Guzman College of Science and Technology

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Guzman College of Science and Technology
Kolehiyong Pang-agham at Teknolohiya ng Guzman
GCST seal
Seal of Guzman College of Science and Technology
Former names
Safe Driving Institute, International Automotive and Diesel Institute, Guzman Institute of Technology
Type Private/Non-Sectarian
Established October 11, 1947
Executive Vice President Renato S. Relampagos
Location Manila, Philippines
14°36′00″N 120°59′04″E / 14.599916°N 120.984337°E / 14.599916; 120.984337Coordinates: 14°36′00″N 120°59′04″E / 14.599916°N 120.984337°E / 14.599916; 120.984337
Campus Urban
Sister Schools Guzman Institute of Fashion, Guzman Institute of Electronics, Guzman Institute of Agriculture & Technology
Colors Red, White and Blue             
Affiliations CHED (Commission on Higher Education), TESDA
Website Guzman College of Science and Technology

Guzman College of Science and Technology is one of the institutions founded by Don Zacarias P. De Guzman in 1947. It is a pioneering vocational college in Manila, the Philippines.[1] Don Zacarias began the college out of sympathy for unemployed individuals who needed work after the devastation of World War II. Louie De Guzman, former head of Guzman College and son of Don Zacarias has stated that the school has gained enough renown that "leading politicians would be invited on graduation to challenge the graduates."[2]


Founding and first courses (1940s and 1950s)[edit]

In its earliest days, the Guzman Education System was established on 11 October 1947 when Don Zacarias P. De Guzman founded the "Safe Driving Institute" at Recto Avenue in Manila with eight students. It was soon relocated to a small building in front of the Central Market in less than a year. The school name was renamed to "International Automotive and Diesel Institute" in 1949 to reflect the short-term vocational technical courses. In 1950, Don Zacarias established the Guzman Institute of Technology. Soon after, he opened the Guzman Institute of Fashion which was created to meet the growing social life of the Filipinos in the post-war era.[3]

New campus and sister schools (1960s and 1970s)[edit]

Due to the increasing population of students, a six-storey building was constructed in Quiapo, Manila. The school was transferred to this new site in 1960 and additional courses were offered including secondary education. Another sister school was established in 1968, the Guzman Institute of Electronics in the old Cinerema Building to meet the demands in the rising electronics industry in the Philippines.[4]

Eventually, it was soon transferred to the more spacious Ramon Roces Building along Soler street in Quiapo.

In 1962 Don Zacarias appointed Louie De Guzman as vice president over the vocational branch near Central Market in Manila which Louie presided over for two years. Thereafter, De Guzman was appointed to head the main building in Quiapo (then called the "Guzman Institute of Technology") from 1968 to 1970. During this time the enrollment reached over 8,000 students which he states was "one of the largest vocational schools in the country at that time."[5]

The early martial law years in the seventies affected the college as well. Among the measures undertaken at this period of uncertainty was the introduction of two-year technical courses to supplement the regular courses being offered and in anticipation of an economic recovery.

Fire and restoration (1980s and 1990s)[edit]

The awakening of the economy in the early 1980s brought about opportunities in other careers, but wrought its toll on the school’s administrative line up. However, a rationalization of the school’s direction led to the formulation of the mission and mandate of Guzman Institute of Technology to its present concentration on technical vocational education.

On December 30, 1992, a fire razed the Quiapo six-story building to the ground. Makeshift rooms were set up, and the lack of full facilities adversely affected the school’s enrollment in the ensuing terms.

Guzman Institute of Technology was heavily affected by the fire, but its sister school, the Guzman Institute of Electronics was able to continue expanding. It opened the Guzman Institute of Agriculture & Technology in Pinugay, Baras, Rizal in 1993, and its Dasmariñas, Cavite branch in 1994.

The Guzman Institute of Technology rebuilt in 1995 a four-storey building on the site of the old building and the Guzman Institute of Electronics moved to the new building in 1996. This now becomes the present day Guzman College of Science and Technology.

Present times[edit]

The Philippine education system embraces formal and non-formal education. It is closely related to the American system of education but differs in the number of school years as other countries have 12 years basic education. In the Philippines, however, primary education is composed of six years and four years in secondary education in which with the tertiary education comprise the formal education system.[6]

Non-formal education includes education opportunities that facilitate achievement of specific learning objectives for particular students, especially the out-of-school youths or adult illiterates who cannot avail of formal education. An example is the functional literacy program for non-literate adults and semi-literate which include basic literacy training and livelihood training skills.[7]

The Guzman College of Science and Technology today holds the primary spot in the field of automotive technology.[8] With a firm partnership with Toyota Motors Philippines, the latest technologies and innovations in the automotive industry are at arms’ reach. It holds gold medals in the youth and open contests in the skills competition sponsored by TESDA.[9]

Facilities are upgraded with new functional audio-visual room. To cater female clientele, a four-year course in B.S. in Office Administration was offered on June 2008.

