Approved Constitution and by-laws


Article I

Name of Organization:

The official name of the organization is Social Ethics Society.

Article II

Vision:

We are a community of philosophy scholars, teachers, and students who seek to strongly contribute to the realization of a moral and progressive society.

Article III

Goals

The Social Ethics Society seeks to become:

1. An unfailing fortress of truth and moral values in Philippine society.
2. An engaged center for philosophical reflection and discourse in Mindanao.
3. An active collaborator with civil society and state actors on social concerns.

Article IV

Mission:

1. To organize training programs, conferences, and workshops on ethics and human development;
2. To develop research modules on applied ethics, social science, political ethics, women empowerment, and economic ethics;
3. To publish journals, books, and position papers on pressing and important local and national issues;
4. To engage with non-government organizations and state actors on social advocacy and related programs.

Article V

Officers of Social Ethics Society:

1. President – The president shall be the head of the organization; He or she shall act as the presiding officer in all meetings of the the organization and the General Membership; He or she shall be responsible for all the programs, projects and activities of the organization;

2. Vice President – The Vice President shall preside the meeting in the absence of the president; He or she shall assume the presidency in case of resignation or removal from office;

3. Secretary – The secretary shall keep all the records and minutes of meetings of the organization. He/she shall prepare all notices during meetings and assemblies; He/she shall keep all records of members; He/she shall be responsible on all matters pertaining to the Securities and Exchange Commission; He/she shall coordinate efforts with other scholarly organizations and other related groups; He or she shall perform the tasks as may be assigned to him/her by the president or the board;

4. Assistant Secretary – The assistant secretary shall take over the functions of the secretary in the latter’s absence;

5. Treasurer – The Treasurer shall be in charge of all the financial matters of the organization; He/she shall collect all payments and membership dues and keep records on the same;

6. Auditor - The auditor shall examine all the financial records of the organization and perform a regular audit of its funds to ensure that it complies with the standards of transparency and accountability;

7. Public Information Officer – The Public Information Officer shall be in charge in announcing events and activities of the organization, both in print and online;

8. Consultant - The Consultant shall recommend programs and concepts to the organization; He or she serves as an adviser to the President and to the Board; He or she shall be selected by the Board of Directors in a meeting; The consultant shall be recommended by the President of the organization; He/she shall attend the meeting of the Board;

9. Board Members (3) - The members of the Board of the Social Ethics Society shall approve all matters pertaining to the Securities and Exchange Commission; The Board will consist of a Chairman, the President as ex-officio member, and three members to be elected by the body;

Article VI

Term of Office

The term of office for all officers shall be three (3) years with no benefit of re-election;

Article VII

Bodies of the Organization

1. General Membership – The General Membership shall consist of all registered members of the organization. The General membership meeting shall be presided by the President.

2. Programs and Projects Committee – The Programs and Projects Committee shall plan, propose and implement programs and projects which aim to realize the goals of the organization. The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board for a two-year term.

3. Research and Publication Committee – The Research and Publication Committee shall plan, develop and implement publications, both print and online, for the benefit of the general membership. It shall also promote the writing, printing and publication of books by the members of the organization.

Article VIII

Meetings

1. The officers of the organization shall meet on a quarterly basis. A simple majority shall constitute a quorum.

2. The General Membership shall meet at least twice a year. The presence of 25% of the general membership shall constitute a quorum.

Article IX

Membership

1. Membership shall be on an individual basis. The President, the officers, or members may invite potential members to the organization; Attendance to one of the conferences is a requisite for membership;

2. All members must be a student or a graduate in the field of philosophy, an instructor or professor of philosophy, or a researcher in the field of philosophy;

3. All new members shall be approved by the Board of Directors in a regular meeting; By tradition, this is done during the Business Meeting after the annual conference;

4. Members are to pay an annual membership due of 500.00 to the Treasurer;

5. Members can be removed for just cause by a majority vote of the Board of Directors or by resignation in a letter addressed to the President;

Article X

Resignation, Removal and Discipline of Members

1. Officers or members who seek to resign from their position shall submit a letter to the President; the President in case of resignation shall submit a letter to the board; the board shall act on all cases of resignation;

2. All members are expected to act with the highest moral standards; Any member accused of the following may be removed from the roster of the organization:

a. Dishonesty
b. Dereliction from duty
c. Fraud
d. Absenteeism

3. A complaint may be filed against a member or an officer of the organization; The complaint in writing shall be addressed to the president who shall constitute an adhoc committee who will hear the complaint; all parties will be accorded due process; the committee will recommend to the president the corresponding penalty;

Article XI

Ratification of Constitution and By-laws, Approval and Amendments

1. The founding officers of the organization shall propose a constitution and by-laws. The provisions of the same shall be approved by the Board of Directors of the organization.

2. The General Membership shall ratify the Constitution and by-laws of the organization;

3. Amendments to the Constitution and by-laws can be proposed by the General Membership or by the Board of Directors. Amendments will require a 2/3 votes of the Board for approval.

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