Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Just look at these facts:
1. Accounting Practice which is 100 years old...
The Accounting Office continues to practice an accounting procedure which is perhaps 100 years old! Imagine, it refuses to change its accounting practice to serve the greater interest of the employees by deducting as early as January the correct taxes so that come December, they will receive their 13th month pay in full.
2. 100 year-old management principles
We are a witness to the seeming ignorance of our managers.
A President, who is a businessman-priest, merely delivers empty promises during his speeches. He only enjoys travelling aroung the country and abroad for management planning kuno! He is known for coming up with illogical projects like the impractical Bakakeng Campus and the failed international medicine. His only "successful" project is a "tennis court." So maybe he should instead go into making tennis courts around the country.
A vice-President, who earned a doctoral degree but thinks and decides like an elementary or a high school student leader.He continues to occupy his office but does nothing important.
A vice-president who has a law degree but thinks like a LAW STUDENT. He passed the bar alright but he decides against legal precedents. Maybe, he should return to law school.
A vice-president, who has an accounting degree but is ignorant of new accounting principles. She is, however, interested in making herself richer by the day. She perhaps even owns a house in the UNited States.
Deans, who are holders of doctoral or master's degrees but is ignorant about managing their subordinates. They even make their offices inaccessible to people.
Our HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICE which does nothing to DEVELOP the HUMAN RESOURCES or persons inside SLU. All it is concerned about is keeping many employees contractual or part-time. It even enjoys terminating the services of employees. It's name should not be HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT. It should be changed into RECRUITMENT AND TERMINATION OFFICE (RATO).
3. 100 year old facilities
Imagine, our managers could afford to go "pasyal" around the country and spend millions yet the facilities in SLU remain unimproved!
4. No concern for the employees
The CICM celebrated its 100 years but SLU employees get nothing! All the SLU Administration could affort to give us is a T-SHIRT! Eh kaya naman ng SLU na magbigay sana ng CENTENNIAL BONUS... Saan naman napupunta ang pera ng SLU, sa BELGIUM?
The employees are complaining...Instead of solving the problem,HECHANOVA could only answer, "Kung ayaw ninyo sa SLU eh magresign na kayo." Ganyan ba talaga ang dapat AMA ng TAHANANG SLU?
Haay SLU! Just like during the Spanish times.. The friars or priests then and now are only concerned about becoming rich.
To borrow the words of Senator Mar Roxas, "Putang ina ninyong lahat na managers ng SLU!"
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Why does SLU want the employees to hold standards that SLU managers are exempt from? I was a witness to a colleague who was asked to admit her mistake to Father Hechanova just so she will not be meted a penalty. But have the Managers of SLU admitted any of their mistakes? NONE!!!
The other examples of unpunished immorality of SLU Managers have been fully discussed by Mr. Moldero.
Let's stop this hypocrisy of SLU Managers!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Ano po ba ang "freedom of speech?"
Freedom of speech and of the press does not mean only approving existing political beliefs or economic arrangements, lending support to official measures, and taking refuge in the existing climate of opinion on any matter of public consequence.When weakened, the right becomes meaningless.The right belongs also to those who question, who do not conform, who differ.The ideas that may be expressed under this freedom are confined not only to those that are conventional or acceptable to the majority. To be truly meaningful, freedom of speech and of the press should allow and even encourage the articulation of the revolutionary view, though it be hostile to or derided by others; or though such view “induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger. To paraphrase Justice Holmes, it is freedom for the thought that we hate, no less than for the thought that agrees with us.
So sana hwag tayong matakot ilantad ang mga katiwalian ng SLU Administration. - by Kota -
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The time has come for me say a few things about morality and immorality in SLU. With the many speculations, dismay of some and judgment of others on my character and reputation, I chose to be silent for the last 8 months since my illegal termination last November 2007. With so much throbbing, every time I hear from a colleague in the University make false insinuations and thoughts about me, there was no day that I have not planned to give a response to the baseless, libelous and character assassination made against me by some employees. I chose to be silent not because I am afraid with the SLU admin but because I respect the principle of subjudice on my case which is now with the NLRC. The merits of my case are now within the hands of NLRC. As of the moment, I would not want to pre-empt any comment that would jeopardize my arguments in the NLRC. But one thing is for sure, I will not waiver nor succumbed to any offer of SLU admin on my case even if it means going up to the Supreme Court. Let my case be a glaring example of viciousness and utter display of cruel, evil and arrogant power of SLU admin to terminate an employee without just and reasonable cause. Let my case also be a classic example of the kind of fairness and brutality the SLU extends to her employees.
