University of Northern Philippines

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University of Northern Philippines
Pamantasan ng Hilagang Pilipinas
MottoOne Heart, One Soul, One Family
TypeState University
EstablishedJune 19, 1965
PresidentGilbert R. Arce, Ed.D
Location, ,
17°34′N 120°23′E / 17.567°N 120.383°E / 17.567; 120.383Coordinates: 17°34′N 120°23′E / 17.567°N 120.383°E / 17.567; 120.383
  • Main Campus - Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  • Upland Research and Development Center - Sinait, Ilocos Sur
  • Environmental Research and Training Center - Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur
  • Marine Research and Development Center - Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
ColorsGreen, Blue, Gold             
NicknameUNP Sharks

The University of Northern Philippines (UNP) is a university in Barangay Tamag, in the City of Vigan in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the first and oldest state university in Northern Luzon which offers low tuition fee, tracing its roots to 1906, which is older than the University of the Philippines by two years. It is the only state university in the province aimed for less-fortunate people and one of three state-owned educational institutions of higher learning operating in Ilocos Sur (with the Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College and the Northern Luzon Polytechnic State College, a former branch of the university).


The university began as the Vigan High School (present-day Ilocos Sur National High School) in 1906. Its shop department was converted into a separate intermediate level school, named the Vigan Trade School in 1910. It opened its high school in 1927 and produced its first graduates in 1931, when it evolved as the Ilocos Sur Trade School. They were both in Vigan town. Two of the buildings still exist: one being used as a warehouse for a construction supply firm, the other is the location of the Vigan City Trade Center.

President Manuel Luis Quezon converted the Ilocos Sur Trade School in 1941 through the help of Assemblyman Benito T. Soliven and Governor Pedro Singson Reyes. However, World War II halted its implementation.

In 1951 the Ilocos Sur Trade School became the Northern Luzon School of Arts and Trades (NLSAT) by virtue of Republic Act 547. However, Republic Act 2700, or the General Appropriations Act of 1960, converted it back to Ilocos Sur School of Arts and Trades (ISSAT).

It proved temporary: In June 19, 1965, then-Congressman Floro S. Crisologo authored Republic Act 4449. It was signed into law at the Philippine Embassy in Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan,converting ISSAT into the University of Northern Philippines. It then began implementing its Charter on October 14, 1965. Crisologo is recognized as the founder of the university.

The Candon Community College (CCC) was incorporated into the university in 1989 through Republic Act 6744, through the efforts of then-Congressman Eric D. Singson. It acted as a semi-autonomous unit. Despite this semi-autonomous status, CCC was split from the university by virtue of Republic Act 10085, also by Singson, to become the Northern Luzon Polytechnic State College in 2010.

In the late 1980s the commitment of the university to the new Stepladder Nursing Curriculum pioneered in Palo, Leyte was marked by the construction of the College of Health Sciences building, the tallest building in the university and one of the tallest in Ilocos Sur, finished in 1997. It currently houses all of its nursing and health-related courses and, later, the university-owned radio station dwNP, with its radio mast making the building taller than the new Student Council Building, finished in 2008-2009; and even the new University Gymnasium, currently under construction.

In 2008 the university's FM radio station, dwNP Campus Radio, was relaunched. It occupies the 100.5 MHz frequency, moving from its old, weak 88.5 MHz frequency.

In 2009 two devastating fires struck the university, part of the Father Jose Burgos Hall, which houses the College of Arts and Sciences and the Elpidio Quirino Hall, which houses the University Administration. Despite these setbacks, especially to the Administration Building, the university fully recovered in a few months and construction of a bigger three-story Administration Building was started to replace it. Offices once occupying the burned Administration Building has been temporarily transferred to the Graduate School's E-Library Building, while the President's Office occupied three rooms in the Lauro B. Tacbas (Criminology) Building. The new Administration building has been inaugurated in 2014 and it now houses all administration offices.

The University Infirmary was due for completion in 2009 but was delayed to give priority to the construction of the Administration Building. It was inaugurated on July 4, 2011. The fully operational hospital now houses the College of Medicine, which was spun off from the College of Health Sciences starting SY 2014-2015.

