BIT International College
|BIT International College|
|Type||Private, Non-sectarian, Co-ed|
|President||Atty. Dionisio Balite (President Emeritus)|
|Location||Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines|
|Campus||Tagbilaran City (Main)
|Nickname||BIT-nians, BIT Cruisers|
The BIT International College, formerly the Bohol Institute of Technology or BIT , is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational tertiary institution of higher learning in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines.
The school was founded by University of Bohol alumnus Atty. Dionisio Balite together with his wife Dr. Lilia Balite in 1981.
It offers various college courses, primary and secondary education. It is situated along 100 Gallares Street, and has branches in the towns of Talibon, Jagna, Carmen in Bohol and even in the province of Siquijor and in Butuan City. How BIT came to be known as an international remains a mystery.
Philosophy of Education
The BIT International College is an educational institution that aims to develop the total personality and uphold the dignity of man through responsible parents, dedicated and committed faculty and staff to achieve quality education based on Christian principles to produce God-loving, nationalistic, self-reliant and useful citizens.
The BIT INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE envisions to provide relevant academic and technical knowledge and skills among its students. It aims to produce an individual who can critically think, create and act positively, a productive Christian citizen-worker who can contribute his/her share in the world of work and the community where he/she lives in.
The BIT INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE is geared towards the pursuit of a better quality of life for all through the acquisition of knowledge and values and the formation of skills necessary to make the individual a productive member of the society. It aims to accelerate the development of high – level professional to advance the frontiers of knowledge and provide leadership in the various disciplines required by the dynamic and self – sustained economy.
The BIT INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE shall likewise be utilized to harness the productivity of the country’s human resource base towards local, national and international excellence.
It Started With A Couple
A shared vision for humanitarian service thru education marked the humble beginning of the BIT International College (formerly Bohol Institute of Technology). This academic institution of learning, scholastic activity, and community service, owes its existence to he faith, zeal and humility of the couple: Atty. Dionisio Dajalos Balite, Ph.D. & Dr. Lilia Ancog Balite, Ph.D. In 1981, the Balite couple put in motion their long cherished dream of establishing a school that caters to the technological demands of the Boholano community. Thus, the name Bohol Institute of Technology has become a common household name not only in the province of Bohol but also to other neighboring provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao. Towards an educated and better-equipped youth to face the future, BIT IC has become a convenient and effective instrument in the fulfillment of such goal. Moreover, the institution not only complied with its noble obligation to provide Christian education to its graduates but has also become an active, effective partner of parents whose main concern in life is to secure a bright and assured future of their children.
Blood, Sweat And Tears
Such excellent achievements of the BIT International College did not come in a silver platter. They were the rewards of the blood, sweat and tears shed by the Balite couple since the time the first post of the school was laid in place. Their knowledge and expertise in the management of a school dates back when both were then working students at the registrar’s office of the former Rafael Palma College now University of Bohol. Right after their stint at RPC, Atty. and Mrs. Balite joined the St. James College (now PMI Colleges) and served as the latter’s School Director and Registrar, respectively.
On June 1981, the BIT IC was formally inaugurated in a two-story rented building along the corner F. Rocha and Hontanosas Streets. It was a breakthrough in education in the province of Bohol. With only 15 employees, teaching and non-teaching, the very first course offerings were: Electronics, Refrigeration and Air conditioning, Auto-Mechanics and Driving, Master Electrician, General Radio Communication Operator’s Course, Stenography, Special Typing and Bookkeeping. Her initial enrollment unexpectedly reached 452. The turnout was indeed a big surprise as the founding couple was only for at most 200 students to break even the expenses. In 1982, the school administration decided to expand due to increasing demand of students. Forced by necessity, BIT IC branched out and established the BIT-Annex in a 2-story rented building along Ma. Clara and Tabaco Streets, City of Tagbilaran. In the same year, BIT IC opened its doors to additional mentors and course offerings.
The years that followed saw BIT IC in a shower of God’s blessing and bounty. Through the years, the school has consistently produced topnotchers and passers in National Board Examination and graduates who easily secured employment both locally and abroad. Because of this, the student population increased tremendously compelling the school administration to look for another ideal site for expansion. In 1984, BIT IC constructed an 8-room building at the purchased lot along Gallares Street. In 1986 the construction of a 5-story concrete building began. This is located next to the 8-room building and later to be known as the BIT IC main Campus.
BIT IC’s vision of humanitarian concern encompasses the limits of the Tagbilaran metropolis. Thus, responding to the clamor of parents and students, the BIT International College – Jagna was established in 1986 in Jagna, Bohol; the BIT International College – Talibon in Talibon, Bohol in 1993; the BIT International College – Siquijor in Siquijor in 1995; the BIT International College – Carmen in Carmen, Bohol in 1998; and the BIT International College – Butuan in Agusan del Norte in 2001. As the school likewise conforms to the basic tenets of quality Christian education of which BIT IC is known for, the sister schools answer to the quest for knowledge in the technological aspect in the rural parts of the Province of Bohol and in the Visayas and Mindanao. Truly, these and all the rewards and achievements yet to come reflect the indomitable will and iron determination of the couple behind the successes of the BIT International College.
Established in 1981 in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines, BIT International College has evolved into a system-wide educational institution composed of 6 campuses. 5 campuses are found in Region VII – 4 in the province of Bohol, and 1 in the province of Siquijor, and another 1 in Agusan del Norte province, Mindanao island.
The main campus (BIT International College – Tagbilaran) is located in 100 Gallares Street, Tagbilaran City, Bohol with an annex campus in barangay Dao. The other 3 Bohol-based campuses are in Poblacion, Jagna (BIT International College – Jagna) established in 1986; in San Jose, Talibon (BIT International College – Talibon) established in 1993; and in Katipunan, Carmen (BIT International College – Carmen) established in 1998.
The BIT International College – Siquijor campus established in 1995 is located in the municipality of Siquijor, Siquijor.
The lone campus established in Mindanao in 2001 – the BIT International College – Butuan is located in R. Calo Street, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.
In an effort to break the distance barrier within the system, the school administration has pioneered the launching of latest Information Technology systems (the University Information System, the InfoBoard, and the personalized email) in its operations to ensure an efficient and fast dissemination of information among the members of the BIT IC community.