Brod Prosecutor Mario Luna
No less than Dean Gemy Lito Festin of the College of Law of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila recognized and praised the 100% attendance of two (2) Tau Kappa Phi brethren out of the more than sixty (60) faculty members thereof, namely, Brod Prosecutor Mario Luna and Brod Prosecutor Meynard Bautista during a faculty meeting held on November 8, 2014 at the PUP Law Library.
Brod Prosecutor Meynard Bautista (left) with Past Grand Chancellor, Atty. Ian Encarnacion
The aforementioned meeting was called for the purpose of, among others, assessing the professors’ performance and the college’s handling of the recently held Bar Examinations in October. According to Brod Mario, Dean Festin’s “first item of note was congratulating Bro Meynard and myself about our perfect attendance”. On said occasion, Dean Festin recognized the ability and capability of Brod Mario to teach Remedial Law and considered him for a Remedial Law Review load later on.
Brod Prosecutor Mario Luna (center) visited in his office by fellow Tau Kappans, Brod Paolo Brillantes (left) and Grand Chancellor Juan Karlo Talingdan II (right)
Brod Mario has been serving as a professor at PUP College of Law for six (6) years teaching Criminal Law 2 and the Law on Property. He is presently the Deputy City Prosecutor and Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the City Prosecutor, Department of Justice (DOJ), in Antipolo City. Brod Meynard has been teaching thereat for more than seven (7) years. He is serving as the Deputy City Prosecutor, Office of the City Prosecutor, DOJ, in Quezon City.
(L-R) Grand Chancellor Juan Karlo Talingdan II, Brod Paolo Brillantes, Brod Prosecutor Mario Luna and Brod Atty. Arnulfo Pioquinto, Provincial Election Supervisor, COMELEC, Antipolo
The importance of attendance of faculty members cannot be gainsaid. It is equally, if not more, important with that of the students. According to a longitudinal research by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachussets published in 2007, “teacher absences directly affect the achievement” of the students and that the impact of teacher attendance is non-trivial1. This is true in law school wherein students are required to read volumes of reference books, unfathomable codal provisions and piles of Supreme Court decisions.
According to a USAID Paper (2009), “[T]eacher absenteeism has a wide and influential reach on a country’s educational system. High levels of absenteeism negatively impacts student achievement, school reputation, contribute to the decline of the profession and incite student absenteeism2.”
1DO TEACHER ABSENCES IMPACT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT? LONGITUDINAL EVIDENCE FROM ONE URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICT , 2007, Miller, et al., National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA; Online, http://www.nctq.org/nctq/research/1190910822841.pdf; Accessed November 11, 2014)
2 Teacher Absenteeism and Teacher Accountability, USAID Ed Strategy Development, January 2009, page 10; Online: http://www.academia.edu/2380578/Teacher_Absenteeism_and_Teacher_Accountability_USAID_Paper, Accessed: November 11, 2014.