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Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Politeknikong Unibersidad ng Pilipinas
Seal of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Motto Tanglaw ng Bayan
Motto in English Light of the Nation
Established October 19, 1904
Type State
Endowment ₱948.7 million (US$21 million) (2014)[1]
President Emanuel de Guzman
Academic staff 1,483[2][3]
Admin. staff 707[3]
Students 61,253 (2012)[4]
Undergraduates 55,282 (2012)[4]
Postgraduates 1,537 (2012)[4]
Doctoral students 144 (2012)[4]
Other students 4,290 (2012)[4]
Location Manila, Philippines
Former names
  • Manila Business School
  • Philippine School of Commerce
  • Philippine College of Commerce
  Maroon and Gold
Sports Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Combat, Football, Flying disc games, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate, Volleyball, Water Polo
Nickname PUP Mighty Maroons
Mascot PUPOY
Affiliations State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association
National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities
Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning
Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines
International Association of Universities
Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) is a coeducational, research state university located in Manila, Philippines. It was founded on October 19, 1904, as the Manila Business School, then the city's business school.[3] PUP is governed by Republic Act Number 8292 known as the Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997 and its implementing rules and regulations contained in the Commission on Higher Education's Memorandum Circular No. 4, series 1997. The PUP System is the largest university in the Philippines by enrollment with more than 60,000 students,[2][3][5] where an estimated 35,000 students are enrolled in Manila alone. PUP operates on three campuses in Manila, along with 21 satellite branches and campuses/extension strategically located all over the country. PUP's mission is to be an avenue for the development of the citizenry and for the enhancement of nation building through meaningful growth and transformation. PUP also puts an emphasis on the alleviation of the plight of the poor. In accordance with its mission, PUP is also notable for charging the lowest tuition among all universities in the Philippines at 12 pesos (US$0.29) per academic unit, a rate that has remained unchanged since 1979.[6]

PUP confers twenty-one campuses located throughout the Philippines. All campuses are accredited as a single institution by the Commission on Higher Education. Some of the degrees that PUP offers are recognized as Centers of Development.[7][8]

PUP's athletic team competes in the National Capital Region Conference of the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) and are collectively known as the Mighty Maroons. They are also members of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU). Along with multiple athletic clubs and recreational facilities, PUP is also home to over 100 registered student organizations across all of its campuses, reflecting the diversity of the student body.


  • History 1
  • Campuses and locations 2
  • Organization and administration 3
    • Board of Regents 3.1
  • Academics, ranking and research 4
    • Colleges, school, and institute 4.1
    • Research 4.2
  • Student life 5
    • Student groups 5.1
    • Athletics 5.2
    • Media 5.3
    • Publications 5.4
    • Activism 5.5
  • Insignia and other representations 6
    • Motto and song 6.1
    • Seal 6.2
    • University symbols 6.3
  • Notable people 7
    • Alumni and faculty 7.1
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The logo of the Philippine College of Commerce (1952-1978) before PUP became a chartered state university.

This institution started as the Manila Business School[2] (MBS, also referred as the Manila School of Commerce[9]), founded on October 19, 1904[9] as part of the city school system under the superintendence of Gabriel A. O’Reilly.[10][11] The school was established to meet the demands of needed businessmen and businesswomen for government service and private employment.[12] It was renamed as Philippine School of Commerce (PSC) on 1908[2] and was made an Insular (or national) school.[12] In 1911, the school was again placed under the administration of the city school system but still kept its status as a National school.[12]

In 1933, PSC merged with the Philippine Normal School (PNS)[2] and the Philippine School of Arts and Trades. The resulting merger placed PSC under the administration of PNS[12] and PSC students who completed their courses were considered graduates of the PNS.[12] President Manuel L. Quezon promised a new building for the school through his graduation address in 1940.[12] This was supported by Congressman Manuel A. Alazarte and PSC's Department Head Luis F. Reyes, who formulated a bill to this effect and present it to the Congress in 1942. Unfortunately, the plan was not carried out because of the Pacific War.[12]

In 1946, efforts for the school's re-establishment and rehabilitation was intensified. The Bureau of Public Works released more than 8,000 for the repairs and maintenance of public buildings of which the school is a beneficiary. The ruins of PNS's Normal Hall was reconstructed and the college resumed its operations. Afterwards, the Normal Hall was converted as a dormitory, forcing PSC to continue its operations on its former campus before the merge with PNS and PSAT.[12] However, its campus size is inadequate to serve its ever-growing student population and therefore the school authorities sought to acquire a bigger lot to establish a new campus. A new campus lot was acquired and PSC moved to its new campus on July 1947 which is located at S. H. Loyola Street in Sampaloc, Manila.[12] It continued its operations there until 1971.

