The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will call for a meeting with officials of University of the Philippines next week for a review of its own 1992 UP-DILG agreement that limits police presence in UP campuses, to discuss if the agreement is still relevant.
DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that they are calling for a meeting with UP officials in response to their request for a dialogue or meeting to address the concerns of the department in the spirit of justice, mutual trust and pursuit of excellence.
He said that the meeting will assess the level of security in UP campuses considering the proliferation of residential units, business establishments, and informal settler families within UP campuses, especially in UP Diliman in Quezon City.
“The non-academic areas in UP have increased through the years and crime has been increasing, thus we need to discuss ways on how we can maintain peace and order in those areas,” he said.
Malaya said portions of the UP campuses, which have been leased out to private developers such as UP Technohub and UP Town Center which are now open to the public as well the entry of thousands of informal settlers inside UP property, pose a problem for law enforcement because of the influx of non-UP faculty, students and residents.
“With the growth of the population within each campus, the current capability of the university’s police and firefighting forces must be assessed,” he added.
Malaya said the UP-DILG Joint Monitoring Team has not met for years now contrary to Section 7 of their agreement that tasks the team to meet at least twice a year or as often as necessary to determine compliance with the provisions of the agreement.
The DILG Spokesperson said they also intend to raise the matter of continued clandestine recruitment by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its front organizations of UP students, which was earlier raised by Secretary Lorenzana.
The 1992 UP-DILG agreement was signed by then UP President Jose Abueva and then DILG Secretary Rafael M. Alunan III after the enactment of Republic Act No. 6975 which effectively placed the country’s police force from the DND to the DILG. The Philippine Constabulary-Integrated National Police, now Philippine National Police (PNP), was formerly under DND.
Since the police was transferred from the DND to the DILG in 1991, both parties signed the UP-DILG Agreement in 1992 with essentially the same contents as the 1989 UP-DND agreement.
Under both agreements, prior notification shall be given by a commander of an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) or PNP unit intending to conduct any military or police operations in any of the UP campuses. They shall not also be allowed to enter the premises of the campuses without coordination with UP administration except in hot pursuit cases and similar occasions of emergency, or in ordinary transit through UP premises. SOVEREIGNPH