This open letter to the SLU community aims to expose what every single employee in SLU already knows. I was terminated by SLU because of the supposed immorality acts I have committed with the “supposed” sexual harassment I made to a Mongolian CICM foreign student. My answers to all these allegations are now with the NLRC for their perusal. I will give comprehensive information on my case on a separate letter soon. The irony on my termination is actually the fact that I was dismissed because of committing immorality. Believe it or not, the SLU admin thinks that getting rid of me makes them a moral force of goodness and propriety. They thought that what they have done against me was the right thing to do to an employee who had committed immorality acts. SLU admin believes that they are cloth with purity and with totally unstained ground. The SLU admin always project themselves as moral entrepreneurs in the University that every act they make carries with it the seal of God.
In my almost 8 years of employment with SLU, I have witnessed the pervasive illicit affairs of married faculty members and employees with their students and forbidden affairs of some admin officers to their employees and students. But how many employee/s or officers were penalized or reprimanded? I bet you know the answer. How many have seen a CICM priest who celebrate mass in the SLU chapel and a former SLU employee boastfully roaming around the city and seemingly happy being together? I bet you know this priest. One ranking SLU admin who “fathered” a child outside his marriage?- I guess you also know this person. More recently, a member of the SLU admin who was recently convicted by the RTC for harassment still got promoted? I still bet you also know this admin member.
With the many sexual harassment cases against employees with different ranges of gravity on the acts committed, I was the only employee in the history of all the many and endless labor cases of SLU, who was dismissed from employment. This is because I was never attuned to their oppressive ways and acts for I have consistently criticized the unchristian ways of the SLU admin. With the baseless allegations against me, the SLU admin could have easily thrown away the complaint against me since they know very well that the complaint was fabricated and push through by no less than my former department head who was hurt after I filed a case of malversation funds on the fund raising activity we had in our department. From day one, after they handed me the letter of complaint, I knew that the SLU administration was fully behind it (with my former department head leading every bit of the way) and was very determined in pinning me down. (My complaint by the way to my department head was NEVER even given an answer from no less than the SLU President While a complaint completely devoid of any truthfulness against me initiated by my department head became the reason for my dismissal). In a patented exercise of tyrannical acts, the SLU President terminated me without a single regard to my answers on the complaint and without a Christian consideration of the economic and financial consequences of his decision against my work and profession. What is even more painful was the fact that the concocted stories made by the Mongolian student were absolutely taken as the gospel truths by the members of the committee and the SLU administration. I am an assistant professor of the University from the time of my illegal dismissal who strived on my own to finished my Masteral degree and have proudly represented not only the school but the entire country for the American Summer Studies Institute in the U.S. and had numerously directed and written several plays staged in the CCA and Baguio and one who humbly tried to build my name and honor in my almost eight years in SLU, however, none of these “contributions and dedication “ were even appreciated to the prejudiced of my character and reputation in this case. They disposed of me so easily as if I am an evil person who had committed the most sinful act.
But then again, I am neither their ally nor their close associate who blindly tag along their capricious whims and interest. Maybe if I am an obedient follower, my fate in SLU would have been different. This is the present situation today in SLU. A lot of unequal application of justice: Those who foolishly follow them will go unharmed but those who remains a thorn is booted out.
So what morality are we talking in SLU?---there is none. Only fools and idiots buy the idea that SLU admin is out there to proclaim their new found moral ascendancy among its employees and students. They are as rotten and deceitful in many ways. The only consolation we can have is the fact that we do not pretend to be moral entrepreneurs because we know that we cannot also be one. But with the SLU admin, everything is possible-even sacrificing the employment of one just to meet their self-aggrandizing purpose. I challenged now the SLU President if indeed he believes that he can be a moral force in the University to clean up first his own backyard before he can pursue any serious and meaningful reforms on cases of sexual harassments and immorality in the University.
Just in case the SLU Administration will also file a case against you, don’t beg to them for mercy and compassion because you can never expect one. They are the meanest and most hypocritical creatures. Do not allow them to intimidate or buy you just because they have millions of pesos allotted specifically for their labor cases. They are as ruthless as the beast, very hungry to exercise their powers and very conceited in pursuing their perceived oppositionist by terminating them so that their capricious whims and interests shall always be kept to their side. With the many labor cases filed against SLU, just always be on guard and be vigilant because it happens so quickly how you can be their next target.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Ito na sana ang pagkakataon ng unyon para ipakita ang malasakit nila sa mga empleyado. Gumawa sila ng paraan para mabawasan ang paghihirap ng mga manggagawa. Tulad na lang sana sa pagrerestructure ng ating exemptions sa tax. Alam naman siguro nila ang bagong tax law.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Every semester, I have to reapply in the hope of teaching for the term. Every sem, anxious ako kung tatanggapin pa ako sa susunod na apply ko. Lagi ko tinatanong sa sarili kung nagustuhan kaya ng department head at lahat ng kanyang alipores ang pagmumukha ko last sem? Palagi naming ipinagdadasal na sana may magretire o kaya mag-apply na titser sa China at magresign para naman mapermanent na kami. Usually we teach every first sem only but once in a while we also teach during second sem when there are extra loads. Sa summer talagang wala akong load kaya yung naipon ko nung second sem ipang enroll ko muna sa masteral para next sem may edge ako against new applicants. Baka kasi may bagong mag apply na may masteral, tsugi na ako.