PSC became the Philippine College of Commerce (PCC) on 1952 by virtue of Republic Act 778, which broadened the school's course offerings. Reyes continued to served the school, becoming its first president.[13] Expansion and establishment of satellite campuses throughout the country started on the late 1960s. It was also at this time that the school acquired a large lot located at Santa Mesa, Manila. PSC moved there and it became the school's flagship campus.[13]

A 1990s photo of the PUP Laboratory High School which serves as the laboratory school of the College of Education.
On 2004, students, faculty, and alumni of PUP gathered to form the world's largest human rainbow in celebration of its centennial anniversary.

PCC became a chartered state university which was accordingly renamed as the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), through Presidential Decree (PD) 1341 on April 1, 1978, with Mateo serving as the first president of the university.[14] Mateo was succeeded by Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente[15] who was known for his educational reforms and his contribution to the university. A plaza named "Freedom Plaza" was constructed for the preparation of the university's upcoming centennial in the center of Mabini campus in honor of Prudente and his achievements.

On 2004, PUP celebrated its centennial anniversary. To highlight the signing of the Declaration of Peace to be put before the United Nations, PUP held the record for the world's largest human rainbow[16] consisting of 30,365 students, faculty, staff and alumni.[17]

Dr. Dante G. Guevarra assumed presidency on 2005. During his term, the executive offices and the conference rooms named after past PUP Presidents (namely: Mateo, Olonan, and Carague) were constructed at the main building; the PUPCET iApply, a web-based PUPCET application system was created; and the College of Technology (formerly the PUP Technical School and now the Institute of Technology) was established.[18]

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, realizing the need to protect and preserve the Mabini Shrine, a house where Apolinario Mabini once lived, declared PUP as the official permanent home of the Mabini Shrine. She wants to preserve its historical and architectural value with the enactment of Proclamation 1992. The PUP Mabini campus is the fourth and final site of the Mabini Shrine which was transferred according to the National Historical Institute's resolution to protect it from a flood control project of the Metro Manila Development Authority.

Although Guevarra's administration made great contributions to the university, his administration also faced numerous issues including allegations of graft and corruption, the assassination of the then-Vice President for Administration Augustus Cezar,[19][19][20][21] and robust university academic and infrastructure development. Because of the issues tied to Guevarra and his administration, he failed to obtain an outstanding rating as the president of the university and therefore his term was not renewed.[22][23] Students also expressed outrage and dissatisfaction against Guevarra's administration.[24]

Dr. Guevarra was replaced by Edicio G. dela Torre, followed by Estelita Wi-Dela Rosa, both of whom became the Officers-in-Charge of PUP for a while as the Board of Regents searched for a new university president, although this move did not fare well among the faculty and students and several protests occurred.[25] Emanuel de Guzman was appointed as the new president of the university on March 2012.[26][27]

On 2014, PUP participated in a successful attempt to set a world record for most organ donation pledges, a project spearheaded by the [52]

The College of Tourism, Hospitality, and Transportation Management (CTHTM) was established in 2001 when the Hospitality Management (former Hotel and Restaurant Management) program and Tourism program were separated from College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and Food Technology and College of Business.[48]

The Institute of Technology (iTech) is the technical school of the university established on 1986. Formerly the known as the PUP Technical School (and later known as the PUP Technopreneurial School before being renamed again as the College of Technology), the institute focuses on the integration of technology and skills development to its students.[55]

The Laboratory High School (LHS) is the laboratory school of the College of Education. Founded in 1954 as the Philippine College of Commerce High School, it started as a secondary school where Business Education students of the Faculty of Secretarial and Business Education (now COED) could practice-teach. As part of the commercial curriculum offered in the school, LHS students are taught bookkeeping, marketing, stenography, and other business subjects. The school ranked second after the Manila Science High School in recently concluded National Achievement Test in Manila. [56]


The Office of the Vice President for Research, Planning, Extension, and Development (OVPRPED) is the official research and planning agency of the university. It oversees the implementation of the research thrusts as defined by the Commission on Higher Education. It is composed of two offices and six research and development centers that caters the needs for the production of information to contribute to the development of science and technology, as well as on health, humanities and economics. It also supervises the Research and Extension Management Department, the primary department responsible for the research undertakings of the university. The department is a member of the De La Salle UniversityCommission on Higher Education Zonal Research Center.[57]

