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In the 1940s, many residents especially those living in Calbayog City and neighboring municipalities, longed for the establishment of a national high school, affordable and practical for them considering that the schools existing during that time were either expensive or too far and inaccessible of public conveyances servicing these routes.

Thus, a city high school was established by the city government sometime in 1948 during the administration of Mayor Pedro Pido. But, due to lack of funding support, the school existed for only seven years.

Short of economic resources that would allow parents to send their children to study outside of Calbayog City, the city leadership headed by Mayor Jose A. Rono proposed a bill for the establishment of a national vocational school in the city. The bill was sponsored by Congressman Eladio T. Balite of Samar and Senator Decoroso R. Rosales.

On August 31, 1960, the bill creating Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Vocational School was signed into law. The school was named after Tiburcio Tancinco, the first Calbayognon to attain national prominence as Judge of the Court of First Instance of Manila and Congressman from Samar.

The pioneer batch of forty-five students recruited painstakingly by Ms. Natividad M. Boco (now Mrs. Natividad Serrano) had its first day of classes on November 16, 1960. Three days after, Mr. Emiliano O. Reyes joined Ms. Boco and became the first Officer-in-Charge until the arrival of the Principal, Mr. Bartolome B. Calbes in 1961.

During the incumbency of Mr. Bartolome B. Calbes, the school enrolment had been increasing; hence, more teachers and personnel had joined the ranks.

In 1971, Mr. Basilio S. Frincillo became the next principal of the school. As the new administrator, he introduced new breaths to the school underscoring the faculty development program and infrastructure projects. He opened the first class of the two-year post secondary course, the predecessor of the present college department.

The next years saw the unfolding of an academic era that started on September 1976 under the baton of Mr. Papiniano G. Macayan. Immediately after his assumption into office as the new Vocational School Administrator, he conceived new ideas and made targets for TTMVS to become a State College which he planned to do in a span of five years. The dream was realized after six years, although a year delayed but the leadership of Dr. Macayan continued.

On January 1, 1980, the school was elevated to higher education by virtue of Batas Pambansa Bilang 40. The leverage for the acceptance of the first proposal became stronger. With the assumption of Hon. Jose A. Roño as Deputy Prime Minister, the momentum of the fervor to convert the school into a state college became strongly felt. Parliamentary Bill No. 1774 was then filed in the Batasan Pambansa on May 1982 with Hon. Assemblyman Fernando R. Veloso as principal sponsor and all the assemblymen of Region VIII as co-sponsors. The bill was passed up to the third reading and four months after, it was signed into law known as Batas Pambansa Bilang 304 on November 17, 1982 by His Excellency Ferdinand E. Marcos.

One of the major contributions of Dr. Macayan to the school, aside from his proposal of converting the Institute from a vocational school into a State College, was the development of its physical structures. It was also during his time that courses on Industrial Technology were offered with majors in Automotive Technology, Garments Technology, Trade Technology and Technical Drafting and soon followed by BSIE (Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education).

Dr. Macayan had his administration for almost seventeen years and brought TTMVS significant milestones and great accomplishments in various areas like sending teachers to national and international trainings, study grants and conferences, receiving awards for outstanding performance of the faculty and technological innovations, implementing significant improvements in terms of physical facilities and other infrastructure projects, and building stronger linkages and partnerships with various national and international agencies and institutions and the opening of the Graduate School program, particularly offering two courses – Master of Arts in Industrial Education and Master of Arts in Science Teaching. The Graduate School was realized and known to its clientele with the initiative and expertise of Dr. Socorro O. Bohol in the preparation of proposals and submission of the same to the Board of Trustees a year after her entry to the Institute. Her efforts made the TTMIST graduate programs known and attractive as far as Masbate and Northern Samar. When Dr. Macayan retired from service, Dr. Socorro O. Bohol served as the Officer-in-Charge of the school from March to July 1993.

Dr. Senecio D. Ayong took over the presidency in 1993. He was then responsible for the opening of more BS degree courses, most importantly, Arts and Sciences courses, Teacher Education, doctorate degrees, computer-related courses, information technology courses, among others. He also led the school in submitting its various programs for AACCUP accreditation with the able leadership of Dr. Socorro O. Bohol, who was then the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Furthermore, he gave more focus in strengthening the research, extension, and income generating programs of the school and saw the need to enhance the capability and qualifications of the faculty through trainings and other career development in line with the faculty development program.

Having envisioned this Institute to become a state university, the TTMIST administration through the late President Dr. Senecio Ayong submitted the Institute for university status with House Bill No. 318 on September 27, 2000. Unfortunately, it did not materialize due to some political upheavals in the government.

With his untimely demise because of his failing health, he left the Institute in a state of bereavement. His seven years in service though as the College President of TTMIST left a legacy for the Institute in its continuing effort of improving its quality standards as a State College.

In the absence of a College President during this time, Dr. Socorro O. Bohol again served as Officer-in-Charge from August to November, 2000.

Dr. Eduardo S. Caillo held the reigns of TTMIST because of the inopportune passing away of Dr. Senecio D. Ayong. It was during Dr. Caillo’s administration that he facilitated the opening of new courses in Master in Engineering major in Engineering Management, BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management, BS in Electronics Communications Engineering and BS in Criminology. He also facilitated the improvement/renovation of physical facilities, establishment and installation of internet facilities, and strengthened linkages with various local, national and international agencies, and advancement in the area of technology through submitting some technological innovations and projects developed by some faculty members and students.

Upon resignation of Dr. Caillo, Dr. Aida L. Tobes who was then the Vice President for Academic Affairs served as Officer-in-Charge of the College from January 15 to June 5, 2006.

