Polytechnic University of the Philippines

History

College of Languages and Linguistics (CLL), a concoction of Dean Mely M. Padilla, is the new name given to the former College of Languages and Mass Communications (CLMC).  CLMC had to be renamed when the Department of Mass Communications (DMC) which used to be under the domain of CLMC was separated and converted into a new college now known as College of Communication (COC).  This conversion took place just a few years ago, June 19, 2001, to be exact.  CLL’s past, however, goes back to the year 1966 when the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC) started offering general education through its General Studies area which was headed by Dr. Brigido D. Sadsad.
 
In 1968, the Philippine Congress passed Republic Act No. 6089 creating the Faculty of Arts (FA) which was empowered to offer baccalaureate courses in political science, sociology, literature, languages and the humanities.  When Dr. Sadsad retired in 1972, Prof. Gloria R. Talastas was designated as chairperson of the FA while Prof. Antonio Hidalgo was assigned as the head of the Languages Area.
 
When Martial Law was declared in 1972, PCC was ordered closed.  When it reopened in 1973, under the presidency of Dr. Isabelo T. Crisostomo, the FA was integrated with the Department of General Studies and Business Teacher Education (DGSBTE) which was tasked to offer the curriculum Bachelor of Arts in Psychology only.  The Department was headed by Prof. Maria D. Bueno who served as such until June 15, 1974.  On June 17, 1974, Dr. Pedro Gagelonia was designated as head of the Department, but he resigned in November 1974.  While waiting for the appointment of a permanent department head, Prof. Dorotheo C. Dumlao served as department officer-in-charge until November 1975 when Dr. Jose M. Manalo was appointed as department head.
 
In June 1976, the DGSBTE was renamed as Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) with a degree program in Developmental Communication and Dr. Manalo was appointed as its dean.  On April 6, 1976, still under the Crisostomo administration, some instructors and professors were designated as area chairmen in connection with the reorganizational plan of the FAS.  They included the following:  Prof. Virginia A. Ranin as chairman for Languages; Dr. Albino C. Amoguis, for Social and Behavioral Sciences; Prof. Normita A. Villa, for Mathematics; Prof. Leonardo R. Garcia, Jr., for Marketing and Advertising; and Prof. Raquel Bernardo, for Physical and Natural Sciences.
 
When Dean Manalo retired on May 15, 1977, under the presidency of Dr. Pablo T. Mateo, Jr., Dr. Fe M. Duque was appointed as FAS dean, together with Dr. Zenaida A.  Olonan as associate dean. In 1978, additional programs like Industrial Psychology, Print Technology, and Library Arts were offered by FAS.  When the curricular offerings of PCC were ladderized under Dr. Mateo in preparation for its conversion into a polytechnic university, AB Developmental Communication (DevCom) became two degree programs: Bachelor in Broadcast Communication (BBrC) and Bachelor in Journalism (BJ). Prof. Ranin continued to be the area chairperson of Languages until 1981.
 
On April 1, 1978 during the year-end commencement exercises at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pres. Ferdinand Marcos signed Presidential Decree No. 1341, granting a university status to PCC and naming it Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). 
 
In 1979, the FAS was reorganized into two institutes -  Institute of Arts and  Institute of Sciences – both of which were under one dean, Dr. Fe M. Duque and an associate dean, Dr. Zenaida A. Olonan.  Dr. Duque continued to serve as dean until May 1984 when she was designated as director of Non-Traditional Studies.  On June 1, 1984, Dr. Olonan was promoted as dean of FAS.
 
It was in 1984 when Dr. Mateo initiated the each-college-is-independent setup in which each college took care of not only the offering of its curricular degree programs but also the teaching of its general education subjects.  As a result, the teachers in some areas or departments like languages were distributed to different colleges.
 
When Mrs. Corazon Aquino became the president of the Philippines, she appointed Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente as PUP president in April 1986.  Dr. Prudente initiated a universitywide reorganization renaming FAS as College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).  He restored the former setup of the University in which each college was primarily concerned with the offering of its academic programs; the job of teaching general education subjects like English and Filipino was handled by specific service departments like languages.  As a result, the teachers from the languages area were sent back to their former area.
 
