SENATOR Pia Cayetano has started an online petition against the implementation of the new two-year residency rule for high school transferees in the UAAP as a Senate hearing on the issue was reset.
A hearing by Senate Committee on Youth, Women, and Family Relations scheduled for Thursday was moved to April 1 since several members of the UAAP board have said they were not available.
Several college athletes were also invited to the hearing of the committee headed by Cayetano.
Nevertheless, Cayetano, a triathlete who once played for the University of the Philippines volleyball team, has launched an online petition that can be accessed through http://www.change.org/NoToNewUAAPRuleBySenPia condemning the contentious new rule on high school transferees.
The two-year residency requirement for high school transferees has since become known as the 'Jerie Pingoy rule,' having been passed by the UAAP board amid controversy over the former FEU juniors star's attempt to move to Ateneo in college.
Cayetano said the two-year residency is unfair to graduating high school athletes who want to transfer to another college school.
The Cayetano petition reads:
"The two-year residency rule CURTAILS THE FREEDOM OF YOUNG STUDENT ATHLETES to choose which college he or she wants to study in and play for. It DENIES THEM OF THEIR RIGHTS TO DEVELOP THEIR FULL POTENTIAL, and goes against the Constitutional mandate to promote sports, especially among our youth.
“The new UAAP rule is an UNREASONABLE LIMIT ON AN ATHLETE’S FREEDOM OF CHOICE AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM to decide which college to enter into.
“Please join me and call on the UAAP Board to REVERSE THIS UNJUST RULE, and SUPPORT OUR STUDENT ATHLETES, instead of holding them back,” the senator added.
Cayetano said that even the current two-year residency on college transferees is also unfair.
“Even the UAAP’s existing residency requirement of two years for transferring college athletes is an unfair policy for students. A year-in-residency is meant to help the athlete acclimatize to his or her new school and adjust academic-wise.”
Cayetano said a one-year residency on college transferees is enough but not to be applied to high school athletes.
“As such, a one-year residency should suffice. Further, any residency rule should not apply to high school students who choose to go to a different college,” said Cayetano.