Divine Word College of Legazpi (DWCL)
Witness to the Word in the world of excellence…
The history of Divine Word College of Legazpi (DWCL) history inspires many,
her origin seals her with sterling nobility, and her development raises her to
the pedestal of excellence.
DWCL was first known as Liceo de Albay (LDA), a parochial school for boys
founded in 1947 by Rev. Fr. Juan Carullo, a retired army chaplain. The members
of LDA’s board of trustees were, Fr. Msgr. Justiniano Romano, Fr. Alfonso
Molina, Fr. William Rehente and Fr. Rustico Burce.
In 1952, Liceo de Albay was ravaged by the typhoon Trix, bringing down the
school into ruins. To save the school from the imminent closure, the bishop of
the Diocese of Legazpi, Most Reverend Flaviano B. Ariola, D.D. offered Liceo
de Albay to the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) congregation.
Fr. Joseph L. Bates, SVD, negotiated for the lease of the institution’s
building and lot. He left Holy Name Academy in Bohol to direct the
administration of the new school together with Fr. Florante S. Camacho, SVD.
Liceo de Albay was then named Divine Word High School (DWHS) in 1960. With a
new image, DWHS upheld its exclusive education for boys with the aid of Msgr.
Nestor C. Cariño and Msgr. Honesto A. Moraleda, then diocesan priests in its
In 1965, with the institution of college courses in the Liberal Arts,
Commerce, Education and Secretarial departments, the school’s status was
elevated to a tertiary level as Divine Word College of Legazpi (DWCL).
In 1971, in consortium with St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Tabaco, Albay,
DWCL offered the AB Philosophy program. Aware of the need for additional
services in secondary basic education, the school went co-educational. The
Night School was also opened for working students.
New building, more courses
Anticipating the growing population of the school children in all levels, Fr.
Bates bought five hectares of land at Washington Drive, Legazpi City from
Atty. Juan Imperial. A three-storey building accommodated the transfer of the
basic education department in 1977.
However, the said transfer was not an easy task. The construction of the
three-story building required a great deal of concerted efforts. Rev.Fr. Bates
had to ask for financial assistance from his friends abroad.
The DWCL community truly was hands-on the in the said endeavor with parents,
teachers, and students extending their hands to aid in the construction.
In the succeeding years, DWCL opened up new course offerings to answer the
growing needs of the region. The institution also produced a good number of
national topnotch in the Civil Engineering board examination, Junior Geodetic
Engineering board examination, CPA Licensure examination and Registered Master
Electrician board examinon.
Now, on its 47th year, DWCL is now en route towards becoming a university.
DWCL is undergoing accreditation by the PAASCU to assure quality education,
service and facilities.
Though, DWCL started from the spoils of a typhoon, she continues to rise and
reach the skies. And consistent with her motto, “Duc in Altum” (Aim High),
DWCL promises to incessantly strive for excellence, professionalism and
service. (Franco Allan P. Jimena and Patrick Dave D. Peralta)
Soon a university
For the past 47 years, DWCL) has been providing quality education to the
residents of Albay and its neighboring provinces. It continues its noble work
of educating young minds, as it aims to achieve university-hood.
Pursuant to its goal, DWCL is now a (Philippine Association Accredited
Schools, Colleges, and Universities) PAASCU- Level Two accredited college.
Recently, it was visited by PAASCU accreditors for a resurvey of the programs
offered by the school.
“It is showing to our student and to the people that we are a school
characterized by a higher level of quality and excellence,” remarked Dr.
Gregoria Ad. A. Benosa, vice president for academic affairs.
The DWCL community works hand in hand in improving its status as an academic
Having been extolled as the first to implement an online enrolment system in
Bicol region, DWCL is still in continued search for technological innovations
to equip its apprentices with quality service and education.
Various school facilities and laboratories were upgraded which include the
state-of-the-art audio visual hall, air conditioned classrooms and
laboratories, and the wi-fi connection available in the campus. The school’s
humble beginnings have conquered every complexity encountered and that is very
evident in the facilities the school is offering its learners. Certifiably, it
was all a matter of turning dross to gold.