For 2014, PUP is set to release ₱1.7 million to finance 11 researches. 3 of the approved research proposals came from the College of Science, 3 from the College of Education, 2 from the College of Communication, and 1 each for the College of Arts and Letters and the South Cluster I of PUP Taguig. The research grant will be given in 3 tranches.[58]

PUP is the host of the International Research Conference in Higher Education (IRCHE) (2013).[59]

With demands to improve PUP's facilities in order to produce high-impact researches that will stand out locally and internationally, a dedicated research center will be constructed and developed at the Mabini Campus. Architect Royal Pineda, an alumna of PUP, designed the research center and its construction will be funded through the donation of the university's alumni. The research center was accordingly named as PUP Academic Research Center (ARC).

Student life

PUPLHS Chorale

PUP offers more than 100 organizations, teams, and sports.[60] The school is also home to a variety of longstanding traditions and celebrations.

Student groups

PUP's more than 200 student organizations and clubs cover a wide range of interests. Notable student groups include the political organizations of Sandigan ng Mag-aaral para sa Sambayan (SAMASA), Kilos! PUP, and Bangon PUP; the internationally acclaimed

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In film, entertainment, television, PUP is represented by 2006 Binibining Pilipinas-International titleholder Denille Lou Valmonte, actors Bayani Agbayani,[73] Richard Gomez, Tado Jimenez and the comic duo brothers James Ronald and Rodfil Obeso, better known as Moymoy Palaboy.

Notable people who have served as faculty of the university are Jesus Is Lord Church founder, evangelist and political leader Eddie Villanueva,[5] former Senator Blas Ople and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Dante Tiñga.

PUP has produced alumni distinguished in their respective fields. Among the well-known people who have attended the university are Filipino political leaders Satur Ocampo, Ted Failon, and numerous other people in the Congress. Businessman such as Ed Teovisio[71] and Fernando Martinez also attended the university. Prominent educators who have attended the university are Galcoso Alburo, University of the East founder Francisco Dalupan, Sr., and the University of Santo Tomas Rector Magnificus Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy.[72]

Alumni and faculty

Persons affiliated to the university, either as students, faculty members, or administrators, are known as "PUPians", an unofficial term coined by the PUP community. Individually, students at the university are known as "Iskolar ng Bayan" which translates in English as (the) Scholar(s) of the Nation pertaining to how the government and other non-government institutions subsidize their tuition and other fees. More than a hundred of the student population are foreigners from China, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Ghana. Also, students from South Korea visits PUP every summer to take up Intensive English courses.[3] Throughout the university's history, faculty, alumni, and the students have played prominent roles in many different fields.

Dr. Emanuel De Guzman, currently serving as PUP's University President, is also an alumnus of PUP.

Notable people

Aside from the Pylon and the Obelisk, two artworks also came to stand as representation for the university. In 1974, the Mural was built by national artist Eduardo Castrillo. Its size was 2.5 x 9.3 meters. The mural illustrates the social, economic, industrial, technological, and cultural aspect of life with which man blends himself to develop an environment necessary to the progress of the nation. The mural was placed at the main entrance of Mabini Campus. Meanwhile, The Transformation, a masterpiece by architect Lor Calma built in 2000 depicts the "dynamic transformation" of PUP as it "embraces the power of Information and Communications Technology".[70] The Transformation is displayed at the lobby of Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center.

Another symbol of PUP is the Obelisk, constructed on the site called the Mabini Circle. It was intended to be a toned-down replica of the Washington Monument. A bust of Apolinario Mabini was erected at its front. The obelisk was meant to symbolize the "strength" of the university as "an institution of higher learning". On the top of it was the university seal, which can be illuminated at night. The university seal being placed on top of the obelisk symbolizes PUP as the "Light of the Nation" – the university's official motto.[70]

The Pylon is a triad pillars of marble erected at the main entrance of the Mabini Campus. It was constructed in the 1970s. The Pylon originally stood for the true, the good and the beautiful. However since 1987, it became to symbolize truth, excellence and wisdom. The Pylon may also stand for wisdom, strength and beauty.[70]

Other symbols that represents PUP are the Pylon, the Obelisk, the Mural, and The Transformation, which are collectively known as "University Symbols".[70]

The Pylon

University symbols

The star in the logo stands for the perfection of the human person as well as the search for truth, while the five concentric circles depict infinite wisdom. The five-pointed star and the five concentric circles stand for quintessence, meaning the highest form of quality or the most perfect example of creation. The two arcs of laurel on the logo's side symbolize excellence and quality of education as demonstrated by the rich achievements of the PUP in its over a century of existence.[69] These five concentric circles are white because it symbolizes purity. The colors used in the seal represents PUP's traditional color.[70]

The university's seal is the official scheme used by the university in official documents and official publications.

