Striving to reward meritocracy and excellent performance to deserving employees of the University of the Philippines (UP), the UP Board of Regents (BOR) has approved the promotion of around 70 percent of the premier university’s faculty and staff.
The merit promotion is retroactive to January 1, 2014.
About 2,228 out of 3,974 or 56 percent of UP faculty members were promoted while a total of 5,850 of the 6,560 administrative staff (74 percent) will benefit from the promotion, according to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The amount of Php 205 million was allocated by the University for the funding of the merit promotion and additional compensation for the employees. The monetary awards is said to be the highest amount ever given out by the University to its faculty and staff.
“I am happy that the promise I made during my investiture in 2011 – to reward meritocracy and excellent performance – has finally been fulfilled,” UP President and BOR Co-chairperson Alfredo Pascual said.
Pascual started his call for promotion to the UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, UP Manila, UP Baguio, UP Visayas, UP Cebu, UP Mindanao and Open University last July 8, 2014.
The newest round of promotion has decreased the number of instructors from 373 to 221, assistant professors from 904 to 865, and associate professors from 607 to 556 as they move upwards in the academic ladder.
Meanwhile, additional one-time compensation will be given out to “sagad” employees or those who can no longer be promoted and have reached the last step increment.
The amount of Php 30,000 will be received by full professors, Php 12,000 for “sagad” associate and assistant professors, and Php 12,000 for “sagad” administrative personnel.
“The UP promotion is a good sign that the Aquino administration recognizes the importance of public higher education in the country,” House Committee on Higher Education Chair Roman Romulo said.
Romulo has been aggressively pushing state universities and colleges to increase the salaries of their employees, especially UP which he urged to “look into other sources of funding to increase the “sagad” awards of faculty and staff whose productivity is recognized but who have not been correctly compensated since 2010”.
As high as ten steps will be reached by some faculty members. Around 138 members of the faculty will get one-step promotion, two steps to 169, three steps to 190, four steps to 229, five steps to 156, six steps to 154, and 72 faculty members will receive seven to ten steps.
“This is the University administration and BOR’s way of recognizing the hard work and achievements of the faculty and staff in producing cutting-edge research, creation of new knowledge products, innovative and meaningful teaching, and effective public service,” Pascual said.
Pascual further noted that another round of merit promotions will be given in 2016.
However, some faculty members have expressed their disapproval on the said promotion due to discrimination against the other administrative staff and Research Extension and Professional Staff (REPS) who will not receive promotion.
UP Professor Michael Andrada said, “This is such an admin spin. Malakas ang diskriminasyon sa admin at REPS. Mga tropa ni PAEP ang tataas ng promotion.” [This is such an administrative spin. There has been a strong discrimination against the administrative staff and REPS unlike those allies of President Pascual who will get higher promotions.]
Another UP professor has also said that promotion should have covered all UP faculty and staff.
“For me, I can only say that if there’s enough budget for the promotion, they should have promoted all [faculty and staff]based on the recommendation of college or constituent university if that is well-deserved by the faculty members,” Professor April Perez said in an interview with PNA.
The promoted faculty and staff will receive their monetary awards as soon as the funds are released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).