(Second of a Series)
TAGBILARAN CITY. – A copy of a Motion for Reconsideration obtained by this paper the other day from the law office of the legal counsel of Arlene Palgan, former faculty member of the Holy Name University (HNU) insisted that Palgan indeed first began working with the school as a casual or assistance clinical instructor in 1992 while she was awaiting for her results in the Nursing board exam.
However, at the start of her hiring, HNU did not provide her with standards for evaluation of her satisfactory completion of her probationary employment.
In the second semester of school-year 1994-1995, Palgan was hired as a full-time Clinical instructor of the university until the school-year 1998 to 1999.
But in the second semester of that school-year, Palgan was transferred to the Guidance Center as a Nursing guidance instructor handling guidance, educat5ion and graduate school courses. At this time, she was elected as the no. 2 municipal councilor of Carmen town.
In the year 2001, Palgan was elected as no. 1 municipal councilor of her town for which reason, she took a leave of absence.
During the first semester of school-year 2004-2005, Palgan resumed her work as a full-time Clinical Instructor of the HNU College of Nursing. Due to her superlative credentials, she was designated as a the medic-in=charge of handling the Special Nursing Program for Doctors.
Similar to the start of her hiring, Palgan was not provided with standards for the school to evaluate her satisfactory service.
In her 11-page motion, the former HNU faculty member insisted that the NLRC was right that counting only from the time Palgan resumed teaching in 2004, she had already completed the required six consecutive regular semesters of probationary period of employment.
The CA ruling stressed that the mere completion by Palgan of the three-year probationary period does not automatically grant her the right to acquire permanent employment status.
It pointed out that Palgan has the burden to prove that she was a full-time faculty and rendered satisfactory service within the required probationary period.
In her motion, Palgan said that pursuant to the foregoing law and the regulations by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the three-year or one-year clinical experience is a minimum academic requirement to quality to be a member of the faculty in the college of nursing and is therefore required for one to be considered a full-time faculty. (To be continued)
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