Polytechnic University of the Philippines Official Seal
Armiger Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Torse Two arcs of laurel wreath placed at the lower left and lower right side
Use Official documents, publications and markers.


"Tanglaw ng Bayan" is the official motto of the university, translated in English as "Light of the Nation". The university song is called as "Imno ng PUP", which is sung in Tagalog and has been the university's song ever since Prudente restructured the university's philosophy in the 1980s. An English translation of Imno ng PUP was published at the university's website, although it notes that it is not to be sung.[68]

Motto and song

Insignia and other representations

On March 2013, some activist students burned chairs in a protest regarding a tuition hike. The incident came in the wake of the suicide of a University of the Philippines Manila freshman who allegedly could not afford to pay her tuition.[65] The students involved in the violent protest faced sanctions from the university.[66] The incident is not the first time that PUP students burns and destroys chairs, in 2010, hundreds of agitated students walked out of the room and began throwing dilapidated chairs, tables, and examination papers from the main building to denounce a 2,000% tuition hike.[67]

The university is well known for its Malacañan Palace, activists often stage rallies or demonstrations at the palace grounds, especially at Mendiola Street.

A group of activists staging a demonstration


Aside from The Observer, PUP also has plenty of college-based publications which publishes academic journals. Among the student publications are The Business Torch (College of Business Administration), The Paradigm (College of Accountancy and Finance), The Limestone (College of Education), The Engineering Spectrum (College of Engineering), the PUP Archiving and Research Society (College of Social Sciences and Development), and Buklod Diwa (Laboratory High School).


PUPCreaTV, dubbed as the first university-based channel in the Philippines, is a famous medium used by the PUP community that covers all the news and events in and around the campus. The Observer and its online video counterpart The Observer Online, also by PUPCreaTV, are known publications in PUP. Other student organization also publishes articles and circulations.

The Observer (formerly PUP News), the university's official publication, is a collaborative effort between its Communication Management Office and Publications Office, and is published monthly on print and online. Each college of PUP also has a newspaper that is published every semester. Student editors and managers are solely responsible for the content of the newspaper and associated media, although it is often overseen by higher authorities from the college. The Catalyst is the controversial political newspaper serving the PUP community as a whole with no college directly affiliated by it, but instead is a student organization.


PUP has several clubs and intramural sports group accredited. These groups also serves as representatives for PUP in several inter-collegiate athletic competitions aside from SCUAA and NAASCU. Also in 1978, the College of Human Kinetics was established to improve the culture of sports and athleticism in PUP.

The PUP Mighty Maroons are the official representative athletic teams of PUP. They participate at the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) National Capital Region Conference[62] and at National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) [63]


PUP's alumni association, the Federation of Alumni Associations in PUP, Inc. (FEDAAPI), oversees various activities for alumni such as class reunions, local gatherings, alumni travel, and career services. The PUP Tahanan ng Alumni Building, located at the Mabini Campus, was established through this organization.

; the Maharlika Dance Troupe, a dance group that is nationally recognized for fusing Philippine culture and modern dances; the PUP School of Debaters which hails from the College of Political Science and Public Administration, a university-wide debate and public speaking organization; and the PUP for Jesus Movement, a Christian group that serves as an umbrella organization for the different Christian groups and organizations in the campus. The Catalyst Polysound, the official music band of PUP; the revered newspaper [61] In 2012, the

The College of Science (CS) was formed when College of Arts and Sciences was abolished in 1969. The College of Nutrition and Food Science was merged with CS in 2012. It specializes in pure and applied sciences.[54]

In 2012, the College of Political Science and Public Administration (CPSPA) was formed when College of Economics, Finance, and Politics was abolished.[53]

The College of Law (CL) is the law school of the university. It was formed in 2001 when the proposal to elevate the status of the Law department to a college was approved. The college was ranked 17th in the Commission on Higher Education's Top Law Schools in 2009.

