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Historical Milestones of
JOHN BOSCO COLLEGE
JOHN BOSCO COLLEGE as an educational institution in Mangagoy, Bislig Surigao del Sur stands as a continuing witness to the aspirations and dreams of a number of well-meant people who are visionaries in the field of human endeavour especially in the upliftment of the human conditions through education. The vision of these people encompasses not only the economic and the spiritual dimensions but also the social needs of the community of which they are active participants. Their dedication, sacrifices and tremendous drive towards a more fulfilling purpose gave way to the present status of the school.
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Grade 3 dancing company front of the convent.
During the mid 50’s , an elementary school established exclusively for the company dependents of Bislig Bay Lumber Company Incorporated (BBLCI), the forerunner of Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP) became known as the Bislig Bay Elementary School. Its director was Dr. Tomas Virtucio and the principal was Mrs. Gloria Misa, wife of the Assistant to the Resident Manager, Guillermo V. Misa. This was part of Don Andres Soriano’s vision of putting up companies and then providing the best facilities for the benefit of the employees.
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The founding of the Bislig Bay Elementary School is significant to John Bosco College because it had served as a bridge to the establishment of the first catholic school envisioned to offer quality Christian education.
1961 The company turned over the management of the school to Father Albert Grol. Father Grol, the parish priest, after having acquired the permission of Msgr. Charles Van den Ouwelant converted the school’s exclusive nature into parochial thereby opening the opportunities for the non-company dependents to have access to the school.
The Augustinian Recollect Missionary Sisters (ARM) took over the management of the school after Fr. Grol made representations with the Superior General Most Reverend Mother Carmen de la Sagrada Familia.
1962 The name St. Margaret Mary School was adopted school year 1962-1963. St. Margaret Mary School was granted government recognition for a complete elementary course in the year 1963 by then Secretary of Education Alejandro Roces as recommended by Jesus Perpinan, Director of Private Schools. Dubbed as “the other side of the Dream” it answered the need for an elementary school and a catholic school for girls. Fr. Grol envisioned the establishment of a boys’ high school in Mangagoy. With the bishop’s blessing, he made representation with the late Don Andres Soriano for financial assistance. About the same time, the Salesian Fathers (SDB), through the Reverend Pierangelo Quaranta, were asking Don Andres Soriano for support for their plan to put up a Technical School in Mindanao – preferably in Davao, patterned after the Don Bosco School in Mandaluyong.
The philanthropist readily gave into the idea and asked for more concrete plans and conditioned that the school be put up in Mangagoy, Bislig, Surigao del Sur where Bislig Bay Lumber Company, Inc. through which a fast growing logging concern of the Andres Soriano Corporation could readily give employment to technical course graduates. Negotiations went fast between the parish priest and the Salesian fathers through Father Quaranta. The Salesian fathers found out they were short of priests, and that they could not spare anyone to come to Mangagoy to supervise the school, Father Quaranta, however, assured Fr. Grol that a team of lay teachers and a principal all from Don Bosco Mandaluyong would be coming.
1964 One Sunday morning in April, 1963, four teachers, Mssrs. Jose Padilla, Jr., Antonio de Ocampo, Rolando Castellano and Andres Dujale came to compose the pioneer teaching staff of the school. A few months later, Mr. Percival Buenvenida joined the four gentlemen to complete the teaching force.
Mr. Jose Padilla, Jr. became the first principal and Mr. P. Buenvenida, the machine shop craftmaster.
Mr. Andres Dujale, the Woodwork Craftmaster, and Messrs.St. John Bosco Technical High School was born. De Ocampo and Castenellano were the classroom teachers. They were joined by the equally able-mentors from Bislig: Mrs. Josefita A. Marcaida and Mr. Amado Guillen. Thus, the
Classes started at the old parish rectory and part of the parish church had to be partitioned into classrooms.
The first building was built through the help of BBLCI management. It housed the two shops, one for Machine Shop practice, woodworking, and administrative offices and classrooms.
Fr. Grol, the indomitable spirit behind the founding of St. John Bosco Technical High School left for Holland. He was replaced by Fr. Henry Raam, MSC. Under him the school became recipient of the United Nation’s “Tools for Freedom”.
