(25 Oct 2021) The Commission on Higher Education in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CHED-CAR) has joined the campaign to purge universities and colleges in the region of what it considered “subversive” materials.
CHED-CAR Director Demetrio Anduyan Jr. urged private and public higher education institutions (HEIs) in the region to remove “subversive” materials from their libraries and online information services.
Anduyan directed school officials to surrender the materials to the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA). They are also required to submit to his office an inventory of the turned-over items.
The order came a month after the Kalinga State University in Tabuk City removed publications related to the peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) from its library at the behest of the military and the local ELCAC body. Two other state universities, the Isabela State University and Aklan State University, did the same in cooperation with members of the government’s security agencies.
Former University of the Cordilleras president and First Quarter Storm activist Ray Salvosa said the memorandum is an attack on academic freedom and follows the 1970s strategy of the late dictator Ferdinand Marco during Martial Law.
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