OVCRE, through the REPS Welfare Council (RWC), organized a two-day workshop to consolidate inputs from the various REPS committees on proposed resolutions that will significantly affect all UPLB REPS.
The RWC is a recently established council that can recommend policies promoting the welfare of the Research, Extension, and Professional Staff (REPS), such as appointment, renewal, promotion, and tenure, among other things.
During the opening program, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Dr. Rex B. Demafelis advised the council to propose policies that are inspiring, clear, and embedded with honor and excellence. He said it must provide equitable opportunities to REPS, and must not be ambiguous to avoid friction with other sectors in the university.
Two plenary sessions were then conducted to start the discussion. Dr. Danilo M. Mendoza, an elected member of the REPS Personnel and Fellowship Council, talked about the initiatives of the university toward REPS welfare through a historical approach.
On the second plenary session, Ms. Fides Z. Tambalo, an RWC member and representative of UPLB REPS to the UP System RWC, discussed the status, prospects, and directions of the UP System REPS Committee. Among the issues she mentioned are sabbatical and wellness leaves for REPS; Research/Extension-Faculty items; REPS Observer; and REPS representative in executive committees.
After the discussions, the participants were grouped into three for break-out sessions.
Each group was given different REPS issues to work on. These are appointment, hiring, and promotion; REPS Development guidelines; College REPS Representative, REPS Representative to the Management Committee; tenure and workload; sabbatical leave and wellness leave; and Magna Carta for Scientist and S&T Personnel; and Research/Extension-Faculty items.
The groups’ output are expected to shape the policies that the RWC will recommend to the Office of the Chancellor.