History: 2000-2011

A transition point as the University heads for the future, grasps new and emerging technologies, and prepares itself to become globally competitive.

April 2000: PUP Information Technology Center started its operation with Prof. Mely R. Luya as the director. Later that year, it changed its name to Information and Communications Technology Center (PUP ICT Center).

February 2000:The University was conferred by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Development for Excellence (CODE) in Information Technology. read news article about this

March 2000: PUP was designated by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as a Virtual Center for Technology Innovation in Information Technology (VCTI-IT) and during the Year-End Commencement Exercise, PUP was declared an Information Technology Zone.

June 2000: The Master of Science in Information Technology program began with Prof. Rosicar E. Escober as the chairperson.

On June 30, PUP ICT Center was declared as a Microsoft Certified Government Technology Education Center (GTEC).

PUP celebrated its 96th Foundation Anniversary with the theme: "PUP @ 96: Knowledge Connectivity to e-Economy."

Important developments during this year include:

  • Generally, for the period 1998-2001, 45 major projects and 31 minor projects were accomplished, unprecedented physical developments so far in PUP. Among these infrastructure projects includes the CLMC Building and Theater, Student Center, Laboratory High School Building, Interfaith Chapel, Grandstand, Gymnasium and Swimming Pool, and PUP ICT Center Phase 1 and 2;
  • Almost all the programs of the academic units of this University have been submitted for accreditation. Four (4) programs have gone through a formal survey and sixteen (16) programs went through the first survey to achieve the enhanced accredited status towards accreditation level 3. In fact, it ranked third in the Top 10 SUC’s with the most number of reaccredited (Level 2) programs which totaled to nine (9) programs. Consequently, it ranked first in the top 12 State Universities and Colleges with the most number of accredited (Level 2) programs which totaled to fifteen (15) programs;
  • The performance of PUP graduates in Professional/Licensure Examinations in the fields of Accounting, Architecture, Chemistry, Education, Engineering and Nutrition and Dietetics have showed noteworthy results;
  • Twenty (20) modules were reviewed, edited and evaluated and were all recommended for student use;
  • Curricular offerings of seventy-three (73) programs have been revised, and have passed through the scrutiny of the Curriculum Evaluation Committees (CECs) in the Department, College and University levels;
  • New colleges have been created: The College of Law, College of Communication, College of Nutrition and Food Science, College of Tourism and Hotel and Restaurant Management, College of Architecture and Fine Arts, and the College of Languages and Linguistics;
  • New programs have been approved: The Bachelor in Public Administration and Governance of the College of Economics, Finance and Politics and Master in Library and Information Science;
  • New subjects/courses were added into the various curricula to meet the demands of the changing times, especially in the fields of communications, engineering and other sciences;
  • The PUP through the CNTSP-ETEEAP is still one of only three (3) universities that were able to institutionalize and implement the ETEEAP despite absence of budgetary support from the CHED;
  • A new program in the Commonwealth campus was opened - Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurial Management;
  • The Graduate School successfully participated in the implementation of e-linked graduate courses with UP, PNU and EAC;
  • Students and faculty have actively involved themselves in various personal/professional developments e.g. graduate school, conferences, trainings, etc.;
  • Linkages to national and international entities and organizations have widened e.g. participation to national and international conferences, national and international networks and grant to PUP faculty of scholarships abroad.
  • Implemented ATM Payroll System;
  • Modernized offices in the Mabini Campus;
  • Processed 891 special scholars under President GMA Scholarship Program;
  • Implemented Information Systems for key operations such as human resource, enrollment, students, and payroll;
  • Through proper financial management, economic support was extended to the whole PUP Community, first time ever in the history of the University;

PUP celebrated its 97th Foundation Anniversary with the theme: "PUP: Kabalikat ng Pamahalaan sa Pag-aangat ng Antas ng Buhay ng mga Mamamayan" (PUP: Together with the Government in Uplifting the Lives of the People)

PUP celebrated its 98th Foundation Anniversary.

Dr. Ofelia M. Carague completed her term as University President on April 20, 2003. Through Board Resolution No. 202, Dr. Samuel M. Salvador was designated as Officer-in-Charge.

