The College of Engineering, formerly known as the College of Engineering
and Architecture celebrates its 25th year on the Centenary of PUP. The CEA
was acknowledged by many as the University's flagship college. Here are the
highlights of the growth of the College from the Faculty of Technology to
what and where it is now.
Through PD 1341, The Philippine College of
Commerce was converted into a chartered state university and accordingly
renamed Polytechnic University of the Philippines. This led to the
broadening of course offerings and the streamlining of the University's
administrative organization. The Faculty of Technology replaced the Center
of Skills and Rural Industries Development (CSRID) with Professor Banaag
Villaflor as the Officer-in –Charge, offering three ladderized programs in
SY 1979-1980 namely the Bachelor in Computer Engineering Technology (BCET),
Bachelor in Electrical Engineering (BEE), and Bachelor in Electronics
The Institute of Technology was
created and Dr. Romulo M. Ricafranca was designated as
Director. Three additional courses were offered: Bachelor in Mechanical
Engineering (BME), Bachelor in Industrial Communication Engineering (BICE)
and Bachelor in Civil Engineering (BCE). Engr. German A. Padua was appointed
Area Chairman for Professional Engineering and Mr. Banaag Villaflor as Area
Chairman for Non-degree program.
Engr. German A. Padua was
appointed Director of the Institute.
Bachelor in Industrial Communication Engineering
was replaced by Bachelor in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor in
Electronics Engineering was replaced by Bachelor in Electronics and
Communications Engineering to conform with the PRC Board of Electronics and
Communications Engineers' requirement for licensure examination.
Under the leadership of Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente,
the word "Science" was included in the titles of each degree programs as
follows: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Science in
Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering,
Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering, Bachelor
of Science in Industrial Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical
Engineering. This is to align with the standards set by the Technical Panel
for Engineering Education (TPEE).
This was a significant year. The Institute was
renamed College of Engineering and Architecture with the
addition of another degree program leading to Bachelor of Science in
A Basic Design Team headed by Dr. Masazumi
Kumagai visited the University to discuss with University officials the
project "Providing Equipment for Educational Strengthening in the
PolytechnicUniversity of the Philippines" for the existing programs as well
as the proposed degree programs in Chemical, Sanitary, Mining and Geodetic
Engr. Estelita Del Rosario was designated Acting Dean of
CEA in addition to her designation as Asst. Director of the Department of
Research, Planning and Development effective May 1989. Among the
developments that took place during this time are as follows:
- Signing of Memorandum of Agreement between PUP and the Marcopper
Mining Corporation for a Professorial Chair in Engineering.
- Hiring of highly qualified part-time faculty members in different
- Face lifting and refurnishing of CEA Offices and Faculty Room
located at the second floor dome of the MainBuilding.
- Consultation meetings of CEA Officials with Archt. Rogelio Granda
re-the proposed CEABuilding
- Preparation of Selection Criteria for Scholarships and Training
Programs for the College of Engineering and Architecture Faculty.
- PUP President Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente and Dr. Masamuzi Kumagai
signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 5, 1989 paving the way
for the construction of the 96 million four-story Engineering and
Engr. Alberto Cañete was
designated as Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture. Among the
- Ground-breaking ceremonies held on March 7, 1990 for the
construction of the Engineering and ArchitectureBuilding. Construction
was finished in December 1991.
Inauguration and ribbon cutting was held on January 29, 1992.
- Japan International Cooperation Agency's (JICA) equipment grants
worth Php 150M arrived January to March 1992. Japanese experts gave
lectures on equipment use to about a hundred faculty on the last week of
- Three faculty members were sent to Japan to attend training programs
relative to the JICA Grant - Aid Project.
Dr. Proculo Hugo was
designated as Acting Dean by PUP Acting President Jaime Gellor on June 21,
1992. On July 27, 1992, Engr. Manuel Melchor Bongulto was
designated Acting Dean by President Dr. Zenaida A. Olonan. Other
- Engr. Jaime San Andres was designated new CEA Chief of Laboratories
- Turn-Over Ceremony of JICA's donation to PUP and visit of CEA
facilities was held on August 28, 1992.
- Publishing of the CEA Spectrum
- Organization of the CEA Quiz Circle
- Inspection of the CEA Grant-in-Aid project after one year
- More faculty members availed of training grants abroad.
Engr. Dante Gedaria was
designated Dean of the College ofEngineering effective Oct. 15, 1993. Among
the developments were:
- ECE Department produced its First Board Topnotcher in the person of
- Renovation of the ceilings of the rooms at the fourth floor of
- Arrival of three (3) JICA Repair Team Experts (Dec. 16-21, 1996) to
look into some non-functioning equipment
- Organization of the College of Engineering and Architecture Student
Society for Research and Development.
