In an event that featured several officials from across the UP System, the University’s Research, Extension and Professional Staff (REPS) gathered at the UP Diliman School of Statistics Auditorium to participate in UP’s Systemwide REPS Conference 2018. The Conference, which was held from October 18-19, 2018, built on the gains of the first ever Systemwide REPS Conference held in 2013 by advancing important discussions relating to the recognition, role and representation of REPS across all of UP’s campuses.
In a message read on behalf of UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Rose Bautista cited the importance of the REPS in fulfilling UP’s mandate of teaching, knowledge creation, and public service.
The REPS, she noted, are partners of the UP faculty in guiding the University’s students and in building the future of the nation. Bautista said the fact that UP REPS are increasingly becoming recipients of research publication awards and research dissemination grants just further justifies investing in the REPS and supporting their continued professional development.
The Conference featured plenary sessions and workshops that aimed to discuss and build consensus around issues important to the REPS. These included: recognition of REPS for their contributions to knowledge creation and public service: participation of REPS in University governance; and, improvement of the career paths of REPS. These sessions and workshops were led and facilitated by REPS, who presented their findings during the closing program.
The lineup of speakers at the Conference’s opening ceremonies also included UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, President Carl Marc Ramota of the All UP Academic Employees Union (AUPAEU), UP Faculty Regent Patricia Arinto, and Staff Regent Analiza Fulvadora.
In her message, Fulvadora noted several issues facing the REPS sector that include providing standardized guidelines and policies for hiring, tenure and promotion; as well as having a representative specifically for REPS among the Board of Regents. She added that her Office was aware of these concerns and that she was willing to work with REPS in attendance to craft strategies and programs that advanced the collective desires of the sector on these key points. (Andre DP Encarnacion, UP MPRO)