Kapag contractual ka, last priority ka sa lahat. Sa classes, sa schedule, sa rooms, sa equipment, at sa faculty table. Sa iyo lahat yung mahirap turuan at magugulong klase. Mga tira-tirang schedule na napagpilian na. Mga extreme schedules gaya ng 7:30 am at 7 to 8 pm, all in the same day, 6 days a week, sa iyo. Pati na rin mga extra at unpaid na gawain gaya ng pagseserve sa chapel during mass, pagkanta at pagsayaw sa mga okasyon, pagkuha ng minutes of the meeting, pagbili ng lunch at meryenda ng department, pagdecorate sa lobby kapag may exhibit. Ang iba kong mga kasamahang contractual, inoobligang magblow out kada semester. Swerte daw kami at natanggap uli sa SLU. Yehey blowout. Naman! Kapiranggot na nga sweldo namin at walang benepisyo, huthutan pa! Lagi kami nasasabihang, "pasensya ka contractual ka e. Bawi ka na lang pag permanent ka na". Kelan kaya yun?
Kapag contractual ka kelangan pakisamahan mo lahat. Kahit napakacorny, napakayabang o napakakulit ng faculty, magpakaplastic ka. Malay mo, next year, sya ang DH. Pero swerte ako dahil ang mga nakasama ko ay mababait at mga propesyonal. Worthy to emulate, ika nga. Di gaya ng ibang mga contractuals na nakasabay ko medyo dismayado sa mga nakasama nila. Ako din nadidismaya. May mga DH at faculty nga kasing imbis na turuan ka, isipin ang kapakanan mo, sila pa magpapahamak sa yo. Gaya nung issue tungkol sa unpaid consultation hours ng CICS, nung inamin nung department head sa comment nya sa post na sya ang nagsabing magsakripisyo mga faculty nya at magrender ng libreng 3 hours a week "for your own good" sabi nya. Anong klaseng DH kaya ito? DH na may problema. Di kaya sya aware na kahit 8 hours ang irender nya as consultation hours every day, bayad sya? Tapos hihingi sya ng sakripisyo mula sa mga faculty nya for 3 hours a week. Buti kaya kung magrender sya ng libreng 3 hours a week din, maglagi sya sa opisina nya ng 51 hours a week bibilib ako. Sir niloloko mo naman faculty mo. Ipahamak ba?
Opo, kahit contractual kami, may isip din kami. Akala kasi nung iba, porke mga bata kami, di umiimik, sunod ng sunod, wala kaming sariling opinion. Nagbabasa din kami ng mga issues lalo na dito sa Kris at Kalasag. Sinusubaybayan namin itong blog na ito. Gaya nung pagcomment comment ng mga supposed "professionals" dito sa blog, (buti tinanggal na, para di putaktihin ng comment itong post ko) napaka unprofessional, mean and vicious. I'm appalled! (Who would say b***ch repeatedly kundi isang b***ch din?) May nagsasabi pa ng bastard! (Sya rin pala yun.) Yung mga comments nyo, reflect on you. Nagpakilala kayo at nagcomment comment kayo ng ganun? Na-obvious tuloy kung ano kayo. When you are supposed to be college instructors, models to us, your yournger colleagues, and to your students? Opinion ko lang naman.
