By Deogracia William A. Bemida | News Editor
Vol. XCI No. 13
Dec. 13, 2019
Silliman University Faculty Association (SUFA) questions the issued memorandum from the office of Human Resource and Development (HRD) released last Nov 28.
The memorandum states that the Christmas vacation for the students will start on Dec 16 and all university employees will continue to work until Dec 20. The resumption of work is said to begin on January 6, while classes begin on January 8, 2020.
In response to the memorandum, SUFA addressed a letter to the Silliman University Office of the President questioning the dates of Christmas vacation and resumption of work for the university employees. They remarked that if they are to return on January 6, what work will be done if students are not around.
SUFA’s stand is that it is up for any academic personnel to be in their offices, and for those who will be in the following week of Christmas vacation shall be given extra pay for working beyond the class days.
Asst. Prof. Jonathan Te, acting president of SUFA mentioned that they have been telling the members of union not to file a leave without pay. “We are only recourse to file a leave without pay because they already planned and they already set their schedule for traveling. For example, they’re going and not all of the academic personnel are from here, so we are telling them not to file a leave without pay because if you file it, then your pay will deduct for something that your not suppose to be working,” he quoted.
Since the university follows the school calendar, the union finds the schedule unusual because it states that Dec. 13 is the last day of classes and after that, work continues for the following week. As for them, Dec 16-20 are extra days and it is weird for them to work since students are on vacation.
“We always believe that once its the last day of school for the students, that’s it for us. That”s already a Christmas vacation. We already made plans, so for example, before the memorandum came out on Nov 28 we already made plans when mag Christmas party for faculty union” he added.
According to the HRD Manager, Atty. Joshua Francisco Ablong, the university follows a two-week shutdown in the month of December and that is to enable the university faculty and staff to be with there family and normally that is undertaken every year. The university shutdown will happen on Dec 21 and the date falls into the two-week calendar shutdown schedule. Atty. Ablong explained:
“If you count the number of days during the shutdown from Dec 20 – January 6, that’s approximately two weeks and so that has always been the practice every year.”
To be concise on the practice of having a two-week shutdown, the administration body decided to let Dec 20 as the last day for work. The same day is the scheduled Christmas party for the university personnel.
According to Atty. Ablong, the Office of the General Council is currently preparing a response to the letter of SUFA.