Under the administration of University President Gilbert R. Arce, an unprecedented sweeping wave of reforms led to various successes in the local, national, and even international scenes. During this period, amidst organizational reforms (including the shifting of the opening of the school year to the month of August—the first to do so in Ilocos Sur) and infrastructure changes (including the building of a new Gymnasium and University Hostel), the University attained attention when two of its graduates from the College of Medicine landed First in the Medical Council of India board examinations.[1]


  • Vigan Campus is located in Barangay Tamag; houses most of its 14 core colleges, the University Infirmary, and the university's FM radio station
  • Sinait Campus houses the Upland Research and Development Center
  • Quimmarayan Campus houses the agricultural, fishery and research courses; and the Environmental Research and Training Center
  • Santa Maria Campus houses the Marine Research and Development Center

Graduate School[edit]

Due to the implementation of Vertical Articulation, all of its courses have been transferred under the jurisdiction of appropriate colleges, thus abolishing the Graduate School as a separate entity.

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Education: Educational Management, Guidance
  • Master of Public Administration: Local Government, Government Administration, Police Administration
  • Master of Arts in Teaching: English, Filipino, Practical Arts, Home Economics, Health Education, Physical Education, Nursing
  • Master of Science in Teaching: Physics, Chemistry
  • Master of Arts in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Statistics
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Nursing
  • Master of Guidance & Counseling

Open University[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master in Social Work
  • Master of Arts in Nursing
  • Master of Arts in Education: Science Education, Mathematics Education

College of Law[edit]

  • Bachelor of Laws

College of Architecture[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
  • Certificate in Architectural Interiors
  • Certificate in Building Technology
  • Certificate in Landscape Gardening

College of Engineering[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Sanitary Engineering

College of Arts and Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics

College of Business Administration and Accountancy[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Human Resources Development Management, Financial Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Science in Cooperative Management
  • Associate in Office Management

College of Information and Communication Technology[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • One-year Computer Technology

College of Criminology[edit]

  • Master in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology

College of Social Work[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work

College of Fine Arts[edit]

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: Advertising Arts, Painting
  • Associate in Commercial Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

College of Health Sciences[edit]

This college, organized as the Institute of Community Health, originally intended to lead students into Medicine (as Level V) through a Step-Ladder version of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum as a Department of Health pilot project. It once attracted DOH scholars from as far as Region III. The BSN program of the College has been absorbed by the College of Nursing, and Level V has been spun off as the College of Medicine.

The College is currently offering the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (an evolution of the former Level II of the BSN Step-Ladder Curriculum—Certificate in Midwifery)
  • Bachelor of Science in Community Health Management (contains elements of the former Level III of the BSN Step-Ladder Curriculum—Advanced Paramedics, and the only remaining Step Ladder-type course in the college)
  • Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Science

College of Medicine[edit]

  • Doctor of Medicine

College of Nursing[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

College of Teacher Education[edit]

The University's College of Teacher Education is a Center of Development.

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education: General Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education (new)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education: English, Filipino, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Home Economics, Guidance Counselling, MAPEH, Social Sciences, General Science, Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education: Electronics Technology, Automotive Technology, Home Economics, Practical Arts, Electrical Technology
  • Bachelor of Library & Information Science: Academic Librarianship

College of Tourism & Hospitality Management[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Tourism

College of Public Administration & Governance[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

College of Technology[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology: Automotive, Electronics, Electricity
  • Two-year Technical Course, Automotive, Electronics, Electricity
  • One-year Special Course: Automechanics, Practical Electricity, Radio Mechanics, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning

Laboratory Schools Basic Education[edit]

  • K to 12


  • Dr. Dedicacion Agatep-Reyes (founding president, 1972-1978)
  • Dr. Romualdo Tadena (1978-1985)
  • Dr. Dorotea Campos-Filart (1985-1998)
  • Dr. Lauro Tacbas (1998-2011)
  • Dr. Gilbert Arce (2011–present)

Student Council Presidents/Student Regents[edit]

The UNP University Student Council (UNP - USC) had always been the forefront of student governing bodies in Northern Luzon. With its autonomy and governing power given by the UNP Board of Regents, the UNP - USC has been an active workforce and influence on other educational institutions in Luzon and the entire country. This includes outside participation of the council on local and national issues and its outstanding stand on issues affecting the students.