Alam nyo ba na dun sa post ng CICS consultation hours, sa dinami dami ng comment (close to 80), 3 lang na tao ang pinakamadaming comment paiba iba lang ang pangalan. 2 dun nagpakilala, yung isa nag apologize pa at sinabing di na sya makikialam kasi its not proper for his position daw. Pagkatapos na pagkatapos nun, nagcomment din naman uli gumamit lang ang ibang mga pangalan. Di na po ito opinion lang, we have concrete evidence. Our group of contractuals checked out the IP address of each commenter. The IP addresses are unique to the user at hindi ito makakapagsinungaling. Here is what we found: si JR paiba iba din ng pangalan, at napakaraming comment, pansin nyo pareparehong wrong grammar diba. Pati yung isang nagpakilala na natamaan daw ng sinabi ng pastor nya madami ding ginamit na pangalan, 4 to be exact. Ano ka ba? Di ka ba kinilabutan at ginamit mo pa pastor mo? Kahit na nagclose na yung commenting dun sa post na yun, tuloy pa rin ang pagcomment sa ibang posts ng di magagandang salita ng dalawang ito gamit ang iba't ibang pangalan pero pareparehong IP address. At eto ang shocking para sa amin, yung isang post ni Renato Dekartos na may tungkol sa kape, ang IP address na ginamit dun ay pareho sa IP address ni..... hulaan nyo. Tumpak! Isa lang ang ibig sabihin nyan, kayong dalawa lang ang nagsisiraan, naghuhudasan? Kaya pala ganun na lang ang praises nya kay jr, mga praises na wala namang kinalaman sa isyu. At taka rin kami dahil bakit masyado ka nakialam sa issue e hindi ka naman damay? Suspicious character ika nga. (Mula pagiging Viento hanggang pagiging Tabasco) Sinabi mo pa pangalan mo sa blog, tuloy you are a subject for criticism. At tama rin ang aking kasamang F, lalaki lang ang puedeng magsabi ng "Magpakalalaki ka". Lalaki lang ang magaassume na babae lang ang paibaiba ang isip. Napaka gender insensitive mo! Naku, wala nang rerespeto sa mga to. Magpakatao kayo oy! You are the perfect example of hypocrites. Ito lang ang di ko maintindihan, nasa IT kayo, alam nyong mabibisto kayo sa IP address ninyo, nag alias pa kayo.
Minsan, dahil sa napakatahimik namin, akala ng mga kasamahan namin wala kaming naririnig sa mga usap usapan nila. Siraan ng siraan. Pag magkakasama naman parang ang sasaya. Di man lang nila subukang wag iparinig sa amin. Minsan nga pinaguusapan kami nasa parehong kuarto naman kami! Mga mams and sirs, nakakarinig po kami. Kung may mga nakakaalam ng mga sikreto ng ibang faculty, kami yun. Alam namin kung sinong sir ang may STD, sino yung boyfriend o girlfriend na studyante ni mam o sir, yung anomalyang ginagawa ni mam, yung mistress ni sir, yung hininging gamit ni sir mula sa nagcomplete na student, yung inutusan ni mam na estudyanteng magbayad ng bill nya sa beneco, yung pagpalit ni sir ng grade ni miss nat sci, ay madami pa po. Pero kahit ganun, hindi namin ito ipinagsasabi. Pakiusap lang namin sa mga kasamahang faculty, faculty din po kami, propesyonal din. Huwag sana kaming i-underestimate. Sana wag ninyo kami idadamay sa mga away away ninyong wala kami kinalaman. Hirap na hirap na kaming magpabango ng pangalan para sa susunod na sem ma-hire uli kami. Sana ituring nyo kaming mga colleagues nyo rin. Sana mapermanent na kami.
Monday, April 28, 2008
It could be that managers and workers have a different take on what it means to be a top performer, and so they disagree on who should get the corporate spoils.
Most workers think that if they know what their job is and do it well, hitting all their goals on time and within budget, then they're doing a good job and deserve to have raises and bonuses heaped upon them. That would be true in a pure meritocracy. But in the real world, the politics of compensation are not that simple. Here are five keys to increasing your salary and benefits:
1. The boss's priorities rule
From the boss's perch, the biggest raises and plumpest perks go to the people he values the most and doesn't want to lose. These are the people who help him to get things done, meet his goals, and generally look good. In short, your performance and the raise it garners are less about you and all about him.
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This is why leadership expert Rebecca Shambaugh, author of It's Not the Glass Ceiling, It's the Sticky Floor, says that your campaign for a bigger raise starts with finding out what your boss values. Talk to him about it both formally and informally. And talk to people who know the important things happening at your company and your boss's role in them.
"Executives value people who fit in well with them and with the team, who understand the culture and can help them get the results they want," she says. "So find out what's on the top of your boss's mind, and drive your work and your team's work around those things rather than the other things on your agenda that are lower priority for him."
2. You are as good as you say you are
Once you've got your priorities straight, make sure your boss, and anyone else who matters, knows about the great work you're doing for the company. And don't wait for those annual performance reviews to let them know. It's the informal interaction that the boss takes in all year long that creates an impression of who you are and how you fit into his work.
So shoot him e-mails to ask advice or let him know about progress you're making on the work he most values. When you get an e-mail from someone else noting your success or thanking you for help on this work, forward it on.
Be able to speak up at meetings in an informed way about the projects closest to the boss's heart. And when you run into your boss in the elevator or at the water cooler and he asks how it's going, skip the polite, generic small talk. Instead, opt for an upbeat sentence or two that relates how excited you are about work coming up or just completed on one of those coveted projects.