The College of Human Kinectics (CHK) began as the College of Physical Education and Sports in 1978. It was established to improve the culture of sports and athleticism in the university.[52]

The College of Engineering (CE) is the engineering school of the university. It was established on 1986 when the former Institute of Technology was renamed as the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA). The architecture department would secede and became the College of Architecture and Fine Arts in 2001. All of its Bachelor of Science programs are accredited to Level III status by AACCUP.[51]

The College of Education (COED), the normal school of the university, is the oldest college of PUP and was the predecessor of all the university's degree-granting units. Formerly the College of Office Administration and Business Teacher Education, CoEd began with the offering of business education courses in 1904 which later became BBTE. It was awarded by the Business Writers Association of the Philippines the title of "Business College of the Year” in 1955. The Bachelor in Business Teacher Education and Doctor in Educational Management programs are recognized as a Center of Development in Teacher Education.[50]

The College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS), started in 1969 as an Electronic Data Process course offered by the College of Accountancy. Its Information Technology program is recognized as a Center for Development by the Commission on Higher Education (from 2000 up to 2006) and as a Virtual Center for Technology Innovation in Information Technology by the Department of Science and Technology.[48] It is affiliated with Cisco since 2012.

The College of Communication (COC), which started as a Bachelor of Arts program in Mass communication in 1974, was established in 2001 when the Department of Mass Communications was separated from the College of Languages and Mass Communications. The Journalism program is recognized as Centers of Development by Commission on Higher Education.[49]

The College of Business Administration (CBA) roots from the entrepreneurship courses offered in 1904.[48]

In 2012, the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) was formed when College of Arts and College of Languages and Linguistics was merged in 2012. The Filipino program is recognized as a Center of Development by Commission on Higher Education.[47]

The College of Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA) started as a course in Architecture in 1987.

The College of Accountancy and Finance (CAF) started in 1960 as a bachelor program in Commerce with major in Accounting.

The edifice of the PUP Engineering and Architecture Building (commonly referred to as "CEA") located on NDC Campus

PUP boasts of 61 undergraduate programs, offered by its 14 colleges.[44][45] Its technopreneurial school, the PUP Institute of Technology, offers 6 ladderized programs (three years) of study.[46]

Colleges, school, and institute

PUP employs a total of 2,190 faculty members, with 1,483 serving as full-time and part-time with a few of the full-time faculty holding administrative positions.[2][3] There are 707 casual and regular administrative employees serving the university.[3]

PUP's academic programs operate on a semester calendar beginning in late June and ending in late March. Graduating students with a final grade of 1.19-1.00 are awarded degrees summa cum laude, students graduating with a final grade of 1.44-1.20 are awarded magna cum laude, and the students graduating with a grade of 1.75-1.45 are awarded cum laude.[43]

PUP currently admits all students, including internationals, on a need-blind basis. Admission in PUP mainly requires passing the PUPCET, the university's entrance test. Other criteria for admission are: a general weighted average in high school which is 82% and above,[40] and the enrollee's good moral character. A graduate of PUP Laboratory High School is exempted to take the entrance test, unless they opt to take it for scholarship purposes. Also exempted from taking the test are entrance scholars (e.g. valedictorian, salutatorian, journalist, athlete, etc.).[41] Of an estimated 50,000 annual entrance test examinees, only 8,000 will be accepted due to the university's limited budget.[42]

In 2009, PUP was ranked fifteenth by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), placing in as one of the top 20 higher learning institutions in the Philippines.[33] The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which rank universities according to web presence, visibility, and access placed the university at 10,610 (worldwide) and 48 (national), respectively.[39] According to the QS Asian University Rankings, PUP ranked at 401 out of 424 Asian institutions.[32]

The university is composed of 14 colleges and an institute. It has largest student body in the Philippines with a population of 61,253 students.[4][5] Aside from its degree-granting units, PUP also has a distance education unit, a graduate school, and a laboratory high school. 58 programs of PUP are in the list of accreditation by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) (4 Level III accredited programs, 15 qualified for Level III accreditation with 9 programs undergoing assessment, 14 Level II accredited programs, 11 Level I accredited programs, and 5 programs in the list as candidate for accreditation).[38]

The Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center which serves as the athenaeum of PUP.
PUP rankings
QS Asian University Rankings (2012)[32] 401
PRC Top Universities (2009)[33] 15
PRC Top Accountancy Schools (2010)[34] 3
CHED Top Law Schools (2009)[35] 17
Architecture Board Exam Top Performing Schools (2014)[36] 3
Nutritionist-dietitian Licensure Exam Top Performing Schools (2014)[37] 3

