CHED's Passing the Buck: An Admission of Incompetence
The tracker now has "Remarks" and "Action Steps" on which deficiencies on the part of the scholar are highlighted. Obviously, in the above figure, there are seven rows (seven scholars) in which these columns are empty. The public tracker is supposedly updated continuously so perhaps, these seven scholars have promply addressed their deficiencies during the first few weeks this tracker has been posted. But then again, maybe, there are really no deficiencies and the Commission is simply the culprit for the delay. The Commission did apologize weeks ago citing poor infrastructure, deficiency on scholars' documents, and additional audit requirements. Deficiencies are always mentioned yet the Commission admits that there are thousands of scholars who are in fact fully compliant.
|Above copied from PhilStar|
An open letter posted on Facebook sums up the resentment of the Commission's teacher scholars: (In this age of social media and email, it is truly remarkable that the Commission still tries to blame documents for the delay.)
What is especially striking in this open letter is the allegation that officials within the Commission have been threatening teacher-scholars as well as their institutions after they have aired their complaints. Department chairs and university officials are even told of the risk of losing scholarship opportunities in the future. This is utterly depraved especially when the Chair of the Commission can easily take a "business class" flight to California.
Ironically, the above trip is "to participate in high level meetings of Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI) Project in California, USA". By the way, PCARI is a multibillion project which a former youth representative in the Philippine Congress called "anomalous":
“The P10-billion PCARI project is riddled with anomalies and legal infirmities. The way its implementation is designed – wherein foreign institutions pre-selected by PCARI focal persons can access large chunks of public funds without the benefit of a public bidding – makes the project highly vulnerable to corruption. A comprehensive congressional review is thus in order.”Apparently, when it comes to PCARI, the Commission has no infrastructure, deficiency and audit problems.