Leadership gurus like Shambaugh call this socializing your agenda. In layman's terms, you're tooting your own horn and laying the groundwork for the formal sit-down discussion about your performance and the salary and bonus it should carry.
3. Know what you want
Compensation is more than just salary. So when it comes time for that sit-down, know what you want and have the data to support it. Know what others in your field receive in terms of pay and other perks, and what the salary range is for your job at your company. Then think about what is important to you. Do you most want a raise, a better bonus, more stock, or something else?
"Talk to others in your organization who know your boss and ask for feedback on your pitch to him," Shambaugh says. "Find out what his points of resistance are going to be so you're prepared to respond to them."
4. Have a plan B
If the raise you want simply isn't going to happen, don't go away empty-handed, Shambaugh says. In its stead, "ask for more training, a trip to an important conference, or Friday mornings off—whatever has value for you."
And suggest a plan for discussing it again in a few months. "No doesn't always mean no. It can mean not right now," she explains. So zero in on why the boss is handing you that "No." If it's not in the budget, let him know what you would like your salary to be when he sets a new budget. If he wants to see you hit a certain milestone before bumping up your pay, then agree to a plan and time frame for getting there.
5. Know when to walk away
Fourteen percent of people who are thinking of leaving their company this year say the desire for better pay is the reason, according to a survey from human resources consulting firm Blessing White. That's twice the number of people who say they are staying because they expect a good raise or bonus.
Sticking by a company through a short financial squeeze or a few rounds of salary freezes doesn't make you a pushover if other aspects of the job work for you.
But the time can come where you just need more money. Or it can become clear that the boss is never going to see you and your value to the team the way you want him to. When that happens, it's not only OK to seek greener pastures; it's the savvy thing to do. Even within the same company, starting over with a new boss gives you a clean slate for establishing who you are and negotiating what you're worth.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tayong mga magulang, samantala, ay patuloy sa pagbabanat ng buto para matustusan ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga anak. Buti na lang tayong mga instructors mayroon tayong bakasyon. Iyan ang isang kagandahan sa ating propesyon. Kapag bakasyon ng ating mga estudyante nagbabakasyon din tayo. Iyan marahil ang isa sa mga dahilan kaya pinili natin maging isang guro. Noong ako'y estudyante pa nabasa ko na teaching is a vacation daw. Kaya nga ako naging guro dahil dun. Kaya lang dyslexic yata ako. Noong guro na ako saka ko na lang naintindihan kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng katagang yun. Di pala vacation kundi vocation pala!!!Hehehe! Joke lang po.Belated April Fools' Day!
Marahil kaisa ko kayo sa ng pagdarasal na sana ay marami ang magenrol para sa summer classes para may load naman tayo. Hindi lang basta may load kundi full load sana. Para naman hindi tayo mamroblema sa budget natin para sa 2 buwan. Madalas kasi na ang mga nakukuha nating sweldo sa summer ay kulang para sa panggastos natin. Kaya madalas din na ang iba ay humihiram ng pera sa SSS o Pagibig o sa 2 ahensyang yun.
Kumusta na kaya yung solusyon sa problemang yun? Maalala ko na may mga isinaad na panukala ang 1 sa mga bloggers dito sa site natin. Naisulat na nya ang mga pwedeng gawin para masolusyonan ang problema. Sana maisakatuparan na ang mga yun ngayong summer term na darating. Para naman maenjoy nating lahat ang summer term na ito at ang mga darating pang summer term.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
We shall take off from a recall of our past discussion. Within SLU, a case may be settled through the grievance procedure as shown in these steps:
1. Filing of the letter of complaint to the UFESLU President by an employee
The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) is a part (attached agency) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the other agency being the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). To illustrate,
DOLE l----- NCMB
But these two agencies – NCMB and NLRC – have different issues that they handle. The issues that may be brought before the NLRC will be discussed later.
No employee can directly file a case against an employee to the NCMB. The case must FIRST pass through the Grievance Procedure outlined in the CBA before it can go to the NCMB.
As the term implies, the function of the NCMB is mediation (arbitration) and conciliation.
Conciliation is done by the Head of the NCMB. In this stage, the parties are compelled to appear before the Head of the NCMB for possible settlement. Should this fail, the case goes to mediation or arbitration.
In the arbitration stage, a voluntary arbiter (VA) is selected by mutual agreement of the parties to mediate and render a decision based on an impartial appreciation of the facts. The NCMB has a list of accredited voluntary arbitrators (AVA) where the parties can select. The AVA renders a decision similar to a judge.