Major accomplishments includes major infrastructure projects on Rallojay, de Vera and Torricer's incumbency as presidents and Student Regents for the University's Board of Regents. Ragunton's term made an immediate action on the issues being equaled to the council to return its reputation after a scandalous money laundering issue on Alegre's incumbency. In 2001, Student Council President Julio Alegre, then a junior Mass Communications student, laundered close to half a million pesos in Student Council Funds. He was not able to continue his studies and is currently at large.

Erwin Rallojay has formed a strong set of council officers and has set new implementing guidelines on student governance.

De Vera's term introduced the Student Council Volunteer Corp. He also became the Region I Chairperson of the National Confederation of Student Regents of the Philippines (NCSRT). The UNP - USC were able to sponsor a National Seminar on Environmental Summit and was the first to stage the Miss Earth UNP which is different from the Miss UNP Beauty and Brains Pageant held every year. The referendum for the Student Council's Constitution and By Laws was also conducted. Majority of the almost 13,000 student population for 2003 of the University voted for "YES" with the said referendum.

Torricer's term marks another milestone on the Student Council achievements. After the referendum, Emilio Arnold Torricer became the first president under the New SC Constitution and By Laws and having three vice presidents namely; Vice President for Operations, Student Concerns and UNP - Candon City Campus. He also became the Regional Commissioner of the National League of Student Regents and Trustees of State Universities and Colleges of the Philippines (NLSRTP) as mandated by CHED, PASUC and the National Youth Commission (NYC).

Additional working umbrella organizations under the University Student Council has been conceived because of the New Constitution and by Laws. The Council of Students Interest Groups (CSIG) which is composed of 42 Accredited Organizations of the University, the Mandated Organizations (includes mother organizations of each 14 Colleges) and the PROFRAT (Peaceful, Responsible and Organized Fraternities) which has 17 member fraternities and sororities.

The Student Council has undergone several changes and adjustment with the new constitution. During the year, they first staged the Student Fair and the first ever Mr. and Miss UNP.

A new strong blood emerges at the College of Nursing, Warren Rafal visualize a service-oriented Student Council that caters pro-student activities and projects. He acknowledges the importance of student facility improvement and provide LCD projectors for medical and nursing colleges, machinery for hands-on in technology colleges and educational material in instruction colleges.

During Rafal’s term, the Student Fair was transformed to Student Festival which highlights all activities of the student council like Body painting, Street painting, Larong Pinoy, Dance Craze, Battle of the Bands, SYMBO game (Bingo type game which uses chemical symbols), and Student’s cocktail street party.

Aside from quizzes, student development programs, career sponsorships, leadership seminars, the dependability of the UNP - USC has been proven worthy by time.

The present administration of the USC has been affected with other much difficult issues and was believed to have lost in track in serving the students. It stands by this motto: "The Students' Voice is OUR Voice."

The last Student Council elections became controversial when a disqualification case was filed against Cesar Borillo Jr. But the students' voice had prevailed. Winning an overwhelming votes from those who believe in him had become his vindication. At the end, Borillo was declared as the new Student Regent. The said election controversy was even discussed by a national television station through its regional bureaus' local newscast.

However, Borillo has proven them that he is worthy of the position. He has been consistently showing good performances during Board meetings.

The 44th foundation celebrations were made remarkable because of the activities that the Student Council conducted. For now, the present UNP Student Council with the undying support of the UNP administration paved way in the building of the Students' Study Haven and boats were also stationed at the UNP lagoon for the use of every UNPian.

University student publications[edit]

College departments in the university have their own publications. These are the Rabbi (College of Teacher Education), Rx Ladder (College of Health Sciences), Nightingale (College of Nursing), Edifice (College of Engineering), The Bud (Laboratory School / High School), "The Seed" (Laboratory School Elemenrary),"CPAG Perspective" (College of Public Administration), The Defender (College of Criminology), Perspective (College of Architecture), Newscas (College of Arts and Sciences), Biznews (College of Business Administration and Accountancy) and the "iTech" (College of Communication and Information Technology).

The Graduate School publishes the New Vision, which is a journal publishing abstracts and portions of theses and dissertations made by its students.

Further, the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants has its own publication, "The Ledger." It basically caters to the need of the accountancy students, presenting the latest developments in the world of accounting and auditing.

The university's main school publication is the New Tandem," and it also has its literary folio which is the "Layap." The university's official publication is the "UNP Chronicle".

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