DWCL continues to enhance not only the tangible aspects of its existence but
also the quality of instruction. The institution pursues to present more
innovative steps to be able to meet the challenges of the future. Consistent
with its motto, Duc In Altum, the school aims high and works hard to sustain
or even exceed what it has achieved.
At present, DWCL is headed by Fr. Francisco Estepa, SVD, president, who acts
as the chief executive officer.
Other officers include Fr. Alejandro Gobenciong, SVD, vice president for
finance and administration, and the Dr. Gregoria Ad A. Benosa, vice president
for academic affairs.
As a Catholic school, DWCL is committed to enhance religious services to the
community and that responsibility is given to the campus chaplain.
Since the administration’s objective is to ensure the efficient supervision of
the school, competent deans were assigned to look after each department.
The College of Business Education is under Dr. Jean dela Torre, CPA while Engr.
Martin Valeras is the dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Studies.
Dr. Victor Belgica, Melaine Espinosa and Fr. Nestor Sibug, SVD, oversee the
Colleges of Education, Nursing and Arts and Sciences, respectively.
Unique on-the-job (OJT) training programs are also instituted. Students are
sent to countries such as Singapore and United States of America to further
extend one’s job experience.
These OJT programs are specially given to the students of the College of
Business Education, hile other departments have designed the same level of
empowerment for its learners.
The school also provides job opportunities to those who are in need of one by
placing information and conducting job fairs on the campus itself.
The Society of Divine Word recognizes the need for quality and professionalism
in every aspect of its academe. Thus, its entire works are geared towards
establishing a culture of excellence. (Rhea Ramirez and Hazel del Rosario)
DWCL structured its programs in response to the needs of the region and the
The following are the courses offered by the school as its humble way of
preparing the future of the youth:
College of Business Education (CBE). This is what DWCL is mostly known for and
is dubbed as the “Best Business School in Albay” created by the merger of the
former colleges of Accountancy and Commerce. The programs offered by the
college are: Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA), Management and
Accountancy (BSMA), Business Administration (BSBA) majors in Legal Management
and Marketing; Commerce (BSC) majors in Banking and Finance, Entrepreneurship
and Management; Hospitality Management (BSHM), Office Administration (BSOA),
and a two-year course in Accounting Aide (AA).
The programs are structured to meet the needs of certified public accountants
(CPA’s), managers, businessmen, entrepreneurs, administrators, bankers and the
like, and develop the proper business ethics, responsibility and efficiency in
College of Engineering and Computer Studies (COECS). This college produces
board passers for the civil engineering and, recently, electrical engineering
board examinations. Courses offered are Bachelor of Science in Civil
Engineering (BSCE), Electrical Engineering (BSEE), Computer Science (BSCS) and
Information Technology (BSIT).
College of Education (COE). Programs offered are Bachelor of Elementary
Education (BEED), Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) majors in English,
Filipino, Mathematics, Social Studies and MAPEH, and also non-degree courses
in Certificate in Teaching and Certificate in SPED.
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), This college provides different programs
to provide fundamental liberal arts and science degrees to the youth. Courses
offered are Bachelor of Arts in Economics (AB Econ), Political Science (AB Pol
Sci) English Language (AB English), and recently, Bachelor of Science in
Psychology (BS Psych), Biology (BS Bio) and Mathematics (BS Math). The
programs are designed to meet the needs of professionals ranging from
economists, public servants and writers to psychologists, biologists and
statisticians and to whatever profession related to the said courses.
College of Nursing (CON). The youngest of the school’s colleges, it is the
fastest growing department of DWCL. As the demand for nurses here and abroad
is rising, the school established the college to train highly-competitive
nurses in a competitive global arena. The degree Bachelor of Science in
Nursing (BSN) is structured to meet the needs of nurses and aims to develop
their effectiveness, efficiency and versatility.
Graduate School of Business and Management (GSBM). A part of the CBE, this
segment of DWCL provides post-graduate studies with degrees in Master of
Business Administration (MBA) and Master in Public Administration (MPA). These
programs are structured to enhance further the knowledge and expertise of
graduates aiming for higher positions in their fields.
Source: Manila Bulletin Online
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