In the Emergency General Assembly of Student Councils (eGASC) conducted Wednesday, December 7, the GASC passed resolutions denouncing the candidacy of former UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr. and endorsing UP Diliman (UPD) Chancellor Fidel Nemenzo.
UPLB student councils recount the struggles of its constituents under Sanchez’s term as chancellor, including the establishment of Student Academic Information System (SAIS) and the rise of Maximum Residency Rule (MRR) and readmission cases.
Sanchez drew wide opposition from UPLB due to “anti-constituent policies, notorious absences in dialogues, and lack of compassion and sense of urgency”, UPLB student leaders said.
Meanwhile, GASC’s endorsement of Nemenzo is over his “commitment to the UP Student Agenda”. The councils also highlighted how Nemenzo “upheld academic freedom and ensured the security of constituents under his UP Diliman Chancellorship”.
This endorsement comes with holding Nemenzo accountable for his promises and challenging him to ensure that under his leadership, no member of the UP community will be left behind and that the University will be safe from attacks on rights and welfare.
UPLB University Student Council (USC) and other student councils emphasized that more than Nemenzo’s endorsement, the main unity point is to denounce the candidacy of Sanchez.
The Board of Regents (BOR) will select the next UP President on Friday, December 9. [P]