Meanwhile, St. Margaret Mary School was granted recognition for the first Year Level (HS) under the 2-2 Plan.
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1965 The construction of Shop 2. It housed the Automotive and Carpentry shops and additional temporary classrooms. Fr. Raam, himself gifted with technical skills worked for a grant from the Dutch government and succeeded.
Grants of machines and cash from the Dutch government were received. He equipped the carpentry and Automotive Shops with the donated machines and with the cash; he built the auditorium and a high school building.
1966 St. Margaret Mary School received government recognition for the Fourth Year under the 2-2 Plan.
1967 St. John Bosco Technical High School and St. Margaret Mary School had their first graduates. Twenty-eight gentlemen and eighteen sprightly ladies marched on stage to receive their diplomas from Msgr. Charles Van den Ouwelant, DD.
Special evening classes for Technical/Vocational students started. It offered Electronics, Industrial Electricity, Machine Shop Practice, Automotive Repair and Steno/Typing.
1968 Expiration of the contract of the ARM Sisters to run the St. Margaret Mary School. Members of the school board decided to invite the Maryknoll Sisters to run the school.
Construction of the High School Annex Building and the dormitory for the male staff on campus was undertaken.
High school girls moved to St. John Bosco Technical High School from St. Margaret Mary School located near the parish church.
The Grade School pupils stayed because the classrooms at the other campus were not finished yet. These classrooms were constructed through the benevolence of the management of Paper Industries Corporation of the Philippines (PICOP) who had continued the tradition started by the late Andres Soriano, Jr.
1969 St. John Bosco Technical High School and St. Margaret Mary School finally merged under the name JOHN BOSCO SCHOOL. Thus, making the school a co-education institution.
The two-year Vocational Courses were offered in the evening.
Construction of the Grade School U-shaped building through the subsidy allocated by PICOP
1970 Fr. Henry Raam completed his assignment in Mangagoy.
Sister Blaise Lupo, MM took over the directorship of the school.
Mr. P. Buenvenida headed the Vocational Department.
Transfer of the grade school pupils from St. Margaret Mary School to John Bosco Schol campus was completed.
The number of Board of Trustees increased from five to ten.
The St. Margaret Mary School building was turned over to the parish since the building was already unoccupied.
1972 The construction of additional classrooms to accommodate the increasing Technical/Vocational population.
1974 The first batch of Maryknoll Sisters left. A new batch came in.
JMS-LC a La Salle supervised school was made operational at the FDV-1 Coleto, Bislig Surigao del Sur, 13 kilometres from the company mill site. Brother Thomas Cannon, FSC was the first De La Salle Brother Supervisor of the school.. The school was established for children of employees of PICOP residing in FDV, Bislig, Surigao
1975 Construction of the Open Gymnasium in the JBS playfield.
1976 The Maryknoll Sisters turned over the management of the grade school to a layman.
The Male Faculty House was renovated to become the Administrative Quarters.
1977 The last batch of Maryknoll Sisters left Bislig.
Turn over of administration and supervision of JBS to the De La Salle Brothers.
Bro. Thomas Cannon, FSC was the supervisor, Bro. Leonardo Sicat, FSC was the Guidance Counselor.
Mr. Manuel Fabella was the first lay director of the school.
The construction of the Learning Center – GS Mangagoy Campus
1978 Acqusition of Dorm 1.
Transfer of the female faculty from the old parish convent to Dorm 1.
Technical Department was opened in favor of the Vocational Department to meet the needs of PICOP for skilled workers.
1979 Modified Individually Guided Education (IGE) was adopted in the Grade School Department.
Constructoin of the Director’s quarter
1982 PAASCU Preliminary survey of the Grade School Department
Merger and consolidation of JBS in Mangagoy and JMS-LC in FDV under JOHN BOSCO SCHOOL with two campuses; the main campus in Mangagoy and JMS_LC in FDV. Bro. Mifrando Obach, FSC moved for the merger of the two schools.
The High School Department of FDV campus was phased out and transferred to Mangagoy Campus.
1984 Acquisition and renovation of the Guingoyon Residence into a Faculty Dormitory (Faculty Dorm 2).
Transfer of the male faculty from the old parish convent to Dorm 2.
Grade School Department granted PAASCY accreditation for three (3) years.
1985 Granting of government recognition for Grade Seven.
1986 Phasing out of the Vocation/Technical Department.
PAASCU Preliminary survey of the High School Department
1987 PAASCU re-accreditation survey of the Grade School Department.
Last term of Bro. Martin Simpson, FSC as the school Supervisor
1988 Formal PAASCU survey of the High School Department.
Basic Computer Education Program was offered to the fourth year students.
Grade School department was granted PAASCU accreditation for 5 years.
Construction of St. La Salle Chapel
Brother Robert Schieler, FSC took the post of Bro. Mifrando Obach, FSC when the latter’s term ended.
Silver Jubilee (25) Celebration
1989 Awarding of Level II Accreditation status to the Grade School Department.
High School Department was granted PAASCU accreditation.
1990 Construction of GS Annex Building.
Awarding of Level II accreditation status to the Grade School Department
Computer Education was offered to all high school students.
1991 Bro. Narciso Arguiza, FSC was appointed Brother Supervisor.
Renovation of the H.S. Canteen and the HS HE Room
1994 Construction of the Administration Building.
PAASCY reaccreditation of the Grade School Department
1995 Offering of Computer Education for grade school pupils: grade three to six pupils.
1996 Construction of the oval.
1997 JBC became independent of PRI support of the company.
Recrafting of the Vision-Mission.
Construction of the Gym gallery. Construction Pre-School classrooms at the side of the gym.
Opening of the Nursery and Kinder I levels at Mangagoy Campus.
Designation of JBC by TESDA as a Provincial Trade Testing Center.
Approval of the amended articles of Incorporation changing the name JOHN BOSCO SCHOOL to JOHN BOSCO COLLEGE.
Opening of the College of Education. Re-opening of the Two-Year Tech/Voc courses.
Opening of the College/TechVoc Library.
Renovation of the grade school canteen and construction of mezzanine.
1998 PAASCU Reaccreditation of the High School Department.
Perimeter fencing at the JMS_LC Campus.
Closure of the JMS-LC grade school level.
CHED granted the school permit to offer Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Jade Jubilee (35) Celebration.
1999 PAASCU reacreditation of the Grade School.
Construction of the pre-school playhouse.
Conversion of the 2nd storey of the SJBDLS into a roof deck.
First TVET graduates.
2000 TESDA granted the school permit to offer Computer Based Accountancy, Caregiver Course, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Civil Technology, Rural Development Technology.
Construction of the Main Gate.
Offering of Computer Education to Grade School Department from Grades On to Six.
37th Open House Celebration
2001 The Special Education Program for the Hearing Impaired was established.
La Salle Rural Youth Development Center at JMS-LC was established. La Salle Rural Youth Development Program is funded by La Salle District’s Fund for the Apostolate of the Poor (FAP).
Provision of the Digital Laboratory. Conversion of the Faculty Dormitory 2 into a lodging house.
Improvement of the covered walk from the gate to the SJBDLS Bldg. Membership in the Bislig Tripartite Industrial Council, RTESDC Board, HEIA, CHERAA, BISCHEA.
2002 Offering of the Sunday High School, Acquisition of Toyota Revo GL_DSL.
Offering of the Two-year Hotel and Management Course.
Renovation of the JBC Dorm 2 into a Mini Hotel and Restaurant (Pensionne La Salle)
Institutional LASSO reaccreditation. Retained its accredited status.
Renovation of the Administrative Bldg. Basement through the financial assistance of Mr. Henry Raam.
39th Open House Celebration
2003 Acquisition of the Multi-cab.
PAASCU reaccreditation survey of the High School Department.
Construction of the Caregiver Laboratory.
Mrs. Ophelia Fugoso was seconded to LASSO and replaced Bro. Jun Erguiza as the School’s Supervisor and LASSO Superintendent.
Offering of Computer Education to Kinder 2 pupils.
Ruby Year (40) Celebration.
Re-typed by MVS
As gathered from JBC Ruby Year Celebration Book
Andres Soriano College
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