By ALDWIN QUITASOL
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — Church leaders, workers and laity of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) staged a prayer rally in front of the Union Christian College (UCC) calling for the resolution of the issues concerning the school.According to Rev. Leon Mateo of the United Church Workers Organization-North Luzon Jurisdiction (UCWO-NLJ) and Save the UCC Movement (SUM), the prayer rally and service was aimed to seek enlightenment on the problems marring the UCC. He said that there are demands of both the teachers and the students that are not acted upon: union busting, the near bankruptcy of the school and the decrease in the number of the students of UCC.
The SUM in a statement said that UCCP church leaders observed that UCC through its administration is no longer serving the interest of the church because it has already deviated from the very purpose of its existence as an educational arm of the UCCP.
SUM added that there are claims that there are no more direct support and services to any of the judicatories of the church for their missions.
SUM stated that they learned from some members of the UCC Board of Trustees that the chairman allegedly governs the BOT by using his influence to impose his will in the board.
According to SUM, there are allegations of graft and corruptions, nepotism, financial mismanagement, leadership incompetence among others against the UCC president. The statement said that the UCC leadership has already been in the state of spiritual decay.
Mateo said that other members of the BOT are seemingly veering from the school away from the importance of its vision and mission. He also said that the BOT like to change the constitution of the school. “Adun ti sabalin a mapaspasamak iti uneg ti UCC” (there are already fishy things that are happening inside the UCC), Mateo said.
An earlier statement of the jurisdictional area cabinet members of the UCCP-NLJ said that the BOT prefer to submit to the authority of their chairperson than to be loyal to the church. “It would just be alright for them to purge the minutes of their meetings just to make certain that there will be no hindrance to their maneuvering”, stated the UCCP.
The SUM statement further said that they support the call of the church leaders for the resignation of the BOT Chairman and concerned members of the BOT including the school president. SUM said because of the issues and scandals, they have no more moral ascendancy to govern UCC.
“The issues of UCC are more than legal. In Fact, they are moral issues. Their voluntary resignation would be considered as an honorable decision and an act of faith, delicadeza and churchmanship”, the statement read.
Mateo said they are calling for an immediate and impartial investigation to all allegations raised. The said investigation will be spearheaded by the leadership of the UCCP. He said that those who will be found liable should have the decency to resign from their position.
He also said that the rest of the BOT should subject those who are found faulty to legal processes. “ Saan met nga amin nga adda iti BOT ket adda basol na, adda dagidiay kayat da nga isalakan ti UCC manipud iti panakabagsak na” (Not all of the members of the BOT are guilty, there are those who want to save UCC from its downfall), Mateo said.
According to Mateo, they are also calling for the reinstatement of all illegally dismissed UCC employees and Faculty and Staff union members and they be given just compensation. He added that they are calling for all the members and leaders of the UCCP, alumni, students and individuals from other religious denominations who believe in the cause to be more watchful and vigilant to save the school. # nordis.net