Monthly Archives: January 2013

More on Space to Discuss Contentious Issues

In a previous essay I wrote about the need to provide ourselves space in society for discussion of contentious issues. My conviction is: both as rational human beings and as persons of faith, even of diverse faiths, we can live … Continue reading

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Space to Discuss Contentious Issues

There are many “contentious issues” in our society. Urgently, we have to learn how to be able to talk about contentious issues without condemning one another to hell. One such contentious issue is the recently passed Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive … Continue reading


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Gathering HEIs to Support the FAB and Minda2020

[Closing Remarks: ADZU’s President’s Forum: “Schools Serving Society,” 15-18 Jan. ’13] The context of this gathering, on the one hand, has been the Centennial Celebration of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, founded in 1912 by the Jesuit missionary, Fr. Manuel … Continue reading

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The “Life of Pi” and Theophany

[Homily: Baptism of the Lord, Jan 12-13, 2012) There is a wonderful movie that is currently showing in our theaters. Its title is, “The Life of Pi,” starring Suraj Karma and directed by Ang Lee, the genius behind the very … Continue reading

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Official PAASCU Letter to CHED re CMO 46 s. 2012

January 9, 2012 Hon. Patricia B. Licuanan Chair Commission on Higher Education HEDC Building C.P. Garcia Ave. UP Diliman, Q.C. Philippines Dear Dr. Licuanan: Thank you for your letter of December 12, 2012. Here you explain your stance regarding the … Continue reading

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The Weak CHED and Academic Freedom

Academic freedom is a value highly prized in public policy. RA 7722 mandates CHEd to “ensure and protect academic freedom;” it commands CHEd to “promote its exercise and observance…” (Sec. 2). In fact, it issues an explicit “Guarantee of Academic … Continue reading

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RA 7722 vs. Licuanan on CHED’s Power and on Academic Freedom

In the letter of Dr. Patricia Licuanan, Chair of CHED, dated Dec. 12, 2012, to myself as President of PAASCU, in which she essays to explain why the approval of Outcomes-Based and Typology-Based Quality Assurance cannot be postponed, she asserts: … Continue reading

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CMO 46 s. 2012 Incompatible with Missions of Catholic Schools

CMO 46, s. 2012 violates academic freedom. In so doing, its validity as a CHED issuance is questionable. It is violative especially of the academic freedom of private HEIs, including Catholic HEIs. In this article, I wish to explain why … Continue reading

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“In the Beginning…” as 2013 Begins

The beginning of a New Year invites new beginnings. Not necessarily something completely new. For much in life remains unchanged: the same routine, the same problems, the same wrestling with conflicts within. Nevertheless, the New Year’s invitation is there with … Continue reading

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