THE HISTORICAL ACCOUNT OF SAMAR COLLEGE
A vignette on the color of the glorious past of Samar College can well be summed up in the efforts and achievements of men and women who, at one time or another, were at its helm and others who have walked through its halls. They were the real trophies that every true-blooded Samar Collegian would hold high in esteem and be truly proud of.
The Humble Beginnings of Samar College
Our school opened its doors in July 1, 1949 styling itself under the name of its famous predecessors – Samar Junior College. Its main building was located in the very heart of Catbalogan, at the corner of San Roque Street and Allen Avenue, while the Normal Training School was situated at the intersection of San Roque Street and Mabini Avenue. The initial tertiary program offering then were the Elementary Teacher Certificate (ETC) for the still young College of Education (CoEd) and the Associate in Arts (A.A.), with specializations in Preparatory Law, General Liberal Arts, and Education, for the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA); thus, making the CoEd and CoLA as the first colleges ever to be established by the founders of Samar Junior College. The incorporators were to embark on a journey to fill the long-cherished dream of every progress-loving Samareño to have a college that would not only supplement the work of the local public schools but, at the same time, offer educational opportunities above high school level.
The circle of men and women, trailblazing forty-niners including prominent personalities of the provinces of Samar and Leyte, pushed for the realization of their dreams through the establishment of an educational institution. The pioneering Board of Directors (BoD) was chaired by Mrs. Felicidad G. Fernandez, with Mrs. Presentacion D. Raynaldo, Mr. Esteban S. Piczon, Mr. Marciano Lim, Dr. Antonio Merida, Atty. Francisco Astilla and Atty. Emilio Astorga as members of the Board. The Instructional Support Staff included: Mr. Sixto Q. Salazar as Director, Mr. Marciano Lim as the Training Department Supervisor, Mr. Fidel Lim as Registrar and Treasurer, Atty. Jose C. Santos as Librarian, Mr. Esteban S. Piczon as Auditor, Mr. Alfredo CH. Perez as Accountant, and Mr. Carlos Valera as Cashier. These were the indefatigable members of the Elite Group who had to contend with the “birth pains” usually attendant to a newly-formed educational institution. That they were successful in their blood venture and were able to deliver when it mattered most is reflected in the thousands of men and women – Samar College Alumni – who have carved niches for themselves in various fields of endeavors, not only in our country but also in foreign shores.
The 1950s saw Samar College’s emergence not only as a hub of academic excellence but as sports and cultural center as well. In the first-ever held Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) Meet in Cebu City, last February 19-25, 1953, our school represented Samar Province in the Basketball competition. The Catbalogan Fiesta and other local events were never complete without Samar College being invited to display its artistic and floral-inspired floats in the civic and military parade.
The local folks awaited with bated breath the appearance of our beautiful and radiant muses who rode the gaily-decorated floats. The Samar College beauties always drew thousands of applause and admiration from the receptive crowd. This was the decade when Samar College shone brightly in the Sports and Cultural arenas.
It was also in this period (1950s) that the growing and expanding College of Education broadened its wings like a maturing eagle fervently eager to soar to greater heights, when it opened up the complete four-year teacher education programs, namely the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEED) and the Bachelor of Science in Education-Inverted Course, where graduates of the degree could teach in either elementary or secondary level.
In the 1960s, the School Administration Building transferred location to its present site, marking May 4, 1966 a red letter day for its inauguration. The Board of Directors (BoD) continued to be under the reins and able stewardship of the dynamic Mrs. Felicidad G. Fernandez, while the then Gov. Esteban S. Piczon was installed as the Vice-Chairman of the policy-making body, which was beefed-up by the entry of educators in the mold of Mr. Castor Pacoli, Sr., Mr. Sixto Q. Salazar, Mrs. Pia A. Astilla, Mr. Jesus Japzon and Mr. Delfin Raynaldo.
The period came to be described as one of the most memorable decade where every graduation exercises saw the publication of the Coral to chronicle the school’s momentous events and to highlight other co-curricular activities. On the other hand, the school organ – the Samar Collegian, provided a forum for the intelligent discussion of issues and concerns and was handled then until now by a select group of literati, men and women of letters, whose members knew the importance of synergistic relationship with the administration.
