Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University

Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University
Established January 15, 1981
Type State University
President Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula
Location Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines

The Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, more often referred to by the acronym "DMMMSU" (pronounced DEEM-su) is the state university serving the province of La Union in the Philippines. Its main campus is in Bacnotan, La Union. It was created by former president Ferdinand Marcos by using Presidential Decree 1778 to combine a number of state-run schools in La Union into a single state college in 1981. Like Mariano Marcos State University in Ilocos Norte, it is named for the former president's father, Mariano Marcos.

Before 1993, DMMMSU occupied seven campuses throughout the province. After a reorganization that year, these campuses were grouped into three administrative units, simply called the North La Union Main Campus (DMMMSU-NLUC), the Mid La Union Campus (DMMMSU-MLUC), and the South La Union Campus (DMMMSU-SLUC). Each unit is headed by a chancellor, while the whole system is headed by the university president Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula (fifth university president).


North La Union campus

The North La Union campus serves the seat of DMMMSU's central administration and was created in 1993 out of what were then the College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF), Institute of Veterinary Medicine (IVM), Institute of Computer Studies (ICS), and Institute of Environmental Studies (IES). The College of Fisheries Balaoan was also absorbed into NLUC and was made the Fisheries Research and Training Institute (FRTI).

In 2002, the College of Agriculture and Forestry was split into the College of Agriculture and the Institute of Agroforestry and Watershed Management (IAWM). The latter was formed by bringing together the agroforestry and forestry programs of the CAF.

The Bacnotan Campus of NLUC hosts two national institutes: the Sericulture Research and Development Institute (SRDI) and the National Apiculture Research and Training and Development Institute (NARTDI).

Bacnotan courses

  • Level III Re-accredited
    • Elementary Teacher
    • Secondary Teacher Education
    • Agriculture
    • Agro-forestry
    • Agribusiness Management
    • Agricultural Engineering

Mid La Union campus

La Union School of Arts and Trade was established in 1907 by D. Aran, an American, its founder and its first principal. It was one of the earliest vocational schools in the Philippines; it started as an intermediate school with only five teachers and 88 students. In 1917, Mr. Huncy, succeeded him until 1922. Secondary courses were then offered. The intermediate curriculum was eventually dropped in 1927 and, in 1928, the La Union Trade School was transferred to its present site and converted into the secondary level. It was the incumbency of the first Filipino principal, Catalino Calica, that the school turned out its first set of eight graduates. The school closed during the Second World War.

By virtue of R.A. 543 on 16 June 1950, the La Union Trade School was placed under the support of the national government. R.A. 801 was enacted on 21 June 1952 to convert the institution into a National Regional School of Arts and Trades known as the La Union School of Arts and Trades. Tranquilino de los Trinos was the first superintendent. In 1957, Apolinario Apilado took over as the second superintendent and, in 1957, Fermin Taruc became the third superintendent. Taruc's administration placed much emphasis in the improvement of the standard of instruction in all levels.

In 1975, Avelino Ascuncion assumed office as the fourth superintendent. The school served as a Regional Development Center for Practical Arts in Region I. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology was offered during the school year 1976-1977. The school accommodated the extension classes of UP Graduate School, Baguio City, for the degree of Master of Management. Likewise, the school was chosen by Engineering Equipment Inc. as its training center in northern Luzon where vocational graduates underwent further training in their fields.

On May 25, 1978, Hipolito Pacis took over as the fifth superintendent and this marked the greatest milestone for LUSAT. The school was integrated into the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University on 15 January 1981 through P.D. 1778. Dr. Bienvenido Agpaoa became its first president. In 1989, Dr. Manuel Corpus was installed as the second president. In 1996, DMMMSU has been adjudged by the CHED (Commission on Higher Education) as number 7 among top universities and colleges (public and private) in the Philippines. Most graduates rated high in their respective board and licensure examinations. On 23 July 1999, Dr. Dionisio Gat Ducusin became the third president of the university. The Mid-La Union Campus has Dr. Rodolfo R. Apigo as its chancellor, assuming the position on 23 September 1999. With transformational leaders at the helm of DMMMSU and the MLUC in particular, the university is at the threshold of the new millennium upholding excellence in instruction, research, extension, and production for global competitiveness.

Dr. Ernesto R. Gapasin, former MLUC chancellor became the fourth president of the university. On January 11, 2001 while Dr. Rodolfo R. Apigo was redesignated as MLUC chancellor, Dr. Gapasin and Dr. Apigo attain the status of a "distinct center of excellence in human and material and natural resources development, globally relevant and competitive and focused on responsible citizenship, sustained economic growth and the improvement of quality of life of the Filipino."

Through the years, Mid-La Union Campus, under the flagship of the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University has developed and sustained itself to become the leading school in the region and one of the top educational institutions nationwide. Proof of its excellence can be seen in the list of board topnotchers that MLUC has produced over the past 25 years. MLUC takes pride in its continuing plight to be a distinct center of excellence.

City of San Fernando courses

  • Level III Re-accredited
    • Graduate: Doctoral and Master’s (Tech. Ed.)
    • Graduate: Doctoral and Master’s (Dev. Adm.)
    • Industrial Technology
  • Level II Re-accredited
    • Elementary Teacher Education
    • Industrial Teacher Education
    • Arts and Social Science (Political Science)
    • Management
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Information Technology
  • Level I Accredited
    • Office Management
    • Arts and Management (Pub. Adm.)
    • Hotel and Restaurant Management

South La Union campus

The DMMMSU SLUC history starts in a lush background of mountains and blue sky. the DMMMSU College of Arts and Sciences stands as one of the most imposing and progressive educational institutions in La Union. It occupies a sprawling 15.5 hectare lot that extends almost to the foot of the mountains to the east. A number of modern buildings, from the vast library to the unfinished but steadily rising gymnasium, are silent testimonies that DMMMSU College of Art and Sciences will become a "Dream Campus."

This college has indeed come a long way from the time it started with makeshift building and improvised facilities. In the mid 1940s an education-oriented citizen, Ramon Mabutas, came up with the idea of establishing a public high school. This idea must have impressed the late Mayor Miguel Fontanilia and members of the Municipal Council, for they soon organize a committee to lay the groundwork for the establishment of a public high school. The membership of this committee include such illustrious names as Dr. Manuel Cases, Atty. Bernardo Gapus, Atty. Mauro Ordoña, Atty. Telesforo Ofiana, Atty. Esperidion Ventura and Agaton Umanos. On July 23, 1945, the South Provincial High School official came into existence.

Agoo courses

  • Level IV Re-accredited
    • Elementary Teacher Education
    • Secondary Teacher Education
    • Graduate: Master’s (Language Teaching)
    • Graduate: Doctoral and Master’s (Sci. Ed./Math Ed.)
    • Graduate: Master’s (Teaching Music)
    • Graduate: Master’s (SPEd, Guid.& Coun. & Ed. Adm.)
  • Level II Re-accredited
    • Science (Biology)
    • Science (Psychology)
    • Science (Mathematics)
    • Computer Science

Rosario courses

  • Level I Accredited
    • Agriculture (Horticulture)
    • Agricultural Technology

Sto. Tomas

  • Level II Re-accredited
  • CHED-accredited Provincial Institute of Fisheries
    • Fisheries

See also

  • List of forestry universities and colleges

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