Constitution of La Liga Filipina (1892)

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Statutes of Philippine League, adopted for the early attainment of its purposes
(Estatuto de La Liga Filipina, Adoptado para la pronta consecucion de los fines propuuestos)



Article I: Name of Organization - Liga Filipina[edit]

The name Liga Filipina was adopted for the early attainment of its purposes

Article II: Purpose[edit]

A. To promote unity among Filipino students and those interested in Filipino culture.

B. To represent Filipino students in the school and the community through service.

C. To provide members various social activities pertaining to Filipino culture and/or other interests of the members.

D. To promote and encourage interaction and mutual understanding amongst the club’s members.

E. To provide forums for contemporary issues faced by Filipinos and Filipino Americans.

F. To educate and influence the outside community on Filipino culture.

Article III: Membership[edit]

A. Any student is eligible for membership including non-Filipinos. The majority of Liga Filipina members will be State University at Albany undergraduate students.

B. Before the first meeting of the academic year, dues for Liga Filipina will be decided by the Executive Board.

Article IV: Organization[edit]

A. General Assembly:[edit]

1. The General Assembly shall be made up of the members of Liga Filipina.

2. The General Assembly will meet at least twice a semester.

3. Quorum shall consist of four-sixths of the E-board and two-fifths of the General Assembly.

B. Executive Board:[edit]

1. The Executive Board consists of six offices: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Personal Relations and Head Cultural (cultural chair).

2. The Executive Board will meet at least twice a month.

3. Executive Officers are authorized to speak and act to further benefit the interests of Liga Filipina.

4. Executive Officers are responsible for all communications and actions issued under their title during their tenure.

5. Executive Officers are responsible for teaching younger members the internal structure of Liga Filipina, significantly the Board of Directors.

C. Board of Directors:[edit]

1. The Board of Directors shall be revised every year to reflect the needs and wants of Liga Filipina.

a. The revision shall be decided by the newly elected Executive Board to reflect the needs and wants of the members of Liga Filipina.

2. Here are the possible board of directors positions: Community Service Director, FIND Director, Sports Chair, Social Chair and Political Chair.

3. The Executive Board shall appoint the Board of Directors.

4. The Board of Directors should be present at each Executive Board meeting and General Assembly . 5. The Board of directors is authorized to speak and act to further benefit the interests of Liga Filipina and the members.

6. The Board of Directors is responsible for establishing committees.

Article V: Official Duties of Executive Board Members[edit]

A. The Duties and Powers of the President:[edit]

The Presidency is the office specifically catering to the organization’s external affairs.

1. The President is hereby empowered to carry out this Constitution.

a. The President will have the authority to take any action necessary in accordance with this constitution to develop Liga Filipina further.

2. The President shall have the power to set all meetings and agenda for said meetings.

3. The President will be responsible for the operation of Liga Filipina as a whole.

4. The President will also be responsible to the Student Association, and thereby:

a. The President is required to take the annual Controller’s Treasurer’s Exam in the fall of their term.

- Should the President fail to take or pass the Controller’s Exam, Liga Filipina’s allocated budget shall be frozen.

- As a result of passing the controller’s Treasurer’s Exam, The President shall receive signatory powers toward the Student Association Budget of Liga Filipina, Account No. 70,069.

b. Is required to represent Liga Filipina at any Multicultural Affairs Task Force meeting. - In the event that the President cannot attend, will appoint a person to do so in their absence.

c. Is required to attend one Affirmative Action workshop each semester. - In the event that the President cannot attend, will appoint a person to do so in their absence.

5. The President shall be the liaison to all external associations that can help further the goals of Liga Filipina.

6. The President must attend meetings of the Asian Organization Council.

a. In the event that the President cannot attend, will appoint a person to do so in their absence.

7. The President must attend meetings of the Multicultural Student Advisory Council.

a. In the event that the President cannot attend, will appoint a person to do so in their absence.

8. The President should remember that as the Chief Executive of the organization, he/she must act in good faith and at all times, conduct him/herself accordingly.

9. The President shall have the power to act for Liga Filipina in an emergency with the approval of the Vice President.

B. The Duties and Powers of the Vice President:[edit]

The Vice Presidency is the office specifically catered towards internal affairs. These powers shall also entail the following.

1. The Vice President will assume the role of the President and receive all of his/her rights and responsibilities in the President’s absence.

2. The Vice President will also be responsible for the running of elections under the rules provided herein.

a. In the event of an absence of the Secretary at General Assembly or Executive Board meetings, the Vice President is responsible for taking minutes.

3. In consultation with the President, shall act in emergency situations.

4. The Vice President shall be the liaison to all external associations that can help further the goals of Liga Filipina.

5. The Vice President must attend meetings of the Asian Organization Council.

a. In the event that he/she cannot attend, he/she shall appoint an appropriate attendee.

6. The Vice President must attend meetings of the Multicultural Student Advisory Council.

a. In the event that he/she cannot attend, he/she shall appoint an appropriate attendee.

7. Is required to represent Liga Filipina at any Multicultural Affairs Task Force meeting.

a. In the event that he/she cannot attend, he/she shall appoint an appropriate attendee.

8. The Vice President is required to attend one Affirmative Action workshop each semester.

a. In the event that he/she cannot attend, he/she shall appoint an appropriate attendee. 9. The Vice President shall receive signatory powers to Copies Plus.

C. The Duties and Powers of the Secretary:[edit]

The office of the Secretary specifically oversees all media production and official documentation.

1. The Secretary will be responsible for the taking of minutes on each meeting, the official documentation of these minutes and the approval of these minutes at the beginning of each meeting.