Samar College During the Martial Law Years
The 70s mirrored for the Samar College the upheavals going on outside the school’s confines. Its students rode on waves of general discontent and dissent pervading those years. The protests were aimed not at whether the school was deficient neither in its management nor at how its officials were dealing with the welfare of the students. On the contrary, the students were vocal against the imposition of Martial Law Rule during the Marcos Administration which affected greatly their economic and academic lives. They wanted to prove that greatness came from participating in the struggles of history and oppressed people.
In the mid-70s, Mrs. Felicidad G. Fernandez bowed out from the service of the school to give way to other directors who were equally full of zest and fervor in maintaining the quality of education pursued and upheld at that time. In 1976, Mrs. Pia A. Astilla was voted as the new Chairperson of the Board of Directors; she applied her brand of leadership in infusing timely adjustment to cope up with the dynamism of our educational system. She was an old hand in the game who practiced to the hilt what she gained from experience as a first-rate educator. Samar College was a grateful beneficiary of Mrs. Astilla’s forward looking attitude toward education.
The dawning of the 70s similarly laid down for the ensuing grace and fortune for the new one. The school gave the necessary morale boost to the clamor of law-inclined and law-minded academe to open up such one in a lifetime opportunity to students dreaming to become one of the province’s finest lawyers and officers of the court. The College of Law, as a consequence of such desire, started to build a niche of its own in the ever-widening academic space of the school. Although the program at that time was gearing itself up to bag in government recognition, it already saw appreciation and the precious nod and approval from the community. However, in later years, the course proved to be a Herculean task to maintain; hence, it was discarded from the roster of priority curricular programs of the school.
Samar College During the Post-Martial Law Years
The 1980s saw the changing of command of the school; Mr. Fidelindo G. Fernandez accepted his nomination as Chairman of the Board of Directors on that fitting day of February 21, 1984, ushering in an era of vigorous and innovative educational reforms. Mr. Fernandez proved to be a hands-on executive who brought his corporate wealth of experience to pragmatic application in the world of the academe. He is a man who listens and takes immediate and decisive action, not one inclined to procrastinate. He acts with dispatch especially when sound judgment of a decision is called for on a controversial matter.
The 1980s was such a period of great abundance and of modernity that brought so many blessings to the institution as a whole. It was in this period that Samar College laid its red carpet once more to another most sought-after degree of the time, growing juxtaposedly with the programs offered by the College of Education. The time was perfectly right for the College of Commerce and Secretarial (CBAS) to spread its roots down and wide in Samar College soil. At this time, the school started to offer the four-year degree program Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC).
The 90s saw Samar College’s years in a shower of bounty. The Administration Building got an enviable face-lifting; a new building called “Annex Building” was turned over to their happy occupants that included personnel of the ROTC, PMT and Medical Clinic. In the same period, two (2) precious awards for excellence were received from the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), Regional Office No. VIII last December 5, 1995 – attesting to the school’s commitment to quality education. Furthermore, student teachers’ performance in the Professional Board Examination for Teachers (PBET), renamed later as the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), was an anticipated annual event for jubilation. The decade was very much still with us and is best left for another chronicle five years from now – one who will have much more to write about. One thing is clear though, that Samar College refuses to stagnate. It always attunes itself to the demands of the times. Truly indeed, in 1996, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) gave Samar College the Certificate of Recognition for the graduate course in Education leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.). This was the product of the efforts of Dr. Letecia R. Guerra, the first Dean of Samar College’s Graduate School. From that time on, when the number of enrollees flock to take this newest addition to the institution, the School Administration recognized the existence of its graduate program by establishing another department higher in stature to those of the undergraduate colleges that have already been existing in the school. It was called by the name “Samar College Graduate School (SC-GS),” until it was renamed as the College of Graduate Studies (CGS). Its initial offering included such fields of specialization as Educational Management (EM), Elementary Education (EE), and Filipino (FIL). In later years, succeeding academic heads, especially during the time of Dr. Teresita Ty-Neypes, revised and added new fields of specialization to the program, such as Reading and Communicative Language Learning (CLL).