In February 1987, a major realignment of curricular offerings and degree programs of the University was initiated by Dr. Prudente which led to the launching of the College of Languages and Mass Communications (CLMC) as a new and distinct college, severed from the College of Arts and Sciences.  It was set up along with other new colleges, Engineering and Architecture (CEA), Computer Management and Information Technology (CCMIT), Economics and Politics (CEP), Physical Education and Sports (CPES), Business (CB), Office Administration and Business Teacher Education (COABTE), and Hotel and Restaurant Management and Food Technology (CHRMFT) for the school year 1987-88.  Initially, CLMC offered the following new academic programs that had been approved by the Board of Regents for the school year 1987-88: Bachelor of Arts in English (ABE), Bachelor of Arts in Filipino (ABF), Bachelor in Broadcast Communication (BBrC), and Bachelor in Journalism (BJ).
 
What made the College of Languages and Mass Communications unique was its name which was coined following a suggestion made by Prof. Norma D. Martinez, Chair of the University Committee on Curriculum Revision (CCR).  This was approved by Dr. Prudente  and the Board of Directors of the PUP Faculty Club, Inc., then headed by Dr. Zenaida P. Pia.  This coinage has been acknowledged as the first-ever adopted for a college by any educational institution worldwide.
 
During the CLMC’s initial existence, Dr. Prudente acted as its dean in a concurrent capacity.  The three chairpersons of the college, Prof. Norma D. Martinez of the Department of English and Foreign Languages (DEFL), Prof. Teresita C. Sayo of the Department of Filipino (DF) and Dr. Rustica C. Carpio of the Department of Mass Communications (DMC) were, understandably, under the direct supervision of Dr. Prudente.  The deanship of    Dr. Prudente lasted almost two years until April 1989 when he appointed Dr. Carpio as the dean of the College.  Designated along with Dr. Carpio were Prof. William G. Cabaysa as the chair of the Department of Filipino and Dr. Wilfredo L.  Alberca as the chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages.  Dr. Carpio served as Chair of the Department of Mass Communications in a concurrent capacity.  Later, Prof. Ma. Victoria G. Red took over from Dr. Carpio as DMC Chair.  When Dr. Alberca went to the United States as a Fulbright senior research awardee from July 1 to December 31, 1991, Dr. Macralita J. Reynales was designated as the DEFL acting chairperson from July 8, 1991 to January 11, 1992.
 
When Dr. Zenaida A. Olonan assumed the university presidency after Dr. Prudente’s retirement in 1992, a new set of chairpersons was designated:  Prof. Mely M. Padilla for DEFL, Prof. Rosario U. Mag-atas for DF, and Dr. Leonida N. Tuazon for DMC.  The College went through a deanless experience from July to December 1992.  From January to February 1993, Prof. Paz N. Navarro served as DEFL officer-in-charge when Prof. Padilla went to Singapore for an eight-week certificate course on innovative approaches in language teaching under a RELC-SEAMEO scholarship grant.
 
Only in January 1993 was another dean designated to head the College.  The former DEFL Chairperson, Dr. Alberca, became the third CLMC dean after Dr. Carpio was assigned to assume the deanship of the Graduate School.  In October of 1993, another change took place in the College when DMC chair, Dr. Tuazon, resigned to return to full-time teaching.  In her place was designated Prof. Red who continued to occupy the position along with Prof. Padilla of DEFL and Prof. Mag-atas of DF.  When Prof. Padilla (who became a doctoral degree holder in 1995) was promoted to be the director of the Department of Research, Planning and Development in October 1996, Dean Alberca concurrently chaired the DEFL until his term of office expired in January 1997.
 
It was in August 1996 that the CLMC passed the Preliminary Survey (Level I) of the AACCUP accreditation program.
 
CLMC had its second deanless state from January 1997 to January 1998.  At the same time, the DEFL had no chairperson until Prof. Wilhelmina N. Cayanan was assigned as DEFL chair in May 1997.  In August 1997, Dr. Corazon P. San Juan succeeded Prof. Mag-atas as DF chair.  In January 1998, Prof. Cayanan became the fourth CLMC dean while concurrently holding the title of DEFL chair.  In July 1998, Dr. Virginia E. Fermin succeeded Prof. Cayanan as DEFL chair, and in November 1998, Prof. Ma. Lourdes D.P. Garcia succeeded Prof. Red as DMC chair.
 
Another milestone was achieved by CLMC in November 1999, when it passed the Formal Visit (Level II) of the AACCUP accreditation program.
 
