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HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT

This state institution (LSPU) started from its humble beginnings in 1952 ... it was first established as a provincial high school known as Baybay Provincial High School, the first public high school established in the shoreline (baybay) district of Laguna de Bay and the second in the whole Province of Laguna. Then in 1957, by virtue of Republic Act No. 1807 on June, 1957, the Baybay Provincial High School was converted into Baybay National Agricultural and Vocational School (BNAVS).

BNAVS became the PACD-BVE Training Center in rice production for American Peace Corps Volunteers. This center produced 682 graduates. The Manpower Training Center Started to operate in the school year 1968-1969. BNAVS also became the pilot school for the 2-year Agricultural Technician Curriculum, Associate in Agriculture. This started in December, 1969 with 8 enrollees.

With the passage/approval of HB 269 into law in June 1971: Republic Act No. 6321, it converted BNAVS into Baybay National College of Agriculture and Technology (BNCAT). BNCAT then was offering the following courses: 1) Secondary Agriculture Curriculum; 2) Two-year Associate in Agriculture (technical course); 3) degree courses leading to Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (2nd Semester 1975-76), and Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education (First Semester 1977-78). The College was also one of the Experimental Agricultural High Schools (EAHS) selected by the Educational Development Projects Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF) under Presidential Decree No. 6-A, to receive World Bank Aid in terms of infrastructure, equipment, and staff development.

This state institution was a grantee of the Agricultural Education Outreach Project (AEOP) from 1980 to 1983. AEOP was a research project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Research programs became more prioritized and government extension programs became more aggressive.See more.

On June 10, 1983 by virtue of Batas Pambansa No. 482, BNCAT was further converted into a state college, known as the Laguna State Polytechnic College.

From then on the Laguna State Polytechnic College grew bigger and better, with the incumbency of Dr. Ricardo A. Wagan as the first College President in 1986, several projects and infrastructure developments poured in to LSPC. Among the remarkable accomplishments then were as follows:

  • In 1993, this state institution was designated by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) as one of the seven (7) Provincial Technical Institutes of Agriculture (PTIAs) in Region IV under the Aus-AID-AGRITECH Project aimed at improving the curriculum, instructional programs and the development of practical and applied researches.
  • It opened four (4) satellite campuses through Memoranda of Agreements with the local governments; and
  • It integrated the following three (3) CHED-Supervised Institutions in accordance with the Special Provision No. 2 of the CHED FY 1999 Budget under the General Appropriations Act of 1999 or Republic Act No. 8745 and Republic Act No. 8292 "Higher Education modernization Act of 1997", through the issuance of the following:
    1. CHED Memorandum No. 18, s. 1999 entitled "Issuance of the Implementing Guidelines on the Integration of CHED-Supervised Institutions (CSIs) to State Universities and Colleges (SUCs)". This integration formally took place on October 5 and 25, 1999, respectively, to wit:
      • Laguna College of Arts and Trades now LSPU-Sta. Cruz Campus located at Barangay Bubukal, Sta. Cruz, Laguna
      • Los Baños College of Fisheries now LSPU-Los Baños Campus located at Barangays Malinta, Los Baños, Laguna
    2. CHED Memorandum Order No. 27, s. 2000 "Issuance of Implementing Guidelines of the Integration of CHED-Supervised Institions (CSIs) to State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) - Phase II". The formal turn-over ceremony took place on December 11, 2000, to wit:
      • San Pablo City National School of Arts and Trades now LSPU-San Pablo City Campus located at Barangay Del Remedio, San Pablo City