In the late 90s, total makeover was done to the prefabricated building of the High School and Elementary Building, turning it into a three-storey concrete edifice. This became one of the living testaments to the excellent financial management and great sense of vision of the school’s longest-serving Chairman of the Board of Directors and College President, Mr. Fidelindo G. Fernandez, together with the strong backing extended by his supportive and longest-serving School Treasurer, Mrs. Fidencia Piczon-Oral. The decade was highlighted by another significant occasion which took place in February of 1999, the celebration of the 50th Year of this institution’s foundation, showcasing grandiosity and great spectacle. Metallic gold and green colors dominated the campus as we commemorated this historical event. Our institutional mantra echoed in the four corners of the Samar College – “50 Years of Caring for Your Education.” Highlighting this event was an increased emphasis on socio-cultural activities where Samar College always stands out from rest. Stylizing itself as the “Cultural Mecca” of the Province of Samar, Samar College perfected a cultural dance troupe, called the “Rayhak Dance Troupe,” which became so famous and a source of envy for other schools in the Island of Samar. With outstanding performances in both modern and folk dances, the Rayhak Dance Troupe became the official dance company of the school commonly sought after by organizers of big and fabulous events in the provincial and national levels. The annual “Manaragat Festival” of the City of Catbalogan, the “Mutya han Samar Beauty Pageant” in the Province of Samar, and the “Festival of Festivals” of the Department of Tourism (DoT) in Manila were just some of the various events where the dance troupe of the school showcased its cultural and artistic prowess aside from the school-related activities. This dance troupe is the brainchild of Mr. Mario Vicente R. Piczon, the Dean of the Office Student Affairs and Services (OSAS).
Samar College Faces Challenges of the 21st Century
The start of the new millennium paved way to further development in the institution’s curricular offerings. When Information and Communications Technology (ICT) became evident, Samar College followed the global trend; hence, the need for the inception of still another college devoted to servicing and developing students in such lucrative and futuristic field was conceptualized. The Information Technology Education (ITE) program started initially as a department under the motherly-care of Dr. Natalia Barayoga-Uy of the College of Commerce and Secretarial (CBAS), who has served as the college’s academic head for 22 long years. Later, it found strength academically to formally settle as an independent unit of the school to become the College of Information Technology Education (CoITE). Its first program offering was the Bachelor of Science in Information Management (BSIM). The college further diversified by offering the Bachelor of Science in Information System (BSIS) and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT). True to its claim as an institution that provides relevant education to Samareños, the institution added another feather on its cap when the CHED, through a Permit No. 13, Series of 2006, allowed the opening of the Bachelor of Science in Criminology (BSCrim) course under a separate college, the College of Criminal Justice Education (CoCJE), with 142 students as pioneering batch for Academic Year 2006-2007. The program could have been shelved too early if not for the sincerest efforts of Dr. Banello P. Gabon, then the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA), and Mrs. Gresilda P. Navaja, the School Registrar. The extraordinary efforts of these two loyal and concerned employees of Samar College proved to be highly-demanded, worth-sharing and, in a sense, prophetic in as much as it pushed Samar College back to its glorious days again where the institution became a melting pot of a diverse type of students from different municipalities in the Province of Samar and even beyond, ever-willing to fully entrust their future to the people managing the school. Hence, the early part of the 21st Century could be considered as the institution’s self-styled Renaissance Era – a “rebirth in faith and trust” to the academic opportunities offered by the school to its clientele. The new degree offered at that time, the BSCrim, propelled Samar College to attaining a counter-balance in the share of students from the downgrading trends in population of the other colleges. The creation of the CoCJE, which later became the second biggest college in the institution with 1,158 students, provided the institution an even wider avenue for further growth and development necessary to address the growing and multi-faceted demands of the 21st Century. Concomitantly, the onset of the 21st Century proved to be challenging especially in the curricular offerings in the College of Education (CoEd) where the college had to adapt to the demands and challenges laid before it by the ensuing time. The Teacher Education curricula offered by the college, namely the Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) and the Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd), had to undergo a series of revisions such as the inclusion in the said curricula of the more-enhanced “Experiential Learning Courses (ELCs).” If these changes were not addressed upon by the school, the college would have been lagging behind other Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) not only in the region but also in the entire Philippines. In fact these revisions were very much a necessity so that graduates from the curricula would surely pass in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET), which actually did happen.
