3 deans leave city college to protest school’s ‘style’

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Saturday, August 30, 2014


THREE deans and two faculty members have resigned from the Mandaue City College (MCC) run by Dr. Paulus Mariae Cañete.

Dr. Emedio Bustillo, Dr. Benjamin Luage, Dr. Nelson Ducay and professors Jefbec Coca and Luz Batobalonos cited "serious and unbearable strained relations" as the reason for their resignation.

"We could not tolerate this misguided style of administration anymore," Bustillo said on his Facebook account where he announced their mass resignation.

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They sent their joint resignation letter titled, “Withdrawal of Support,” to Cañete's
office last Thursday afternoon.

Cañete, the college president, said the resignation will not cripple the school's operation, as the vacated positions will be filled in immediately.

“Their mass resignation was actually mass sour-graping,” he said.

Cañete said the deans and faculty members resigned because they have demands the school cannot give. "They are dictating the school," he said.

In a separate interview, Bustillo said their resignation came three weeks after they sent a petition to Cañete asking for higher travel allowance and other requests.

Bustillo had been with the MCC since 2008. In December last year, he was appointed dean of the College of Business Administration and the College of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Services Management.

Luage was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences while Ducay was the dean handling criminology.

In their petition, Bustillo said they asked Cañete to increase their P300 travel allowance.

Deans and faculty members travel to Leyte, Surigao and Davao for the school's extension classes.

Bustillo said that for having no salary, deans and teachers deserve an increase in travel allowance at least. Unlike most of workers in the MCC, Bustillo said he receives allowance from the college.

The MCC run by Cañete was declared illegitimate by the City Government when Mayor Jonas Cortes assumed as mayor in 2007.

After losing its subsidy from the City, the college has not been able to give their teachers salary.

The City put up a new local college at the back of the City Sports and Cultural Complex. It is run by Dr. Teresa Inot.

Bustillo said Cañete took their petition negatively.

He also accused Cañete of playing favorites among deans and faculty members.

But Cañete said that if he had any favorite dean, it was Bustillo. "In the first place, I hired them because they are my friends. Wala gani na silay klaro nga appointment (They didn't even have a formal appointment yet)," he said.

The college, located in Barangay Canduman, has about 800 students spread among 10 courses.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2014.

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