By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House of Representatives has adopted a resolution, urging the University of the Philippines (UP) to renew its memorandum of agreement (MOA) and lease with the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) over a parcel of land occupied by the QCPD headquarters, now known as Camp Tomas B. Caringal in Diliman, Quezon City.
House Resolution 2503, principally authored by former Speaker and Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr., has hurdled the Lower Chamber before Congress adjourned session on February 8 to pave way for the election campaign.
Belmonte said there was a need to renew the MOA, which is set to expire on December 8, 2024.
“Considering that both institutions perform vital public services to the public, with the QCPD being responsible for the safety, protection and maintenance of peace and order of the citizens and residents of Quezon City, and the UP, as the national university, in the forefront of providing accessible quality education and training to the youth, there is a need to continue the strong and stable partnership between the QCPD and the UP,” the resolution said.
Belmonte noted that a MOA was entered into by the UP System and Philippine Cosntabulary-Metropolitan Command (PC-METROCOM) on September 25, 1974.
Under the MOA, UP leased to the PC-METROCOM, for the amount of P1 per year, a portion of its campus in Diliman, Quezon City with an area of five hectares, to be used as a new site for the METROCOM units originally located at Camp Panopio, Quezon City.
“This agreement was for a period of 50 years, subject to renewal upon mutual agreement,” Belmonte said.
The MOA, which took effect on December 9, 1974, was approved by the UP Board of Regents in its board meeting on November 26, 1974, he said.
“The obligations and responsibilities under this MOA have been transferred from the PC-METROCOM to the QCPD-National Capital Region of the Philippine National Police pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 6975 or the Department of Interior and Local Government Act of 1990,” Belmonte explained.
The leased area now serves as the headquarters of the QCPD in Diliman, Quezon City, and is known as Camp Tomas B. Caringal.
“The leadership of Quezon City government and the PNP are willing and ready to assist the QCPD-NCR in the construction, expansion, and improvement of buildings and other physical facilities in the premises of Camp Karingal,” Belmonte noted.