Bayaoas, Urdaneta. The Association of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities (APSCU) of Eastern Pangasinan resolved during its last regular meeting to invite Atty. Ulpiano “Ulan” P. Sarmiento, III, in a seminar right here in Urdaneta City. Atty. Sarmiento, a connoisseur in education and recognized as one of the very few authorities in the field of Philippine Education, finally accepted our invitation as our resource speaker on “EDUCATION LAW AND THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS” held last November 25, 2009 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the St. Michael’s Gymnasium, Divine Word College of Urdaneta. As all our schools are vulnerable to legal challenges, we realize that it is indeed an absolute necessity for our administrators, faculty and personnel, to be informed and updated with legal issues and concerns affecting them and school operations through the said seminar.

The proficient lecturer excellently delivered the lecture far beyond the expectations of the participants that numbered 368 faculty, administrators and non-academic employees from 48 private schools of Eastern Pangasinan covering the 5th and 6th districts of the said province. The lecture/seminar was very successful in a way that all the copies of his  latest book entitled Education Law and the Private Schools were all sold out.

One of the very few active legal minds in the field of Education Law, Prof. Ulpiano Planes Sarmiento III, fondly called “Ulan”, is a very much sought-after school lawyer, a dynamic law professor, a well-adored charmer in the lecture circuit, a devoted church worker, and above all, a very happy family man. These earned him the prestigious Bedan of the century award from San Beda College.

Having clowned around much of the time during his school days at the Ateneo de Manila Grade School, Ateneo de Naga High School, and the San Beda College, Ulan’s life-story can easily pass as an inspirational saga of hope for the hopeless. For it could not have been foretold that a mischievous child who loved humor more than math and science would soon become an authority on a very serious subject of educating a nation. In Ulan’s case, experience is indeed the best teacher for he truly learned a lot from the exciting moments of his past. Guiding his exceptionally intelligent “rain kids”, Rainey, Drizzle, Storm, Rainbow and Snow, away from the paths he used to tread, Ulan is now savoring the honors he missed by a mile during his school days. Rainey just graduated valedictorian of her class.

Ulan’s teaching career started shortly after law school when he landed a job at the Miriam College Foundation (then Maryknoll College). He swears it is the best thing he ever did for it was there when he found the other half of his life, the lovely Dinna for a wife. Since then, the classroom has become a routine place for Ulan’s meaningful hobby, teaching. He handled classroom instructions at Ateneo de Manila University, Arellano Law Foundation, San Beda College-Alabang (formerly St. Benedict College), De La Salle University Graduate School, Jose Rizal University Graduate School of Education and the University of the East Graduate School of Education. He now teaches at the prestigious San Beda College of Law while being a regular member of the elite faculty at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines, Department of Education. His audience claims that he is the most adored seminar lecturer in the field of Education Law in the Philippines.

But more than being a teacher, Ulan is a school administrator as well. He is currently the Chairman of the San Beda College Board of Trustees. He also sits as a trustee or corporate secretary of several educational institutions, among them, the Holy Trinity Academy, Pasig Catholic College, Sto. Niño Parochial School, St. Joseph’s School, San Jose Academy, College of the Holy Spirit, Miriam College Foundation, Colegio San Agustin, Sta. Mesa Parochial School, Immaculate Conception Cathedral School and others.

Congressman Ulan Sarmiento our teacher representative will deliver his privilege speech in Congress this coming December 7, 2009 bringing our voice in the Private Education.

4 Responses

  1. i would like to get the email address of atty. ulan sarmiento. my colleagues and i want his advice on our present predicament. thank you.

  2. Art. 116 of MORPHE states that “School Cannot Withhold Salaries of Teachers who have not submitted their grades” EXCEPT

    * “in case of regular Faculty, the salary may be withheld if it is the last salary before effectivity of his/her severance from employment”

    *In case of PART-TIME/PROBATIONARY TERM CONTRACT ACADEMIC PERSONNEL, their last salary before the expiration of their contract of employment may (or should) be withheld pending submission of student grades.

    This is found on Slide 110 of your lecture and we cannot find this in the Education Law and the Private Schools 2009 edition.

    We need this confirmation of Slide 110 because the last salary of Part-time and Probationary Term Contract ends on March 31, 2011.

    Thank you very much.

  3. Sir,

    May we inquire if you still have an available book on Education Law and the Private School. How much does it cost on your latest edition.

    Thank you for your immediate attention.

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