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Carlos Hilado Memorial State College
October 2007

Harnessing the Negrense manpower

Humble beginnings

As a tertiary educational institution, the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) endeavors to develop the total personality of the individual to be a responsible member of society through a well-rounded education consistent with his or her innate talent, sex, culture, and heritage. This mission lives on…

Celebrating its Silver Year as a state college in 2008, CHMSC has stood the test of times, has forged unity among its campuses despite curricular diversity, and true to its mandate, has continuously carved its name in providing the Negrenses progressive leadership and manpower resource training in its areas of specialization to endow them with a sense of self-respect, independence, self-sufficiency, and an appreciation of the dignity of labor.

Today, it continues to realize this lofty aspiration of touching meaningfully the lives of the Negrenses to become productive and responsible citizens of their respective communities, of the province, of the nation, and of the world. Its graduates empowered on the geographical surfaces of the globe epitomize a story of how humble lives deprived of opportunity turned into lives of economic vigor and sustainability, of human development and fulfillment.

The history of CHMSC, the first state college in the Province of Negros Occidental, dates back to 1983 when Batas Pambansa Blg 477 converted the three existing schools in the province into Paglaum State College (PSC). These three institutions, establishment started as early as 1954, were the Negros Occidental College of Arts and Trades (NOCAT), the Bacolod City School of Arts and Trades (BCNTS), and the Negros Occidental Provincial Community College (NOPCC).

It was in 1994 when the Paglaum State College was renamed Carlos Hilado Memorial State College by virtue of Republic Act No. 7707 authored by Congressman Jose Carlos V. Lacson of the Third District of Negros Occidental to honor the then Congressman Carlos A. Hilado. As the representative of the Second District of Negros Occidental, Hilado authored in 1954 the bill creating the first Trade-Technical School in Negros Occidental, the Negros Occidental School of Arts and Trades in the town of Talisay.

In 2000, another satellite campus was added to CHMSC with the integration of the Negros Occidental School of Fisheries (NOSOF) in Binalbagan, a bustling municipality south of Capital City, Bacolod.

Present times

Today, CHMSC, one of the three state colleges in the province, boasts of four satellite campuses which provide four-column support to put into reality the mandate of the institution of improving and enhancing the socio-economic life in the province and cities of Negros Occidental and Western Visayas through professional, technical and vocational training and education responsive to the needs of the teaching profession, agro-industrial, manufacturing, transport, and service industries.

CHMSC Main Campus, the administrative seat of the institution, was established in 1954 originally as the Negros Occidental School of Arts and Trades. It is situated on a five-hectare lot in Talisay City, seven kilometers away from Bacolod City and seven kilometers away from Silay City, the site of the “New Airport of International Standards” in Negros Occidental. The campus stands along the main road connecting various municipalities and cities of the whole Negros island. It specializes in Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Programs, and Industrial Technology which have been granted re-accredited status by the AACCUP in 2005. Its Elementary Teacher Education Program has been a performer in the LET, national level, having earned 8th rank in 1988 and 2nd rank in 2006, Category B of 100 to 200 examinees. New program at present include Civil Engineering, Information Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management.

In the graduate level, the main campus offers Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management, Master in Public Administration, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching English, Mathematics, General Science, and Technology and Livelihood Education.

The Fortune Towne Campus was the former Negros Occidental Community College, a school within the premises of the Negros Occidental High School located at the heart of Bacolod City. It originally offered Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Technical-Vocational Programs using also the facilities of said high school. Today, the campus boasts of its own home, a 1.5 hectare lot it can call its own at Barangay Estefania at the outskirt of metropolitan Bacolod City. It has evolved into CHMSC’s Center of Commerce, Accountancy and Business Administration Programs.

Presently, this campus offers BS in Accountancy, BS in Business Administration, BS in Office Administration, BS in Entrepreneurship, and BS in Information System. In the graduate level, the campus offers Master in Business Administration and Master in Public Administration.

The Alijis Campus of the College, formerly known as the Bacolod City National Trade School, was established in 1968 under Republic Act 3886 authored by then Congressman Inocencio V. Ferrer. The campus occupies a five-hectare lot at Barangay Alijis, Bacolod City. Prior to its integration with the state college, the BCNTS was identified as the Technician Education Institute in the province offering complete secondary education program and two-year trade-technical education along various technology courses. The campus specializes in the Associate in Industrial Technology, a ladderized course leading to BS in Industrial Technology and BS in Information Technology.