In 2006 and onwards, especially during the stewardship of the newly-installed College Dean of the College of Education (CoEd), Dr. Banello P. Gabon, the needed reforms in the college were implemented; hence, brought back the once lost respect for the college and the institution as a whole from the community. The CoEd remains to be the biggest college with a population of 1,334 teacher education students, the highest so far in the entire history of the institution since its foundation, as well as the “source of pride” of the school. It is from this college where a continuous increase in the number of honor high school students enroll in, the most number of Latin honorees during Commencement Exercises come from, an equitable and continuous supply of qualified professional teachers who are passers of the LET sprout out, and with an increasing annual passing percentage in the LET compared to those of the national passing percentages. In truth, the reforms instituted in the CoEd proved to be working inasmuch as even the so-called “unit earners” who graduated from different courses flock to the college to earn in its newest program, the Certificate in Teaching (CINTEACH). To date, their population reached 175-strong students, which in itself is a record-breaking phenomenon. The program requires that students have to earn a total of 93 to 94 academic units in the General Education Curriculum (GEC), Professional Education, and Field of Specialization before they can take the LET and land a job as professional teachers. It is from this program that the CoEd was able to produce a topnotcher in the LET which is another first in the annals of history of the college and the institution. In the September 2012 LET, Mr. Ariel B. Mabansag placed the CoEd on the radar screen of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), when he bagged for the school the number five placement (5th Placer) in the secondary level of the LET nationwide. The year 2012 then became the time of countless blessings and the season of harvest for the CoEd and the entire institution. By this time, the CoEd already offered the Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) with such fields of specialization as Generalist Curriculum, Pre-School Education and Special Education (SPED) and the Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd), with majors in Biological Science, Physical Science, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Filipino, and Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH). The Two-Year Certificate in Teaching, Elementary Education and Certificate in Teaching, Secondary Education programs grew side by side with the four-year degree courses with similar fields of specializations or majors as those of the BEEd and the BSEd.
Samar College Embraces Further Modernization
In February, 2011, Mr. Fidelindo G. Fernandez, the Chairman of the BoD and College President, entrusted his sensitive positions to a new and younger brand of manager who could continue the progress he painstakingly tried to attain and sustain for the last twenty-seven (27) years. The former school head also supported the election of the new members of the BoD of Samar College while retaining some of the veterans in its fold. Thus, the year 2011 became the benchmark year for the newly-elected Chairman of the BoD and College President, Mr. Rhett Caesar L. Piczon, who possesses an even innovative and pragmatic style of management. The other members of the Board of Directors (BoD) already included Miss Manuelilda Rosario A. Torrevillas, serving concurrently as member and secretary of the Board and as School Administrator; Mr. Francisco A. Astilla, IV; Mr. Fidelindo G. Fernandez; Dr. Vitus T. Hobayan; Atty. Castor R. Pacoli, Jr.; and Mr. Manuel Van A. Torrevillas, III. With the new Chairman and College President at the reins of power, the institution passed through a comprehensive and series of facelifts in all of its aspects. Mr. Piczon started with the restructuring of the school organization by creating new offices to assist him in effectively managing the institution. By virtue of the power vested in him by the stockholders and the Board of Directors of the school, he instituted the Office of the Vice – President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) through a memorandum to strictly administer and supervise the Higher Education level, covering the graduate and undergraduate colleges of Samar College, including the offices of the School Registrar (OSR) and Student Affairs and Services (OSAS). The Office of the Vice-President for Administration (OVPA) was likewise established via the same memorandum to specifically manage the Basic Education level, covering the Pre-School, Elementary and High School departments; the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO); the Office of the Property Custodian (OPC); and the Office of the Student Discipline and Security Management (OSDSM). Aside from the offices mentioned, the memorandum also created the Office of the Vice- President for Finance (OVPF). It was mandated to administer and supervise the Accounting Office and School Treasurer’s Office. For this office, Mrs. Fidencia Piczon-Oral, the School Treasurer for more than three decades, was asked to reconsider her retirement plan and fill in the position of Vice-President for Finance, while concurrently holding the position of the School Treasurer. Finally, with a better understanding of the demands of the Higher Education sector, the School Administration also established the Office of the Vice-President for Research and Developmental Programs (OVPRDP) mandated to manage the Research and Extension services, as well as the Program Development services of the institution. With this decision, the school is assured that the four educational thrusts of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) like Samar College would be achieved, to wit: instruction, research, extension, and production. The new School Administration also reorganized the various colleges and departments existing in Samar College. Some of the colleges were merged and downgraded their category into departments of a much bigger college in order to attain the new and enhanced direction of the school. Through this action, the school has formally institutionalized the following colleges in the Higher Education level: the College of Graduate Studies (CGS), designed to offer graduate programs, especially in teacher education; the College of Education (CoEd), tasked to offer Teacher Education programs; the College of Criminal Justice Education (CoCJE), mandated to offer Criminology and other related programs; the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), specifically established to offer the Liberal Arts, Information Technology, and Sciences programs; and the College of Business and Management (CBM), whose purpose of existence is to promote and offer courses in business and management. Atop all these innovations in the organizational structure of the school, the School Administration likewise revisited the more than half-a-century-old fundamental component of the school as the initial and primary object of reform – the restatement and reorientation of Samar College’s Vision Statement, Mission Statement, Objectives, and Core Values. The changes done on the most important component of the school became the beacon and anchorage of further educational reforms, actions and decisions in the institution. This was accomplished with the assistance of the members of the Executive Committee (ExeCom) and with the participation of the members of the BoD in a seminar-workshop organized for the purpose.
With just over three (3) years in office from the day of his acceptance as the Chairman and College President, Mr. Rhett Caesar L. Piczon proved to be a school head gifted with first-rate managerial skills. Though a true-blooded and a very successful businessman, he has that gift of educational foresight. He basically knew from the beginning of his stewardship of the institution that to attain quality of education with a steadily growing population annually is to invest heavily on the infrastructure requirements of the school. Thus, with a strong mandate and backing from the stockholders through the BoD, the school embarked on a massive and ambitious infrastructure projects which cost more than forty million pesos. These were the school’s initial developmental projects ever constructed in two successive years under the new administration. Firstly, the four-storey Founders Building (FB) was constructed on top of the old Samar College canteen containing five (5) modern-styled classrooms and a canteen at the ground level, while on top of it housed the technologically-advanced Crime Laboratory and Dark Room for the CoCJE students. It was inaugurated in the 22nd day of August, 2012 with no less than Governor Sharee Ann Tan-De los Santos of the Province of Samar as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. Secondly, the first-ever five-storey Administration Building was designed and built. It was conceptualized to be a very technologically-advanced building none could be found in all of the Province of Samar and even in all State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Private Higher Education Institutions (Private HEIs) in Region VIII. It is equipped with an elevator from the Ground Floor up to the Fifth Floor which houses a beautifully-designed 250-seater Audio-Visual Room (AVR). Based on its design, this five-storey Administration Building would surely hold ten (10) modern-inspired classrooms; some offices of the top level management; a stateof- the-art Faculty Room for Higher Education level faculty members; and some hotel rooms in preparation for the offering of the grades 11 and 12 or Senior High School in the K-12 Curriculum of the Department of Education (DepEd). These new classrooms would accommodate classes of the College of Graduate Studies (CGS) during Saturdays and Sundays. The building’s inauguration would surely become the most-anticipated event of the year; the crowning glory of the new School Administration. With still more years to come and count on, it would not be a surprise if the School Administration would again venture and indulge on additional infrastructures needed to make Samar College truly the “School of First Choice” within the Province of Samar and beyond. Aside from improving the physical plant of the school, the new administration also invested in the welfare and personal growth of its clientele. For this purpose, the administration hired additional personnel to effectively serve its students in all the educational levels of the institution through its Guidance and Counseling Office; the Graduate, College, and Extension Libraries; and other personnel under the Administration Department of the school. In the same manner, the school also invited artists from Manila to perform before Samar College students for them to experience some degree of enjoyment free from the shackles of their academic requirements in school. The famous band “Calla Lily” and solo performer Bryan Termulo made their debut performances in Samar College on two separate occasions – the first performing only a year ahead of the second artist. Moreover, to highlight how Samar College entertains its audience as a gracious host, the standup comedienne and true-blooded Samareña Kay Brozas was invited to render a heart-warming rendition of some pieces of rehashed Original Pilipino Music (OPM) before teachers and employees of the Catbalogan Public and Private Schools Teachers and Employees Association (CPPSTEA). This occurred during the school’s hosting of the said well-known gathering of the teaching and non-teaching personnel from the different institutions within the City of Catbalogan last October 5, 2013.