Dr. Samuel M. Salvador

The offering of AB Theater Arts for school year 2003-2004 was unanimously approved by the Board of Regents.

Consistent to existing Civil Service Rules and the PUP Merit System for Faculty and Academic Staff, 176 faculty members and 30 administrative staff were promoted one step higher in rank, and 36 faculty members and 7 administrative employee enjoyed permanent or temporary status.

On January 26, Dr. Salvador's designation was reclassified as Acting President of the University. Preparations for PUP’s centenary became the most strategic agenda of his stewardship.

Developments during this year include:

  • The establishment of an Electronic and Communications Engineering Laboratory for Wireless Engineering Program in cooperation with SMART Communications;
  • Internet services returned. The University Web Site became online again;
  • SMART Communications was allowed to house a self-supporting tower for its cellular network in PUP Ragay;
  • The construction of the Centennial Plaza was proposed;
  • PUP introduces the BS Nursing program in PUP Bataan in cooperation with the Bataan Polytechnic State College;
  • The confirmation of a PUP Nursing Fund Account No. 148 welcomes the expectations of an eventual establishment of the PUP College of Medicine and its own hospital;
  • The PUP Board of Regents authorized the University to allocate 300 square meters lot for the construction of a Dialysis Center;
  • A Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Cooperative Management has been added in the curricular offerings of the University;
  • Fast confirmation of a Memorandum of Agreement with the Municipality of General Luna, Quezon to offer a one-year program in Technopreneurial course in General Secretariat in PUP Lopez. A separate MOA also commits PUP to expand its Open University Programs in San Pedro Laguna;
  • Proposed and later got the board approval of the revival of the Master in Construction Management offered in the Open University;
  • The University also expanded its academic coordination with other leading universities in the country, notably, the Ateneo de Manila University, regarding the development of a Modular Curricular Program;
  • Endorsement and repair and rehabilitation of the Laboratory High School building, amounting to PhP 1,346,724.34;
  • Improvement of the restrooms at the Learning Resources Center. This improvement is connected to the critical role of the said center of academic praxis in maintaining facilities conducive to both student and faculty training and education;
  • Building of perimeter fence, benches, gazebo, and lighting system in its premises;
  • The completion of cable installation for distributed Internet service and local area networking;
  • Dr. Salvador supervised the purchase of equipment for the ECE laboratory in PUP Bataan, and the reforestation of a watershed in PUP Lopez;
  • Construction of a fully furnished gymnasium and 2-storey concrete classroom facility in PUP Lopez extension;
  • Dr. Salvador lobbied with House of Representatives to donate IT equipments to PUP Ragay, which was granted.
  • Nine (9) classroom facilities were constructed in Sta. Rosa, Laguna;
  • The Unisan campus had humble improvements in its infrastructure: construction of school’s stage, construction of a shop hall/function room, and a new flagpole;
  • Within Dr. Salvador's first year in office, a total of PhP 41,950,000 has been allocated to employees’ bonuses and incentives from a total of PhP 75,002,000 projected income for 2004. From the Memorandum of Operational Expenses, amounting to PhP 29,852,000, PhP 700,000 has been allocated to training and seminar expenses - a guarantee that a flourishing academy will be maintained;
  • Most academic programs offered in the University passed the 1st resurvey assessment of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP);
  • Twelve topnotchers in different professional admission exams in just a year span (2003-2004) have recently joined the roster of young professional achievers, conveying the academic repute of the University to the whole nation as well as abroad where PUP alumni have created professional strongholds;
  • The University started to lay the foundations of enlightened academic self-sufficiency in some of its countryside branches, notably, the Mulanay branch in Quezon. Graduates courses such as Master of Science in Mathematics Education and Master of Arts in Language Teaching are now offered in the said branch;
  • In the first quarter of this year, many were promoted;
  • The Commission on Audit cited PUP for sound fiscal management;
  • Prof. Raoul Cawagas of the College of Science was runner-up in the Zonal Research Center NCR-1 Zonal Awards;
  • Atty. Lambert Castro of the College of Communication received a gold medallion from Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr.;
  • The Young Men’s Christian Association of Manila awarded the ‘Outstanding College-Y Adviser of the Year’ to Prof. Elizabeth Amaranto of the College of business. The same organization awarded Prof. Anita M. Espanol of the PUP Laboratory High School the ‘Outstanding Hi-Y Adviser’ in the high school category; and
  • The ICDE cited and awarded cash prize to Dr. Carmencita Castolo of the Open University for her paper on Information and Communications Technology.

