The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the University of the Philippines (UP) confirmed Saturday, Feb. 6, that they will undertake an extensive review of the 28-year-old 1992 agreement that will ensure the security in all the UP campuses without affecting academic freedom and right to free speech and assembly.
DILG officer-in-charge (OIC) Bernardo C. Florece, Jr. cited the meeting with UP officials since the concerned parties agreed the need to review the 1992 agreement to make it compatible to present times.
“Our meeting with UP officials led by President Danilo L. Concepcion and UP Diliman Chancellor Fidel Nemenzo is a good start since both sides agree that both our agencies only have the best interests of the UP community in mind. Kami po sa DILG ay lubhang nagagalak sa development na ito,” Florece said.
Florece stressed that some provisions stated in the 1992 UP-DILG Agreement now needs to be updated.
But he emphasized that the agreement will be reviewed with the assurance that it will not diminish basic rights and the freedom of speech and assembly in UP which are guaranteed in the 1987 Constitution.
“Ang DILG po ay kakampi ng UP at ng lahat ng unibersidad sa pagpapanatili ng kapayapaan at kaayusan sa loob ng kanilang mga paaralan (The DILG is one with UP and all the other universities in maintaining peace and order inside their campuses),” Florece said, adding that they also suggested the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) which would composed of representatives from both parties.
“UP and DILG have a common purpose which is to the peace and security of all UP campuses. These propositions are not placed to put a wall between us but to unite both our organizations to achieve our common goals,” he added.