RMTU – San Marcelino History

San Marcelino Campus, the Center of Agricultural Research is bounded by the agricultural towns of Castillejos, San Antonio and San Narciso.

Ramon Magsaysay Technological University-San Marcelino Campus (RMTU-SM) formerly Western Luzon Agricultural College (WLAC) traces its beginnings as a farm school in 1927 with a handful of Grade VII pupils. Through the years, it metamorphosed into the Zambales Rural High School (ZRHS) which turned out its first batch of graduates in 1933 and then into the Zambales National Agricultural School (ZNAS) in 1962 when it started to offer the 2-year Associate in Agriculture program.

On February 28, 1977 by Virtue of Republic Act No. 1947 which was approved by the then Philippine Congress in 1957, the school was renamed Western Luzon Junior Agricultural College (WLJAC).

Presidential Decree No. 1437 bestowed upon it full-fledged State College status with its inclusion as the Western Luzon Agricultural College in the listing of state colleges and universities in June 1978; however, it was only in January 1985 when it started to be funded as a chartered state college by then Ministry of Budget significantly improving its financial support from the national government. As a result, priority attention was given to the college academic program, the campus infrastructure development, student welfare and services program, and income generating projects.

In 1985, the first WLAC Ten Year Development Plan (1985-1994) was programmed from implementation. The instructional and research emphasis of the College shifted to the need to define its role within the context of the Central Luzon region, while responding to the development needs of the province. It pursued applied research, complementing the efforts of other state colleges and universities and various government agencies.

On July 25, 1986, Dr. David B. Andres was appointed College President. Human and physical resource development became the major concern of his administration in order to improve the quality of instruction and delivery of support services in the service area of the institution. WLAC endeavored to be at the forefront of instruction, research and extension in the field of agriculture and related disciplines in Zambales. Furthermore, the continuing tradition of producing good quality and morally upright graduates became imperative.

In 1987, The Master in Professional Studies major in Educational Management (MPS-EM) was offered in consortium with the Central Luzon State University (CLSU). Likewise the BS Agriculture Education (BSAEd) curriculum was phased out to pave the way for the offering of the Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) program with specialization in agriculture and livelihood arts. Other major fields were identified for implementation in the coming years, particularly Mathematics and Social Science.

In 1988, the College was chosen as one of the thirteen Provincial Technical Institutes of Agriculture (PTIA) by the DECS-EDPITAF-ATEP. As such, it was granted soft loan of Ph20 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through the Agricultural Technology Education Project (ATEP) with personnel, equipment and infrastructure development components.

Under the ATEP, the college implemented the Diploma in Agricultural Technology-Bachelor in Agricultural Technology (DAT-BAT) program, a restructure ladder-type curriculum in school year 1990-1991. The gradual phase out of the BSA program was implemented during the same school year. A massive program on physical facilities and faculty development took place.

WLAC also worked on development thrusts in cashew and mango after being identified by the Regional Development Council of Region III (RDC-III) to specialize in the research and development of collapsed as boxes under tons and tons of volcanic debris. Vegetation was reduced to nothing and the animal projects faced the problem of decimation. The losses affected drastically the instructional programs and operations of the College. It also set back the development initiatives undertaken during the past five years.

Despite the extent of disaster, the WLAC community led by the College President did not take long to recover from the catastrophe. With support from the national government through the Department of Budget and management (DBM), reconstruction and rehabilitation of eruption-damaged infrastructures went full blast by the end of the year. Before 1991 was over, the students who had to endure the rain and sun in makeshift structures transferred to classrooms/buildings which at the time were partly rehabilitated.

The massive rehabilitation program started during the previous school year paved the way towards 1992 with unprecedented achievements. With the ATEP entering the third year of implementation, civil works construction under Phase II neared full completion. Parallel to the significant inroads made in the rehabilitation program, an increase in the total student population was registered. Instructional equipment continued to arrive and faculty development under the auspices of different sponsors remained in full swing.