The PUP Human Rainbow

On September 18, 2004, over 30,000 students, faculty and alumni of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines create a "human rainbow" in a move to boost the image of the school and a bid to set a new record for world's largest human rainbow in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Through a Board Resolution, Dr. Dante G. Guevarra was appointed Officer-in-Charge, which took effect on July 1.

Dr. Dante G. Guevarra

October 1, the University celebrated its 101st Founding Anniversary. Through another Board Resolution, Dr. Guevarra was appointed Acting President extending his term for another year.

Other events that took place on that year were: DBM e-budget Training (July 11-29), Training on Computer Literacy and Proficiency Training Program of the Office of the Vice President for Research and Development (OVPRD), Philippine Educators Network for Training, Research, and Development, Inc. (PENTRAD) and The Rotary International (Oct.13-14, and 17 and 18), Microsoft Office Specialist PUP Faculty Training (Partners in Learning Program, July 13-27), Microsoft Faculty and Student Ambassador Program Cascades (Technical and Business Management trainings) to A. Maceda Integrated School Teachers and Students (November 10-11), First ever PUP Technology Day at PUP ICT Center (November 18), Computer literacy program for the disabled military of the Department of National Defense and Armed Forces of the Philippines (September 24, October 8 & 15, 20).

PUPCET iApply, a Web-based PUP College Entrance Test (PUPCET) Application System was pre-released on December to accommodate PUPCET applicants until January 31, 2006.

PUP Participates In DOST's Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM) Program. A research proposal “Development of Design Mix of Asphalt Pavement Using Crumb Rubber Tire and Coal Combustion by Products” of the College of Engineering with Dean Manuel M. Muhi as project leader, was submitted for funding to DOST-TECHNICOM through the RDU of the OVPRD.  This research aims to utilize the coal combustion by-products of the National Power Corporation Coal Fired Thermal Power Plant in Calaca, Batangas and crumb rubber tire as material for asphalt pavement. SCI-TECH, through its director, Dr. Lorna T. Enerva, submitted a research proposal "Determination of the Fuel Oil (Bunker) Properties of 1, 2 Benzenedicarboxylic Acid, Diisoocytyl Ester and Antimicrobial Activity from Heterophyllus Moracea Lam (Jackfruit seeds)"    Meanwhile, another research proposal from the SCI-TECH, “Antimicrobial, Antidiabetic and Fuel Oil (Bunker) Property of 1, 2 Benzenedicarboxylic acid, Diisoctyl Ester of Eucalyptus Globules (Eucalyptus)”, has also been submitted to the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) for funding.

Focusing on strengthening research activities on alternative energy, environment, food processing and other concerns, four HEI’s composed of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, Dela Salle University and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, as permanent members, formed the Metropolitan Manila Industry and Energy Research and Development Consortium (MMIERDC).

Aleli Antinopo, a Bachelor in Business Management senior at the Taguig Campus presented the winning business plan of the Pinatubo Dental Implant Team that won the third prize in the Philippine Emerging Startups Open Incorporated—sponsored PESO Challenge 2006.

PUP leads in the CHED-approved and funded study on Distance Education.

The College of Communication (COC) romped away with the most coveted Grand Prize trophy as well as the viewer’s  Choice Award in ABC 5’s “DOKYU-Student Documentary Competition” thru its “Pundido” entry.

The international radio program of CED aired over DZRP (Voice of the Philippines) got a favorable evaluation from Philippine Broadcasting Service.

PUP was chosen as South East Asia's first Railway Academy.

Geraldine Llera Gammad, a PUP BS Food Technology cum laude graduate contributed to the success of the favorite KFC "hotshots" which she formulated. A testimonial to the product’s success is its realization of its 3-month targeted sales in barely a month and KFC USA (the mother unit) is asking its Philippine subsidiary to share Gammad’s formula with its other outlets worldwide.