On June 5, 2006, Dr. Socorro O. Bohol was appointed as College President of TTMIST, first to serve the unexpired term from June 6, 2006 to July 7, 2007. After this, she was granted another one full term which commenced on July 8, 2007 and ended on July 7, 2011.

The years under the stewardship of Dr. Bohol were a testimony of unity and collective efforts in bringing out the necessary change placing the Institute in the pedestal of success along its four-fold mandates: instruction, research, extension and production.

The school made a stable increase of enrolment ranging from 3.0 to 4 percent every year. Significant achievements were attained in her administration such as high passing rates of students in government examinations like board examinations for the engineering courses and education courses; improved faculty profile with not less than 55 percent holders of masters and doctorate degrees; intensification of research and extension programs; and strengthening of income-generating programs and projects. Faculty and staff welfare and development were given priority.

Dr. Bohol also made benchmarks in her administration when she instituted program developments and accomplishments. To name a few, offering of new courses, like Master in Information Technology, BS in Tourism Management and others; curriculum revisions particularly on ladderization of some programs; offering of more TESDA short courses; and increase of student scholarship grants. She even looked into concerns like campus physical improvements and cleanliness drives. However, one of the most significant achievements attained by the Institute under her administration was the elevation of the school from SUC Level 1 to SUC Level III-A, which considered four key result areas, namely: Quality and Relevant Instruction, Research Capability and Output, Relation with and Services to the Community and Management of Resources. All these achievements are attributed to her effective and efficient management of human, material and financial resources.

TTMIST had updated its curricular programs/courses in education, engineering, information technology, computer science, management, business administration and others in order to keep pace with the demands of the industry or the world of work. Its Graduate School and Training Academy started to offer masters and doctorate degree programs. Employability is the contribution of TTMIST to local and national development. TTMIST then, became at par with other universities in the region as it started producing professionals and community leaders who stand out in their respective places and professions.

CONVERSION OF TTMIST TO NwSSU

The desire of converting the Institute into a state university was again brought into life under the administration of Dr. Bohol. She then traced the documents submitted to the House of Senate and reconstructed the necessary requirements in order for the Institute to qualify for its application. Moreover, she supported the noble desire of Congressman Uy to expand development to San Jorge and other municipalities in the First District of Samar and share the bounties of a university status, integrating Samar State College of Agriculture and Forestry in San Jorge, Samar in its application.

Thus, the 13th Congress version of the bill was transmitted to the Senate and re-filed in the 14th Congress. This was subsequently approved during the December 12, 2007 meeting of the Committee on Higher and Technical Education known as House Bill No. 4413 filed by our beloved Congressman Reynaldo S. Uy together with some other representatives, namely: Cynthia A.Villar, Edcel C. Lagman, Exequiel B. Javier, and Jesus Crispin C. Remulla.

On September 17, 2008, the bill passed on First Reading and was referred to the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture and Finance. It took almost nine months before it was returned and submitted jointly by the two committees. On July 27, 2009, the said committees recommended for its approval with amendments taking into consideration Senate Bill No. 2902. This was then sponsored by Senator Francis Escudero, Senator Mar Roxas and Sen. Edgardo Angara. It was Senator Mar Roxas, Chairman of the Committee on Education, Arts and Culture who made strong propositions and arguments before the Senate to convert the school into a university and the one who defended the bill from the interpellations made by Sen. Pimentel. On August 11, 2009, the bill passed the second reading with all senators present made as sponsors. Finally, on August 18, 2009, it was approved in its Third Reading and was sent back to the House of Representatives for concurrence.

On that glorious day of October 14, around 1:30 in the afternoon at Bahay Pangarap, Malacañang Park, the bill was signed by the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to be known as Republic Act 9719.

However, it was not just an easy road. The administration had to surpass so many challenges in order for TTMIST to be a university. There were many requirements set by CHED, the House of Representatives, Senate and even from the Office of Malacañang to ensure that the school really meet the standards and prerequisites of its conversion. There was even an ocular inspection and evaluation made by CHED on February 27, 2009 in the school to determine whether all requirements for compliance were met by the Institute.

Indeed, it was a collective effort of the administrators, faculty members, employees, and even private individuals who never gave up because of the strong disposition that TTMIST was worth becoming a university.

The strong desire of Congressman Reynaldo S. Uy who never failed to lobby and defend the bill all through out the process; Mayor Mel Sarmiento who always gave his time whenever his presence was needed especially during Committee hearings and other sessions in Manila; CHED Chairman Emmanuel Y. Angeles who unselfishly supported our endeavor for quality education through our quest for Universityhood; alumni and Calbayognons who were working in Manila like Mrs. Leria De Veyra-Fajardo, Director Antonio Ortiz of TRC, Mr. Erwin Balane of Department of Tourism, Miss Nida Mancol, Mrs. Maria Cajandab and others like Atty. Lily Freida Milla and with the selfless support of the faculty and staff; the strong endorsements made by various agencies and organizations like Bugto Association, SOS International, Rotary Club of Calbayog, Supreme Student Government, various local government units of the First District of Samar, WESADEF, PASUC, SUC presidents, and even those from the religious sectors and other stakeholders, strongly convinced the legislation that TTMIST deserve to become a State University.

At last, they were able to reap the fruits of all their labor, sacrifices and hard work.

Northwest Samar State University

On November 18, 2009, exactly 15 days after publication of the bill in newspapers of national circulation, TTMIST officially acquired its status of a state university to be known as Northwest Samar State University integrating SSCAF as its external campus.

The Northwest Samar State University envisions itself in heading towards a promising future. With this new status, students shall enjoy quality education in response to the competitive international standards, especially in the areas of science and technology, and become the dynamic center of academic excellence in this part of the region.