If one of the parties does not accept the decision of the AVA, he/she may appeal to the Court of Appeals (CA). From the CA, appeal may be made to the Supreme Court (SC).
The NCMB is located at the Benitez Court, Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City (in front of AMA Computer School).
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
For all those men who say, Why buy a cow when you can get milk for free. Here's an update for you: Nowadays, 80% of women are against marriage, WHY? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage.
Men are like....
1. Men are like .. Laxatives .... They irritate the crap out of you.
2. Men are like.Bananas The older they get, the less firm they are.
3. Men are like Weather Nothing can be done to change them.
4. Men are like .... Blenders You need One, but you're not quite sure why.
5. Men are like ....Chocolate Bars Sweet, smooth, & they usually head right to your hips.
6. Men are like ... Commercials ..... You can't believe a word they say.
7. Men are like Department Stores Their clothes are always 1/2 off!
8. Men are like ...... Government Bonds .... They take soooooooo long to mature.
9. Men are like ..... Mascara They usually run at the first sign of emotion.
10. Men are like Popcorn .. They satisfy you, but only for a little while.
11. Men are like Snowstorms You never know when they're coming, how many inches you'll get or how long it will last.
12. Men are like Lava Lamps Fun to look at, but not very bright.
13. Men are like Parking Spots All the good ones are taken, the rest are handicapped.
Ayon sa isang reliable source, dating aktibista raw ang ating presidente. Ang tanong ko lang po bakit kaya parang iniiwasan nya ang mga isyung politikal na kahit man lang pagusapan sa unibersidad ay di pinapayagan?
Maalala ko na noong kasagsagan ng panawagan ng mga taong magbitiw ang dating pangulong Estrada noong 2001 kaisa ang mga estudyante at mga guro ng SLU na lumabas sa lansangan para iparating ang kanilang saloobin ukol dito. Bakit ngayon tahimik tayo? Ano ang nagbago? Mas malala pa nga ang administrasyong Arroyo. Bakit di man lang tayo kumibo?
Sana ay magising na tayo. Ipakita natin hindi lang sa mga taga-Baguio at buong Pilipinas kundi lalung lalo na sa mga estudyante natin na tayo ay may malasakit sa bayan. Hindi ko naman sinasabing tayo ay magrally rin o kaya'y hingin ang pagbibitiw ng pangulong Arroyo. Kahit man lang sabihin na sinusuprtahan sya. Ang importante ay magsalita tayo.
Kailan natin babasagin ang ating katahimikan? Ika nga ng isang blog dito sa ating site: MGA LOUISIANS MANINDIGAN!
Emerging for a press conference in Malacañang last Monday, Mr. Romulo Neri was suddenly very voluble, apparently immensely pleased with the rationalization of himself that he has come up with, to wit, that his actions in permitting “grossly overpriced” government procurement contracts characterized by “massive kickbacks” were justified so that he could remain in government and reform it from within. Ah, that’s some load of bovine manure that you are trying to dump on the public, Mr. Neri. Shame on you.
I think that Mr. Neri – who kept signing off on patently anomalous deals because they had influential “political sponsors” – should just admit that he finds the thought of being excluded from the walkways of power so horrible that he has lost all sense of moral proportion. He should spare us, please, the diagrams and email blasts that try to paint him as a crusading knight trying to hold back the “oligarchic” forces of darkness that would unconscionably steal from the struggling poor of this country. That line collapses with the revelation of his friend and erstwhile consultant, Engineer Rodolfo Lozada Jr., that Mr. Neri asked him, as a condition for testifying, to “raise patriotic money from those ready to help him have a new source of livelihood” in a post-Arroyo government. Patriotic money? That makes Mr. Neri positively mercenary. What makes him pathetic is that, while he cannot even deny outright having said (or thought) that Mrs. Arroyo is “evil”, he still tries to curry her favor by saying weakly that he doesn’t remember having said so.
It is, actually, incredible that Mr. Neri does not seem to realize that even more problematic for us than the “oligarchs” he says he is focused on are the supposed professionals like himself who do not have the moral backbone to do what is right by the public they swore to serve and, instead, pathetically rationalize what is perniciously and wickedly wrong. That oligarchs and rent-seeking businessmen will try to obtain from government – by fair means or foul – deals profitable to them and disadvantageous to the public at large must be a given: this is what men of immoderate greed do, and such vulgar men exist in every society. But, the role of public servants like Mr. Neri is, precisely, to prevent such deals from taking place and to see to it that the public interest is protected from any would-be plunderers.
In Mr. Neri’s case, his function as economic planning chief was specifically to determine which projects would advance the public interest and which ones would not. He was supposed to be the public’s sentry at the gate, but I suspect that he quickly forgot that he was supposed to hold the gate closed against pillaging bandidos when he found that he enjoyed it more if he held the gate open so that the rampaging cowboys could pat his head as they galloped past with all the treasures they filched from a now unprotected public.