His incumbency is marked by a list of distinctive accomplishment such as the establishment of a multi-campus State Institution; a remarkable increase in the number of non-degree and degree curricular programs/offerings which resulted in increased inrolment and need for more teachers; exempted Secondary School Teachers to be transferred to DECS per CHED-DECS joint circular, intensified rehabilitation, repair, face-lifting of old structures and construction of new academic, research, library, dormitory, canteen-cafeteria, sports and recreation facilities; opened the Graduate Studies and Applied Research in its four (4) Campuses; acquired state of the art equipment - e.g. Speech Lab., computers, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology Laboratory equipment, the Tissue Culture Laboratory, HORTANOVA Green House, communication equipment, etc. He was instrumental in the opening of the Siniloan National High School in cooperation with Mr. Antonio Villanueva and the Sanguniang Bayan, among others, while the Siniloan National High School was just starting -- LSPC has shared with them their library, and two faculty members, among others, until they acquired their own library and faculty members.

Likewise, President Wagan opened doors to Asian neighbors through academic and cultural exchange and complementation programs. He has signed Memoranda of Agreements and Sisterhood Agreements with the following: Changwon College and Changwon High School, both from South Korea; Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry, Socialist Republic of Vietnam where in he established the LSPC International Language Center located at Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam; a trifocal consortium with Akamai University, Hilo, Hawaii and EDS-Asia and the Pacific Advance Academy, Penang, Malaysia. Being the concurrent Regional Chairman of the PASUC-Regions IV A and B, he spearheaded and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) the Jose Rizal-Jose Martin Friendship Society between the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges in Regions IV A and B and the Republic of Cuba.

Until finally, its conversion into a state university in 2007 by virtue of REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9402 "AN ACT CONVERTING THE LAGUNA STATE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE IN THE PROVINCE OF LAGUNA INTO A STATE UNIVERSITY, TO BE KNOWN AS THE LAGUNA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY (LSPU), AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR" during the 13th Congress. It was the result of struggle in Congress thru House Bill No. 5953 (introduced by Laguna Representatives, namely: Hon. Benjamin C. Agarao, Jr., 4th District; Hon. Danton Q. Bueser, 3rd District of Laguna; Hon. Joaquin "Timmy" Chipeco, 2nd District; and Hon. Uliran Joaquin, 1st District.) and Senate Bill No. 293 when it received the Certificate of Urgency signed by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Thus, on February 8, 2007, Republic Act No. 9402 was approved in Congress. It was signed into law by Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on March 22, 2007.

The law became effective on April 10, 2007, that was, fifteen (15) days after its publication in two newspapers of general circulation, e.g. Malaya, dated March 24, 2007 and the Daily Mirror on March 26, 2007. By operation of the new law, Dr. Ricardo A. Wagan received a new mandate as the first University President, and LSPU-Sta. Cruz Campus in Barangay Bubukal, Sta. Cruz, Laguna became the Main Campus.

After four years of transition period, the LSPU Board of Regents elected and appointed the second University Presiden on May 2, 2011 in the person of DR. NESTOR M. DE VERA, of LSPU-Siniloan (Host) Campus. He was the former Chief Administrative Officer of LSPU-Siniloan Campus, the former Vice-President for Academic Affairs, former Dean of the Graduate Studies and Applied Research, former Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, former Campus Director of LSPU-San Pablo City Campus and former Campus Director of LSPU-Siniloan Campus, among his several designations. Dr. Nestor M. De Vera bested among the four (4) contenders for LSPU Presidency. The fact that he was the only "insider" among the four applicants for LSPU Presidency has given him the advantage to start swiftly his duties and functions upon his assumption into office as LSPU President on May 3, 2011. He spearheaded the review of the Five Year Development Plan, 2007-2012 to determine the real position of LSPU, what it has achieved and what are those that needs to be done for another five years?

He works toward his vision to make LSPU as "Center of Development" transforming lives and communities through its new Strategic Development Plan, 2012-2017 anchored on its six (6) major initiatives, namely:

  1. Comprehensive Student Welfare and Development Program
  2. Community Relations Program
  3. University Research and Development Program
  4. Comprehensive Faculty and Staff Development Program
  5. Organizational Development Program
  6. Comprehensive Resource Generation and Management Program

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