By Ver G. Alviento
Brief History of North Luzon Philippines State College
The metamorphosis of North Luzon Philippines State College as a public higher education institution in the Second District of Ilocos Sur can be traced in its humble, yet glorious history.
The institution evolved in 1975 from a small community college known as Candon Community College (CCC) which offered non-degree courses, the midwifery and the secretarial course.
Through a bill sponsored by then-Congressman, Hon. Eric D. Singson, Candon Community College sought integration to the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan, Ilocos Sur; hence, Republic Act 6744 effected the establishment of CCC-University of Northern Philippines Branch on August 11, 1989.
Course offerings of the CCC-UNP Branch have reached quantum leap. Aside from the pioneer non-degree courses in midwifery and secretarial, extension degree programs such as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor in Elementary Education, Bachelor in Secondary Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science were offered. The secretarial course has been enhanced into two new certificate programs: the Associate in Office Management and the Associate in Medical Office Management. Additional degree courses based on the demands of the community were included such as the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Criminology, both were offered as ladderized courses.
Realizing his vision for Candon to have a college of its own during his long years as dynamic political leader in the municipality of Candon, Hon. Eric D. Singson sponsored a bill that amended R.A. 6744 and helped establish a new college in the province. Through Republic Act 10085, otherwise known as “An Act Separating the CCC-University of University of Northern Philippines Branch from the University of Northern Philippines in the City of Vigan, both located in the province of Ilocos Sur, converting it into a State College to be known as North Luzon Philippines State College and Appropriating Funds Thereof”, North Luzon Philippines State College (NLPSC) started to operate as a public higher education institution on May 5, 2010.
In pursuance to Republic Act 7722 otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994” and RA 10085, Acting Director IV of the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office, Dr. Caridad O. Abuan, was designated as Officer-in-Charge of the college on August 11, 2010 by CHED chairperson, Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan. The main task of Dr. Abuan was to ensure that there is a smooth transition of operation and management of the college from the University of Northern Philippines. A technical working committee composed of Dr. Cherrie Melanie Ancheta-Diego, CHED OIC-Chief Education Program Specialist, Mrs. Odette de Guia, Dr. Elizabeth M. Gacusana, Dr. Jaime G. Raras, Mrs. Cristina R. Martinez and Dr. Severino G. Alviento has been formed to assist Dr. Abuan during the early thriving years of NLPSC.
Formally in 2010, North Luzon Philippines State College set itself to work. Designations of the faculty and personnel in various offices of the college have been given special orders, approval of the curricular offerings has been sought at the CHED Regional Office, departmentalizing the faculty according to discipline has been effected, and the college organizational chart has been plotted to define the role functions of rank-and-files.
At the start of the school year 2010-2011, all the curricular programs under CCC-UNP Branch were maintained except the Bachelor of Science in Nursing which was not permitted by CHED-RO-I because said program cannot meet the standard requirements in the offering of the nursing course. An additional course in the business education department has been included, the Bachelor of Science in Office Administration, which is a ladderized degree program in the certificate courses in secretarial.
On August 16, 2012, CHED Chairperson, Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan designated Dr. Elizabeth M. Gacusana as the new Officer-in-Charge of North Luzon Philippines State College. She is being assisted by Dr. Andres T. Malinnag, Director for Administrative and Finance Services; Dr. Severino G. Alviento, Director for Research and Extension; and Mrs. Estrella C. Gaerlan, Director for Academic Affairs.
The school plant and the facilities of NLPSC have been facing the great challenge of accommodating more than two thousand students and roughly one hundred thirty personnel; however, the college is on the alert to address this challenge through the establishment of more buildings and classrooms. The library building with classrooms and audio-visual rooms, the CHED-funded building with offices and laboratory rooms, and the Student Government Building, are all under-construction and eyed to be in full utilization within the next school year.
Soaring up high in its vision to be of greatest service to its clienteles, the inauguration of the CHED-funded building (Academic Building 6) after the completion of its Phase II, and the SG Building Phase I, responded much of the demands of the students and personnel to have more classrooms and offices. And with the usual generosity of the college’s founder, Congressman Eric D. Singson, he allotted 5M budget for the continuation of the eLibrary building (Academic Building 5) and gave 20 units of Computer set for office and student use.
NLPSC is striving to live up with its core functions in instruction, research, extension and production through instilling the values of excellence, dynamism and service towards the succeeding years of its existence.
With regards to its curricular mandate, NLPSC has consistently proven its adherence to quality education.
In August 2012, the first 25 LET takers from the BEED Department garnered a 100% institutional passing rate. This is the first time in the history of the institution that a program got a sterling one hundred percent. The national passing rate was 49.29%.
The following year, (April 2013) four Octoberian BEED Graduates hurdled the same 100% performance rating. The national passing rate was 27.75%. The October 2013 exam yielded a 73.91% against 31.18% national passing rate.
This August 2014 LET, 52 out of 61 examinees ( 85.25%) passed and landed tenth place nationwide besting the 1,313 Higher Education Institutions in the country.
For the BSE LET takers, NLPSC has shown consistently higher performance rating compared with the national passing rate since its first batch of takers in 2012.
