BSU Time Use: Engaging Faculty Researchers Before and After the Disallowance Disaster

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Ruth S. Batani Kacy O. Labon


The study aimed to establish the work profile of the faculty researchers at Benguet State University (BSU) in relation to time use for both paid work and ‘other work’ in the context of Notice of Disallowances (NDs). Data were gathered through time use survey, individual in-depth interviews, conversations-with-a purpose and review of secondary documents. Findings show that faculty researchers have to perform multiple tasks, part of which is research that extends beyond working hours. The faculty researchers’ actual workload is nearly twice the required number of workload, and overload is not necessarily compensated. Though the provision on workload of the research and extension managers and personnel was already included in the Research and Extension Manual of Operations (REMO) 2015, it is not consistently implemented, accordingly due to budget implication. Nevertheless, despite the Audit Observation Memos (AOMs) and ‘disallowances’, BSU faculty researchers, particularly the ‘senior’ researchers, persisted to engage in research and development, even under increasingly difficult and unpaid work conditions. If left unattended, the stance of ‘less incentivizing’ atmosphere might define the future work values. More importantly, fewer faculty members might opt not to conduct research which would impact the University’s research and extension productivity.

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