Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean James E. Ryan announced May 19 that Susan Fliss has been named librarian and director of the Ed School’s Gutman Library. Fliss will begin this new role on July 1.“We are thrilled to welcome Susan to the HGSE community. Her expertise in teaching and learning, her passion for our school’s mission and her skill in collaborating and building relationships across the University and across disciplines make her appointment an exciting moment for our school,” said Ryan.Fliss will continue to serve as associate librarian for research, teaching and learning at Harvard College while leading the Gutman Library, an indication of the growing collaboration in research and instructional support across Harvard’s libraries. Though Fliss’ dual leadership roles will be distinct, they will bring together experts at both schools and in other campus groups, including the Academic Technology Group and the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching.“Susan’s knowledge of pedagogical developments in the area of library research, teaching and learning is prodigious, and her contagious enthusiasm for developing innovative services has won her fans across campus. Her dual role will further communication and shared practice across key components of the Harvard Library,” said Vice President for the Harvard Library and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Sarah Thomas. Read Full Story
Congress insteadgranted MORE Power a 25-year franchise to distribute electricity in the city.President Rodrigo Duterte signed this legislative franchise law, Republic Act(RA) 11212, on Feb. 14 this year. “The question ofconstitutionality is of paramount importance in the interest of legal andprocedural fairness in view of the novelty of the case,” said Amular. MORE Power president Roel Castro welcomedthe issuance of the TRO. In a statement, he said it underscored the following: * there is an urgent need for the writto prevent irreparable injury to MORE Power, and Aside from RTC Mandaluyong City Branch209 presiding Judge Monique Quisumbing-Ignacio, also enjoined from implementingthe lower court’s ruling was Panay Electric Co. (PECO), their agents,representatives or persona acting in their behalf. * there is material and substantialinvasion of such right “Indeed, theruling of the Honorable SC will guide this Court whether the authorityconferred upon the plaintiff as a quasi-public corporation by Congress has beencorrectly or properly exercised by it,” he added./PN However, PECO –the sole power distributor here for over 95 years – questioned theconstitutionality of RA 11212. In July it managed to secure a favorable rulingfrom RTC Mandaluyong City Branch 209 which declared void and unconstitutionalsections 10 (right of eminent domain) and 17 (transition of operations) of thefranchise law. According to the Supreme Court,the TRO it issued should remain in effect until further orders from it. ILOILO City – MORE Electric and PowerCorp. (MORE Power) is inching closer to finally taking over the powerdistribution system here. “With the issuance of the TRO by theSupreme Court, MORE Power is confident that the lower court will take its cueand decisively rule on the Application for the Issuance of the Writ ofPossession. With all due respect, the law and rules are clear: Upon compliancewith the requirements, a petitioner in an expropriation case is entitled to awrit of possession as a matter of right and it becomes the ministerial duty ofthe trial court to forthwith issue the writ of possession,” Castro said. MORE Power brought the matter to theSupreme Court. The previousjudge handling the expropriation case, Judge Yvette Go of RTC Branch 37, issueda writ of possession against PECO’s assets before inhibiting herself. Last month, Branch 35 here suspendedthe proceedings in the expropriation. Presiding Judge Daniel Antionio GerardoAmular cited supervening events that placed the court in a situation – whetherto proceed not with the implementation of the writ of possession against PECO. This latest high court ruling wasissued just this Dec. 3. Castro said it was “a manifestation of the rule oflaw.” * no other ordinary, speedy andadequate remedy exists to prevent the infliction of irreparable injury otherthan the issuance of the TRO PECO’s franchiseas sole power distributor in Iloilo City expired on Jan. 19 this year. Itfailed to secure an extension from Congress over several issues such as poorcustomer relations, erroneous billings, power failures, high rates, etc. Among others,Amular noted the Supreme Court’s pronouncement that the issue of the franchiselaw’s constitutionality would be like a prejudicial question to theexpropriation case as it would be a waste of time and effort to appointevaluation commissioners and debate the market value of the property sought tobe condemned if it turns out that the condemnation was illegal. In a unanimous decision, the SupremeCourt (SC) En Banc has stopped the implementation of the ruling of the RegionalTrial Court (RTC) in Mandaluyong City declaring two sections of MORE Power’sfranchise law void and unconstitutional. * MORE Power has a clear andunmistakable right to be protected He also lamented that the RTCMandaluyong City Branch 209 was being used repeatedly to cast doubt on the proprietyof the expropriation case that MORE Power filed against PECO before the RTC inIloilo City. “The basic rule is that every law hasin its favor the presumption of constitutionality. To justify the nullificationof sections 10 and 17 of RA No. 11212 there must be a clear and unequivocalbreach of the Constitution and not one that is doubtful, speculative orargumentative,” Castro stressed.