University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga

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University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga
Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Diliman - Sudlong na Programa sa Pampanga
Motto Honor and Excellence
Type Extension Service
Established 1908 (UP System)
1979 (UPEPP)
Chancellor Michael L. Tan, D.V.M., Ph.D.[1]
President Alfredo E. Pascual, MBA
Director Dr. Florencia Charito Imperial-Sebastian
Location Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines
Hymn U.P. Naming Mahal
Nickname Depp
Mascot U.P. Oblation
UP logotype.svg

The University of the Philippines Diliman - Extension Program in Pampanga (UPDEPP) brings the UP standard of education, research, and extension work to the busiest and fastest growing place in Central Luzon, the Clark Freeport Zone. It also assists the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) develop its tourism program and the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) in strengthening its logistics capability. It also has a unit operating in Subic Freeport, called the University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Olongapo (UPDEPO). UP's presence in Pampanga started when an extension program was established in Clark Air Force Base in 1953. Another unit was established in San Fernando, Pampanga in 1979. Then called the UP Extension Program in San Fernando, (UPEPSF), it was formalized in June of that year under a Memorandum of Agreement between UP and the province of Pampanga under Governor Estelito Mendoza. UPDEPP is also known as UP Clark, UP Clarkfield or UP Pampanga. It is one of the extension campuses of the University of the Philippines Diliman.


UPDEPP Temporary Campus at Clark Freeport in Angeles City

UP’s productive presence in Pampanga began when a fledgling unit was established in 1953 at the then Clark Air Force Base in Angeles. The UP Clark faculty immediately distinguished themselves as “Thomasites in reverse” as they promoted Filipino and Asian culture to what would be an entire generation of American expatriates.

To expand UP’s services in the region; an extension program was formally established in San Fernando in June 1979 under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the province of Pampanga under Governor Estelito Mendoza. The Clark unit closed soon thereafter. In the same spirit, a sister extension program was established in Olongapo in 1984, under an MOA with the city under Mayor Richard Gordon where it is called University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Olongapo.

The new Pampanga unit was known as the UP Extension Program in San Fernando. It had an initial enrollment of 117 undergraduate and 40 graduate students. From 1980 to 1995, classes were held in an unassuming six-room, two-storey building of the Pampanga High School in San Fernando. In this period, the unit absorbed a good many students from the province, to some extent slackening the load of UP Diliman.

The San Fernando campus abruptly ceased functioning following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo on June 15, 1991 and the ensuing lahar surges. With its building ruined, it defiantly transferred its administrative office to the covered basketball court of the Pampanga High School.

UPDEPP survived the Pinatubo catastrophe and rose to restart operations in Clark in 1996, moving from one makeshift site to another.

In 1999, it moved to a refurbished warehouse along Claro M. Recto highway, which it has called home ever since.

On the new, albeit still temporary site containing 15 rooms, UPDEPP has proceeded to significantly improve its faculty profile (10 faculty members with doctorates) and enhance its academic offerings, particularly its graduate program. In June 2010, UPDEPP will launch its new Applied Psychology Program. It will probably be the only academic unit in the Philippines to have such a program. Five months before, in February 2010, the Applied Psychology Program will host an international conference on autism.

Ever faithful to its Kapampangan milieu, UPDEPP has launched researches on Kapampangan history and culture, and notably, has published a book on Kapampangan poetry affectionately entitled “Tuglung.” It has even deftly designed a general education (GE) course in Kapampangan culture called Araling Kapampangan, adding an unmistakable local slant to its curriculum.

Not to ignore the indigenous inhabitants of Pampanga, UPDEPP has also launched the pioneering Aeta Studies Center in coordination with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC). It is an extension effort that seeks to assist the impoverished Aetas, with UPEPP not losing sight of the program’s immense anthropological and sociological potential.

UPDEPP has also established a research cooperative. It is called Central Luzon Assistance and Research Cooperative (CLARC). It holds office in UPDEPP's temporary building in Clark. CLARC was established in 1995 by UP Pampanga faculty in collaboration with other scholars in the area to promote research and build a network of scholars, researchers, and educators within Clark Freeport, the province of Pampanga, and Central Luzon in general. CLARC is dedicated to expanding awareness and interest in inter-disciplinary research, publications, and methodologies. It is the most established research network in Pampanga today.

