After University Student Council (USC) President Israel Pajarillo officially filed a leave of absence (LOA) on October 12, effective until January 15 of next year, USC elevated current USC Vice President Risstin Limalima as the USC Officer-in-Charge (OIC) President and current USC Auditor Karen Buenaventura as USC OIC Vice President.
In the Resolution Nos. 0016, 0018 and 0019 filed by the USC, it stated in Article V, Section 14 of the 2013 Amended USC Constitution, that if any of the officers of the Executive Board aside from the Presidency becomes temporarily vacant, the President shall appoint Officer/s-in-Charge from the Executive Board (EB) without relinquishing their original post until such temporary vacancy ceases to exist.
As such, with the position of the USC Auditor left vacant, the USC Executive Board has appointed USC Assistant Secretary Reiben Arcilla to be the USC OIC Auditor. However, Arcilla clarified that he was not part of the USC’s EB.
“Pero to clarify lang [po], Asec (Assistant Secretary) was not part of EBs [po]. Bale it’s a designation [po] wherein I’ll be the one to monitor the units that we have. Walang voting and signing power,” he explained.
Meanwhile, the rest of the USC officers’ positions remain the same for AY 2017-2018.
USC President’s LOA
Further explaining the cause of his LOA this semester, Pajarillo expounded that the company he previously interning for encountered a ‘problem’ and so he needed to find another company to finish the remaining hours of his on-the-job training.
Pajarillo added that Student Development and Activities Office (SDAO) Director Ma. Luisa Ongcol requested for his LOA during a meeting called by the SDAO director.
“The discussion was fruitful and Ms. Ongcol had valid points in her request for me to file my Leave of Absence given that she knows I was still holding my post while balancing it with my OJT and my academics,” Pajarillo mentioned.
Meanwhile, the SDAO Director confirmed that she requested for Pajarillo’s LOA to prevent any problems that may arise. “If ever lang naman ha, baka magkaroon ng bagsak sa Israel mahirap na ‘di siya makakabalik (as USC president) kasi diba may maintaining grade,” Ongcol explained.
He then discussed the matter with USC Adviser Antonio Gutierrez Jr. and then USC VP Limalima who agreed to the changes that would occur in the council after Pajarillo officially filed for a LOA.
“To further explain on why our adviser and the USC EB agreed upon it is that my leave of absence would result to faster circulation of documents given that it would take away my signing power and they won’t have to wait for me come to school and sign the documents then circulate it afterwards,” he explained.
Moreover, Pajarillo said that his LOA will only temporarily remove his “signing power” and that the duties and responsibilities as part of USC will remain.
“Even if most of my time is occupied by my OJT, I trust my co-officers enough that they would be able to provide quality service to the students together with our USC Logistics and Marketing Unit,” he expressed.