THE CHARTER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF POLITICAL SCIENCE ORGANIZATIONS OF THE PHILIPPINES
Name of the Organization
This organization shall be officially known as the Association of Political
Science Organizations of the Philippines herein referred to as APSOP.
Declaration of Nature and Objectives
Section 1. The APSOP shall be an academic and socio – political
organization whose pursuits are:
1) To advance Political Science as a discipline
2) To render the highest level of service to the society
3) To provide a venue for dialogue and cooperation among different Political
Section 2. The APSOP shall respect the various political beliefs of its
Membership and Renewal of Membership
Section 1. Any student organization adhering to the objectives of the
APSOP provided that it has fulfilled all qualifications set by the Internals
Committee as approved by the General Assembly shall be eligible for
Section 2. Upon the recommendation of the Internals committee, the
inclusion of the applicant organization shall be decided by the General Assembly.
Section 3. Any existing member organization of the APSOP may renew
their membership provided that it has fulfilled its obligations and responsibilities
as recommended by the Internals Committee.
Section 4. Renewal of membership shall be done on the months of
October and March of every Academic Year.
Rights and Duties of Member Organizations
Section 1. Every member organization shall have equal standing and
Section 2. Every member organization shall have the right to be
represented in the General Assembly.
Section 3. Every member organization shall have the right to bring to the
General Assembly any matters concerning the APSOP.
Section 4. Every member organization shall have the right to bring to the
Judicial Council matters concerning:
1. Disputes among member organizations in accordance to Article
VIII Sec. 6 par 2.
2. The Charter in accordance to Article VIII Sec. 6 par 2.
Section 5. Every member organization shall have the right to have access
to all information pertaining to the APSOP.
Section 6. Every member organization shall have the right to cast a vote in
the General Assembly.
Section 7. Every member organization shall have the right to run for any
Duties of the Member Organizations
Section 8. Every member organization shall have the duty to adhere to
and uphold the principles and objectives stipulated in the charter.
Section 9. Every member organization shall have the duty to actively
1) In APSOP General Assembly and Committee Sessions.
2) In APSOP’s core Activities.
Section 10. Every member organization shall have the duty to pay
financial dues to the APSOP.
Section 11. Every member organization shall have the duty to vote.
Section 12. Every member organization shall have the duty to send a
delegation to the General Assembly consisting of three (3) permanent and two
(2) non-permanent representatives.
The General Assembly
Section 1. The General Assembly shall be the decision making body of the
APSOP with regard to the organization’s policies, by laws, and activities.
Section 2. The General Assembly shall be composed of member
organizations, represented by a delegation of five (5) members.
Section 3. The General Assembly shall arrive at a decision upon reaching
two – thirds (2/3) majority of its quorum. The quorum shall be two – thirds (2/3) of
the total number of member organizations. However, with regard to Article IX and
X, this provision does not apply.
Section 4. The General Assembly shall elect its Secretary - General,
Deputy Secretary - General, and Committee Director Organization.
Section 5. The General Assembly shall have the power to impeach its
elected officials on the grounds of:
1) Gross neglect of duty.
2) Culpable violation of the Constitution.
3) Any form of misconduct which undermines the integrity of
Section 6. The General Assembly shall have the power to create ad hoc
committee/s when deemed necessary.
Section 7. The General Assembly shall produce an official Newsletter.
Section 1. The Secretariat shall be composed of the its Secretary -
General, Deputy Secretary - General, and the appointed staff.
Section 2. Qualifications for Secretary - General and Deputy Secretary –
1) The person must be a bonafide member of a member
organization for at least one (1) year.
2) The person must have rendered service to the General
Assembly for at least a term of five months.
3) The person must be a student during his/her tenure of office.
Section 3. The Secretary – General shall perform and accomplish the
following functions and responsibilities.
1) Act as the official spokesperson and representative of the
APSOP in all its activities.
2) Convene the General Assembly and Committee Directors and
over their sessions.
3) Sign all the documents of the APSOP .
4) Appoint staff of the secretariat from any member organization.
5) May propose projects to the General Assembly.
6) Perform other functions that the General Assembly may
Section 4. The Deputy Secretary – General shall perform and accomplish
the following functions and responsibilities.
1) Fulfill the functions of the Secretary – General in the absence of
the Secretary – General.
2) Assume the position of the Secretary – General in case of
suspension, resignation and impeachment.
3) Assist the Secretary – General in fulfilling the objectives of the
Section 5. The Secretary – General and the Deputy Secretary – General
shall serve for one academic year without re – election.
Section 6. The Secretary – General and the Deputy Secretary – General
must not come from the same organization.
Section 7. The secretariat staff shall have the following functions:
(1) Record the minutes of every General Assembly.
