The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the University of the Philippines will hold a meeting this week to review their 1992 agreement.?
In a press statement Tuesday, the DILG ensured that it would not unilaterally abrogate its deal with the University without consulting concerned officials.?
“Contrary to a report that came out in a broadsheet, the DILG wants to hold a dialogue with UP officials to revisit the 1992 agreement. For the record, what we said was that there is a need to review the 1992 agreement requiring the PNP to notify UP authorities before entering its campuses,” DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said.
Malaya said the meeting?is "in keeping with agreement and is for the purpose of determining if the agreement is still relevant and serves to uphold public order and safety within UP campuses."?
He added that the meeting aims to determine the level of security inside UP, considering the proliferation of residential units, business establishments, and informal settler families within its campuses, especially in Diliman.?
Malaya mentioned?portions of the UP campuses that have been leased out to private developers such as UP Technohub and UP Town Center, which are huge establishments that are open to the public.?
“With the growth of the population within each campus, the current capability of the university’s police and firefighting forces must be assessed. Kaya pa ba nilang panindigan ang responsibilidad na pangalagaan ang seguridad at kaayusan sa loob ng campus?” he said.??
“Upon the request of UP, we are open to a meeting. Kailangan na talaga nating umupo at mag-usap dahil sa dami ng mga pagbabago, pangyayari at problema sa UP.? The bottomline is, and will always be, to ensure peace and security in the students and faculty of UP,” he added.?
According to the DILG, the joint monitoring team of the agency and UP has not met for years, in contrast to Section 7 of the UP-DILG agreement which tasks the team to meet at least twice a year or as often as necessary.
Alleged communist recruitment
Meanwhile, Malaya said the meeting would also tackle the supposed recruitment of UP students to join communist groups.?
This was the main reason Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana came up with the decision to unilaterally end its 31-year-old pact with UP.?
Lorenzana also claimed that the deal was already obsolete.?
UP had said it is ready to discuss the issue with the Defense department.?
According to the DILG, the 1992 agreement was signed by former UP President Jose Abueva and then DILG Secretary Rafael Alunan III after the enactment of Republic Act No. 6975, which effectively transferred the country’s police force from the DND to the DILG.?
It said the 1992 agreement has essentially the same contents with the 1989 DND-UP deal.?
Under both agreements, prior notification shall be given by the commander of the military or police unit which intends to conduct operations in any of the UP campuses.?—KG, GMA News
This article DILG, UP to hold meeting to discuss 1992 agreement was originally published in GMA News Online.