University of the Philippines Tacloban

Coordinates: 11°14′54″N 125°0′26″E / 11.24833°N 125.00722°E / 11.24833; 125.00722
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University of the Philippines Tacloban
Unibersidad han Pilipinas ha Tacloban
MottoHonor and Excellence
TypeRegional state higher education institution
EstablishedMay 23, 1973; 50 years ago (May 23, 1973)
PresidentAngelo Jimenez
DeanPatricia B. Arinto
Magsaysay St. Tacloban[1]

11°14′54″N 125°0′26″E / 11.24833°N 125.00722°E / 11.24833; 125.00722
HymnU.P. Naming Mahal
University of the Philippines Tacloban is located in Visayas
University of the Philippines Tacloban
Location in the Visayas
University of the Philippines Tacloban is located in Philippines
University of the Philippines Tacloban
Location in the Philippines

The University of the Philippines Tacloban is an autonomous college of the University of the Philippines system. It was established on May 23, 1973, at the city of Tacloban, Philippines.


In its 833rd meeting, the University of the Philippines (UP) Board of Regents established the UP College Tacloban. It was recognized as a regional unit of the System on May 23, 1973[2] and inaugurated on July 2, 1973.

Ten years later, Executive Order No. 4 placed UP College Tacloban under the administrative supervision of University of the Philippines Visayas.

A new campus will be constructed in Barangay Santa Elena in Tacloban City after the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) approved the funding for the construction of the access road from the national highway to the campus site recently.[3]

On November 8, 2013, the college sustained severe damage and lost one employee and four of its students due to Typhoon Yolanda.[4] Due to the extent of the damage incurred by the college, its students were forced to enroll in other University of the Philippines campuses such as UP Cebu. University of the Philippines Visayas sent cash aid to support UP Tacloban's faculty members a few days after the typhoon hit.[5]

On April 17, 2023, during his opening remarks at the Climate Talks Philippines forum at the UP Tacloban Multi-Purpose Building, UP President Angelo A. Jimenez announced the approval of the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) to elevate UP Tacloban as an autonomous college of the UP System. In its 1380th meeting, held on 27 April 2023, the UP Board of Regents approved the elevation of UP Tacloban College from being one of the campuses of UP Visayas to an autonomous unit of the University under the Office of the UP President.[6]


UP College Admission Test (UPCAT)[edit]

Admission into the University of the Philippines' undergraduate programs is very competitive, with over 100,000 students taking the exam every year, with about 11,000 being accepted. To maintain its high standard of education and to maximize its limited resources, UP has had to limit slots for undergraduate admission to each campus and to its various degree programs by means of qualification through the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT).


University of the Philippines Tacloban Deans
Name Tenure of office

Alejandro M. Fernandez (acting) 1973–1974
Benjamin M. Catane[7][8] 1976–1986
Zosimo E. Lee[9] 1991–1994
Viola C. Siozon 1994–2000
Marieta B. Sumagaysay 2000–2006
Virgildo E. Sabalo 2006–2009
Margarita T. De La Cruz 2009–2012
Anita G. Cular 2012–2016
Virgildo E. Sabalo 2016–2019
Patricia B. Arinto 2019–present

UP Tacloban is divided into four academic divisions:

  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Management
  • Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Division of Social Sciences

The college is also home to three research and public service offices: the Leyte Samar Heritage Center (LSHC), the Regional Environmental Information Systems (REIS), and the Office of Continuing Education and Pahinungod (OCEP).

Academic programs[edit]

The college's BS Accountancy, BS Biology, BS Management and BS Computer Science programs are currently the best in Region 8. The college's BA Communication Arts program is the finest in the Visayan archipelago in terms of Speech, Literature and Theater Arts. The BA Psychology program has also been recently recognized in the Psychological Association of the Philippines-Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) and is considered one of the top performing schools in the Psychometrician Board Exam in recent years.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics [3]
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
  • Bachelor of Science (Biology)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Management)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics[10]


  • Master of Management (Business Management)
  • Master of Management (Public Management)
  • Master of Science (Environmental Science)

Student life[edit]

Student Body[edit]

The Student Body is autonomous student body and has a student council subject only to the express will of the students. There are more than 2000 students currently enrolled and has 48 student organizations. All bona fide undergraduate students of the UP Tacloban are considered members of the UP Tacloban student body.

UP Tacloban Student Council
Academic Year 2023-2024
Name Position
Paul Lachica Chairperson
Mark Louise Borja Vice-Chairperson
Jenny Bajas III Councilor
Mary Dianne Laurente Councilor
John Lester Permejo Councilor
Mylene Dacara Councilor
Alexa Beatrice Pepito DNSM Representative
Angelina Talamayan DSS Representative

Student Council[edit]

The Student Council is the policy-making body in between sessions of the General Assembly. It is considered independent and need not to be recognized by the Office of the Student Affairs. The selection of its officers is annual via students' election.

Student organizations[edit]

There are 48 college recognized organizations, which includes academic program-specific organizations (e.g. JPIA, JPMAP, Politikons, Psych Circle, EcoSoc, InterSoc, Biosoc, and Ideopraxist) geological-based organizations (e.g. UP ACCESS, OrSiCUP, KAISSA, HINGYAP, etc.), socio-civic (UP Halcyon, UP Runggiyan, etc.), interests (Animo, Amplify UP, etc.), fraternities and sororities, (TGP, TOM, APO), political parties (PULSO Han Mag-aaram, KALAYAAN Lihok Mag-aaram, etc.), and others. Student organizations are formed by students with common interests and has its own constitutions, rules and activities. Student organizations will only be considered by the college of it complies with and abides by the rules set by the university and by the college.


  1. ^ "University Of The Philippines Tacloban College – Profile". Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  2. ^ "House Bill 1584" (PDF). House of Representatives, Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b "All systems go for new UP campus in Tacloban City". University of the Philippines. September 7, 2015.
  4. ^ Docena, Pierce. University-based MHPSS in the aermath of disasters: Lessons from the UP Tacloban Yolanda experience (PDF). p. 323. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Life goes on in UP-Tacloban". SUNSTAR. 15 February 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  6. ^ Alelis, Mr Carlson. "UP Tacloban gains autonomous status after BOR approval". University of the Philippines Visayas. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
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  9. ^ "The University of the Philippines Gazette" (PDF). University of the Philippines. January–March 1991.
  10. ^ "UP Visayas Tacloban College to offer BS Applied Math for AY 2022-2023". Manila Bulletin. June 1, 2022. Retrieved 12 August 2022.
  11. ^ "UP Tacloban College Piniliay". Retrieved 2023-07-03.