Western Philippines University

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Western Philippines University
Western Philippines University.png
Established 1910
President Dr. Elsa Palao-Manarpaac
Location Aborlan, Palawan, Philippines
9°26′25″N 118°33′30″E / 9.44028°N 118.55833°E / 9.44028; 118.55833Coordinates: 9°26′25″N 118°33′30″E / 9.44028°N 118.55833°E / 9.44028; 118.55833
Affiliations (PPPAHEI) Puerto Princesa - Palawan Association of Higher Education Institutions
Website www.wpu.edu.ph

The Western Philippines University is a state higher education institution located at Aborlan, Palawan. The University began as the Aborlan Farm Settlement School for the Tagbanuas (an indigenous cultural community of Palawan) in 1910. It became the Aborlan Agricultural High School in 1928 and the Palawan Regional Agricultural School in 1960. It was renamed Palawan National School in 1962 and became the Palawan National Agricultural College in 1963. Its name was again changed to State Polytechnic College of Palawan in 1995 by virtue of RA 8012, and in 2004, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed RA 9260 converting it to Western Philippines University.


The Western Philippines University (WPU) will be recognized internationally as a knowledge center for sustainable resource development and management.


The Western Philippines University commits to develop quality human resource and green technologies for a dynamic economy and sustainable development through relevant instruction, research, extension and extension services .


  • To attain academic excellence and distinction for WPU as a major university in Region IV and BIMP-EAGA region
  • To make higher education more accessible
  • To increase efficiency and effectiveness of University’s programs and operational systems
  • To strengthen research, invention, creative and extension output and develop and implement resource generation strategies
  • To manifest strong commitment to rural development and environment
  • To modernize the University

Curricular Offerings[edit]

Graduate School[edit]

  • PhD in Educational Administration
  • PhD in Rural Development
  • MS in Marine Biology
  • MS in Rural Development
  • MS in Extension Systems Management
  • MS in Agronomy
  • MS in Horticulture
  • MS in Agricultural Education
  • Master in Public Administration
  • Master in Educational Management
  • Certificate in Extension Systems Management

Baccalaureate Courses[edit]

  • BS in Agricultural Engineering
  • BS in Civil Engineering (Ladderized)
  • BS in Electrical Engineering (Ladderized)
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering (Ladderized)
  • BS in Aquatic Biology
  • BS in Agriculture
  • BS in Agricultural Business
  • BS in Business Administration (Major in Management)
  • BS in Criminology
  • BS in Entrepreneurship (BS Commerce major in Entrepreneurship)
  • BS in Environmental Management
  • BS in Fisheries
  • BS in Forestry
  • BS in Home Economics
  • BS in Hospitality Management (new name for BSHRM)
  • BS in Public Administration
  • BS in Rural Development Management
  • BS in Social Work
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Technology (Ladderized)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education
  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology
  • Diploma in Electronic Communication Technology
  • Diploma in Agricultural Technology
  • Diploma in Food Technology
  • Diploma in Fishery Technology
  • Certificate in Forest Ranger
  • Automotive / Diesel Mechanic Course
  • Machine Shop Technician Course
  • Certificate in Agricultural Entrepreneurship
  • Certificate in Swine Production and Management
  • Certificate in Poultry Production and Management
  • Seafarer’s Certificate
  • Computer Literacy Training Program

Laboratory High School

  • Agricultural Science High School

Laboratory Elementary School

  • Grades I to VI


  • Kinder I and II

Branches and Campuses[edit]

Awards & Citations[edit]

1. The Western Philippines University has seven campuses and three technology resource centers all over the province. It is the Center of Excellence in Fisheries in Region IV, Center for Information Communication and Technology in Region IV-B, and the Maritime and Ocean Affairs Center of the Department of Foreign Affairs in the province.
2. The university is awarded Center of Excellence in Fisheries in Region IV by the Commission on Higher Education from 1999 to present.
3. WPU is also the Affiliated Non-Conventional Energy Center (ANEC) of the Department of Energy in Palawan. This special project is nominated for the 2006 Green Energy Awards sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) & Capacity Building to Remove Barriers in Renewable Energy Development (CBRED) Project.
4. The university ranks second to UPLB among 81 HEIs in the CHED Zonal Research Survey for Regions IV and V in terms of Research Management Information System (RMIS) Productivity from 1999-2005.
5. WPU has developed 32 product lines from cashew and one of the initiators of the roasted cashew whole nut industry in Palawan. Recently, it is nominated by the Southern Tagalog Regional Research and Development Consortium (STARRDEC) to be the Center of Excellence for Cashew Research and Development.
6. It has invented eight agricultural machinery utility models, namely: motor-driven banana chipper, mechanized peanut sheller, village-type coco coir decorticator, cashew sheller, mechanized paddy gatherer, cassava puller, cassava chipper, and multi-purpose dryer.
7. As an advocate of sustainable resource development and management, WPU has always been in the forefront for environmental concerns and serves as a partner of various line agencies and non-government organizations for research and extension undertakings. WPU is seriously undertaking the expansion of its curricular offerings, land reservation holdings, other programs and projects and modernizing its facilities to serve better the poor but deserving bright students of Palawan, the region and the country.
8. No. 18 in the top 50 performing institutions in the Philippines in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (2000-2002).
9. Tops the institutions with 10-20 examinees and ranks 3rd in the whole country in the 2003 Licensure Examination for Foresters.
10. Lead agency in Cashew and Cocozone Development Program in Palawan.
11. Provincial Center for Human Rights Education.

Key Officials[edit]

Dr. Elsa P. Manarpaac (University President)

Dr. Julie Hope Timotea P. Evina (Vice President for Academic Affairs)

Dr. Benjamin J. Gonzales (Vice President for Research and Extension)

Dr. Oscar G. Nalzaro (Campus Administrator, WPU PPC Campus)

Dr. Marcelino Jojo Tabago (Dean, Graduate School)

Dr. Lita B. Sopsop (Dean, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Sciences)

Dr. Rosalie S. Nostratis (Dean, College of Business Economics and Management)

Dr. Cecilia S. Santiago (Dean, College of Teacher Education)

Engr. Mirriam P. Banlawe (Dean, College of Engineering Architecture and Technology)

Dr. Merlyn B. Rabaya (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences)

Prof. Efipanio C. Untalan (Dean, College of Community Development)

Dr. Lota A. Creencia (Dean, College of Fisheries and Maritime Technology)

Dr. David R. Perez (Dean, College of Arts Sciences Technology)

Prof. Bienvenido E. Desamito (Dean, External Campuses)

Mr. Isagani G. Sarsagat (Chief Administrative Officer)

Dr. Virginita O. Dela Cruz (Dean, Office of Student Services)

Address and contact information[edit]

Western Philippines University Main Campus
Aborlan, Palawan
5302 Philippines
Phone: (048) 723-0072 to 73
Cellphone: +639193836791
Website: www.wpu.edu.ph
Email: wpu webmail@yahoo.com

WPU Puerto Princesa Campus
Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City
5300 Philippines
Telefax: (048) 433-4367
Phone: (048) 434-3908/433-4480
Website: wpuppc.edu.ph
Email: wpuppc.ict@gmail.com

WPU Liaison Office
Dian Cor. Diesel Streets, Palanan, Makati City
Phone: (02)831-2014