Academics, ranking and research

Position Board Member
Chairman Hon. Alex B. Brillantes, Jr. Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education
Co-Chairman Hon. Emanuel De Guzman President of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Member Hon. Pia Cayetano Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture
Member Hon. Roman T. Romulo Chairperson, House Committee on Higher and Technical Education
Member Hon. Margarita R. Songco Deputy-Director General, National Economic and Development Authority
Member Hon. Mario G. Montejo Secretary of Science and Technology
Member Hon. Rene A. Tanasas Alumni Regent; President, Federation of Alumni Association in PUP, Inc.
Member Hon. Edna S. Lavadia Faculty Regent; President, PUP Federated Faculty Association, Inc.
Member Hon. Ma. Alexi R. Tiotangco Student Regent; President, ANAK-PUP Student Council Federation
Member Hon. Edicio G. dela Torre Private Sector Representative; President, Civil Network for Education Reform, Inc.
Member Hon. Corazon Alma G. de Leon Private Sector Representative; Secretary, Board of Governors and Chairman Chapter Development Committee, Philippine Red Cross
Board Secretary Hon. Merito Lovensky R. Fernandez Board Secretary, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

PUP's Board of Regents is the governing body of the university. Members of the board include University President, the Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, and the Chairpersons of the Committees of Higher Education of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Board of Regents appoints and elects the president of the university, who is considered the chief executive officer of the institution. The Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) serves as the Chief Chairperson while the president of the university serves as the Co-Chairperson. The Chairpersons of the Committees of Higher Education of the Senate and the House of Representatives functions as committee chairpersons. The board, with its 12 members, is the highest decision-making body of the PUP.

Board of Regents

Organization and administration

The land use and buildings of PUP is also subject to legal and security issues. The most prominent is the purchase of two GSIS condotel-hostel buildings on NDC Campus in 2007, dubbed by the Commission on Audit as "waste of government funds" because the buildings are in dilapidated condition and costs 575.7 million.[31] Only one of the building is currently in use and as of 2013 its rehabilitation cost already amounted to P101.3 million. The overall cost for the buildings was pegged at P677.1 million and may balloon higher as rehabilitation continues.

Each administration that serves PUP puts an emphasis and dedication to campus development, including upgrading its facilities to modern standards. Currently, the PUP Main Building, which imposes as the largest building constructed on the campus is being rehabilitated. The Aklatang Bayan ng PUP Building which is better known as the Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center is the main library of PUP and has state-of-the-art facilities.

The house where Apolinario Mabini lived inside the PUP Mabini Campus is a cultural property of the country.

The NDC Campus is where the College of Architecture and Fine Arts, College of Communication, College of Engineering, and the Institute of Technology resides.[30] The area in which the campus lies was formerly where the National Development Corporation once stood. The Carriedo House, commonly known as the PUP Antique House, is a heritage site located within this campus. Within the NDC compound can also be found the GSIS Metrohomes, which primarily serves as the boarding dormitories of the students of PUP. Further away from the Mabini Campus is the M. H. Del Pilar Campus, where the graduate school and the College of Tourism, Hospitality, and Transportation Management resides.[30]

Mabini Campus is the flagship campus of the university located at the banks of Pasig River. This campus holds the administration and executive offices[30] and was named after Apolinario Mabini, a Filipino revolutionary during the Spanish colonial times. A house where the Mabini lived can be found inside the campus and next to it is a museum dedicated to him. The Mabini Circle, a roundabout inside the campus is now the location of a towering obelisk dedicated to the history and people of PUP, with a bust of Apolinario Mabini located at its foot. Most of PUP's Colleges and almost all the executive and academic offices are located here. The gymnasium, an Olympic-size swimming pool, two basketball courts, tennis courts, and the university oval (sports ground) and its grandstand are located in this campus.

Main entrance of PUP Manila

The campus of PUP is located at Santa Mesa, Manila. PUP operates on three campuses established in Manila, and is considered as a single institution since the two other campuses serves as an extension in order to accommodate the university's ever-growing population. The three campuses are: the Mabini Campus, also known as the main campus where almost all of the Colleges and university offices are situated; the sub-campus known as the NDC Campus because the site the campus occupies formerly belongs to the National Development Corporation; and the M. H. del Pilar Campus where the PUP Jasmin Hotel and the graduate school is situated.

The PUP Main Academic Building (North Wing) at the Mabini Campus.
Panoramic view of the Freedom Plaza in Mabini Campus

Campuses and locations


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