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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.