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The Vice President for Finance and Administration, Atty. Fe Marie Tagle, has taken action to address issues in the
university concerning money and finances.

She wrote a letter to the president of Silliman University Student Government(SUSG), Allison Ladero, asking the latter “for a proposal on how miscellaneous and other fees charged to Silliman students may be properly administered.”

This step of the Vice President is indeed motivated by pure intentions,or is it?

The Weekly Sillimanian (tWS) cannot help but be skeptical about this act of the office of the Vice President.

First, it was clear in the statement of the SUSG in their Facebook page that they are only asking for an explanation on
issues like sudden increase of air condition fees this semester.

The student government also wanted to clarify where the University’s surplus amounting to around P300 million or the Liquidity reserves come from?

These issues, we suppose, can be very well explained to the whole student body.

A letter to SUSG would be unnecessary.

Second, tWS believes that what the Vice President has asked from the SUSG is too much; something that the student government is in “no position of making.”

The SUSG is composed of students, while the administration is composed of people experts in their own rights.

The SUSG has the right to question anything that concerns the rights and welfare of the students; while the administration has the obligation to answer these queries.

If there is a party that should be responsible in explaining and making a “proposal on how the miscellaneous and other fees are to be properly administered,” it should be the administration and not the SUSG.

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