- Five degree programs in the College passed the Level I Accreditation
by the Accrediting Agencies of Chartered Colleges and Universities of
the Philippines (AACCUP). These are the CE, EE, ECE, IE and ME.
Engr. Vicky S. Cruz was designated as the
First Woman Dean of College of Engineering and Architecture on November 18,
1998. Among the initiatives and developments were:
- Clearing and landscaping of the grounds of the College of
Engineering and Architecture building.
- Repainting of floors, window grills and fence grills, repair of
electrical fixtures, water pumps, etc; all activities done by students
as part of their summer workshops
- Repair and rehabilitation of all the comfort rooms of CEA with
students enrolled in Civil Engineering Technology as their practicum
- Repair of the air conditioning units at the AVR and other offices by
- First Level Accreditation of the Architecture and Computer
- Restatement of the College' vision, mission goals and objectives.
- Level II accreditation of the CE, ME, IE, EE, CoE and ECE programs
- Separation of the Dept. of Architecture from CEA thus renaming the
College as College of Engineering.
- Revision of the ladderized curriculum of all six programs to better
address the needs of the times.
- Strengthening of the faculty profile by requiring faculty members to
enroll in graduate studies and increasing the number of full-time
faculty with Master's or Doctorate degrees.
- Provision of a multi-media center and server room for the College of
Engineering and College of Architecture and Fine Arts.
- Improvement of the physical facilities of the College like
procurement of tablet chairs, electric fans and drafting tables.
Additional billboards for information dissemination and white boards
- Many of the faculty members were sent abroad to participate in
international trainings, workshops and the like.
- Faculty members availed of scholarship grants or on exchange
- The Dean and Chairperson were given the chance to conduct
observation tours in the United States of America and in Bangkok,
- PUP as one of the top performing schools in the ECE licensure exam.
- Increased number of board passers and topnotch students.
- Students emerged as winners in local and national competitions.
- Repair of the roofing of the CEA building.
- Repair of the Student Center and completion of perimeter fencing.
- Involvement of student organizations in the affairs of the College
especially in extension and community development programs
- Conduct of technical exhibits during the foundation day celebration.
- Re-accredited status for the five programs of the College with one
to be re-visited on the area of Research.
- Signing of MOA with SMART, Habitat for Humanity
- Publishing of the newsletters for the six departments.
- Conduct of qualifying examinations for incoming third year students,
shifters and transferees.
The CEA building façade before the construction of the perimeter steel
On the Centenary of PUP, the College of
Engineering is 25 years. On the celebration of its silver anniversary, the
following activities were undertaken:
- Opening parade with each department's muse and escort in a float,
from the College of Engineering building to the main building
culminating at the Interfaith Chapel for the Mass celebration followed
by the Opening Program with Congresswoman Sandy Ocampo as the Guest of
- Convocation was held at the BulwagangBalagtas with no less than the
Director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Dr.
Randy Solidum as the Guest Speaker.
- Academic Contests, Student activities were conducted during the
students' day schedule.
- Opening of exhibits and launching of the new College logo took
- The first in the 25 years of the College was the staging of the
"CEryoso Po Kami" musical extravaganza where participants were faculty
members and students. This is a fund raising activity of the College
intended to fund faculty development programs, facilities improvement
and students' development.
- First alumni homecoming for the whole College of Engineering
programs took place and election of the new set of officers.
- Representatives from each department constitute the Board of
Directors of the PUPCollege of Engineering Alumni Association.
- Seminar-Workshop on Faculty Development in Bagac, Bataan.
- Computerization of enrollment for the College of Engineering in the
- Participation in the Human Rainbow Attempt as entry to the Guinness
Book of Records
- Preparation of the Time Capsule for the College of Engineering (Oct.
4, 2004 - October 14, 2014).
After the term of Engr. Cruz in 2004, Engr. Ben Andres
succeeded her, a faculty member from ECE department and former ECE
department and Accreditation Coordinator of the College of Engineering.
In February 2006, Dr. Manuel M. Muhi,
from Civil Engineering Department, assumed the deanship. in 2007, he able to
arrange the follow up project for providing equipment assistance from JICA.
Different equipment was donated by JICA in the college. On his term, he
launched the strong research linkage with the Department of Science and
Technology, Commission on Higher Education, different schools and
universities, and industry that resulted to the 1st National Engineering
Conference was held in March 2007. It was also the time when the college
passed in the Phase 1 Level III AACCUP Accreditation. Develop strong linkage
with SMART that provides training for faculty and students, donated
laboratory equipment such as computers, etc. Develop a strong extension
projects with non governmental organizations such as Habitat for Humaniy,
Rotary Club of Q.C., Kalinga at Pag-Ibig foundation, etc. providing summer
skills training for the Out of School Youth.