|Jose Rizal Memorial State College|
|In pursuit of holistic human development
The JOSE RIZAL MEMORIAL STATE COLLEGE (JRMSC) is the only State College in Zamboanga del Norte. Established by virtue of Republic Act No. 8193, JRMSC is a consolidation of the Rizal Memorial National Vocational School (RMNVS) in Dapitan City, the Zamboanga del Norte School of Arts & Trades (ZSAT) in Dipolog City and the Siocon National Vocational School (SNVS) in the Municipality of Siocon. Then Congressman Romeo Jalosjos of the First District of Zamboanga del Norte authored R.A. 8193, which was signed into law on June 11, 1996.
Upon its establishment, then RMNVS administrator Dr. Felipe Ligan was appointed as First President of JRMSC by the Board of Trustees then headed by its Chairman, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Angel Alcala, pursuant to R.A. 8193 and R.A. 8292, the Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997. Dr. Ligan served for four years, from January 9, 1998 to January 9, 2002.
In 2000, two higher education institutions (HEIs) within Zamboanga del Norte, namely the Katipunan National Agricultural School (KNAS) in the Municipality of Katipunan and the Zamboanga del Norte Agricultural College (ZNAC) in the Municipality of Tampilisan, were integrated into JRMSC pursuant to CHED Memorandum Order No. 27 series of 2000 thus comprising the fourth and fifth campuses, respectively, of JRMSC.
On June 7, 2002, CHED issued Special Order No. 35, series of 2002, which provides for the appointment of Dr. Henry Sojor as the Officer-In-Charge of JRMSC in concurrent capacity as president of Central Visayas Polytechnic College in Negros Oriental.
Seeing the remarkable stability in the affairs of the College brought by the leadership of Dr. Sojor in the span of two years and eight months, the Board of Trustees deemed it best for the College to have its permanent leader. Thus, on March 1, 2005, Dr. Edgar Balbuena assumed office as second president of JRMSC pursuant to a BOT resolution.
With the appointment of Dr. Balbuena, the College charted a new course for its new beginnings. Given the past experience of JRMSC, Dr. Balbuena is now tasked to maintain and strengthen the stability of the College and to lead it to greater heights in the field of higher education.
Named after the national hero, the Jose Rizal Memorial State College has emerged as the instrument in radiating the rays of optimism and vigor to the people of Zamboanga del Norte so they would rise above ignorance and poverty. The college also serves as a dynamo leading the people towards improved quality of life.
From its humble beginnings in 1996, JRMSC has emerged into a prestigious higher education institution in this part of Mindanao.
As of the present school year, 2006-2007, JRMSC is home to 7,378 student, from the initial 2,346 enrollees when it started in SY 1997-1998. Its currently 290-strong faculty comprise of 33 holders of 49 actively pursuing Doctoral degrees, 71 holders of and 94 actively pursuing Master's degrees, and 43 holders of Bachelor's degree. The College has so far produced 1,382 graduates.
At present, substantial progress alongside the state college’s four-fold functions are in place. These were attained in only a short span of time, making JRMSC’s existence meaningful. With its advocacy and battlecry of relevance, excellence and quality in education, JRMSC took its bold step when it applied last August 2006 its five programs, namely, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts major in English, Diploma of Agriculture Technology-BAT, for accreditation with the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP). The good news is the College successfully passed the preliminary survey.
JRMSC is on its way to preparing the students for the knowledge-based economy. Priority development is geared towards information and communications technology (ICT) and the establishment of computer laboratories and electronic library that can cater to all faculty and students’ need in instruction and research.
Through the Research Center, researches conducted by the faculty and staff are strengthened and opportunities for presentation in national, regional and local fora are getting closer to its portals. Presently, JRMSC exhibits intense desire to scholarly finish the research endeavor on quantitative and qualitative analysis of normative financing among state universities and colleges (SUCs) in Mindanao and its impact on access to quality higher education.
With pride and gratitude to disclose, JRMSC announced that it has been chosen as the Zonal Statistical and Research Training Center for Region IX and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). As a training center, it is tasked to enhance the knowledge and skills of line agencies like the Departments of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, Environment and Natural and Resources, Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Police, local government units and others on descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and planning.
JRMSC commits itself to serving the Zamboanga constituents and community through extension programs. These programs and community services are now, in fact, available for the entire province of Zamboanga del Norte in cooperation with government and non-government organizations. In pursuit of these programs, JRMSC has been a partner of local government units, the local government and support program, and Couples for Christ in three Gawad Kalinga sites with programs in education, health, livelihood, shelter, and values formation. It is also one of the leading agencies in the HANDURAW Festival of the City Government of Dapitan.
Just recently, JRMSC signified its collaboration with Heritage Dapitan, Dapitan City in its 2007 Tourism Projects among 11 selected barangays, to wit: Banonong (Food Processing and Ornamental Plants); Linabo (Aqua Project); Cawa-cawa (wood craft and cut flowers); Bagting (fishermen’s wharf); Sta. Cruz (display center for souvenir products); Potol (aviary); Dawo (ornamental chicken); Silinog and Aliguay (handicraft, dried fish, shell craft, marine sanctuary and diving site); Ilaya (virgin coco oil products, agro-forestry and vegetable production) and Polo (mangrove park).
As it continues to spread its wings for public service, the JRMSC family is intensifying its collective efforts in the preservation of cultural values, the promotion of quality and excellence in education and dedication to support government programs for a strong republic.
Today, the Jose Rizal Memorial State College administers nine Colleges – Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Marine Education, Agriculture, Criminology, and Graduate School. Its mission statement is an attempt to serve the people of Mindanao in particular and the Philippines in general. Along the four functions of the State College is the mission of providing quality professional, technical and technological training with the aim of producing skilled, self-renewed and globally competitive individuals.
As the only State College in Zamboanga del Norte, JRMSC serves as the primary intellectual resource of providing quality higher education in different disciplines in the College especially on the following fields:
Education. It is consistently producing passers in licensure and the highest employment percentage among the graduates, as revealed in the graduate tracer study conducted in 2006 by the JRMSC Research Center.
Engineering. JRMSC leads in the field of engineering, communication and computer. The College is also consistently recognized as the best training ground in the area having retained higher passing percentage in the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) Examination since it was offered in 1997.
Another flagship program of the State College is the computer science, which provides global competitiveness in IT and the urgent need of business, as well as government and nongovernment organizations, to accelerate the advancement and development of the technological capabilities of human resources.