The Binalbagan Campus was formerly the Negros Occidental School of Fisheries which offered complete secondary education and fishery education courses. Located at coastal Barangay Enclaro, Municipality of Binalbagan, the campus is almost 71 kilometers away from the main Campus. Today, it plays as an arm in the implementation of fishery –related curricular programs, and has earned a name as CHMSC’s College of Fisheries campus. The campus offers Secondary Teacher Education focusing on Physical and Biological Sciences, and BS programs in Fisheries, Information Technology, and Business Administration.

With 418 personnel, the college for the current semester is serving 7,499 enrollees mostly coming from the three highly supportive Congressional Districts of Negros Occidental – the Third District of Rep. Jose Carlos V. Lacson, Fifth District of Rep. Iggy T. Arroyo, and the Lone District of Bacolod City of Rep. Monico O. Puentebella.

Hence, from post-war Negros Occidental educational landscape to present, the institution has become a symbol of hope for a better life among the less privileged Negrenses. It has become testimonial to the collective endeavors of all people responsible for its growth and development with the noble purpose of harnessing the Negrense manpower.

What it is to be a CHMSCian…

His morning classes may not start until 9:30 but for Henden Gelle, 21, the day has long been started.

Securing his school things and the fifty pieces of siopao, Henden is ready for school. He is already quite a familiar face around school even if this is just his first year in CHMSC. Henden is a BSIT student who majors in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning and a budding entrepreneur. He sells siopao to his schoolmates, teachers, and friends. The money he gets from his sales is added to his allowance and whatever extra money he makes, he buys food for his family. This would make his mother cry, saying it is the parents’ duty to support their children, not the other way around.

Henden is not the only student entrepreneur in CHMSC. There are a lot like him doing the same thing just to get by. They would sell native foods, pastries, sometimes RTW, cosmetics, shoes, bags, cell phone loads, and what-have-you’s… anything that would support not only their schooling but also their families.

Others who do not have the business inclination opted to join the Student Assistance Program of the school. They are the students assigned to assist in the offices to run errands and sometimes help in the paper works. But some are assigned to a more physically demanding work. These are working scholars (student laborers as what they are commonly called indeed they do labor) assigned in the maintenance and repair of school facilities and solid waste management. They take care of the carpentry, gardening, electricals, masonry and plumbing. They do their work unmindful of what others would think of them or how they would look…as long as they do their duties well. Although they may get extra money from their labors, still it is not enough. Some students would take on other part time work (in food chains, call centers, etc) and other jobs like tutorials (such as guitar lessons) or driving a pedicab, or selling fish and vegetables in the market.

The computer lab

This story of the CHMSCians is not that different from the stories of other students all over the country who has to strive harder than the others just to achieve tertiary education…CHMSC has somehow provided the answers to their dream of attaining quality education at a lower cost. Every opening of the semester, student applicants from all over Negros Island and Panay flock the campus… but only a small percent get to be admitted. However, not all of them managed to graduate after four or five years. Despite the low tuition fee that CHMSC offers, sadly, not many can afford to pay their way through college.

CHMSCian students have to beat the odds just to achieve their dreams. What makes CHMSCians different from other students is, perhaps, their perseverance and their dignity in hard work. Due to what they have to go through just to be in school, they value education greatly.

And blessed are they who labored, now they are enjoying the blessings of hard work. Honorable
The library

Trustee for Alumni, Warlito Rosareal, had been into odd jobs himself as a student in CHMSC. As guest speaker in this year’s Recognition program, he proudly shared that he usually smelled of fish in his first period class because he had to sell fish first before proceeding to school. At present Hon.Rosareal is a Principal IV of Sum-ag National High School at 2-time National Awardee for Brigada Eskwela and his school is a 4-time Topnotcher in the Division Achievement Test. Dr. Beñales, the Dean of the College of Education, for whom credit goes, too, to CHMSC being second performing school in the country in this year’s Licensure Examination for Teachers – he trimmed lawns to earn a penny; Dr. Salvador Zaragosa, Vice President for Administration, did welding, plumbing here and there – they are CHMSCians, they had been working students, and they were able to reach beyond what they could grasp much more than what they first set out to do. Their lives attest to the CHMSC motto that “He who hath a trade hath an estate.”

Source: Manila Bulletin Online

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