In separate statements of support, the PWU Alumni Association, JASMS Parents Association, faculty officers and staff, and the PWU student organizations all pledged support for the Benitez family.
"We will not support the attempts to take over two venerable institutions, PWU and JASMS. It is our view that such an unconscionable act by the STI Group would be inimical to our interests as stakeholders and the public interest as well," said the PWU-JASMS Community in its statement.
, after all, is not only my workplace but my elementary and high school alma mater, too.
can stay on the Quezon City campus only until the end of school year 2017, after which it will continue operating in a more comfortable site, adding that 60 to 65 percent of the parents had agreed to such relocation.
Parent Association has asked for intervention from the Department of Education, denouncing PWU president Jose Francisco Benitez' decision to sign the deal without a sure location to move the school to.
STI will get a valuable 1.5-hectare landbank along Edsa in Quezon City where JASMS
is located and a separate 4-ha property in Davao.
Under the deal, PWU will remain under the control of the Benitez family but the family will give up in favor of STI certain assets of Unlad Resources Development Corp.: the property in Quezon City where JASMS
currently operates as well as a separate property in Davao.
Facing foreclosure proceedings initiated by disgruntled creditor and investor STI Holdings following an aborted partnership deal in PWU, the university proposed to ALI-the same developer that STI Holdings would have teamed up with for the JASMS
campus property development-to buy out the portion of the original campus already owned by businessman Eusebio Tanco and develop a "community-designed" education commons with PWU.
The controversy over PWU and its basic education arm, JASMS
(Jose Abad Santos Memorial School), over Tancos claim of unmet contractual obligations of the Benitez family has put the spotlight on the relationship between business and education and, more importantly, on the proper prioritization of business and education.
STI provided another P198 million to fix the PWU campus including the campus in Quezon City that houses JASMS
, also a perennially flooded campus.
STI has to date filed separate foreclosure petitions against PWU properties, particularly the Taft and Indiana campuses in Manila, the Jose Abad Santos Memorial School (JASMS
) Quezon City campus, and a property in Davao under Unlad Resources.
We call on STI Holdings and Eusebio Tanco to seriously consider their legal actions and take into account the welfare of the employees and the students of PWU and JASMS
(Jose Abad Santos Memorial School)," PWU media director Lydia BenitezBrown said in a statement.