With its research track record, CLARC now keeps a considerable database about the region. This resource repository has been consulted from time to time by government, non-government, and business sector agencies. In addition, CLARC hosts a considerable library of various researches and studies conducted by other experts from universities, government agencies, and research outfits in the region. To popularize and propagate its collection, CLARC is about to launch a peer-reviewed academic journal.

With all its accomplishments in institution-building, UPDEPP is currently aspiring to become a full-fledged college in the very near future.

New UP Clarkfield Permanent Site[edit]

The permanent site of UPDEPP during its inauguration

On June 22, 2007, in what can be the centerpiece of UP’s fifty-four-year-old existence in the province, the CDC turned over to the university a 3.28-hectare lot for UP Clarkfield’s permanent site. The site was given in a dramatic groundbreaking ceremony capped by an emotional alumni homecoming.

The new site is to be developed jointly by UP and CDC into a university town. When completed, it will make the Clark Freeport one of the few progressive special economic zones in the world to have an institution of higher learning in its premises. The proposed plan of the permanent campus will include a main building, a student and faculty dormitory, a gymnasium, a regional-cultural studies center and an alumni center. Today, it is serving as the intellectual capital of Region III, is recruiting the brightest in the region and has established an admirable record of intellectual and institutional accomplishments.

Academic Programs[edit]

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

Graduate Programs[edit]

Student Organizations and Confraternities[edit]

Academic Organizations

  • Association of Economics Students (AES)
  • Business Management Society (BMS)
  • Psychology Society (PsychSoc)

Socio-Cultural, Political, and Religiously Oriented Organizations

  • UPDEPP Student Council (SC)
  • Samahang Mag-aaral na Nagkakaisa (SAMANA)
  • UP Hijos
  • UP Lakan
  • Rotaract Club
  • Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC)
  • Graduate Students Association
  • Terak UP (UPDEPP Dance Troupe)
  • UP Musicians' Guild
  • UP Manga-Anime Associates (MANIA)
  • Every Nation Campus (ENCampus)
  • AIESEC UP Clark
  • Kabataang Artista Para sa Tunay na Kalayaan (KARATULA)

Student Publications

  • UP Frontliner

Fraternities, Sororities and Confraternities

  • Alpha Phi Omega
  • Kappa Sigma - Kappa Delta Sigma Confraternity
  • Pi Sigma Fraternity and Pi Sigma Delta Sorority
  • Tau Gamma Phi and Tau Gamma Sigma Confraternity
  • Sigma Kappa Pi Fraternity
  • Sigma Delta Pi Sorority

Defunct Organizations

  • International Youth Fellowship (IYF)
  • League of Filipino Students (LFS)
  • Kabataan Partylist

Current UPDEPP Officials[edit]

  • Dr. Florencia Charito Imperial-Sebastian - Director
  • Prof. Manuel Gerardo Duran - Deputy Director
  • Prof. Marcial Bermudo - Program Secretary
  • Prof. Ramon Ponce - Graduate School Coordinator (On leave)
  • Prof. Patrick Carlos De Leon - Graduate School Coordinator (OIC)
  • Prof. Marcial Bermudo - Business Management Program Coordinator (Interim)
  • Prof. Manuel Gerardo Duran - Business Economics Program Coordinator (Interim)
  • Prof. Rosanne Galvez-Echivarre - Applied Psychology Program Coordinator
  • Prof. Sharon Mañalac-Manuel - Research and Extension Coordinator
  • Prof. Rhayan Melendres - Student Relations Coordinator
  • Prof. Rhayan Melendres - Coordinator, Learning Resource Center (Interim)
  • Prof. Bryan Engay - Guidance and Counselling Coordinator
  • Prof. Cristabel Fagela-Tiangco - Faculty and Staff Development Coordinator
  • Dr. Julieta Mallari - Cultural Affairs Coordinator
  • Prof. Hilarion Patawaran - Alumni Relations Coordinator

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New UP Diliman Chancellor appointed". University of the Philippines. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 

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