On September 17,1992, His Excellency President Fidel V. Ramos made a historic visit to WLAC opening new horizons for the College. President Ramos announced a mandate to transform WLAC into an agricultural and industrial college by virtue of Proclamation N0.50 series of 1992. Towards this goal WLAC became a City Training Center (CTC) and started to offer vocational-technical short-term courses in consortium with the National Manpower and Youth Council (NMYC).

On February 2, 1993, Dr. David B. Andres was reappointed as College President for a second term by President Ramos. His reappointment rekindled the hopes of the WLAC academic community to build the college as one of the budding centers for tertiary and advanced education in Central Luzon.

Still reeling from the devastation of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, WLAC suffered yet another blow. The breaching of a portion of the man-made dike on August 19, 1993 exposed the College to tremendous destruction, depositing on the average one-meter thick of lahar all over the main campus.

Given the imminent danger posed by the aftereffects of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption for the next seven to ten years, the Administration decided to set up an extension site in Porac Botolan Zambales. Towards the development of this extension campus, the College closely coordinated with the Mt. Pinatubo Commission (MPC) and the Local Government Units (LGUs).

The extension campus started to function in June 1995 enrolling students in the same courses offered at the main campus in San Marcelino. Intending to contribute to efforts in forest resource management, the College offered the Forest Ranger Certificate (FRC) course in the succeeding school year. Another school year later, upon approval of Board of Trustees, it offered the BS Agriculture (BSA) and BS Agricultural Business (BSAB) courses.

Likewise, in its desire to contribute to the development efforts in the Subic Bay Area, WLAC implemented an academic proficiency upgrading program catering to the employees of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). A unique case of providing educational services right at the heart of the work place. It provided the opportunity for SBMA employees to finish a four-year degree qualifying them for permanent appointment to plantilla positions.

A tacit recognition of the proven capability of the institution to tackle increasingly challenging tasks in the management of educational program is the enactment on February 12, 1998 of Republic Act No. 8498. Said Act is the consolidation of House Bill No. 1182 introduced by Congressman Antonio M. Diaz and Senate Bill No. 2251 authored by Senator Edgardo J. Angara called for the integration of WLAC in San Marcelino, the Ramon Magsaysay Polytechnic College (RMPC) in Iba, the Candelaria School of Fisheries (CSF) in Candelaria all in the province of Zambales into the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU)



Feliciano S. Rosete, Ph.D

University President: Feb. 12, 2001 – present

David B. Andres Ph. D

Office-in-charge- July 1978- October 1978 and December 10, 1985- July 24, 1986

College President- July 25, 1986- February 11, 1999

University President- February 2, 1998- February 2, 1999

Hold over President: February 3, 1999- Feb. 11, 2001

Ricardo A. Wagan, Ph. D

Superintendent  & OIC: November 1978- December 9, 1985

Pedro A. Ventura

Superintendent: October 1972- October 1978

Roque C. Pacariem

Superintendent: September 1962- August 1972

Tomas A. Arcelo

Teacher In charge: June 1944- May 1945 and October 1953- August 1954

Dinonsio Garzon

Teacher In Charge: June 1945- October 1945

Roman B. Saladino

Teacher In charge: November 1945- May 1948

Felix Salcedo

Principal: June 1948- May 1950

Antonio R. Piga

Principal: October 1953- August 1961

Norberto Diaz

Principal: June 1950- September 1953

Zacarias Beltran

Teacher In Charge: September 1953- December 1943

Francisco Panganiban

Principal: June 1941- December 1941

Apolorio Muňoz

Principal: June 1937- May 1941

Santiago Medrana

Principal: June 1936- May 1937

Camilo Guevara

Principal: June 1927- May 1936



Graduate School (Extension Program of Iba Campus)

Doctor of Education

Master of Science in Education

College of Agricultural Technology

Bachelor of Agricultural Technology

Diploma in Agricultural Technology

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (new course)

College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine

Bachelor of Science Animal Husbandry

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics

College of Education

Bachelor of Elementary Education

Bachelor of Secondary Education

College of Hotel and Restaurant Management

Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management

Bachelor of Science in Food Technology

Bachelor of Science in Home Technology

High School Department

Agriculture Homemaking Curriculum


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