The University of the Philippines (UP) Tacloban is now an autonomous unit under the UP Office of the President after the approval by the Board of Regents (BOR) during its 1380th Meeting dated April 27, 2023.
With the elevation, UP Tacloban now inches closer to being a full-fledged Constituent Unit (CU) of the UP System. It will be formally known as UP Tacloban College and will no longer be a regional unit of UP Visayas.
To recall, former UP President Edgardo Angara issued, in 1983, Executive Order No. 4 on the reorganization of the University into a System of autonomous units, including a UP in the Visayas composed of UP Iloilo College, UP Cebu College, UP Tacloban College, and the College of Fisheries. The said units were integrated into UPV in January 1986.
UP Tacloban’s elevation as an autonomous unit is seen to enable it and UP as a whole to better fulfill its mandate to develop appropriate academic and public service programs that address the learning poverty and unique development challenges of Eastern Visayas.
It is a priority in the strategic plan of the University under the current administration of UP President Angelo Jimenez.
As for student population, records show that UP Tacloban has seen a gradual increase in enrollees through the years. For the Academic Year 2022-2023, a total of 1,565 students are enrolled in the College’s nine undergraduate and two undergraduate programs across four academic divisions.
The College is known for its programs in Accountancy, Biology, Computer Science, Management, and Psychology. Its elevation coincides with its 50th founding anniversary this May 23. (With sources from Office of the Staff Regent)