2. The Secretary shall also edit all documentation.

a. This includes the revision of the Liga Filipina Constitution, annually.

3. The Secretary will also be responsible for the counting of votes when elections are held.

4. The Secretary shall develop and create Liga Filipina’s Newsletter, La Solaridad.

5. Advertising and/or promotion of Liga Filipina’s events are directed toward the Secretary in conjunction with the Public Relations Officer.

6. The Secretary shall receive signatory powers to Copies Plus.

D. The Duties and Powers of the Treasurer:[edit]

The office of the Treasurer controls all financial and budgetary aspects of the organization.

1. The Treasurer will be responsible for all funds of the organization.

2. The Treasurer is the chief director of all fundraising events.

a. They will develop and create ideas for fundraisers, as well as oversee them.

b. These events include, but are not limited to:

- Fiesta Filipiniana

- Simbang Gabi

c. The collection of membership dues will also be the responsibility of the Treasurer.

d. The Treasurer is required to take the annual Controller’s Treasurer’s Exam in the fall of their term.

- Should the Treasurer fail to either take or pass the Controller’s Exam, Liga Filipina’s allocated budget shall be frozen

- As a result of passing the Controller’s Treasurer’s Exam, the Treasurer shall receive signatory powers toward the Student Association Budget of Liga Filipina, Account No. 70,069.

E. The Duties and Powers of the Public Relations Officer:[edit]

The Public Relations Officer (PR) is responsible for the social and advertising aspect of Liga.

1. The PR is responsible for the social and advertising aspect of Liga Filipina.

a. This includes the designing of all flyers.

b. The PR. is responsible for posting flyers.

F. The Duties and Powers of the Cultural Chair:

The cultural chair is responsible for guiding all events including cultural shows, workshops, seminars and programs.

1. The significant events that deal with the cultural officer include Asian Occasion in the fall and Fiesta Filipiniana in the spring.

2. They should be educated about the every aspect of Filipino culture including the national anthem, cultural dances, the language and it’s culture/history.

Article VI. Official Duties of the Board of Directors[edit]

A. The Duties and Powers of the Community Service Director:[edit]

- The Community Service Director is responsible for establishing a community service event.

- There should be at least one per semester.

B. The Duties and Powers of the FIND Director:[edit]

The FIND Director is responsible for establishing FIND in the school community if at all possible.

The FIND Director is responsible for all information concerning the FIND National.

- This includes attending district meetings and if at all possible, hosting district meetings in the school community

- This also includes relaying information to the organization about FIND.

C. The Duties and Powers of the Sports Chair Director:[edit]

The Sports Chair Director is responsible for creating sporting activities that the organization desires to participate in.

- This includes all the logistics that is involved in establishing a sports activity including providing the facility, contacting necessary establishments, etc.)

D. Workshop Director:[edit]

The Workshop Director works in conjunction with the Cultural Officer in establishing workshops that will educate the community on Filipino Culture.

- Two workshops should be conducted every semester.

E. The Duties and Powers of the Social Chair:[edit]

The Social Chair works in conjunction with the Personal Relations Officer in contacting and informing the school community the organization’s upcoming events.

- This includes attending other organization’s upcoming events.

F. Political Chair:[edit]

The Political Chair is responsible for receiving information on the Student Association and other organizations on campus.

- This includes all Greek organizations and multicultural organizations.

Article VII. Vacancy of Office[edit]

A. If any vacancy in office occurs, the executive board will be responsible in appointing an individual that is qualified for the position.

B. If a qualified individual cannot fill the position, the duties of that position would be divided amongst the rest of the Executive Board.

Article VIII. Impeachment of Officers, Removal of Directors and rules of Succession[edit]

A. Impeachment applies to any member of the Executive Board. Removal is applied to directorships. In order to impeach or remove these offices, the following steps must be taken:

1. A motion for impeachment must be made and seconded twice at a general assembly meeting.

2. A written grievance against the officer must be submitted to the Executive Board.

3. The Executive Board and the committee heads will form a Central Committee to review the grievance excluding all officers being impeached.

4. A hearing will be chaired by the President in which the Central Committee will hear arguments from both sides starting with the accuser. If the President is being impeached, then the Vice-President will chair the hearing.

5. The Central Committee will have a closed session after all sides have been heard. They will render their decision through discussion and a vote.

6. A simple majority of the Central Committee is necessary to ask the officer to step down or to allow the officer to remain.

7. The Central Committee must issue a statement on their decision for the entire membership to examine.

B. Vacancies produced by resignation or impeachment shall be filled through the appointment of a member of Liga Filipina by the Executive Board on an interim basis.

Article VIII: General Elections[edit]

A. General Elections shall be held during the next general meeting of the spring term.

B. Any member of Liga Filipina is eligible to vote and to be nominated.

C. Candidates must be nominated by a card-carrying member and seconded by two others.

D. The Executive Board shall be elected by a majority of the voting members present.

E. The Vice President shall run the elections.

F. Nominations shall take place one general meeting before elections.

Article IX: Amendment of this Constitution[edit]

A. All prospective amendments must be written and submitted to an officer at a general meeting.

B. The Executive Board will be responsible for looking over and voting on the Constitution.

C. The Executive Board will be responsible for the rewording of the amendment for the Constitution.

D. If the Executive Board fails the amendment, the membership then votes. Three quarters of the quorum passes the amendment.

E. The Secretary will be in charge of the addition of the amendment to the Constitution and that submission of the amended Constitution to the Student Association.