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Faculty member highlights lack of consultation under Sanchez’s term

All UP Academic Employees Union President and UP Rural High School (UPRHS) Faculty, Cris Lanzaderas, described Sanchez’s leadership appearing to have a “top-down approach” due to his frequent absences in consultations and dialogues.

Words by Pierre Hubo and Saulo Paul Bautista

While many cry of anti-student policies under ex-UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez’s term, the faculty are no different. In an exclusive interview with UPLB Perspective, a faculty member detailed how there was a lack of consultation by Sanchez’s administration.

All UP Academic Employees Union President and UP Rural High School (UPRHS) Faculty, Cris Lanzaderas, described Sanchez’s leadership appearing to have a “top-down approach” due to his frequent absences in consultations and dialogues. 

When we meant top-down, walang solidong consultation o dialogue, nare-receive na lang ng faculty and staff ang kanilang memorandum na walang espasyo para sa mga consultation at discussion kung ito ba ay kayang gawin ng student, [o] kayang gawin ng faculty,he explained. 

(When we meant top-down, there is no solid for consultation or dialogue, there’s no room for consultation and discussion in every memorandum received by the faculty and staff if it can be executed by the students or faculty.) 

He added, as a UPRHS faculty, they were left hanging by the administration during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic on what operating procedures to make. As decisions for UPRHS come from the constituent university, Lanzaderas explained how they were waiting for plans from Sanchez’s administration regarding the upcoming semester. Instead, Lanzaderas said that they were left hanging by the ex-chancellor and his vice chancellors.

Lanzaderas called Sanchez’s term as counterproductive for his “top-down” approach. His memoranda is usually followed by clarifications. In one instance, a memorandum was retracted due to the lack of communication during the height of the pandemic. Their union had to take their own means to fill the gaps of the administration with regards to consultations.

Ang union noon ay nagi-initiate na ng mga surveys at consultations. Nagsagawa kami ng survey on the readiness of the faculty to handle online classes. Parang dapat administration yung gumagawa noon, pero ang nangyayari nga, naiiwan or napupunta na lang yung burden na ito sa individual faculty or groups of faculty member [na] nagkakanya ang bawat unit.”

(The union was initiating surveys and consultations back then. We conducted surveys on the readiness of the faculty to handle online classes. The administration should do that, but in this case, this burden fell upon the shoulders of the individual faculty or groups of faculty members, which was single-handedly done by each unit.)

Lanzaderas recalled an instance last 2020 where the ex-Chancellor had adjourned a meeting of the University Council (UC), the highest academic policy body of UPLB, for a lunch break.

Ang nangyari kasi is parang binuksan yung Q&A (question-and-answer) sa Zoom, so lahat kami nage-expect na okay may Q&A portion ang UC meeting na ito, so ilista natin yung mga questions. Pero pagdating na ng 12 PM, abruptly cinut yung meeting with the reason na break na; hindi nasagot yung mga tanong ng faculty.

(What happened is that a Q&A was initiated in the Zoom meeting, and we were expecting one in the UC meeting so we listed some of our questions, but the meeting was cut abruptly at 12 PM due to break time. Our questions and concerns are not addressed in that meeting.)

The UC meeting was attended by deans ang college representatives, professors, and university officials to discuss remote learning, grades, and Maximum Residency Rule (MRR) and readmission appeals, where questions were reserved for the last agenda but were cut because of “lunch break”.

(RELATED STORY: Concerned faculty ‘cut-off’ from raising concerns in UC meeting)

Lanzaderas highlights Sanchez’s avoidance of controversial issues during his term.

Syempre kitang kita ‘yung pag-iwas niya mapag-usapan ‘yung essential issues na ito. May galit na ang mga faculty noong mga panahon na iyon kasi iniwan kami sa ere. Tapos ang nakakatawa pa ngayon naglalabas si Ex-Chancellor Sanchez ng clarifications. Ang dami niyang nilalabas na statements eh ‘yun ‘yung mga sagot sa mga tanong namin dati noong 2020, so bakit mo pa kailangan ngayon sagutin ang mga tanong na binabato namin sayo? Parang ‘naghuhugas labada’ si ex-Chancellor Sanchez,” Lanzaderas added.

(Sanchez’s avoidance in dealing with the essential issues is obvious. The faculty is enraged as he left them hanging back then. What’s funny is that he keeps on releasing clarification statements which should have been answers to our questions back in 2020, so why does he need to answer the questions we once asked him before? It’s like ex-Chancellor Sanchez is cleaning-up his mess.)

Lanzaderas said that Sanchez had no solid legacy, which is important for any presidential nominee to have an idea on what kind of University they will lead. Lanzaderas fears that Sanchez may again break his promises or checklists.

Mangangako rin ba siya ng mga pangako na papakuin niya eventually or maglilista ba siya ng kanyang mga checklist pero wala naman tayong machecheckan after ng kanyang term? ‘Yun yung nakakatakot.”

(Will he make promises that he will not fulfill or will he create a checklist that we cannot really tick off after his term? That is what is frightening.) [P]

This is the first article of a three-part coverage. To read more about the rise in Maximum Residency Rule (MRR) and readmission cases under Sanchez’s term, click here. To read more about other anti-student policies under Sanchez’s term, click here.

For more background about Sanchez, his mission and vision as a nominee, and his responses to critical questions during forums for UP Presidential nominees, follow this link.

2 comments on “Faculty member highlights lack of consultation under Sanchez’s term

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