(2) Document all activities of the APSOP.
(3) Inform member organization through their reports and
sessions of the APSOP.
(4) Maintain an updated directory of APSOP member
organization and representatives.
(5) Keep all records and documents of the APSOP.
Section 1. The Committees shall plan and recommend activities and
Section 2. All Committees should submit to the Secretariat a report at the
end of the term for documentation.
Section 3. Each committee shall be composed of a Director Organization
and Member Organization willing to work for the Committee.
Section 4. Director Organizations shall supervise its committee members
for successful implementations of the activities.
Section 5. Director Organization shall be elected by the General Assembly
following the regulations set by the Judicial Council.
Section 6. All Director Organizations shall have tenure of one academic
year with re – election.
The Academics Committee
Section 7. The academics Committee shall have the following functions:
(1) Organize symposia, for a, seminars, lectures, debates
and other related activities advancing political science as
(2) Compile excellent academic works of member
organization and provide necessary venues for their
The Externals Committee
Section 8. The Externals Committee shall have the following functions:
(1) Promote the APSOP and its activities to the society.
(2) Establish communication with other organizations.
(3) Officially invite other student organization for membership of APSOP.
(4) Distribute and circulate the Newsletter of the APSOP.
(5) Maintain communication with the alumni of the APSOP through an
The Finance Committee
Section 9. The Finance Committee shall have the following functions:
(1) Collect financial dues from Member Organizations.
(2) Propose income – generating activities for the APSOP.
(3) Keep a record of financial transactions of the APSOP and
release a monthly financial report to the General Assembly.
(4) Release an annual financial report and propose a budget
appropriation for the next academic year.
The Internals Committee
Section 10. The Internals Committee shall ha the following functions:
(1) Evaluate the participation and performance of member and
(2) Propose and initiate Human Resource Development Programs
to establish and maintain an effective and efficient relationship
among member organizations.
The Socio – Political Committee
Section 11. the Socio – Political Committee shall have the following
(1) Create and propose programs for community development.
(2) Bring to the attention of the General Assembly any pressing
socio – political issue and provide resource materials for critical
(3) Organize activities that would support the General Assembly’s
stand regarding socio – political issues.
Section 1. The Judicial Council shall be a neutral and independent body
serving as a fact – finding committee, judicial board, and electoral board of the
Section 2. The Judicial Council shall be composed of members appointed
by the previous member of the Judicial Council.
Section 3. The members of the Judicial Council shall serve for one
Section 4. the Judicial Council shall serve for one academic year.
Section 5. The Judicial Council shall adopt and may amend the rules
promulgated by the previous Judicial Council.
Section 6. The Judicial Council shall have the following functions:
(1) Review decisions of the General Assembly upon the request of
any Member Organization and may nullify the decision of the
General Assembly upon finding unconstitutional.
(2) Arbitrate disputes between two or more parties for the
preservation of heir right stipulated in Article IV upon the request
of at least one party.
(3) Supervise electoral procedures.
Section 1. Any member organization may file resolution for the
impeachment of any elected official on the grounds stipulated in Article V Section
5 in any of the regular sessions of the General Assembly.
Section 2. The General Assembly, upon receiving the resolution for the
impeachment of any elected official shall prioritize such resolution for deliberation
and with the concurrence of 2/3 of the total number of Member Organization of
the General Assembly confirm the resolution for impeachment and a trial by the
Judicial Council shall follow.
Section 3. The judicial Council shall have the sole authority to try and
decide all cases of impeachment. With the concurrence of 2/3 of the Council
members, the charged official shall be removed from office.
Section 1. Any member organization may propose amendments to the
General Assembly during its regular sessions.
Section 2. The General Assembly, upon receiving the resolution for
Charter Amendments shall ask the Judicial Council to render to the General
Assembly its opinion regarding the proposed amendments before formal
deliberations by the members of the General Assembly begin.
Section 3. upon receiving the opinion of the Council, the General
Assembly shall proceed to the formal deliberations and debate and by the
concurrence of 2/3 of the total number of Member Organizations of the General
Assembly, the amendment shll pass.
Section 4. All policies and resolution previously adopted by the General
Assembly, prior to the approval of the Charter Amendments that are in contrast
with the approved Charter Amendments shall be repealed or amended by the
General Assembly after the approved Charter Amendment/s take effect.
Section 1. The Constitutional Committee shall select the seven members
of the Judicial Council for SY 2000 – 2001.
Section 2. Upon the ratification of the Charter, the Judicial Council shall
immediately set the rules and proceed with the electoral process.
Section 1. Upon the submission of the fifth instrument of ratification of the
Organizations to the Chairperson of the Constitution Committee, the Charter
shall be in force and binding upon the organizations that had passed the
instruments of ratification.