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 were:
- Abolition of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences;
- Introduction of several new courses, including technology and
- 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
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.
Dr. Pablo T. Mateo
Through Presidential Decree (PD) 1341, PCC was converted
into a chartered state university and accordingly renamed Polytechnic
University of the Philippines (PUP). This led to the broadening of course
offerings and the restructure/streamlining of the University's
Among the accomplishments of this period were:
- 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 Campus);
- 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 (DPA) and 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
- 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 infrastructure program.
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 one...