PSU faces more troubles as OJT certificates of its 33 students were found fake

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Pangasinan State University (PSU) is in for more troubles as the On-the-Job Training (OJT) certificates issued to its 33 students were found to have been faked, yet these students were able to graduate sometime in June.

This surfaced during the continuation of the investigation by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on the alleged irregularities in the implementation of OJT program of PSU following the complaint of one of the students who undertook OJT with a company in Laguna that he got sick as all of them were performing the work of regular employees.

The investigation began sometime in June by the old set of SP members, which was continued by the new set of SP last Aug. 18.

The OJT certificates were issued by JIF Manpower and Referral Services and not Interphil Laboratories in Laguna, where the students took their OJT but as regulal workers allegedly receiving Php 540 per day.

Dharel de la Cruz, who was hospitalized for respiratory ailment when working as regular employee, complained and asked help from then Gov. Amado Espino Jr. why the PSU sent them to work as regular employees while they were taking their OJT only.

It turned out that the PSU OJT coordinator referred them to the JIF Manpower Services in San Carlos City who, it appears, referred them to the Bionic Care Human Resources Services that sent them to work as regular employees to Interphil

Responding to the query of the SP whether the Laguna firm was aware to accommodate students who are supposed to have their OJT, but were actually employed as regular workers in their company, Lilian Dy, Human Resource Manager of Bionic Care Human Resource Services, said that the students themselves concealed their identities as ‘students from PSU.’

Dy said being a human resource manager, she was well-aware of the restrictions of human resource management, particularly on the recruitment of employees.

“We are also victim here because if Dharel is a victim of JIF, he (Dharel) also lied to Bionic. We can also file a case against him for perjury. We are actually recruiting employees.

Joyce Finuliar, Human Resource Manager of the JIF Manpower and Referral Services, said it was Adonis Bautista, OJT coordinator of PSU, who referred the students to her firm, being a partner of PSU – San Carlos in its OJT program.

Bautista, former OJT coordinator of PSU – San Carlos now holds a key position in PSU being the executive director of the university’s graduate school in Urdaneta.

During the investigation, Dharel Dela Cruz admitted they were convinced to have their OJT in Laguna in exchange of a good offer, but they were asked to conceal their identity as students.

He said it was Ms. Finuliar who told them to conceal their identities.

“Hindi ko po alam na peke yung OJT certificate,” Dharel lamented.

Meanwhile, PSU Director for OJT Affairs Narciso Castro said the 33 students must not have been allowed to graduate for their “act of dishonesty’.

Education Supervisor II Reynaldo Agcaoili, an official of the Commission on Higher Education Region 1, was also present during the committee investigation. PNA/