1st from Min­danao

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - By Jen­nie P. Arado

BE­ING the first Staff Re­gent of the en­tire Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines (UP) Sys­tem com­ing from Min­danao, Anal­iza Ful­vadora hopes to help ad­dress the sur­fac­ing is­sues of the non-teach­ing per­son­nel of the sys­tem.

Ful­vadora of­fi­cially sat as the 5th Staff Re­gent of the en­tire UP Sys­tem on July 27, 2017. The high­est pol­icy-gov­ern­ing body of the sys­tem is called the Board of Re­gents headed by the UP President Danilo Con­cep­cion and the Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion (CHED) chair­per­son Pa­tri­cia Licua­nan. The body is also com­posed of a fac­ulty re­gent, a stu­dent re­gent, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee of the Se­nate and the Con­gress, and Mala­cañang ap­pointees.

As she starts with her work as the staff re­gent rep­re­sent­ing more than 8,000 non-teach­ing per­son­nel of the UP sys­tem dur­ing board meet­ings, Ful­vadora said she would want to push for the reg­u­lar­iza­tion of cur­rent con­trac­tual work­ers in the uni­ver­sity and to con­tinue the call for wage hike and con­tin­ual ben­e­fits of the em­ploy­ees.

She cited that the 4th Staff Re­gent was able to im­prove the recog­ni­tion pay scheme from be­ing able to claim it by 65 years old down to only 60 years old. Ful­vadora said she wishes to be able to at­tain sim­i­lar acts of pol­icy im­prove­ment that would ben­e­fit the per­son­nel work­ing in dif­fer­ent con­stituent uni­ver­si­ties (CU) of UP.

Most of the times, when peo­ple hear about a uni­ver­sity-wide op­er­a­tion, they think of the stu­dents and the fac­ulty mem­bers and only later on do they think of the ad­min­is­tra­tion and re­search staff be­hind it. Ful­vadora said she would want that the non-teach­ing staff to be able to also get the same ben­e­fits and at­ten­tion given to the stu­dents and the teachers as well.

She said she is grate­ful that the uni­ver­sity is very demo­cratic in terms of its pol­icy-cre­ation, mak­ing sure that all the sec­tors of the uni­ver­sity will be well-pre­sented. In her two years term as a Staff Re­gent, she said she would make sure to de­liver the ex­pec­ta­tion of her col­leagues in the 20 UP cam­puses and ex­ten­sion schools na­tion­wide.

Be­fore get­ting elected as the Staff Re­gent, Ful­vadora works un­der the Schol­ar­ship Sec­tor of the Of­fice of the Stu­dent Af­fairs (OSA). She also be­came the Elias B. Lopez Hall dor­mi­tory man­ager. For a while, there was no uni­ver­sity nurse, which led Ful­vadora to want to earn skills in nurs­ing that’s why she stud­ied. Now, she has de­grees in com­merce, nurs­ing, and spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion.

Her elec­tion as Staff Re­gent was also made pos­si­ble by her pres­i­dency in the All UP Work­ers Union-UP Min­danao Chap­ter. Since then, she was al­lowed to rep­re­sent UP Min­danao in the ro­ta­tional elec­tion na­tion­wide.

Her mul­ti­ple de­grees did not only help with her ser­vice as an OSA of­fi­cial, but also to her col­leagues who would some­times ask for medical ad­vice from her.

As she jok­ingly said, “Sige lang ko'g skwela (I'm al­ways study­ing).”

Ful­vadora finds com­fort in the many and var­ied knowl­edge that she has at­tained and which now al­lowed her to lead a num­ber of peo­ple for the next two years.

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