The Sangguniang Bayan led by Vice- Mayor Armando Evangelista Jr. passed a Resolution No. 593 dated September 11, 2012 requesting Bukidnon State University to open a College External Unit in Pangantucan.
Mayor Manolito G. Garces then asked the SB Chairman on the Committee on Education, Hon. Marlene L. Franco, to coordinate with the Bukidnon State University administration.
Unfortunately, all efforts proved futile due to the closure of six (6) Bukidnon State University (BSU) External campuses as ordered by the Commission on Higher Education.
Mayor Garces then sought the assistance of Dr. Hilario Caminero, Executive Director of the Philippine Councilors League Legislative to conduct a feasibility study of establishing a Local College.
The establishment of the college having found to be feasible,70 % of the students who have not sustained their tertiary studies will be accommodated.
THE CREATION OF PANGANTUCAN COLLEGE OF ARTS, SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY (PCAST)
The Charter of Pangantucan College of Arts, Sciences, and Technology was passed by the Sangguniang Bayan and approved by the Municipal Mayor on March 25, 2014 by virtue of Ordinance No. 15 Series of 2014. The technical working group who facilitated the Charter to the Sangguniang Bayan included:
- Welan C. Calag
- Renato G. Sabado CPA
- Marlene L. Franco
- Windylyn S. Vallescas
- Emmanuel T. Yap
The team benchmarked at the University of Makati on May 26, 2014 with the intention of bringing UMak Education to the municipality of Pangantucan.
On June 2, 2014, a team from UMak came for a two-day exploratory meeting and supported the PCAST launching attended by:
The President of Association of Local Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (ALCU-COA), the Executive Vice President of University of Makati, Dr. Raymundo Arcega, who appointed Prof. Pompeyo Adamos III, to represent their university in any of the college activities.
The UMak Technical Working Group was likewise created to give assistance to this college which composed of
- Pompeyo Adamos III
- Director of Planning and Development Center
- Aurora Serrano
- Vice President for Administration and Finance
- Milagros Lourdes Torres
- Dean of the College of Education
- Dalisay Brawner
- Vice President for Academic Affairs
After the launching, the screening of faculty applicants was conducted by the UMAK team at the Mayor’s Conference Room. Out of 36 qualified applicants, only 19 applicants qualified and became the first set of faculty members.
On June 3, 2014, the LGU and UMAK jointly held a meeting at the Margarette Business Hotel, Maramag, Bukidnon for the appointment of the Interim College Officials.
After thorough deliberations, Atty. Welan C. Calag was appointed as College Administrator; Accountant Renato G. Sabado as Finance Director; Mr. Emmanuel T. Yap, as Administration Director; Dr. Windylyn S. Vallescas as Academic Affairs Director, and Engr. Joanabella Osios as College Registrar.
On June 8, 2014, the first Board Meeting and Faculty Training were held at the Felis Resort, Davao City. The Administrative Council and Academic Council Members were then created as recommending bodies to the Board.
On June 20, 2014, three days before the start of classes, the PCAST team headed by Hon. Vice Mayor Aramando Evangelista with Atty. Welan C. Calag, Mr. Renato G. Sabado, Dr. Windylyn Vallescas, Mr. Emmanuel Yap, Engr. Joanabella Osios, and Ms. Estella Marnil Mangayan, the appointed College and Board Secretary, consulted the CHED Region 10 office to about the establishment of the college.
The team was then accommodated by the CHED’s Administrative Officer, Roy Agcopra who advised the team as to the requirements in the offering of Academic programs.
On June 23, 2014 the PANGANTUCAN COLLEGE OF ARTS, SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY started two academic programs:
After due deliberation, the administration of the college stood its ground on the basis of CHED Memorandum Order No. 144 Series of 2008 provides, “The BSA program shall be operated only by Higher Education Institutions with proper authority granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) or by their respective Boards in case of chartered State Universities and Colleges (SUCs and Local Colleges and Universities (LCUs).
Dr. Arcega offered the stakeholders of the college an option for students of BSBA to the University of. Makati during their last semester’s classes for practicum to different partnered industries.
GIVEN THIS COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, THE COLLEGE HAS NOT GIVEN UP HOPE ABOUT ACQUIRING RECOGNITION FROM THE CHED.
On June 3, 2015, Municipal Mayor, Hon. Manolito G. Garces, the College Administrator, Atty. Welan C. Calag and the Sangguniang Bayan Members led by Municipal Vice Mayor, Hon. Armando S. Evangelista, had an audience with CHED Regional Officials including Director Zenaida Gersana regarding the documents required for college recognition.
After that significant meeting with CHED Regional officials, the name of the college was changed to Pangantucan Bukidnon Community College or PBCC by the virtue of Ordinance No. 41, series of 2015 and approved on June 30, 2015.
Relative to this, Mayor Garces formed a Technical Working Group to work on the documents of the Certificate of compliance towards acquiring the Recognition of the college by the CHED. The TWG is composed of the following:
- Welan C. Calag, REB, REA (College Administrator)
- Joanabella C. Osios, MBA (Program Head for BSBA)
- Antonia J. Rupinta, MAEX (Program Head for BSA)
- Estrella P. Baldevia, RL (College Librarian)
- Lourdes D. Abitona (Quality Assurance Coordinator)
- Janz Kissia A. Virtudazo (QuaAss Secretary)
- Maria Nova Leah L. Fuentes (Guidance Counselor)
- Yvonne Key P. Tubongbanua (Research and Student Affairs Coordinator)
- Kristy Leah C. Hernandez (BOT/College Secretary)
- Marialila Trinidad O. Apatt ( Ag Ed Program Coordinator)
The team visited colleges and universities in the area for benchmarking purposes.
The CHED Regional Office representatives conducted a site visit to PBCC on
And the CHED Regional Director suggested to the College Administration in submitting a feasibility study towards offering a Teacher Education Program to accommodate the students of the BSU External Unit in Kalilangan which is due for closure.
In December 2015, a feasibility study on the Teacher Education Program was conducted and was ready for submission in January, 2016. Prof. Lourdes D. Abitona, of the College ‘ Quality Assurance Office facilitated its completion , but was not submitted to the Regional Office as the college was still on a wait for the Certificate of Recognition.
Given the site inspection of the Regional Office on October 8, 2015, after the submission of the documents for the Certificate of Compliance, the college waited for this Certificate until early February 2016.
The college being apprehensive of the students’ and parents’ demand to see the College Certificate of Recognition, the Administration ordered the Quality Assurance Chairperson to follow-up the status of the college application at the Central Office.
Information from Central Office personnel gave the college hope of this recognition by reviewing the same documents submitted to the Regional Office on July 6, 2015.
On April 14, 2016, the CHED Central Office TWG in coordination with the RO X finally came to the college assess/evaluate the documents on hand as to whether they are feasible towards the college’ acquiring this most awaited CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION!