Davao del Norte State College

Davao del Norte State College

Davao del Norte State College
Established February 14, 1995
Type State College
President Vicente Hermoso (1995–2001); Edgardo M. Santos (2001–2010); Jonathan A. Bayogan (December 2010–present)
Academic staff 64
Admin. staff 48
Students 1,857 (1st Sem, 2011-12)
Undergraduates 1,401
Location Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines
Campus Panabo City
Nickname DNSC
Affiliations Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), Mindanao Association of State Colleges and Universities Foundation, Inc. (MASCUF)
Website www.dnsc.edu.ph

The Davao del Norte State College is a public college in in New Visayas, Panabo City, Philippines. It is mandated to provide higher professional, technical, and special instructions for special purposes and promote research and extension services, advanced studies and progressive leadership in education, engineering, arts, sciences, fisheries, and other fields.[1]



The college started with Mayor Gregorio Dujali's vision that educating fishermen and their children in the area would solve the diverse problems of fishing and lead to sustainable livelihood and environment in the municipal waters. Congressman Lorenzo Sarmiento and Senator Alejandro Almendras initiated legislation that led to the creation of the Davao del Norte School of Fisheries (DANSOF) on April 29, 1969 by virtue of Republic Act 5876.

Plans were dormant for six years due to lack of budgetary allocation; Tranquilino Benigno worked for the inclusion of DANSOF in the annual budget. On January 5, 1976, DANSOF started its operation within the compound of Panabo Provincial High School (PPHS). In 1979, DANSOF was renamed the Davao Regional Institute of Fisheries Technology (DRIFT), having been chosen among the seven fishery schools under the 6th IBRD Fishery Education Development Program.

Upon the retirement of Benigno as DRIFT director and DANSOF administrator, Dr. Vicente Hermoso was appointed on December 15, 1992 as vocational school superintendent. The school was converted to the Davao del Norte State College (DNSC) on February 14, 1995 through Republic Act 7879 authored by Congressman Rodolfo del Rosario. Hermoso became the first president of DNSC.

Recent developments

On October 30, 2001, Dr. Edgardo M. Santos assumed leadership as the second president of DNSC. Under his presidency, Santos worked on the foundations laid down by the earlier administrators and initiated a research consortium which led to DNSC becoming the locus for the Department of Science and Technology — Philippine Council for Marine and Aquatic Research and Development (DOST-PCAMRD) Zonal Center V. Academic programs and administrative policies were revisited and upgraded which led to the growth of the institution.

By 2007, DNSC had four of its baccalaureate programs accredited: Bachelor of Science in Fisheries, Science in Marine Biology, Science in Information Technology, and Secondary Education. In 2009, three more programs were accredited: Ph.D. in Educational Management, Master of Arts in Educational Management and Bachelor of Science in Food Technology.

In addition, the college serves as the Regional Training Center for Vermiculture and Vermicompost Production as a result of its collaboration with DOST-PCAMRRD. It is the coordinating and host institution for the Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Project of the DOST for the fisheries sector. Government agencies, private entrepreneurs and plantation owners linked to the college for technical collaboration.

The college has been chosen as partner agency in Region XI of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) for the development of ICT expertise in the country’s human capital and enhance the competitiveness of Filipino workers in the global ICT market. Under this program, DNSC serves at least 23 schools in Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, and Davao Oriental.

In recognition of the college's developed manpower, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) established the college as an Assessment Center with its qualified faculty in the areas of Hardware Servicing NC II and PC Operations NC II. TESDA also chose the college as an assessment center for Aquaculture and Food Processing.

In early 2010, the college was accorded by the Commission on Higher Education the National University or College in Agriculture and Fisheries (NUCAF) for Region XI.

Among its recent accomplishments is the award as CHED Best Regional HEI Research Program for 2008 for its Biodiversity and Environment program. A component of this program is a CHED-funded project on the Conservation of the Endangered Giant Clams Tridacna Squamosa and Tridacna Gigas: A Strategy for Environmental Protection under the CHED Commissioner Nenalyn Defensor's Save Our Shore (SOS) Program.

In March 2011, the College was also awarded the CHED Best Regional Extension Program for its project, Development Interventions in the Island Garden of Samal." This project revolves around community livelihood, cooperatives and harnessing community involvement in marine and environment protection.

The college is headed by Dr. Jonathan A. Bayogan who was appointed as the third college president on December 14, 2010.

Academic programs

  • PhD in Educational Management*
  • Master in Marine Biodiversity
  • Master in Fisheries Management (major in Fish Processing, Aquaculture Technology)
  • Master of Arts in Educational Management
  • Master of Arts in Basic Education (major in English Teaching, Mathematics Teaching, Science Teaching)
  • Master in Science Teaching (major in Mathematics, Biology, Physical Sciences)
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education* (major in English, Biological Sciences, Technology & Livelihood Education, Mathematics)
  • Ladderized Bachelor of Science in Fisheries* (major in Aquaculture, Fish Processing, Marine Fisheries)
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology*
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology*
  • Ladderized Bachelor of Science in Information Technology*
  • Certificate in Physical Education

Programs with an asterisk (*) are AACCUP accredited.[2]


  1. ^ Philippine Republic Act No. 7879 Section 2
  2. ^ The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines AACCUP. Accredited Programs - Davao del Norte State College. Retrieved 2010-12-07

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