Atty. Grace Tillah-Alasco, a professor of the College of Law was officially installed into office as the new Faculty Union President last August 4 at the Juanito Bruno Gymnasium.
As the two-year term of Prof. Esnaen Catong ends as president, the union sees new light in the person of its freshly mandated leader to carry on and continue the endeavors of the previous administration and introduce innovative beneficial to each faculty member of this university.
Other officers of the union, to include: Vice-President Dr. Samuel Calisang (College of Engineering and Technology); Secretary Prof. Hashim N. Alawi, Jr. (College of Nursing); Treasurer Prof. Bernardita Bacang (College of Education); Public Information Officer Prof. Abigail Fernando (College of Education); Auditor Prof. Miriam Kanti (College of Nursing); Project Manager Prof. Ariel Alvarez (College of Science and Mathematics); and the officers of the faculty organizations of the respective colleges in the university were also inducted in their respective positions by the university president herself, Dr. Grace J. Rebollos.
Dr. Rebollos commended one of the proposed programs of the incoming FU administration to render free legal service to the members. This will, according to her, allow the members to be more aware of their rights.
During the program, there was an announcement from Dr. Rebollos of a colleague who passed away and of some co-teachers who are not in good shape. Atty. Alasco responded to this by saying that the union should work with speed in extending help not only financially but also morally.
Another proposal from the new administration is “…to look into the welfare of the honorary members, the retirees and those who…transferred offices but once upon a time served as a faculty member.” Atty. Alasco believes that the union should give due recognition to former members because as she puts it “We cannot be the Faculty Union now had we not evolved from the Faculty Club before.”
Furthermore, she also presented the idea of having a newsletter for the union to inform the members of the affairs of the FU. “It will tell you who gets promoted…who gets out of the university for whatever reason”, she says.
Atty. Alasco, was formerly a professor of the College of Liberal Arts teaching Social Sciences before she became a lawyer. “Ironically, after becoming a lawyer, I’m coming back to teach”, she adds.
According to her, some colleagues from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines would even ask her why would she still engage herself in teaching when she is busy enough in practicing her law profession. But she would answer “I’m actually tired in my office, but when I step inside WMSU I get energized.” True enough, she loves teaching more than practicing law.
To this end, she commended the great teachers of the university and said “I may not have your IQ (intelligence quotient)…but I know where my heart is.” Her heart is in WMSU, in the teaching profession, as evidenced by her next statement, “In fact I already dropped some of my clients in favour of the Faculty Union.”(Almar E. Villanueva)