Calamansi Soda of Zesto, the first fruit soda in the local market to utilize the abundant tropical fruit was the result of a study made by Agnes Nadres, a B.S. Food Technology graduate from the College of Nutrition and Food Science.

The PUP ICT Center, in cooperation with the Advanced Technology Learning Alliance for Students, PUP Junior Management Society and Microsoft Philippines through the Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) Program, conducted a festive all-day conference called “Technology Day 2007” on February 8, 2007.

Among the projects which were completed include the arc at the main gate, visitors' lounge, new flagpole, Mabini Obelisk, Freedom Plaza, Sto. Tomas Gymnasium, Hasmin Café, and classrooms and restrooms in PUP's branches and campuses.

September 28, 2007 was a red-letter day for PUP because it marked the University’s initial attempt at Unified Communications with the Main Campus videoconferencing with the College of Engineering in the nearby NDC Campus, the Sto. Tomas Campus in Batangas, and Polycom Singapore.

The Annual Research Awards (ARAW) was established. It aims to promote a research culture and encourages the innovative-minded youth.

In cooperation with the Department of Energy (DOE), PUP held a three-day energy fair from February 18 to 20, which focuses on research for alternative energy and biofuels, creation of energy thru cold nuclear fusion process, energy safety and efficiency, and energy utilization and downstream.

PUP was designated as one of the sites for the entire nation's commemoration of the 110th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence.

PUP, in partnership with the San Juan City local government, opened the PUP San Juan Campus.

The PUP Technical School became the College of Technology and offered short management technology courses in ICT, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Electronics Communications Engineering.

Construction and inauguration of the executive offices and conference rooms (Mateo, Olonan, and Carague) at the 2nd floor South Wing of the main building. This brought PUP's past presidents back home to the university they served for years.

PUP, in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Energy, led the Engineering Research Conference 2009 with the theme: "Forging Synergistic Partnerships with the Global Industry through Market Driven Research Initiatives" held at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila on March 9 and 10 and in PUP on March 11 and 12.

The PUP Open University launched the eMabini Learning Portal.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has chosen the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) as the model of the proposed "Clean River Zone" as DENR, along with various organizations, intensify their rehabilitation campaign for the Pasig River on their program "Kapit Bisig para sa Ilog Pasig."

PUP, with SMART Communications as its technology partner, launched PUP iText, a Short Messaging Service (SMS) that enables PUP students to receive reminders, announcements and advisories from the University through their mobile phones. The service uses SMART Infoboard.

PUP won the 1st College Debate Contest on Democracy and Political Tolerance sponsored by the Senate of the Philippines in celebration of the 2009 International Day of Democracy held on October 14, 2009 at the Claro M. Recto Hall of the Senate of the Philippines.

The University conducted a forum on Climate Change.

PUP Mulanay Bachelor in Business Teacher Education graduating student, Joy P. Lamod, won third place in the 2009 National Essay Writing Contest. Her winning entry has been published at the DSWD website.

The Philippine president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, declared Polytechnic University of the Philippines as the official permanent home of the Mabini Shrine. Through Proclamation 1992, President Arroyo stressed the need for a permanent home of the Mabini Shrine for the protection and preservation of its historical and architectural value. The President said that the PUP Mabini Campus is the fourth site of the Mabini Shrine. It was transferred in PUP through the National Historical Institute's Board Resolution No. 01, s. 2008, to protect it from the flood control project of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

The Mabini Shrine

College of Communication professor, Danny Pata, won third place at the 3rd Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand (FCCT) Photojournalism Contest on spot news category in Thailand.

PUP partnered with Beijing Hangweili Educational Technology, Ltd. (BHETL), which aims to support the promotion of the Philippines as an educational center of the ASEAN region.

The National Cheerleading Championship (NCC), the country's first and only cheerleading competition that employs international rules and regulations, held its championship tournament on March 6, 2010 where PUP Taguig ranked 6th among the 19 cheerleading squads.

With its initiative to promote energy conservation, SM Supermalls partnered with PUP and participated in an international advocacy - the Earth Hour campaign on March 27.

