; 3) no mandatory ROTC; 4) Yes to institutionalization of the UP-DND Accord, “but no to the UP-DND Accord because that has been made irrelevant by the UP-DILG Accord”; 5) no to full in-person classes because “that’s not taking advantage of blended learning,” but agrees to some form of in-person learning because “for me, at this stage, we should be more on in-person hangga’t kaya, and then digital is supplement. But we should develop flexibility to move to wherever this will move. Kasi right now, I think it should still be more on in-person if we can do it at this stage in the development of technology and mental preparation or attitude of people; 6) to contractualization of workers, “certain jobs that are not permanent should be open to contractualization … but at its core-teaching, research-we should strive for regularization”; 7) yes to emergency hire, “But sometimes, 10 years na, emergency hire pa rin, because we don’t have the heart to fire people. It’s happening in all agencies, but if it is fundamental and core business, I go for regularization. But if it is needed for not just emergency, but on a temporary, if it’s not core, then I am open to contractualization”; and 8) yes to commercialization of U.P, lands, because “by commercialization, we mean using those lands for income generation; and 9) no to the abolition of frats.