The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) was alarmed when it learned of the training camp that was allegedly conducted by the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers men’s basketball team and is keen on finding out who green-lighted the southern sojourn.
“Ang gustong makita ng komisyon dito ay kung kaninong desisyon ba ito. Ang accountable officials, as far as CHED, is concerned ay yung mga namumuno ng pamantasan.
Kaya’t hihintayin naming yung report ng UST at titingnan sa imbestigasyon ng UST at kung sino ba ang nag-authorize nito (What the commission wants to find out is whose decision this was. The accountable officials, as far as CHED, is concerned, are the school officials. That’s why we’re waiting on the investigation of UST to find out who authorized this),” said CHED commissioner Prospero de Vera on Thursday during the daily Malacañang press briefing.
The training camp, which was allegedly done in a “bubble” setting in Sorsogon, has already caught the attention of many government organizations including the Department of Health, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Games and Amusement Board.
CHED guidelines strictly stipulate that no college student is allowed to engage in school activities other than studying from home. This means participating in organized basketball training is a big no-no.
Based on the guidelines by CHED, no college student is allowed to participate in school activities outside of the study-from-home set-up. This includes organized training for varsity teams as well.
Until the findings of the investigation are revealed, De Vera has a lot of questions that need answers.
“Ito ba ay sanctioned ng pamantasan? Ito ba ay ginawa ng opisyal ng pamantasan? Ito ba ay ginawa ng walang pahintulot ng pamantasan? Yan ang mga unang kailangan tingnan. Yung susunod na hakbang ay depende sa laman ng internal investigation ng UST (Was this sanctioned by the school? Was this done by an official of the school? Was this done without authorization by the school? These are things that we first need to know. The next steps will depend on the findings of the internal investigation done by UST),” added De Vera.
Representatives from the different organizations including the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) will meet again on Tuesday to discuss UST’s report and mete out sanctions if needed. (JNP)