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Ramon Magsaysay Technological University, a merger of three public education institutions in the province of Zambales, was established by virtue of Republic Act 8498 enacted on February 12, 1998 through the initiative of Congressman Antonio M. Diaz. The University Charter integrated the former Ramon Magsaysay Polytechnic College (RMPC) in Iba, the Western Luzon Agricultural College (WLAC) in San Marcelino, and the Candelaria School of Fisheries (CSF) in Candelaria. The strengths of its parent-institutions, which had existed since the early 1900s, served as RMTU’s springboard for its accelerated growth and development.
The RMPC in 1998, which is now RMTU’s Main Campus, was founded as a farm school in 1910. It was converted into a provincial trade school in 1919. Through the years, it metamorphosed into Zambales Trade School in 1933, Western Luzon School of Arts and Trades in 1953, Zambales School of Arts and Trades in 1957, and Ramon Magsaysay Memorial School of Arts and Trades in 1961. It became a CHED-supervised College (RMPC) in 1993 and a chartered state college in 1995.
WLAC, now the San Marcelino Campus, started as a farm school in 1927. It became the Zambales Rural High School in 1933, the Zambales National Agricultural School in 1960, the Western Luzon Junior Agricultural College in 1977, and eventually evolved into a full-fledge state college in 1985.
The CSF-Post Secondary Department, with its component faculty and physical facilities, is known today as the RMTU-Candelaria Campus. Established in 1965, CSF started as a secondary vocational high school and eventually offered post-secondary, non-degree courses under the supervision of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The University System also absorbed the former WLAC’s extension campus in Botolan, which was established after the lahar onslaught in San Marcelino in 1993. Likewise, RMTU has institutionalized WLAC’s extension classes in the SBMA Compound (1996-2001) and Subic (1999-2003) through the establishment of a satellite campus in the municipality of Castillejos starting SY 2003-2004. In succeeding years, two (2) additional satellite campuses were also established in the municipalities of Masinloc and Sta. Cruz in partnership with the Provincial Government, DepEd, and Municipal Governments concerned. Consortium Agreements were also forged with Mondrian Aura College and Lyceum of Subic Bay, both located in SBMA, for the offering of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. To accommodate foreign students, the RMTU-Wesleyan College of Manila (WCM) Consortium Program was established starting June 2008.
The grant of university status by virtue of Republic Act 8498, sponsored by Congressman Antonio M. Diaz, bestowed upon RMTU a higher level of prestige vis-à-vis other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Central Luzon. Under the dynamic leadership of the First University President, Dr. Feliciano S. Rosete (2000-present), the University has greatly expanded its operations in terms of establishment of LGU-subsidized satellite campuses, infrastructure development, expansion of curricular programs and strengthening of research, extension, auxiliary and income-generating programs, including local and international linkages. Campus expansion and massive infrastructure development were made possible primarily through the extraordinary support extended by the Provincial Government under the administration of former Governor Vicente P. Magsaysay (2001-2007). President Rosete has successfully established functional networks and linkages with a great number of stakeholders and benefactors to fast-track the development of the institution.
The offering of relevant and highly marketable curricular programs, coupled with the strong support of scholarship sponsors, brought a dramatic increase in enrolment by almost 400% in the last nine (9) years. Current enrolment level is now stable at almost 8,000 students per semester as compared to less than 2,000 students in the year 2001. Degree programs increased dramatically from 12 to 65 over the same period.
The University attracted more and more benefactors who have been providing massive scholarship and financial assistance. In fact, all students of the University practically enjoy either partial or full scholarship funded by the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Congressman Antonio M. Diaz and other local and national political leaders and civic organizations. With the upgrading of faculty qualifications and the pole-vaulting of infrastructures, laboratory equipment, library holdings, and other learning facilities, the University has been registering commendable performance in terms of the passing rate of graduates in licensure examinations especially in electrical, mechanical and civil engineering and other flagship programs of the institution.
Over the past nine (9) years, the major curricular programs in various campuses attained various levels of accreditation under the accrediting scheme of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP). Prior to the university status, the institution had no accredited program. To meet the standards of accreditation in terms of faculty, library books, laboratory and physical facilities of the various campuses, non-conventional strategies and innovative methods of generating funds have been applied. All new course offerings are self-liquidating programs that generate their own funds for teachers’ wages and basic instructional materials and facilities. In satellite campuses, LGUs provide funding subsidies for building maintenance, electricity, and other operating expenses. With rationalized tuition rates, the new curricular programs have become sustainable even without additional budgetary appropriations from the Department of Budget and Management.
Through its innovative programs and projects, RMTU is now an active participant in the development of the local communities. The University’s partnership with local government units proved to be an effective strategy for providing educational opportunities to the economically disadvantaged sectors of society enabling them to pursue relevant and quality college education at affordable cost. With its viable extension and training programs, the University serves as a major catalyst for community development and upliftment of the quality of life through technology transfer, skills training and livelihood development catering to the marginalized sectors – – farmers, fisher folks, out-of-school youths, and cultural minorities.
Indeed, with Dr. Rosete’s dynamic leadership, RMTU has made a difference in the management of SUCs in the country today. RMTU is now in the forefront among SUCs in terms of expanding people’s access to relevant, quality higher education in the countryside. With its satellite campuses strategically located throughout the province, the noble mission of bringing higher education to the “doorsteps” of the poor sectors of society has become a reality. Moreover, the University has optimally operationalized its corporate powers vested by its Charter (RA 8498) and the Higher Education Modernization Act (RA 8292). The institution is now able to generate substantial funds from various Income Generating Projects, tuition fees, and other sources to sustain and even expand its operations. With fiscal autonomy and academic freedom as properly enshrined in its Charter, RMTU has magnificently demonstrated flexibility and productivity in the management of its human, physical and financial resources geared towards fulfilling its vision, mission, goals and objectives.
In terms of its significant contribution to regional and national development, the University has successfully produced substantial number of competent and dedicated professionals and skilled manpower needed by industries and government agencies. The university has turned out licensed engineers, teachers, agriculturists, nurses, accountants and other professionals now employed in various public/private entities. Moreover, through its ladderized curricular programs, RMTU has produced skilled manpower who are now employed at the Hanjin Shipbuilding Company in Subic and other establishments in the agricultural, industrial and service sectors of the economy.
And so today, as RMTU embarks on its Grand Centennial Celebration on February 8-12, 2010, it stands proud with its high performing seven (7) campuses, 65 degree programs, 8,000 students, more than 600 faculty and staff, viable local and international linkages, including its crowning glories in research and development and prestigious awards in multifarious areas of competence in the region and nationwide. President Rosete has ensured the University’s competitive sustainability as it looks forward to the years ahead.
Indeed, RMTU’s amazing growth and development amidst declining budgetary subsidy from the National Government is now widely acclaimed as a “success story”, setting a good example of innovative management strategy applicable to other SUCs in the country.