Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines

Pangasinan SP lifts 2016 resolution declaring PSU’s Buted as persona non-grata

Pangasinan SP lifts 2016 resolution declaring PSU’s Buted as persona non-grata

Six years after declaring Pangasinan State University President Dr. Dexter R. Buted as persona non grata, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pangasinan recalled Provincial Resolution No. 505, series of 2016 and lifted the negative status in favor of the university leader.

During the regular SP session held on July 18, 2022, Vice-Governor Mark Ronald Lambino temporarily relinquished his seat as Presiding Officer to Majority Floor Leader Sheila Marie Baniqued to move for the approval of a motion to recall the said resolution and lift the persona non grata status of Dr. Buted. He explained to the members of the SP the rationale behind the said move and mentioned that the lifting of the resolution that declared Dr. Buted as persona non grata in the province of Pangasinan would pave the way for a more collaborative and harmonious relationship between the two institutions.

Lambino said that during Governor Ramon Guico III’s Inaugural Speech, the provincial local chief executive mentioned the strengthening of the education sector, even recounting that on July 14, Dr. Buted, along with officials of PSU, paid a courtesy call to the Governor where the former discussed the development of the education program and presented PSU’s accomplishments over the years especially after his assumption as the sixth university president in 2014.

“As the Governor is an educator himself, he knows how important this foundation is for the growth and development of our youth in the province,” the vice-governor said.

PSU’s journey, he said, is characterized by numerous successes to include being one of only 20 SUCs in the country which garnered the Level IV status; the first state university in the Philippines and in Asia with Investors in People Gold Award; and the first and only Higher Education Institution in the country, both private and public, to receive the most coveted Philippine Quality Award Level III or the Mastery in Quality Management. PSU is also home to several topnotchers of board examinations. These, he added, fortifies that PSU is indeed doing its job as a premier educational institution.

Lambino continued to say that Gov. Guico emphasized the need for convergence and partnership between the provincial government and the different agencies and institutions including the state university and therefore, declaring an institution’s leader as persona non grata would impede partnership efforts.

The Vice-Governor explained that Provincial Resolution No 505 passed by the 9TH Sangguniang Panlalawigan in 2016 stemmed from Dr. Buted’s firmness not to recognize the allegations hurled against him by the previous leaders. The allegations include one about a student who claimed to have gotten sick because of an on-the-job training and discourtesy.

“Actions speak louder than words. The leadership of Dr. Buted has shown that the allegations were practically baseless. Cases filed were dismissed and at the end of the day our justice system prevailed and showed the academic community what happened,” Vice-Governor Lambino explained.

He said it is prudent for the chamber to recognize a pillar of education in the province. “We should be an institution that is not acting on mere allegations but an institution acting on facts and data not just emotions,” he added.

“In order to have a proper and ideal environment wherein the provincial government will be able to enter into partnership and convergence of ideas of institutions, I urge this Chamber to recall Resolution No. 505 and lift the persona grata status of Dr. Dexter Buted of Pangasinan State University,” Vice-Governor Lambino said.

The motion was moved, seconded and approved during the said session.

Dr. Buted for his part, is set to appear before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in the next session, to make a courtesy call and present to the august Chamber the programs and accomplishments of the University.