MESSAGE FROM THE INCOMING FACULTY REGENT
PROFESSOR ROLAND G. SIMBULAN
10 February 2006
TO MY COLLEAGUES AND FACULTY CONSTITUENTS IN THE U.P. SYSTEM:
It gives me great pleasure to represent the U.P. faculty in the highest policy-making body of the U.P. System. The U.P. System now has 3,500 regular faculty members nationwide in its seven Constituent Universities and an additional 600+ part time lecturers. As there is yet no staff regent in the BOR, I will also try to represent the interests of REPS and non-academic personnel. I am grateful for the overwhelming support that you gave me in both the first and second rounds of the system-wide nomination voting for the faculty regency in October and November last year.
As faculty regent of the U.P. System, I will perform the following roles to the best of my ability:
1. To vigorously represent faculty and REPS interests, rights and welfare in the highest-policy making body of the University in general, and in particular, to seek a review of existing university policies on tenure and renewal of appointments especially those affecting junior faculty members; also a review of the status of the clinical faculty of the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Pharmacy and College of Allied and Medical Professions who are without compensation (WOCs).
2. To promote the democratization of the University in both academic and administrative matters, and in particular, for strong provisions in a new U.P. Charter that promote the democratic participation, rights and welfare of the faculty, REPS, administrative personnel and students.
3. To work for more support for research activities of the faculty and REPS in the University, and for an environment that is more conducive to scholarly activities, greater productivity and efficiency.
4. To work for higher compensation and benefits of the faculty, REPS and non-academic personnel.
5. To make the U.P. academe more responsive to national issues and in promoting the cultural identity of Filipinos.
6. To make the Office of the Faculty Regent (OFR) more transparent, accessible, consultative and accountable to its constituent faculty members as a principle of governance through a regular consultative mechanism, creation of an OFR website and e-group, and the regular reporting of faculty and REPS’ issues and concerns taken up in the BOR.
I also hope that I can assist in strengthening the university’s system-wide academic union and to help work for its formal recognition with collective negotiating powers to more effectively advance rank and file faculty/REPS’ rights, benefits and welfare.
As the representative of the University of the Philippines System Faculty to the Board of Regents, I will try my best to make myself accessible to our faculty constituents. So please feel free to see me at our office at the Faculty Regent’s Office in U.P. Diliman or to get in touch with me if there are any issues or concerns that you feel we should bring up with the Board of Regents .
There is so much to do, and I will count on your continued support as we face the big challenges ahead of us this year.
Mabuhay ang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas!
Roland G. Simbulan
Professor in Development Studies and Public Management
University of the Philippines Manila
& Incoming Faculty Regent,
U.P. Board of Regents,
University of the Philippines System
Celfn no. 0917-3716307
Office Telephone Number: 9818500 local 4511 or 4512 Office Address: Office of the Faculty Regent,
Vinzons Hall, U.P. Diliman
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip in Feb 27th 2006