Mr. Neri’s diagram about the “oligarchs’ control of the Philippine economy and President Arroyo’s dependence on the oligarchs, the military, and local government units for her political survival” is, frankly, sophomoric and dated. What he appears to have only now discovered has been the situation in this country since its independence and this lecture has been given to numerous generations of students of history, political science, business, and economics. But that situation (if I might lecture Mr. Neri) has evolved over the years. To cite one major source of change, globalization and open borders have already diminished greatly the power of any local oligarchies where markets are generally free of artificial barriers to entry. But, artificial barriers to entry continue to be created by government bureaucrats who are actively bought and “captured” by vested interests. These captured bureaucrats are also the main gapangeros in rigging public bidding exercises for any juicy government procurement.
To cite another change, although large legitimate business enterprises continue to be an important source of campaign contributions for political candidates, the concededly much more important source today of such contributions is the undocumented cash generated by illegal activities like the jueteng, drugs, and smuggling rackets. Thus, the clear and present danger for us is not a political structure controlled by legitimate business enterprises, but one controlled by jueteng operators, drug dealers, and smugglers.
Thus is government our real problem. Government functionaries, like the disappointing Mr. Neri, allow themselves to be captured by politicos and their cronies and used as instruments for furthering private interests. This makes them dangerous enemies of the people because they pretend to be looking out for our interests while helping thieves pick our pockets. The problem of our government is that even career government bureaucrats who do not now participate in such thievery keep silent and thus passively allow such goings-on. Since career bureaucrats cannot be fired from their civil service jobs anyway – they can only be put in the “freezer”, their powers clipped – when they refuse to cooperate and blow the whistle on irregularities, it would seem that the lure of power today trumps any moral imperatives. This is such a tragedy.
Moral thresholds are, I think, at the heart of the issue regarding the level of corruption in our society in general and the amount of plunder going on in the Arroyo government in particular. The moral threshold of Mr. Lozada was crossed by the sheer garapalan of the National Broadband deal. Mr. Neri, by obviously enjoying his TV-filmed walk with Mrs. Arroyo and her Cabinet, is telling us that his line is nowhere near being crossed. He has selected a side and it is certainly not the side of the Filipino public.
The great political economist Adam Smith wrote, referring to those in government, that “Such people, as they themselves produce nothing, are all maintained by the produce of other men’s labour.” I wonder if Mr. Neri understands the meaning of this and comprehends the harm his misplaced moral threshold is doing us all.
In a New York sidewalk, a Filipino is
enjoying a hearty breakfast "
coffee, croissants, toast, butter,
When an American, chewing gum, sits
next to him and starts an unwanted
Americ an: You Filipinos eat the whole
Filipino : Of course!
Ameri can: ( Blowing bubbles with his
gum) We don't. In the States we
only eat what's inside. The crust we
collect in a container, recycle,
rebake them into croissants and sell
them to the Philippines .
American: Do ya eat jam with bread?
Filipi no : Of course!
Ameri can: (Chuckling and crackling his
gum between his teeth) We
don't. In the States, we eat fruit at
breakfast, put all the peels,
seeds and leftovers into containers,
recyc le them into jam and sell it
to the Philippines .
Filipino : Do you have sex in America ?
American: Of course, we do!
Filipino : What do you do with the
American: We throw them,
Filip ino : We don't. In the
Philippines , we put them into
containers,recycle them, melt them down into
chewing gums and sell it to
This article hopes to answer as simply as possible the questions: “What would you do…
(1) if there is a case filed against you by SLU, or
(2) if a co-employee files a case against you, or
(3) if you want to file a case against SLU or
(4) if you want to file a case against a co-employee.
Under labor law, these are the possible places (venue) where a case between an employer and an employee case can be heard.
1. The Grievance Procedure under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
2. The Regional Office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
3. The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC)
4. The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB)
The agencies above have different jurisdictions. Meaning, a case cannot be filed with one agency if the case is not part of its power to decide. We shall then discuss the jurisdiction of the above-mentioned agencies.
I. The Grievance Procedure in the CBA
Simply put, the Grievance Procedure in the CBA is a remedy where the case must first be tried to be solved within the University before it goes to another agency outside of the University. This means that the grievance is more of an internal settlement of a case.
Not all cases can be put to the grievance procedure. It is only when the issue INVOLVES (1) the INTERPRETATION of the CBA; (2) the interpretation of school regulations and policies that the case can be put under the grievance. For example, if an employee believes that the evaluation tool is subjective, this may be brought before the grievance. Also, if the employee has questions on an interpretation of a provision of the faculty manual or non-teaching manual, this may be brought before the grievance.
