The institution's transformation from a college into a university
happened during these period.
When martial law was declared, Dr. Narciso Albaraccin, Jr. was
designated Officer-in-Charge (OIC), with Dr. Pablo T. Mateo, Jr.
as Performance Officer. Among the changes under Albaraccin
- Abolition of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences;
- Introduction of several new courses, including technology
and occupational education;
- Reorganization of different Faculties; and
- Offering of a five-year curriculum in Accounting.
Dr. Isabelo T. Crisostomo succeeded Albaraccin as OIC.
Dr. Isabelo T. Crisostomo
The following developments came
in the wake of Dr. Crisostomo's appointment as Acting President:
- Offering of Bachelor of Business Administration and General
- Completion of phase 1 of the gymnasium;
- Establishment of the Center for Skills and Rural Industries
Development (CSRID), which was designed to give out-of-school youths skill training for
gainful employment and in the production of export products using indigenous raw materials
in their communities;
- Construction of the marble pylon and the Mabini Circle; and
- Creation of a unit to handle short courses in Electronic
Data Processing (EDP).
The PCC opened its branch in the Bataan Export Processing Zone
(BEPZ), Mariveles, Bataan.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) was reestablished, the Master of Public Administration
(MPA) and the Master in
Economics (ME) programs were added in the Graduate School, and the various offices were
After Dr. Mateo became president
in May 1977, the ladder program was expanded to all degree courses; 13 additional degree
courses using the ladder approach were introduced. The "techno-business"
curriculum was developed, and introduced were adult business education and non-degree
courses in business/distributive arts.
Pablo T. Mateo
Through Presidential Decree (PD)
1341, PCC was converted into a chartered state university and accordingly
Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). This led to
the broadening of
course offerings and the restructure/streamlining of the University's administrative
Among the accomplishments of this
- Face-lifting of A. Mabini Campus through construction of the
main library, the University canteen, the ecumenical chapel (Interfaith Chapel), and the
3rd, 4th, and portion of the 5th floors of the XYZ building (Main building in Mabini
- Establishment of a branch in Lopez, Quezon (June 1979);
- Revision of undergraduate curricular programs;
- Establishment of consortia with the Construction Industry
Board for the Opening of Master in Applied Statistics, the Philippine Normal College for
the conduct of teacher education courses in PUP Lopez, and La Consolacion College for a
program in Cooperatives;
- Expansion of graduate programs to include masteral programs
in Public Administration (MPA), Public and Business Administration
(MPBA), Economics (ME),
Accountancy (MAC), as well as doctoral programs in Public Administration
Business Administration (DBA);
- Creation of the Institute of Technology;
- Introduction of ladderized baccalaureate courses in Tourism,
Hotel and Restaurant Management, Office Administration, Government
Accounting, and Library Science;
- Start of the PUP Review Center (Summer 1981);
- The EDP/Computer Data Processing Management (CDPM) unit was
created under the Faculty of Business and Cooperatives. It
started to offer a four-year ladderized course, known as
Bachelor in Computer Data Processing Management (BCDPM).
In spite of the country's
economic difficulties, PUP's 71 ladderized technical and professional programs continued
to be viable. There were significant accomplishments like:
- Introduction of Bachelor of Human Behavior Technology (BHBT)
under the FAS;
- Inclusion of a course in computers in all degree programs;
- Revival of the PUP Student Council, drafting of its
Constitution and By-Laws by the Student Constitutional Convention and the ratification of
this by the studentry; and
- Consortium with the NMPC as well as international linkages
through PASUC-Texas Consortium, the Association of Asian Institutes of Higher Learning,
the Regional Institute for Higher Educational Development, the International Association
of Universities, and the UNESCO.
The University underwent
reorganization. It adopted the "cluster colleges" set-up, where each
college prepared the program and supervised all the subjects required in the degree
program offered in the college. It set up a University Center for Technological
Research, the function of which was to conduct research and produce inventions/innovations
in technology areas most needed by the communities served by PUP. For lack of
sufficient rooms, laboratories, and related facilities, the University considered the
completion of the 5th floor of the XYZ-Main Academic Building a top priority in its
The PUP also established a
tie-up with the University of Life in the training of trainors/project managers needed in
the KKK program, as well as with the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Local Government
and Community Development, and the NACIDA in these agencies' continuing training program
to upgrade their personnel.
That school year was an uneasy