THE UAAP board has given no assurance that it will amend or repeal the controversial two-year residency period for high school transferees at the end of the Senate inquiry into the contentious new rule.
UAAP president Nilo Ocampo of National University said the league will discuss all the points that were raised during the Senate hearing called and presided by Senator Pia Cayetano, when the board convenes for its regular monthly on April 16.
“We will discuss, debate, and see if it will change the mind of the board members,” said Ocampo, who was among those who attended the Senate inquiry on Monday.
Ocampo said the league recognizes the concerns raised during the hearing and assured it will be relayed to the other board members.
“What I’ll do, being the president, is to relate what transpired (to the board) … The board will have to decide and act as a collegial body. I can’t dictate,” said Ocampo.
Curiously, not all board members attended the session with only secretary-treasurer Junel Baculi, incoming UAAP president Fr. Max Rendon of Adamson, Ateneo representatives Ricky Palou and Em Fernandez, and University of the Philippines' Ronualdo Dizer the ones present.
The UAAP voted 5-2, for changing the residency period of high school transferees from one year to two years. NU abstained during the voting.
Cayetano has asked the board to review or remove the two-year residency period and refused to rule out the possibility of legal action against the UAAP for curtailing the rights of high school athletes who want to transfer to another UAAP school for various reasons.
But Ocampo assured whatever decision the board comes up with will be for the benefit of all the athletes.
“The board will always think of our students and athletes as a whole … Right now, hindi ko tinitignan ‘yun (clamor). We should look at it if it will benefit the athletes or not,” said Ocampo.