Instructors had recently attended the upgrading seminar as required by TESDA. The GCST has been accredited as a Testing Center for Manila[10] in the following disciplines: Automotive, Building Wiring, Refrigeration & Airconditioning (HVAC). It is the recipient of a grant in its partnership with the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) in relation to its National CFC Phase-out Plan Project.[11]

GCST continues to be a veritable source of skilled manpower for industries. With a high placement rate of 98%, the Office of Student Affairs coordinates with more than 300 companies nationwide for their requirements for trainees and employees.

Through the sponsorship of Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation, selected automotive students now enjoy full scholarship grant.[12]

Courses offered[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education is a four-year course that prepares an individual for a teaching career in technical education majoring fields of Electronics, Electrical, Computer, Automotive, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning.
  • Bachelor of Science in Office Administration is a course designed to prepare the grade for a career in office administration specifically in general and administrative supports, supervisory and managerial positions. Its competency based curriculum contains a balanced program of General Education Courses, Business Core Courses, Office administration Core Courses and Professional Courses for specialization and enrichment.
  • Hotel & Restaurant Management is a two-year course that provides knowledge in front-office operations, bartending, housekeeping, baking as well as food and beverage services.
  • Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Technology is a two-year technology course designed to equip an individual with operational skills in refrigeration and air-conditioning servicing, maintenance and repair of window and package-type air-conditioners and residential and commercial refrigeration units.
  • The Automotive Technology course is designed to familiarize a student with the knowledge, skills and attitude required in the field of automotive servicing in accordance with the standards of the industry.
  • Electrical Technology is a course designed to provide operational skills in building wiring installations, commissioning of electrical wiring, equipment systems for residential, industrial and commercial establishments.
  • Electronics Technology, also called Consumer Electronics, provides operational skills in diagnosing and troubleshooting of common household appliances, replacement of parts as well as assembling and setting up of industrial and commercial electronic equipment.
  • Computer Technology trains students to assemble and set up computer-based industrial and commercial electronic equipment.
  • Welding is a course designed to enhance the knowledge, attitude and skills of a SMAW or GTAW welder in accordance with industry standards. There is also a special 40-Hour course in Welding.
  • Vocational courses are one-year courses that include Auto Mechanics, Diesel Mechanics, Ref & Air Mechanics and Practical Electricity. The five-month special entrepreneurial training with certificate include Special Auto Mechanics, Special Diesel Mechanics, Special Ref and Air Mechanics, Special Basic Electronics, Special Industrial Electricity, Special Auto Electricity, Special Motor Rewinding and Special Welding (Arc Welding, Oxy-Acetylene Welding, Tungsten Inert Gas Welding, Metal Inert Gas Welding).

A special 60-hour courses include Auto Electricity, Engine Trouble Shooting and Tune-Up, Engine Overhaul & Repair, Building Wiring, Basic Electronics, Audio-Video Servicing, Motor Rewinding and Ref and Air Servicing.

The college also offers high school in morning and afternoon sessions.


  1. ^ "GCST web". 
  2. ^ De Guzman, Louie. "Bible Correspondence Course". Blessings To You. 
  3. ^ Guzman College -About us
  4. ^ Orbeta, Aniceto C.; Maria Teresa C. Sanchez. "Electronics Industry". The Philippines in the Regional Division of Labor. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. 
  5. ^ De Guzman, Louie. "Blessings To You" Check |url= value (help). Bible Correspondence Course. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ SYJUCO, DR. AUGUSTO BOBOY. "The Philippine Technical Vocational Education and Training" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "Philippine Technical Vocational Education and Training System". TESDA. Archived from the original on 2013-01-12. 
  8. ^ "List of Partners". Archived from the original on 2012-08-25. 
  9. ^ "TESDA specialists take part in Asean skills contest". ABS-CBN news. November 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ "TESDA Automotive Accredited Schools Metro Manila". Archived from the original on 2012-10-29. 
  11. ^ "National CFC Phase-out Plan (NCPP)". Philippine Ozone Desk. Archived from the original on 2011-11-07. 
  12. ^ Gaspar, Ronald N. "Toyota Business Practices and Academe- Industry Linkage: Supporting Education for Sustainable Development in Technical Vocational Education and Training" (PDF). [permanent dead link]

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