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CSPC Naga campus marks centennial year

by Sonny Sales
Bikol Reporter

The Camarines Sur  Polytechnic Colleges, Naga Campus (CSPC), formerly known as the Bicol College of Arts and Trade (BCAT), celebrated its centennial year on March 3 to 5 this year.

The school established in 1911 during the American colonial years marked its 100 years founding anniversary through various activities capped by a grand alumni homecoming at its campus at Peñafrancia Avenue in this city.

CSPC  President Monsito G. Ilarde said the CSCPC, the school has survived 100 years as an institution of learning that served generations of Bicolanos in this province. It has  presently over 3,000 students and faculty members.

Ilarde said “that CSPC-Naga remains the only polytechnic college in this locality that maintained its mandate in teaching technology education, develop skilled workers that are globally and locally competitive.”

Among the highlights of the anniversary activities were: a grand parade around the city; field demonstration by students at the CSPC campus; unveiling of the centennial marker with Camarines Sur 3rd District Representative Luis R.Villafuerte, as guest of honor; an Employees’ and Retirees’ Day; and a grand alumni homecoming.

This year’s homecoming was hosted by “BCAT Batch 1986,” and was attended by former students.

Ilarde said that the alumni groups from the 1980’s are pushing for the CSPC to be an independent state college in Camarines Sur.

Congressman Villafuerte has filed a House Bill No. 220 dubbed as: “An Act Separating the CSPC-Naga (former BCAT) from the CSPC Nabua, Camarines Sur (CSPC main campus) and Converting it Into a State College to be called as the “Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAT).

Reportedly, the bill was passed by the house of Representatives  and now pending with the Senate Committee on Education.

The move to separate  the CSCP-Naga is being supported by the alumni groups and faculty members, with the position that the school’s historic existence should be given due recognition as an independent state college.