Mindful of the University’s mission of providing relevant education to the needs of our youth at each stage of existence, the President of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente, initiated the non-formal studies in early June 1986 to give opportunity to the Filipino youth to become both challenging and inspiring nation-builders.

The non-formal studies offered were short-term courses in Secretarial, Computer, Fashion, and Technical courses to serve the “poorest of the poor” who could not afford the tuition fees of the degree programs of the Metro Manila Colleges and Universities.

Prof. Antonio V. Hipolito was appointed as Director of the Technical School while Prof. Albino B. Allado as Assistant Director. Both pursued their work of preparing the groundwork from the wholehearted support given by the University leadership with the efforts aligned with the thrust of the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS).

Director Hipolito and Assistant Director Allado supervised the renovations of abandoned PUP Annex Building (Rizal Campus) in S. H. Loyola St. in Lepanto, into lively classroom atmosphere.

 November 17, 1986, PUP opened the Technical Schoolwith short-term courses namely Secretarial, Computer, Fashion, Food Technology, and Technical courses such as Automotive, Motor Rewinding, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and Radio/Television Repair and Maintenance.

The PUP Technical School is the pioneer of Distance Learning called Pamantasang Bayan  ventured into by President Prudente as the concept of Open University. Technical School Faculty and Administrative Staff were trusted to handle different courses in the various areas such as Automotive, Electronics, Electrical, Secretarial Courses and Computer Courses. This was operated in navotas, Smokey Mountain in Tondo, PulangLupa in Fairview, Tambo in Parañaque, Calaca in Batangas, Mindoro and the town of Sta. Rosa, Sta. Cruz, Calamba in Laguna.

In 1990, Dr. Samuel M. Salvador was designated as the second Director of the Technical School together with Prof. Avelina C. Bucao as Assistant Director.  Dr. Salvador recommended the change of status of faculty members from trainer to instructor and initiated the improvement of the facilities and curriculum development for various courses. On-the-Job Training was added as subject to all Technology courses. Basic and Advanced Motor Rewinding, on the other hand, were integrated in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning courses while Welding was included in Automotive as an additional subject.

Prof. Avelina C. Bucao was promoted as Director when Dr. Salvador was appointed to other administrative position in the university on 1991. Prof. Ernesto Dumlao was the Assistant Director at that time.  Under the leadership of Prof. Bucao, reducing 20 hours regular teaching loads from 25 hours, was implemented. This enabled faculty members to pursue their graduate studies. Likewise, promotion to a higher rank or permanent status of qualified career development-oriented instructor was also implemented.

In July 1997, Prof. Josefina R. Tan was designated Director together with Prof. Tomas San Pedro as Assistant Director. The desire to promote technology and skills with the emphasis of social consciousness, self-discipline and moral uprightness, a proposal was made to change the name from Technical School to Technopreneurial School.

To propagate awareness on the relevance of the short-term courses in the Technopreneurial areas, the proposal of the faculty members headed by Director Josefina Tan in renaming Technical School to Technopreneurial Schoolwas approved by the university officials. This gives educational opportunities not only to the High School graduates and out-of-school youth, but also to the professionals who want to upgrade skills and awareness in the use of technology.

Under her leadership, full implementation of new curriculum was done after its approval by the university officials. The one-year certificate programs were offered in Automotive Technology, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, Electrical Technology, Computer Technician, and Information Communication Technology. All programs have 3 units equivalent subjects and On-the-Job Training in summer.

In 2005, Prof. Elenita Mantalaba was the appointed director of the said school before it was renamed to Technical and Entrepreneurial Skills Development.

In 2006, Technopreneurial School was renamed to Technical and Entrepreneurial Skills Development Centeror TESDC. Dr. Mely Padilla was appointed as the director. After a year, TESDC in Rizal Campus was transferred to the newly constructed building in Pureza St. in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

In December 2008, the Board of Regents approved the proposal for new curriculums that leads to the transformation of TESDC into College of Technology. This development reinforces PUP as Polytechnic University. Curriculums for the approved ladderized programs were developed by the dynamic faculty members as preparation on the start of classes on June 2008.

College of Technology formally opened its classes on June 2008. Dr. Mely Padilla was the first dean of the said college with Prof. Josephine M. dela Isla as the Chairperson. This is the 17th College of the PUP. It concentrates on the “hands-on” approach to learning. Six three-year ladderized programs have been crafted namely; Information Communication Management Technology (ICMT), Computer Engineering Management Technology (CEMT), Office Management Technology (OMT), Electrical Engineering Management Technology (EEMT), Mechanical Engineering Management Technology (MEMT), and Electronics Communications Engineering Management Technology (ECEMT). Technology and management were integrated in the skills development of the students.

On-the-Job Training every summer was included in the curriculum of all programs. This aims to apply the basic knowledge and skills acquired in the classrooms to various industries.

In 2009, Dr. Roland C. Viray was appointed as the second Dean of the said college.  June of the same year when the college experienced having a second year students so growing number of students were observed.

On the leadership of Dean Viray, all “first” in the said college were conducted including the first Founding Anniversary; first CT Acquaintance Party; first CEMT Conference; first ICMT Conference, first ECEMT Exhibit and first Multimedia Campaign Contest. Even in various competitions conducted by the university, CT won in both academic and non-academic contests among different colleges.

On May 2012, the highlight among these “first” was the first CT Commencement Exercises that was held at the university Gymnasium. Almost half of the 682 pioneering CT graduates who marched and received diplomas were employed as absorbed by the training stations. These employed graduates helped the college in the establishment of academe-industry partnership.

After the deanship of Dr. Viray, Engr. Dante V. Gedaria was appointed as the third dean of the College of Technology on June 2012. In his leadership, programs offered were divided into two. ICMT, CEMT andOMT programs are under the Computer Secretarial Department headed by Prof. Josephine M. dela Isla while ECEMT, MEMT and EEMT are under the Engineering Technology Department headed by Prof. Arturo Evangelista.

Several successes of the college were achieved. These include the CEMTstudent’s invention of the PUP Mobile Portal that is the first school mobile portal in the Philippines. With this invention, the college was exposed in several television programs.

Aside from that, faculty researches were presented in the three different national conferences. This leads to faculty members to conduct more researches needed to promote that CT is an institution which contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the field of technology education.

Since program offerings in the college did not conform to a Bachelor’s degree, University President Dr. Emanuel C. de Guzman proposed to restructure the college into an institute. This was approved by Board of Regent as stated in the BoR Resolution 900 series of 2012 or the PUP Organizational Structure wherein sectoral groupings of offices, colleges and departments were enumerated and disseminated by the Office of the President. The College is now named as Institute of Technology(ITech).

At present, Dean Gedaria with Chair dela Isla and Chair Evangelista together with faculty members are developing a curriculum for ITech as preparation for the K-12 Basic Education Program of the Department of Education.


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