PUP and Jollibee promoted ACE: Improving Access, Curriculum and Employability in HRM Education Towards Poverty Alleviation – where third year PUP-HRM students interested to work and study at the same time, can avail of a scholarship grant which they may enjoy until they reach fourth year. This scholarship being offered by JFC is its corporate social responsibility.

PUP conducted the 1st Gat Apolinario Mabini Awards held at the Manila Hotel on October 11. Awards were presented to retired Chief Justice Reynato Puno of the Supreme Court for law; Dr. Renato Labadan for agriculture; Dr. Teresita Salva, for education; Edgar Taladhay for environmental leadership; Ms. Gina Lopez, environmental advocacy; Brillante Mendoza, film; Angel Cacnio, visual arts; Dr. Roel Cagape, medicine, science and technology; Kara Patria David, broadcast journalism; Howie Severino, documentary reportage; Norby Salonga, student leadership; Carlito Amalla, youth volunteer; DSWD Undersecretary Celia Capadocia-Yangco, public service; DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, peace and social justice; and Andrew Tan for business.

The 1st Gat Apolinario Mabini Awards 

The Bachelor in Advertising and Public Relations students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines received the Philippine Association of National Advertisers Foundation (PANAF) Merit Award in it s Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Youth Congress Competition on November 13, 2010.

The PUP Bachelor in Transportation Management students won 1st place in the Annual Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) Interschool Quiz Bee Competition held at the Ford Global City Taguig on December 4, 2010.

PUP participated in a nationwide videoconference. The event uses technology to connect large groups of young people who are divided by distance, background and conflict, for the primary purpose of creating understanding among them. It is a joint undertaking of the PeaceTech Inc., a non-profit organization, PUP, Office of the Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process, Department of Education and the AUSAID.

Engineering students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines won the top spots in the Mech Expo 2011 with the theme "Hytec Robotics Competition" and the Schneider Electric Philippines 2010 Energy University Challenge with the theme "Green the World @ My Campus" , held on February 4, 2011 at the University of Santo Tomas and February 16, 2011 at the Fort Bonifacio, respectively.

On February 10-12, 2011, the Department of Hotel and Restaurant Management won one of the six competitions in the Chefs on Parade - the most anticipated event in the field of the Hospitality and Foodservice Industry.

As a gesture of thanks to PUP for contributing talents to its workforce and as part of its corporate social responsibility, Accenture set up an Ideas Exchange Room (IER) for PUP students and faculty.

PUP launched Rizal@150 in celebration of Dr. Jose Rizal’s 150th birthday. Conduct of various activities that relate to the theme “Rizal sa Iba’t-Ibang Persona: Haligi ng Bayan sa Makabagong Panahon” was held at the PUP Main Campus from June 27 to July 1. Internationally acclaimed actor Mr. Cesar Montano visited Polytechnic University of the Philippines’ special screening of the film Jose Rizal (1998) on June 27, 2011 at the Bulwagang Balagtas, Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center, PUP Main Campus.

Myro Jethro T. Tejedor, Davencci C. Fagtanan, Marlon E. Domagtoy and Janine Carla C. Daliva, fourth year prime section students from the College of Tourism, Hospitality and Transportation Management (CTHTM) of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), won 1st place in the 5th Manila Foods and Beverage Exposition (MAFBEX) with a green theme inspired by the National Forest Month celebration.

PUP was awarded recognition by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) as third best performing school in Nutrition and Dietetics along with the University of Santo Tomas and the University of the Philippines-Los Baños.

The PUP Bagong Himig Serenata won 1st place in the 22nd Philippine Travel Operators Association (PhilTOA) Travel Mart Competition held at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay on September 4.

By virtue of PUP Board Resolution No. 846, series 2011 issued on September 15, 2011 and embodied in CHED Special Order No. 71, series of 2011, Atty. Estelita Wi Dela Rosa was designated Officer-in-Charge.

 Atty. Estelita Wi Dela Rosa
Atty. Estelita Wi Dela Rosa

PUP, headed by the College of Communication, organized the 1st Young Communicators’ Congress (YCC) with the theme “Academe and Media: Partners in Societal Transformation” held at the Bulwagang Balagtas, NALLRC, PUP Mabini Campus on September 16.

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