St. Peter's College of Misamis Oriental

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In January 1950, in the Municipality of Balingasag, province of Misamis Oriental, the couple Mr. Miguel D. Paguio and Mrs. Escolastica Punongbayan Paguio, established St. Peter’s College.

St. Peter’s College started its operation in the School Year 1949-1950. Its permit was issued on January 1950 by the director of the Bureau of Private Schools, Manila authorizing to offer the Junior Normal Course (E.T.C.), 2-Year Associate in Arts (A.A.) and the first two years Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.). During the early days classes were held in rented rooms and buildings. In the regular School Year of 1950-1951, additional Courses were offered: Complete Elementary and Complete High School as needed for the Training Department of the E.T.C. and B.S.E. students. Stenography and Typewriting were also offered some time later.

In 1950-1951, the Administration was able to acquire a lot owned by the Local Government of Balingasag, along the 15th de Septiembre Street facing the Public Plaza, where the first St. Peter’s College building was constructed. The purchase was facilitated through the representation of Atty. Alejo E. Olano. Through the joint Resolution of the Municipal Council, the sale was concluded and approved by the Municipal Mayor, Jose P. Roa, who was also interested in the progress of Balingasag. Before the end of the School Year 1950-1951, the construction of the School Building by Engineer Dodong Salazar of Cebu was completed and all courses offered were recognized by the Government.

In April 22, 1954, the First Commencement Exercises was held with a handful of graduates in Elementary, High School and Collegiate Departments. Since then the School gradually improved and the enrolment increased. On July 29, 1969 the Founder of the School, Mrs. Escolastica Punongbayan Paguio died.

In October 25, 1973, a great fire in Balingasag burnt down almost all of the Commercial Buildings including the St. Peter’s College Building, which was totally razed to the ground. Again the school started to hold classes in rented rooms, including the Balingasag Parish Hall, offered without charge as a temporary classroom by Archbishop Patrick H. Cronin of Cagayan de Oro City. Not long after, through the cooperation of the teaching staff with the High School Principal Pedro L. Olario under the leadership of Ms. Fe C. Patalinghug who was the director of the school at that time and Gregorio N. Abuzo, the Registrar/Comptroller constructed a temporary school building while waiting to be rehabilitated in the future.

Years later Natividad J. Mofar, the Dean of College, with some of the staff conducted Career Guidance to the different graduating high school students in the Eastern part of Misamis Oriental which drew more students to enrol to the six different courses that the school offered. Collegiate department inspired by the Administrative Staff and the members of the Faculty through the leadership of Enrico R. Valmores the Executive Vice-president, Miguel D. Paguio the President of the Institution decided to continue the construction of the two-storey concrete school building (main building) on the same site where the temporary classrooms stood. It was opened on December 27, 1997. The President, Miguel D. Paguio decided to put up a three-storey concrete building (Annex Building) in the Old School site facing the public plaza. Construction was started on April 19, 1999 and completed in May 2010 under the School Administrator Lita S. Ladera. Natividad J. Mofar died in August 2010; Judith A Pundaodaya became College Dean.

Since the school's foundation thousands of students graduated in different levels of education.

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