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Urdaneta City U struggles to fill up 453 vacancies

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by Allan Yves Briones

For the second year in a row, Urdaneta City University (UCU) has failed to fill up its substantial number of open vacancies despite available funding from the national government.

“It is herein emphasized that these positions were vital in the discharge of the respective mandate of the University and the objectives of the creation of these positions were based on priority needs identified by the University itself,” the Commission on Audit (COA) stated in its annual audit report.

According to the state auditing agency, since 2017 the university has included in its annual budget the payment of salaries and benefits for 453 open personnel and support positions.

Among the free slots are 119 undergraduate faculty including the summer term, 52 reviewers for the teacher’s licensure examinations, and 44 professors for those seeking graduate degrees.

Source: 2018 Annual Audit Report on the City of Urdaneta

The reason for the lack of hiring? The UCU’s lack of publication.

“The Management’s practice of non-publication of vacant positions runs counter to the intent of the law, that is, to give both internal and external applicants equal opportunity to vie for vacancies and to ensure fairness and transparency in the recruitment and selection process in government,” COA said.

Section 2 of Republic Act No. 7041 and Section 29, Rule VII of the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions require the posting of such vacancies in at least three conspicuous places, re-published every nine months if no appointment was made.

According to UCU officials, as stated in the report, the university could not fill up vacancies to part-time lecturers “since they also have full-time jobs.”

However, they claimed that they have already expedited their hiring process, with job postings sent to DOLE, CSC and CHED already approved.

COA reminded the UCU of how important it is to fill up its vacancies, with the goal of improving its overall service and program delivery, as well as providing jobs.

“The non-filling up of vacant positions denies job opportunities for qualified applicants is not in consonance with the government’s development agenda, which was to provide employment to the citizenry.”

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