Benjamin Tayabas

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Benjamin G. Tayabas
5th President of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
Preceded by Dr. Jose D. Villanueva (in 1989); Dr. Virsely M. dela Cruz (in 2000); Atty. Jose M. Roy III (in 2006)
Succeeded by Atty. Adel A. Tamano
Personal details
Born Hermosa, Bataan, Philippines
Nationality Filipino
Alma mater University of Arizona
Profession Professor
Religion Baptist

Benjamin G. Tayabas is a US-trained Filipino educator and administrator.[1] He is the longest-serving university president of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. He succeeded Dr. Jose D. Villanueva in 1989, Dr. Virsely M. dela Cruz in 2000, and Atty. Jose M. Roy III in 2006. His initial term as PLM president was broken when he briefly served as Undersecretary of the Department of Education.[2]

Aside from manning the city university, he served as the President of the Association of Local Colleges and Universities,[3][4][5] the 1st Vice-President of the Philippine Association of Technological Association (PATE),[6] member of the board of trustees of the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation[7] and Laguna University,[8] and an incorporator of the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA).[9] In 2005, he was chosen as one of the executive committee members of the Cinemanila International Film Festival.[10]

Tayabas is the first Filipino and foreigner to have received the 2005 Korean Prize in Cultural Education and the 4th Korean Christian Cultural Academy of Arts Award (KCCAA) in Seoul, Korea for his fostering more than 10 years of partnership with the Korean Cultural Arts organization and the PLM in providing graduate education to Korean students and contributing to inter-cultural education and understanding.[11] He was also named by the Jaycess Senate as one of Ten Outstanding Filipinos (TOFIL).[1][12]

Although Tayabas helped continue the development of PLM onto the national stage,[1][13] his administration had been linked to countless anomalies uncovered by the Commission on Audit.[14] through elaborate corruption and massive embezzlement of public funds. Moreover, he had been notorious in suppressing student rights and academic freedom, including campus press freedom, and the shutting down of the official student paper Ang Pamantasan twice during his terms of office.[15]


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  2. ^ Philippine Jurisprudence and went back to resume his post at PLM. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  3. ^ Unesco Online database. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  4. ^ AACCUP-NNQAA Annual National Conference[permanent dead link]. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  5. ^ Navarro, Kathy.University status eyed for 2-week-old college[permanent dead link]. June 28, 2006.
  6. ^ PATE Archived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. De La Salle University website. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  7. ^ ISDFI website. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  8. ^ Laguna University Archived November 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  9. ^ Newsletter February 2004.pdf AACCUP Newsletter[permanent dead link]. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  10. ^ Film Academy of the Philippines. Accessed February 26, 2009.
  11. ^ PLM University President, first Filipino awardee in the 4th Korean Christian Cultural Academy of Arts Award Archived February 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. The Manila Bulletin Online. December 13, 2005.
  12. ^ TOFIL Awardees. Accessed february 26, 2009.
  13. ^ Macapagal, Tony. Clamor to keep school head gaining momentum. Manila Standard Today. June 09, 2007.
  14. ^ Cruz, Neal.COA exposes anomalies at PLM[permanent dead link] June 25, 2007.
  15. ^ Silencing small voices. Accessed February 26, 2009.