THE UAAP board on Tuesday defended its decision to uphold the new two-year residency rule for high school transferees, saying the policy will benefit a majority of the league's student-athletes once the implementing guidelines are finalized.
Emerging from a marathon meeting by the board where the controversial policy was once again put to a vote, UAAP president Nilo Ocampo of National University said only a small percentage of student-athletes will actually be affected by the rule increasing the residency period from one to two years.
“The bottom line is who will benefit is the greater majority of our student-athletes,” said Ocampo. “This two-year residency rule should not affect all, only a few.”
Ocampo declined to reveal how the new rule spare a great majority of the athletes, saying only that the implementing rules and guidelines are still being discussed.
“It doesn’t encompass everyone. I think malaking percentage ‘yung mag-bebenefit talaga dito,” Ocampo said.
“When we voted on it, vote lang, no rules and guidelines. Pero sinabi ko naman na sa annual board meeting, lalabas ‘yung mga concerns. At lumabas nga,” Ocampo said.
For his part, Henry Atayde, La Salle’s representative to the UAAP board, said the pros and cons of the rule were raised and discussed during the meeting - including its implications on all the athletes of the league.
“It was well-thought off,” Atayde said. “We looked at all the sports, all that will be affected, and its outcome. Now, we are tasked to go back to our community and talk about it.”
Atayde said that their decision was reached after all the board members were allowed to speak their minds on the rule.
“This was just the first time that there was an opportunity for everybody to concentrate on the implications and the implementation of the new rule. And everybody had something to say,” said Atayde.
Atayde said that the board will reconvene as early as next week to come up with the guidelines on who will be covered by the rule.
“There will be another meeting for that na talagang pag-aaralan like kung sino ang matatamaan at hindi matatamaan, and other concerns,” said Atayde.