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Gawad Retirado 2012: Endings and beginnings

Chancellor Caesar Saloma talked of challenges
and opportunities as he addressed the retirees.

(March 7)—For the retirees, it wasn’t so much a recounting of the past as it was a peek at the future during the annual Parangal sa mga Retirado at Gawad Paglilingkod held last February 23 at the NISMED auditorium. The ceremony honors the achievements and lives of UPD employees who retired in the period from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.

This year’s ceremony is the first under the administration of Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma.

A total of 111 faculty, staff and REPS retired this year, many of them having served the university for more than 40 years.

Among the 34 faculty retirees, 24 were full professors, with 13 carrying the rank of Professor 12 (the highest in the University). Among the retirees include such luminaries as Drs. Randolf David (College of Social Sciences and Philosophy [CSSP]), Leonor Briones (National College of Public Administration and Governance [NCPAG]), Merlin Magallona (College of Law [CL]), Ernesto Pineda (College of Business Administration [CBA]), Rafael Rodriguez (CBA), Evelyn Tan (College of Science) and Celia T. Adriano (College of Education [Educ]).

Dr. Jovy Peregrino of the College of Arts
and Letters hosted the ceremony. Photo
courtesy of the HRDO.

Georgia Ballarta, a supervising administrative
officer from College of Science, spoke for the
administrative and REPS retirees.

The CSSP and the UP Integrated School lost the most this year with both units having six retirees each while the CS had five retirees among its ranks. The CBA had three faculty retirees while Educ, the College of Arts and Letters and College of Home Economics each had two faculty retirees for this year. The Asian Center, NCPAG, College of Mass Communication, Institute of Islamic Studies, CL, School of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Economics and College of Music each had one faculty retiree.

While there were only four REPS retirees this year, one of them was former University Librarian Salvacion M. Arlante, who served UPD for close to 42 years.

Thirty-one UPD units and offices lost 68 administrative personnel this year, many of them having served the University for close to 40 years. Among these units, the CS and the CMO lost the most with eight retirees each.

The UP System retired five of its members this year, their ranks ranging from an administrative aide at the Office of the President to an administrative assistant at the UP Printery.

Among all of the retirees, the longest person in service was José T. Cruz, a steward at the OVCSA who has been with the University for 46 years.

Each retiree received a photo of him/her at the event, placed inside a triptych along with a certificate of appreciation, and a medal in the form of the University seal.

Two special awards that carry a cash incentive of P10,000 were given out that afternoon, both for at least 40 years of unbroken service to the University. They are the Natatanging Gawad Paglilingkod Retirado for retirees and the Gawad Paglilingkod, which is given to employees in active service who are devoid of any single leave of absence without pay. This is the third year of the Gawad Paglilingkod.

Speaking for the faculty retirees was Adriano, who noted that “retirement” also meant a “re-tiring” of the proverbial wheels, saying that the best form of gratitude she and her fellow retirees can give to UP for giving them the chance to teach and work is to continue serving the Filipino people in their own way.

“With these new tires means renewed energy, openness to face new challenges in serving our people whatever path we choose to take,” she said.

Veering away from the formal, administrative staff and REPS response speaker Georgia Ballarta (Supervising Administrative Officer) from the CS called to move the implementation date of the 10-day service recognition pay from April 1, 2011 to January 1, 2011, to include the first 23 retirees who did not make the cut.

For his part, Saloma advised all the retirees to view their status as that of both challenge and opportunity: challenge because of the many financial and routine changes they will face in the time of sudden idleness and opportunity because of the professional freedom that retirement allows.

He lauded the retirees for their dedicated years of service to UPD, noting that their contributions will not be wasted and that UPD will continue to “develop and implement new ways of doing things to achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness.”—AKR