The early demise of Dean Cayanan in October 2000 saw the need to appoint another CLMC dean in the person of Dr. Mely M. Padilla, a former DEFL chair, who assumed the deanship in December 2000.  This was also the year when Prof. Gandhi G. Cardenas succeeded Dr. San Juan as DF chair, and Dr. Robert F. Soriano became DMC chair vice Prof. Garcia.
 
In June 2001, the University heeded the recommendation of the Level II Accrediting Team to convert CLMC into two separate colleges.  This paved the way to the renaming of the CLMC into College of Languages and Linguistics (CLL) and the birth of a new college – the College of Communication (COC).  The CLL retained the Department of Filipino (now Department of Filipinology) and the Department of English and Foreign Languages (now Department of English and Foreign Languages and Linguistics), while the COC absorbed the Department of Mass Communications.
 
Barely five months old then, the CLL braved the challenges that an institution must face to reach the Level III status of the AACCUP.  This was in November 2001.  A few months after, CLL was awarded by the AACCUP with a Re-Accredited Status (November 18, 2001 – November 17, 2006) for having passed the First Re-Survey Visit (for Level III).
 
Not long after the College’s success in the area of accreditation, Dr. Fermin’s term as DEFL chair came to an end.  Prof. Thelma M. Brillantes became her successor on December 10, 2002.  Meanwhile, in the DF front, Chair Cardenas decided to go on a long leave of absence effective January 29, 2003 because of his failing health.  Dean Padilla concurrently chaired the DF until May 3, 2003 when Prof. Jesusa M. Asinas was assigned to take over as Acting DF Chair.  Later, on July 14, 2003, Prof. Asinas officially became the DF chair.
 
Through the years, the CLL has grown by leaps and bounds.  It has progressed from a mere service department to being a functional and an innovative college.  The first intimation of the wind of change started in the late ‘80’s and in the ‘90’s during the time of Deans Carpio, Alberca and Cayanan.  The idea of faculty development was taking root and this was bolstered by the College’s spearheading of workshops, conferences, seminars and pilot projects from the inception of the concept of Teaching English as a Second Language, intellectualization of Filipino, and responsible media practice.  Intensive supervision and inservice sessions kept teachers updated and on their toes.
 
These years saw the acceptance and full implementation of the communicative approach, the adoption of the Experimental Instructional Program (EIP) which required the use of English as a medium of instruction in teaching content classes offered by the College; increased faculty interest in research activities; the publication of a college newsletter, CLMC Update (now The Linguist); the increased involvement of students and student organizations in co-curricular activities.
 
There were several “energizers” for this outburst of activity among which were the incentives offered by the University in line with its faculty and student development program.  As a result, many CLL students graduated as suma cum laudes, magna cum laudes and cum laudes; numerous articles written by CLL faculty appeared in publications of national circulation; some professors were elected to various positions in different professional organizations of national stature; and some even became recipients of scholarship grants from prestigious international foundation and organizations.
 
All these marks of progress continued to flourish with renewed vigor and enthusiasm at the start of the new millennium, under the leadership of Dean Padilla.  Other major accomplishments have also been achieved under the new deanship.
 
They include, among other things, the following: a CLL Hymn was composed; a CLL Logo was designed; a CLL Code and a CLL Student Handbook were published; a renovated CLL Multimedia Center was acquired; a CLL Student Center, a Center for Language Teaching and a CLL Research Center were put up; a CLL Textbook Evaluation Criteria form was drafted and strictly implemented (this form later became the basis of the present University Textbook Evaluation Criteria form being used by the University Textbook Evaluation Committee or UTEC);  free conversational English classes handled by visiting native American lecturers/teaching assistants were organized; four CLL research colloquiums have been held; certain codes and descriptions of English and foreign-language subject offerings as well as the ABE curriculum have been revised; free basic and advanced Nihongo courses, as well as a Spanish review course for teachers, were organized.  
 
With close to 500 students on its roster of enrollees and with almost 100 faculty members, the College of Languages and Linguistics continues to carry out its predecessor’s mission of offering two of the University’s most relevant academic programs – Bachelor of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in Filipinology.   It will hold on to its role as the service college of the University by providing the students enrolled in the different colleges with the basic English and Filipino subjects included in the minimum requirements for the mandatory General Education Curriculum (GEC).