SP bent on declaring PSU president persona non grata

SP bent on declaring PSU president persona non grata

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), after a lengthy closed door meeting, decided to hold in abeyance till next week a proposed resolution seeking to declare Pangasinan State University (PSU) president Dexter Buted as persona non grata.

Fourth District Board Member Jeremy Rosario proposed the resolution, with Second District Board Member Raul Sison seconding, proposed the measure seeking to declare Buted persona non grata in Pangasinan out of exasperation over the continuous snubbing of PSU officials on the fact-finding inquiry by an ad committee looking into the suspiciously anomalous implementation of the university’s on-the-job training (OJT) program for graduating students.

Rosario in a privilege speech on Monday decried the series of invitations made by the ad hoc committee to the PSU officials led by Buted, but which were all snubbed by them and giving the SP separate reasons why they could not attend.

The SP first invited PSU officials in early July to attend the fact-finding investigation in aid of legislation but gave the reason that they could not attend because they were busy as classes have just started then.

They were again invited but they sent words that per the advise of their lawyers, they ought not to attend the investigation because a parallel probe on the matter is now being conducted by the Committee on Higher Education (CHEd).

But such claim was belied by a CHEd official who honored the invitation of the ad hoc committee and said no investigation is being made by his office on the matter.

Noting this, the ad hoc committee sent another invitation to PSU officials but that time, they said that their reason for not attending is a resolution by the university’s board of regents disallowing them to attend.

Rosario, who is vice chairman of the ad hoc committee, said despite this, the SP did not give up on PSU officials and still invited them to the body’s Question Hour today (Monday) but again they were not around.

He said he agreed to hold in abeyance his proposed resolution seeking to declare Buted persona non grata in Pangasinan for one week pending the finalization of the committee report on the matter at hand by the ad hoc body chaired by Sixth District Board Member Noel Bince.

Explaining his proposed resolution, Rosario said they would like to proceed with the measure next week because PSU officials show disrespect to the highest policy making body in Pangasinan by not honoring its series of invitations, which might create a precedence with many other future invitees of the SP.

Rosario said the OJT program of PSU is really questionable because the graduating students were passed on to three layers of companies, the last of which was the Interphil Laboratories in Laguna where they were employed as laborers, and not as OJTs.

The other layers were the JIF Manpowe and Referral Agency and the Bionic Care and Manpower Services.

One of the 43 students sent by PSU to InterPhil, Dahrel De la Cruz, got sick after his exposure to various chemicals.

Rosario said he wondered why De la Cruz and his classmates, were sent to take OJT to a company which business is not related to their studies. DE la Cruz and his classmates were graduating in Business Administration. PNA-northboundasia.com