In August 2012 exam, they garnered 80% institutional passing rate. The following year (2013), they also garnered a 72.47 percent against 39.75 national passing rate. This year, 2014, they manifested a 65.52% institutional passing rate against 34.40 national passing rate.
In September 2014, five degree programs namely, BSE, BEED, AB Pol Sci, BSCS and BSBA were subjected to AACCUP evaluation for Level 1. Just recently, the much coveted level 1 was already awarded to NLPSC.
During the Search for NLPSC Presidency in 1995, Dr. Severino G. Alviento was designated by the CHED Chairperson as OIC President. Dr. Alviento as per CHED Special Order No. 19 Series of 2015. Dr. Alviento assumed the office as temporary caretaker of the college effective April 16, 2015 and lasted on September 18, 2015 after the successful election of the first college President.
On September 19, 2015, Dr. Elizabeth M. Gacusana assumed office as President of the college.
(Edited by Mr. Alex Q. Mendoza)
Main Functions of the College
A. Instruction Instruction focuses on the process of facilitating the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitude to develop the analytical and creative faculties of learners. It also includes other specific tasks such as student consultation, academic advising and all other initiatives that facilitate the learning process. Faculty members are responsible to:
1. Identify learners’ needs;
2. Prepare and follow a course syllabus based on the needs identified;
3. Facilitate the learning process through active engagement in classroom tasks and activities.
4. Develop student’s analytical and creative thinking skills through purposive activities with focus on Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS);
5. Design alternative and innovative models of teaching for all types of students whether regular, gifted or those with special needs;
6. Engage themselves in extra- and co-curricular activities and assignments sanctioned by the College;
7. Make themselves available for consultancy, academic advising and other functions that help improve the students’ well-being;
8. Conduct remedial classes that cater to the needs of students with learning disabilities and difficulties;
9. Manifest a strong commitment to the development of highly competent and qualified graduates by constantly improving one‘s competence;
10. Vary teaching methodologies and techniques in the pursuit of effective teaching-learning process; and
11. Attend affairs of the College such as academic council meetings, commencement rites, foundation day celebrations, faculty development programs and other activities of the College.
B. Research Faculty members need to continually explore areas of inquiry through active participation in research endeavors. They are responsible to:
1. Participate in formulating the research agenda for the College;
2. Prepare research proposals along their field of specialization for funding consideration by the College and other benefactors;
3. Conduct researches along their field of specialization that help close knowledge gap;
4. Generate technologies that address learning difficulties of students and increase income or earning capacity of marginalized groups in the countryside;
5. Generate research paradigms to enhance instruction in their field of specialization;
6. Provide scholarly advice, suggestions and recommendations to student-researchers in the conduct of their researchers and/or theses;
7. Study recently published papers on basic and applied researches, materials development, feasibility studies and other similar documents;
8. Participate actively in local and international conferences; and
9. Publish articles/monographs in recognized and referred journals and magazines.
C. Extension Faculty members are strongly encouraged to participate or render service either in College-sponsored community extension projects or in their own community, sectoral and/or professional organizations. Faculty participation in these activities is regarded as part of their professional and personal commitment to the academic profession. To strengthen NLPSC’s institutional linkages, collaboration and networking, faculty members are responsible to:
1. Conduct in-service training programs for teachers, school administrators, other educators in both public and private sectors, students, farmers and other clienteles;
2. Contribute in strengthening institutional ties and network with other national and international educational institutions;
3. Translate research results into forms understandable and comprehensible to target clienteles;
4. Be involved in developing and implementing programs, projects and activities on gender and development; literacy, political and environmental education; and multicultural and values education; and
5. Participate in and initiate extension programs aimed at developing and implementing projects that help preserve indigenous cultures and promote sustainable development.
D. Production Faculty members are encouraged to engage in production endeavors or projects that showcase their expertise. These knowledge-based projects can help generate additional income for the College. They are responsible to:
1. Develop and publish scholarly works like books, magazines, journals, research articles and monographs, lecture notes, modules and instructional materials;
2. Design, develop and share multimedia courseware and resources such as tapes, videotapes, power point presentations and other electronic packages;
3. Design and produce materials for presentation and production in the performing arts;
4. Assist student-entrepreneurs in their production endeavors and other business concerns; and
5. Engage in income generating projects to generate additional funds to sustain the operation of the College.
E. Administration Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), as a general rule, are rightfully managed by educators. Hence, faculty members are usually designated to administrative positions. As such, in addition to their professional expertise, they should be knowledgeable and competent on personnel administration, legalities, and management and leadership principles in order to perform the following responsibilities:
1. Formulate and effect the realization of the vision, mission, goals and objectives (VMGO) of their respective offices in cognizance with NLPSC’s VMGOs;
2. Supervise, direct, and evaluate the performance of their subordinates;
3. Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the programs, projects and activities of their respective offices;
4. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
5. Initiate development in their respective offices;
6. Create more effective short-term and long-term plans;
7. Oversee the inter- and intra-affairs to their respective offices;
8. Properly allocate resources and provide an effective support system; and
9. Motivate and initiate coordinated efforts among their staff.