The University of Cagayan Valley (UCV), formerly known as
the Cagayan Colleges Tuguegarao (CCT) and Cagayan Teachers College (CTC), was
founded in April 1948, from the rubbles and devastating aftermath of World War
II. The country was still in economic chaos; most schools have been destroyed
or burned and were being built and rehabilitated. There was a dearth of
teachers all over the country and people were just getting over their travails
and horrifying experiences during the war.
Tuguegarao was not spared by the war. The Japanese forces
were everywhere. In fact, the Japanese Army had a large contingent quartered in
the Old Selecta, a Ladies Dormitory owned and operated by the late Mrs. Caridad
S. Ventura-Perez, located at the site now occupied by Dr. Matias Ponce Perez,
Sr. Building. As a result of the bombings of American forces to destroy enemy
installations, the Old Selecta as well as the whole “Centro” of Tuguegarao was
reduced to ashes and only few buildings were left standing.
It was during the long war years while on evacuation that
Atty. Matias Ponce Perez Sr. concretized his life-long dream and promise to the
Cagayan electorate in the early 30’s of founding a school which can offer
affordable higher education. At that time, there were no institutions of higher
learning in Tuguegarao nor in nearby areas, that one had to go to Manila to
obtain a college education.
Atty. Perez had a great foresight. He had foreseen that
after the war, there would be a great need for more schools, for better trained
and more qualified teachers. During that period, even teachers in the public
school needed to grow professionally as many of them were just high school
or secondary normal college graduates. Thus, in April 1948, with the help of
his friends, relative and some public school officials, and with the inspiration
and guidance of his wife, Mrs. Caridad S. Ventura-Perez, the Cagayan Teachers
College, now University of Cagayan Valley was born.
The University of Cagayan Valley started modestly. Its
course offering during its first year of academic operation was limited to
Elementary Teacher’s Certificate. Soon after, other courses were offered.
Because it was felt that the old name of the Institution
“Cagayan Teachers College” was already a misnomer, considering the fact that the
Institution had begun to offer courses other than teaching, the Board of
Trustees in 1983 amended Article II of the original Articles of Incorporation to
change the Institution’s name to Cagayan Colleges Tuguegarao.
At present, hand in hand with the Institution’s academic
expansion, its physical facilities and structures are also being improved and
expanded. To accommodate the growing number of enrollees, the Institution
maintains two campuses; the College Avenue Campus (UCV Annex) where the Dr.
Matias P. Perez Building is located, and the Balzain Campus which is now the
Main Campus with an area of some eight hectares where the other buildings of the
institution are located.
The Dr. Matias P. Perez Building, complete with science
laboratories and a simulated hospital, quarters the College of Health while the
various buildings at the Main Campus (Balzain) house the College of Law, College
of Marine Engineering, College of Marine Transportation, College of
Computer Engineering and Information Technology, College of Technology,
College of Engineering, College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, School of
Arts and Sciences and Teacher Education, School of Criminology and the School of
Business Administration. It is also in the Balzain Campus where the
Computer Laboratories, Swimming Pool, Hotel, Mock Ship, Crime Laboratory,
Chemistry Laboratory, Dark Room for Photography, Interrogation
Room and the Gymnasium are housed.
In 2002, the Institution was deputized by the Commission
on Higher Education (CHED) to offer the Expanded Tertiary Education
Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP) under the BS Criminology Program.
Further, the Institution was designated by the Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as the Assessment Center for
Computer Hardware Servicing National Certificate (NC) II and the venue for
Skills Assessment in Housekeeping NCII and Automotive Servicing NCII.
In response to the demand of its stakeholders and the medical field, the
Institution opened the College of Health with two programs; namely, Bachelor of
Science in Nursing and Diploma in Midwifery in 2004.
The College of Maritime Education, which offers Bachelor of Science in
Marine Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation, is
Management System Certified in accordance with "DNV Standard for
Certification of Maritime
Academies - 3.401".
In addition, the Institution’s Liberal Arts, Teacher Education, Business
Administration and Criminology Programs are Philippine Association of Colleges
and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) accredited. Its Hotel and
Restaurant Management, and Information Technology Programs have likewise passed
the PACUCOA consultancy visit and were granted candidate status.
The Institution has the following curricular offerings:
two (2) Doctorate Degrees, four (4) Master’s Degrees, eighteen (18)
Baccalaureate Degrees, one (1) Post Baccalaureate Degree, five (5)
Pre-Baccalaureate Degrees, three (3) Post Secondary Technical Courses, Complete
Secondary Level and Complete Elementary Level. The University of Cagayan Valley
also offers three (3) Ladderized Education Programs, three (3) Technical
Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programs, and three (3) Terminal
Programs. All in all, UCV has twenty-five (25) Recognized Programs and seven (7)
Registered Certificate Programs.
The good results of the series of accreditations conducted
by PACUCOA and DNV along Research, Extension and Instruction prompted and
inspired the Board of Directors and the School Officials to submit the
Institution for university status evaluation.
Hence, in 2008, requirements for this purpose were
submitted to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Central Office through
the Regional Office. The first team from CHED Central Office who came to
pre-assess the institution was impressed. On July 8-10, CHED Commissioners came
to validate the report of the earlier team. They, too, felt that CCT deserved
the university status.
The honorable commissioners recommended the granting of the university status to
the Commission en banc who awarded the status to CCT through
Resolution No. 186-2010 dated July 14, 2010 which changed the name Cagayan
Colleges Tuguegarao to University of Cagayan Valley.
On July 19, 2010, the First University Assembly attended
by students, faculty, administration, personnel, alumni, CHED officials,
religious groups and friends of UCV was held to inform the stakeholders of the
university status of the Institution.
On September 15, 2010, Dr. Victor V. Perez, in an
investiture program, was installed as the First University President.