LINGAYEN – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) passed a resolution urging the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to look into the propriety of the passage of resolution reappointing Dr. Dexter R. Buted as the Pangasinan State University (PSU) president despite his being declared “persona non grata” by the provincial board.
During its regular session on November 26, Fourth District Board Member Jeremy Agerico B. Rosario expressed his disappointment over PSU Board of Regent Resolution No. 8 reappointing Buted for a second term.
Rosario urged CHED Chairman Dr. J. Prospero E. De Vera, III to act against Buted’s reappointment and cited reasons of the SP opposing the reappointment of Dr. Buted:
- Provincial Resolution No. 505-2016 dated October 17, 2016 declared Dr. Dexter R. Buted as Persona Non Grata in the Province of Pangasinan; and
- A Decision of the Ombudsman in OMB-L-A-I6-0138 entitled, “Ricardo A. Tapia, Complainant, versus Dexter Buted and Marcelo Gutierrez, Jr., Respondents, for Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service, Grave Misconduct and Oppression, found Respondents administratively liable for Oppression.
“As of this time, Dr. Buted is still serving the 9-month penalty suspension for his conviction in the said administrative case,” Rosario stated noting that the said suspension was implemented by the Board of Regents on April 30, 2018 and will end on January 2019.
Accordingly, the passage of the resolution seeking Buted’s reappointment as PSU President for second term is in violation to Rule III, Section 5.1 (f) of the CHED Memorandum Order No. 16, S-2009 which states that state universities and colleges presidents who are undergoing evaluation for second term must not have been convicted of any administrative offense or crime.
Rosario said CHED must determine whether a person convicted of an administrative offense is qualified and eligible to serve for second term as per the PSU Board of Regent Resolution No. 84, Series of 2018. (PIO/SMDG)
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