Samar College Responds to the K-12
In 2013, during the early implementation of the K-12 Curriculum of the DepEd, the school came up with solutions to gradually brace the impact of this program of the Philippine Government. Foremost of which was the reorganization of the High School Department of the school by creating the Junior High School (JHS) and Senior High School (SHS) departments to be manned separately by two (2) secondary school principals. Thus, the Basic Education level of the school now catered to three departments, with the Pre-School and Elementary Department being the third under one (1) School Administrator. Secondly, the school founded highly-specialized sections to cater to the kind of Basic Education suited to the select and mentally-gifted pupils and students in both the Elementary and High School departments of the school. These sections, called “Star Classes,” were meant to upgrade the educational standing of the Basic Education level in the minds of its clientele and immediate community by offering highly-advanced elective subjects atop the regular ones offered by the school and the DepEd, as well as hiring and bringing in more educationally-qualified and competent faculty members. The Technical Working Group (TWG) that spearheaded this program included experienced and young educational managers and experts, namely: Dr. Pedrito G. Padilla, the Vice-President for Research and Developmental Programs; Miss Manuelilda Rosario A. Torrevillas, the Vice-President for Administration and School Administrator of the Basic Education level; Mrs. Imelda Mabansag-Uy, the former Principal of the Elementary Department who assumed the deanship of the CoEd in June of 2014; and Mrs. Ma. Rosario Toston-Nacar, the newly-appointed Principal of the Junior High School Department. Having been interested in offering the Senior High School or Grades 11 and 12 in the K-12 Curriculum of the DepEd, the school had been on the drawing board to design varied, in-demand and related career pathways to the program offerings in the Higher Education level of the school. It was in the interest of the school to make sure that the possible graduates of the Senior High School Department would have prospective career opportunities in the Higher Education level. Hence, it was conceptualized that there was a need for the Basic Education level, through its Senior High School Department, to work more closely and synergistically with the Higher Education level of the school. For this purpose, the administration appointed Dr. Nimfa Tolipas-Torremoro as the first principal of the Senior High School Department – a loyal and well-experienced educational manager who has served as the principal of the Junior High School Department for 15 long years, while concurrently serving as the College Dean of the College of Graduate Studies (CGS) of the school. Corollarily, in the early part of 2014, the College of Graduate Studies (CGS) again revised its curricular offering of Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), a graduate program requiring a thesis output in response to the growing demands of the K-12 Curriculum. The Technical Working Group (TWG) headed by Dr. Banello P. Gabon, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, together with the College Dean of the CGS, Dr. Nimfa T. Torremoro, and some faculty members of the CGS made sure that the desired revision of the curriculum would focus on the development of an enhanced M.A.Ed. with thesis program and a Master in Education (M.Ed.), non-thesis program. It was conceptualized that the existing fields of specialization would cater to the new curriculum and promotional requirements of the DepEd, the undergraduate and graduate programs of the CHED. Hence, as it was designed, the thesis and non-thesis programs of the CGS would have improved fields of specialization to wit: Educational Management (EM), Elementary Education (EE), Filipino (FIL), Reading (RDG), Language and Literature (LL), Mathematics (MATH), and Biological Science Education (BSE). As expected, the enhanced graduate program would be effective during the Academic Year 2015-2016.
Moreover, to cater to the growing demand for a more varied and community-based curricular offering, the school submitted pertinent documents for the initial offering of three (3) additional curricula for the Higher Education level for Academic Year 2015- 2016., to wit: Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) and Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) under the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) under the College of Business and Management (CBM).
The institution just hope that these new programs would be as successful as those programs offered in the CoEd and CoCJE; a curricular innovation waiting for its desired results to unravel three (3) years from its approval by CHED-RO No. VIII. Samar College as an institution devoted to achieving academic excellence is doing its best to maintain the glorious standing today and beyond. As everyone thinks at this period of time, the BEST is yet to come for the Diamond Jubilee Queen – Samar College.