Untold Dream of CVSCAFT Calape Campus

             In 1989, former Mayor of Calape, late Anunciacion Rodriguez- Tuazon founded the Calape Community Based-Agro Industrial College (CCBAIC). The establishment of the vocational college was a thrilling almost lone effort of the founder.  The opening of classes in June 1989 flashed like a lightning and a nightmare came into a reality. 

              There were initial fifty (50) enrollees in Stenography, Typing, Agricultural Technology, Electrical Craftsman and Fishery Technology Courses. The unused Settlement Action Center building of the defunct agency, Ministry of Human Settlement housed the students and personnel.  who were holding then multiple positions to make the school immediately operational. The pioneers, namely; Mr. Victor C. Lauron and Mr. Emerito Guibao, Instructors in One-Year Electrical Craftsman; Mr. Ernesto S. Manug and Mrs. Rufina Mangayaay, Instructors in Two-Year Agricultural Technology ;  Mrs. Aniceta B. Salem, Instructor in Six-Months Stenography; Mrs. Felisa Dumangas-Manug and Mrs. Ma. Louena O. Laurden Instructors in Two-Year Fishery Technology; Ms. Cristina B. Josol and Mr. Jose C. Calipusan, Instructors in Related subjects; and Mr. Raymundo F. Minoza, Instructor in PE rolled up their sleeves and went deep into something new to them. Young and idealistic, they kept the fire of enthusiasm in the mayor-founder’s heart burning. Other employees from the mayor’s office upon her order pulled out to lend a hand in the ongoing operation without thinking of the danger they might encounter in their employment status. They were the government employees in the local government unit but their names remain in our record of history like Mrs. Ma. Uno Mata, LGU-HRMO, a Psycho instructor who also did the dirty works in the processing of papers; Mrs. Celerina O. Chan, LGU-Revenue Clerk as Cashier; Mrs. Josefina V. Canizares, LGU-Day Care Supervisor who shared her prowess in PE and Mrs. Leonora N. Preciados, Clerk, as Typing instructor and acting registrar. The local district DECS official, Mrs. Sodedad A. Dumadag, Headquarter Principal at Calape Central Elementary School didn’t deprive us of her extensive concern by having extra load as English teacher in addition to her elementary teaching and supervisory services as Principal of Calunasan Elementary school. The late Antonio P. Magallanes Principal of CNSF then played a minor role in the school’s opening but such could not be left unmentioned. Retiree Maam Blesilda R. Bollozos,former DECS Division’s Guidance Counselor, also supported the founder in whatever problems she had.  They were partners both in civic and religious functions. Mrs. Bollozos secured permission from Supt. Eugenia Chiong to allow Ma’am Sol to teach at CCBAIC. But one figure who was a stalwart in the DECS regional office and now a kingpin in the CVSCAFT System, Dr. Elpidio T. Magante, SUC President I, who was then at Technical-Vocational Department in DECS Region VII, ushered MART in her follow-ups in the region. However, there surfaced doubts when there was an ocular inspection since it was only the dilapidated SAC building, discarded books and junk chairs that Ma’am Anun proudly presented.  Things seemed dim but the founder could not be daunted. She continued to beg assistance from local and national agencies by scavenging junk typewriters and books.  There were also generous citizens like Division Supply Officer, DECS Division of Bohol, Mr Eufemio Zulueta who facilitated the acquisition of tables and benches.  The BFAR also donated junk yet usable chairs, sofa and executive chairs to use temporarily.  The local government supplemented the budget for the salaries of the personnel from different sources.  The councilmen, namely; the honorables Edgar Co,. Ruben Co;. Teodoro Cubero,. Iluminado Camay,. Gavino Cubillo, Andrew Lagura, Abundio Orilla, Jr. Juan Ruloma, Quintino Gallego, late Danilo Almeida  and  Perfecta Cuanan with late Vice Mayor, Dr. Gerardo T. Yu, Sr. sacrificed their allowances to support the teachers.  Everyone in the local government unit and the local constituents were hand in hand in support to the cause of the influential founder.  The task was gigantic the school soon stood on its own, much but sooner than everybody thought.

             The founder’s vision to help the poor parents educate their deserving students was laudable.  One year later, two courses added to its curricular offerings; Midwifery and Health Aid courses. Three additional paramedic instructors hired, namely, Mrs. Estrellita M. Dumadag, a midwife; Mrs. Anamylene F. Ganade and later Mrs. Edna Silagan-Torrefiel (both nurses by profession) and later Dr. Sulpicio Yu, Jr. Municipal Health Officer conducted a pre-review class to the Midwifery examinees who also handled Anatomy subject.   There were many enrollees from different towns and neighboring provinces. This time, 1991-1992, the biggest enrolment came from the paramedical department.  It was also at this period that the late founder spent frequent visits to Manila seeking congressional assistance to pass the bill for its nationalization.

