The second day of the REPS committees’ workshop proved to be productive as the members break into groups to propose resolutions addressing the REPS’ welfare issues.
Keeping in mind Vice Chancellor Rex Demafelis’ advice to draft policies embedded with honor and excellence, the committee members came up with initial resolutions that will be recommended to the administration for approval.
One of the resolutions put important focus on the promotion of REPS. The members suggested adding new guidelines in the process, such as standardized criteria, expanded CV template, and considering cumulative work experience. They also plan to craft a set of definite tenure guidelines for REPS that will recognize publication and other equivalencies. A more systematic process of workload crediting will likewise be designed to expedite the evaluation process and reduce the use of papers. More REPS items will also be requested as well as the retention of Research/Extension Faculty items.
The members also discussed initial plans for the REPS Development Fund (RDF), which will financially support REPS who want to present papers, attend seminars, and pursue graduate degrees. The RDF is projected to accommodate as many REPS as possible and as such, would likely provide partial assistance. The guidelines to be crafted will be presented to the sector for consultation before submission to the administration.
Moreover, the REPS Welfare Council will also take part in ensuring S&T personnel can avail hazard pay as mandated by the Magna Carta for Scientists. A review of the proposal on the sabbatical leave and a new one for the wellness leave will also ensue.
Another proposal is to increase REPS’ representation to the college level and to the Management Committee. They will formulate a proposal and election guidelines for this.
Before the workshop ended, newly-elected UP Staff Regent Hon. Mylah R. Pedrano spoke passionately on the current plight of REPS in all constituent universities (CUs). According to her, REPS in all CUs face difficulties when it comes to promotion. She will forward this issue to the Board of Regents, along with the other welfare issues. “We want all the proposals to be equitable to all REPS”, she said. They are also waiting for the master list of unfilled items so it can be distributed to all CUs once released.
Vice Chancellor Demafelis, in his closing remarks, remained optimistic and thankful for the support of the different committees working for the betterment of the REPS’ welfare.