he UP Board of Regents has approved the increase in the rice allowance for UP faculty and personnel from P1,000 to P1,500. This was announced by Prof. Lourdes E. Abadingo, Secretary of the University, after the 1232nd Meeting of the Board of Regents held in May 30, 2008 at the UP Visayas Cebu College , Lahug, Cebu City .
The increase in the rice allowance is a result of a memorandum of agreement between UP and the All UP Workers’ Union wherein a “rice subsidy, a minimum of two sacks of rice of approximately 50 kg. with a maximum of P1,000 each” is provided. However, due to the rising prices it was proposed that the first rice allowance for 2008 be increased. The benefit will be given to rank and file employees, Faculty members, REPS and administrative personnel of the UP system.