              In the meantime, the teachers heeded to the advice to professionally advance in order to qualify for the teaching positions they actually occupied by the time the school be nationalized.  They had sustained their hopes and visions of a bright future. Their work became significant and meaningful despite criticisms, and these teachers became more dedicated.  The founder continued in begging for donations even with some disappointing experiences and humiliating insults she met in her follow-ups in the region and central offices. Those officials in the region stood aloof at the sight of MART due to her persistent demand to recognize her request. Then, because she had a heart that could win all, request for donations was realized. Four senators donated classroom buildings for paramedic and Congresswoman Venice Borja-Agana of the first district donated concrete waiting shed. Then she continued nourishing her dreams of a state college.

             Back in 1990, a consultative forum was held in formerly Bohol School of Arts and Trades, Tagbilaran City.  The former schools and colleges were represented by Dr. Mossulini Barillo of BSAT, Dr. Pablito Retutal of Candijay School of Fisheries, Dr. Venerando Cunado of Clarin School of Fisheries late Mr. Antonio Magallanes of Calape National School of Fisheries, Dr. Mateo Limbago of Bilar Agricultural College and late Mayor Mrs. Anunciacion R. Tuazon of Calape Community-Based Agricultural College. They convened regarding the issue of merging these colleges to become a state college with the support of some government officials in the congress.  MART or Mam Anun was aggressive in presenting her infant school, which was then fighting for nationalization.  The educators strongly relied behind her being a politically influential figure in the congress.

             The personnel in the local vocational college tended dual positions since the school administration was understaffed.  There was unequal wage for labor rendered.  The struggle continued and finally in 1992, there was a milestone for the school to celebrate.  The bill, approved in congress in April 10, 1992 was a paragon of success to one with noble works.  It was an act approving the nationalization of the college changing its name from Calape Community Based-Agro Industrial College (CCBAIC) to Calape Polytechnic College (CPC) with appropriations from national funds.  The same year too, the school harvested nine (9) midwifery passers out of 15 examinees, but the founder was no longer a witness to her first harvest.  She passed away on July 18, 1992.

             During this crucial period where national funds for personnel services were already available, only three of the teachers and one employee were qualified; the rest were non-eligible.  The first steward of the college to whom the late founder bequeathed a covenant to help stabilize the incumbents’ employment was Dr. Mussolini Barillo, Vocational School Administrator at BSAT, being a philanthropic  risked his career to draw funds for the salary of the teachers and employees pending the approval of appointments from the personnel agency.  After a thorough scrutiny of the approving agency, initial appointments approved on temporary basis and for actual services rendered.  God must have abided by them until they became permanent holders of their positions. After Dr. Mussolini Barillo, Dr. Venerando Cunado, Administrator of Clarin School of Fisheries took over as the officer in charge.  Mr. Victor Lauron did a great part in overseeing the college when the officer in charge was not around.

              When the school was stabilized in 1994, the Calape Polytechnic College had now her own administrator, Mr. Rizalito B. Mejia.   More teachers and employees were hired.   Mr. Efren S. Dumadag, (now Administrative Officer IV), resolved the problems in the administrative and accounting offices.  Later on Mrs. Rusola S. Tesorio (now Administrative Assistant I)) was employed to help Mr. Dumadag in tending the backlog reports and pending accounting and administrative work. Accomplishments and improvements were now visible. There was a more systematic procedure in running the institution. In 1997, two brilliant mentors instrumented the school’s standardization, now Dr. Joel M. Tatoy and Mrs. Christine V. Cubillo came up with the list of instructors on the line. Teacher Education was offered by virtue of Dr. Tatoy’s guts in risk-taking, but everything went on smoothly. Computer Secretarial Course competed the rise under the tutelage of young and witty instructors, namely, Mr. Vincent Ruiz, Mrs. Ligaya Fronteras-Deloy and Mrs. Jenny Mulato-Balduman. The struggle did not end yet since the administration continued to dream more and more.

             On March 12, 1999, Calape Polytechnic College has a new name.  Once more, the dreams and vision of the late founder to have a state college where CPC be merged has been fulfilled. The non-teaching and college instructors of Calape National School Fisheries (now MARTNSF)  was merged to the CPC and  got integrated to the new Central Visayas State College of Agriculture, Forestry and Technology (CVSCAFT System).The state college is comprised of five external campuses namely, Tagbilaran City Campus, Bilar Main Campus, Candijay Campus, Clarin Campus and Calape Campus.

    ( A Special Caregiver Program offered upon the proposal of the Director of Instruction, Dr. Joel M. Tatoy as approved by the BOT is currently maximizes a college level enrollee)