Bataan Polytechnic State College
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Setting the trend for quality and excellence
Everything BATAAN POLYTECHNIC STATE COLLEGE (BPSC) achieved proves that the institution is committed to serve through education. Its journey of 55 years is one of cooperation among people, one that transcends time and changes embarked upon towards a glorious state.
BPSC is composed of three campuses, all of which have humble beginnings. Yet through dynamic leadership, competent faculty and hardworking employees, the campuses grew into very promising learning institutions in the province of Bataan.
The Main Campus, better known as the Bataan National School of Arts and Trades (BNSAT), was established in 1953 by virtue of Republic Act 903 sponsored by Representative Medina Lacson De Leon.
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In 1995, the Institute of Advanced Studies began when the Master of Arts in Educational Management opened with 52 enrollees. The program was strengthened after it tied up with the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and Bulacan State University (BSU).
With five decades of service, the Main Campus — later renamed the Medina Lacson De Leon National School of Arts and Trades, in honor of its founder — earned the reputation as provider of skilled technicians and workers in the local and international employment scene.
On the other hand, the Balanga Campus began when the Bataan Community College (BCC) was established in 1970 through Provincial Board Resolution No.131. The college opened its doors to the public with 137 students of Junior Secretarial, Midwifery and Bachelor of Science in Management.
In 1982, BCC was renamed the Bataan Colleges (BC) through Board Resolution No. 93. Four years after, BC offered Education and Accountancy. In 1991, BC also offered Nursing and made a name for itself when its first batch of Nursing graduates conquered with a 91.55-percent passing rate in the board examination. The midwifery department also consistently performed impressively in licensure examinations via passing rates much higher than the national percentage, and by producing topnotchers.
Meanwhile, the Bataan National Polytechnic School—formerly the Bataan National School for Filipino Craftsmen—was established in 1965. BS Industrial Education was first offered along with two-year technical courses and the regular secondary course. Through the years, BNPS expanded its curriculum in line with its commitment to cater quality education pursuant to R.A. 7782 and R.A. 8292. As it provided community-based education, enrollment multiplied. BNPS executed relevant activities, programs and projects geared toward the attainment of its mission and objectives. In 1998, it became a Commission on Higher Education (CHED)-supervised institution.
On February 26, 1998, the Bataan Polytechnic State College was born. More than a year later, BNPS was integrated to BPSC, pursuant to provisions of the Higher Education Modernization Act and became BPSC’s third campus.
Branded as the youngest state college in the region, BPSC is currently preparing for universityhood. By being responsive to the ever-changing realities of the needs of the business and industrial sectors, it seems that the only way for BPSC is up.
Bataan Congressman for Second District Albert Garcia filed House Bill 5336 converting BPSC into a state university last March 6, 2006, and barely one month after the filing, the House of Representatives approved the HB on April 4 and transmitted it to the Senate for the next level of legislation.
Such elevation is a big step for the College, as it means being one step closer to universityhood. In the Senate, the "Son of Bataan" Senator Manuel Villar sponsored Senate Bill 2457 converting BPSC into a state university, and integrating the Bataan State College, which is primarily an agricultural state college in the province. This will expand the opportunity of the two institutions of higher learning to better serve the people of Bataan and of Central Luzon. As of November 8, 2006, the said SB has passed in the first reading and was referred to the Committees on Education, Arts and Culture, and Finance.
The proponents and authors of the said bill, Garcia and Villar, clearly believe that BPSC is ready and very much able to be converted. In the explanatory notes of both House and Senate Bills, the two lawmakers said that BPSC, "in spite of the limited resources under its command, has virtually succeeded in meeting the demands of upgrading and updating modern higher learning. As mandated by its charter, the state college has served the people of Bataan and the nearby provinces in the region through various courses offered in the three campuses, and has maintained a high level of competence as a learning institution".
They further stated that the rapid growth of the student population, one of the justifications for the College’s conversion, needs to be properly addressed. Universityhood will both broaden BPSC’s curricular offerings and ensure programs of instruction and training in the field of science, arts, engineering, education and other fields.
College enrollment has steadily increased over the last seven years. This trend is attributed to the attraction of BPSC’s strong and formidable faculty of instruction, tuition fees, and absence of pollution problems due to an environment that is conducive to a healthful process of learning.
Bataan State College expressed its full cooperation by submitting to the CHTE office copies of resolutions made by various associations within their college, all of which state that BSC earnestly agrees to be included in the State University of Bataan. BSC president Dr. Bonifacio Dumlao, together with the his department heads and presidents of various associations, told BPSC President Magpantay how BSC firmly believes that merging with BPSC will be beneficial to its faculty members, and will help them establish linkages, and collaborate with other institutions.
BPSC offers relevant and market-driven courses that focus on the enhancement of skills and human development. Enrolment in all the campuses significantly increased in the last six years, an indication of the respect accorded to the institution by the community. The College offers courses in the fields of industrial and information technology, engineering, education, business, arts and sciences broken down into the following levels: one post-graduate, five graduate, seventeen baccalaureate, four diploma, and seven certificate courses.
Student enrollment continues to soar indicative of the community’s confidence on the quality of education provided by the College. Both faculty and students never fail to reap various awards for curricular and extra-curricular competitions.
For the next five years, the College will intensify development thrusts for BS Nursing, Engineering courses, and Information and Communications Technology courses after these have been identified by CHED as part of its priority courses for the next medium term. Moreover, BS Nursing and the Engineering courses continually bring the College enough reason to be extremely proud as performance in licensure examinations never ceases to beat the national passing rate. Graduates of Nursing, Midwifery, and Engineering courses also manage to land top ten spots in the national ranking.