How is the grievance procedure done? The grievance starts when an employee files a letter of complaint addressed to the President of the UFESLU. The UFESLU President then schedules a CLEARING MEETING where the representatives of the SLU Management and the UFESLU meet. The Clearing meeting, as the first step, is quite informal since its aim is to arrive at a possible settlement. The SLU Administration is usually represented by the three vice-presidents and the Personnel Officer. The UFESLU is represented by the President and the Secretary-General. The complainants may appear in this meeting.
If the case is not settled in the Clearing Meeting, the case goes to the GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE MEETING which is a formal meeting of the parties. The SLU Administration is represented by the SLU Legal Officer. The UFESLU is represented by the President and the UFESLU legal counsel. The parties will also still aim to settle the issue at this stage.
If the issue is not solved in favor of the employee in the Grievance Committee Meeting, the case goes out of the University and the UFESLU will now file a case (in behalf of the employee) to the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB).
(Next issue, what is the NCMB?)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
NEEDED BUT REJECTED. The questioned SLU covered walk path should be funded by university fund not from the student fund, student leaers asserted. NORDIS Photo
Joined by other officers of the Executive committee and the Congress of Louisians, the student leader also demanded transparency even from the SLU administration.
In an interview, Elton Jun Veloria, secretary for public relations of the SLU-SSC said he was expelled by SSC Pres. Michael Carl Flores after he and two other officers questioned the proposal to allocate some P400,000 from the student fund for the school’s shaded walk path.
Veloria said the construction of the project should be shouldered by the SLU administration and not funded by the student central fund.
“Tuition and other fee increases are justified by the administration that 20% of the increases would be spent on infrastructure projects,” Veloria cited a Commission on Higher Education (Ched) guidelines on tuition hikes.
As this developed, the Student Affairs Office directed the SSC complaint to the student court because it was heavily premised on violations of the SSC Constitution and By-laws. The student court is inexistent and has yet to be installed, according to the student leaders.
Illegal and anomalous
Veloria also questioned Flores and the SLU administration for pushing through with the construction in December despite prior disapproval by the Congress of Louisians and the absence of an approved budget, citing provisions of the SSC constitution and by-laws and other rules on fund releases.
The student body scrapped the item for the walk path installation from the General Appropriations Act on December 11.
On December 22, three officers of the Execom retracted their earlier approval for the allocation of funds for the walk path project on three grounds, which included the absence of a canvass form attached in the resolution; the failure to indicate an amount and the absence of a Congress concurrence.
In the same letter Veloria, Cortez and Valerie Marcius Aquino, secretary for audit, said it is not the SSC’s responsibility to construct the project, iterating the 20% ToFI for improvement of facilities.
Two subsequent retraction letters were sent on January 4 and 7.
The written account he signed with Rolirey H. Flores, speaker of the Congress of Louisians and Paul Christian Cortez, secretary for Finance stated that the project was done in December when no student was in school.
The officers also questioned the release of funds from SSC funds, despite irregularities, which Veloria claims, is known to the administration.
“The haste by which the project was implemented and the timing cast a darker show of doubt on the Shaded Walk,” the written statement said.
Veloria’s group reminded Flores that their responsibility as student council officers is to protect the rights and welfare of students.
They also clarified that they are not against the construction of the walk path because it would benefit students, especially during inclement weather. They made it clear that their responsibility is to ask the university to shoulder the construction and not draw the funds from the SSC.
The Anakbayan-SLU chapter supported Veloria and his group demand that funds used to construct the walk path be reverted to the student fund. It said the funds were mysteriously drawn without the knowledge of the secretary for finance.
“The SSC is a training ground for the youth to become worthy people’s servants and not a training ground for graft and corruption,” Anakbayan said in a support statement.
Veloria maintains that he was arbitrarily expelled by Flores, who cited as ground four absences in the Execom meetings, which he contested in another letter.
Anakbayan believed the expulsion did not go through due process.
It supported Veloria’s analysis that he was expelled due to Flores’es disregard for democratic processes as embodied in the SSC by-laws.
Flores alleged that he could not find proof that Veloria was never absent in meetings because no documents could be found in the SSC office.
The appointment of John Balignasay as a replacement for Veloria was not approved by the Congress of Louisians. Instead the Congress ruled that Veloria be reinstated for lack of basis for expulsion.
Aquino and Cortez are reportedly threatened of expulsion for supporting Veloria. Like Veloria, they were voted into office by the student population, according to Anakbayan.
Flores, 29, a barangay captain in a downtown barangay, here, is a nursing student.Nordis tried, but failed to get an interview with Flores.