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    UAAP has hired consultancy firm with an eye at major reforms, UE president tells Senate

    Apr 11, 2014

    PRESIDENTS of member schools of the UAAP have hired a consultancy firm to look into the league’s constitution and by-laws, a move that will hopefully lead to reform.

    UE president Ester Albano-Garcia bared during Thursday’s Senate hearing on Senate Bill 2166 or Magna Carta for Student-Athletes that the UAAP has sought the help of auditing, tax, and consultancy firm KPMG to review the rules that govern the collegiate league.

    This was agreed upon by the presidents of each of the member schools in the middle of the controversy surrounding the UAAP's two-year residency rule for transferring high school graduates, she added.

    “We have agreed to hire a consultant to look at the organization of the UAAP and its constitution and by-laws,” said Albano-Garcia. “We asked KPMG to look at this and look at the practices in other countries to introduce reforms in the UAAP.”

    Albano-Garcia, however, said KPMG has yet to submit its recommendations.

    “Please look at it as a step towards reforms in the UAAP. We are hoping to have amendments this year and we appeal to you to please give us time to implement these reforms,” said Albano-Garcia, whose school will be hosting Season 77 of the UAAP.

    The UAAP’s two-year residency rule is set to be outlawed as Cayetano has filed the Magna Carta that she hopes will be enacted into law in June.

    Under the bill, all collegiate leagues will not be allowed to impose any residency rule on high school graduates transferring to a different member school.

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    The Magna Carta for Student-Athletes also aim to fight commercialization in collegiate leagues in the Philippines.

    Cayetano has been a staunch critic of the contentious rule as she even helped swimmer Anna Bartolome file a case against the UAAP after she failed to get a release when she moved from University of Santo Tomas to University of the Philippines.

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