Negros Oriental State University

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Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) is a university in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental in the Philippines. It is located proximate to the provincial capitol building of Negros Oriental.

The school was formerly known as [Negros Oriental Trade School (NOTS)], [East Visayan School of Arts and Trades (EVSAT)], [Central Visayas Polytechnic College (CVPC)].


1910 The school was started in 1910 as a small shop on the intermediate level (fifth grade). It was located on the City Hall ground and was adjunct to the provincial schools which had both intermediate and high school classes. Mr. Leonard Brendenstein, a foreigner, was in charge of the school and woodworking was the only course offered at that time.

1916 Mr. Candido Alcazar became the principal of the school and the only course offered was still woodworking. The sixth and seventh grades were opened and conducted in the same small shop.

1922 Mr. Teodoro Senador, Sr. took over as principal with Miss Salud Blanco, Mr. Estanislao Alviola, Sr. and Mr. Fermin Canlas as teachers. There were at that time 258 intermediate pupils.

1927 By virtue of the Act No. 3377 approved by the Philippine Legislature on December 3, 1927, the school was named NEGROS ORIENTAL TRADE SCHOOL (NOTS) and became a separate trade school on the secondary level to stress the promotion of education in trades and industries.

1928 With Mr. Flaviano Santos as Principal, the first year class organized with 25 students.

1930 Mr. Flaviano Santos continued to be the principal with two sections of the First year and one section of the Second year. Mr. Fermin Canlas taught drawing and Mr. Estanislao Alviola, Sr. taught shopwork. Building Construction was introduced with woodworking as a course.

1932 The trade school was transferred to the present site and 18 fourth year students were turned out as first graduates with Julian Abrasado and Sixto Dilicano as valedictorian and salutaturian respectively. Upon the transfer of Mr. Flaviano Santos, Mr. Isabelo Sarmiento assumed office as principal of the school. He served less than a year on account of his transfer to Bohol.

1933 Mr. Vicente Enrile took over the principalship of the school for a short time and he was later transferred to Zamboanga Trade School. A permanent L-shaped building costing more than P35,000.00 was constructed from national funds.

1934-1941 Mr. Vicente Macairan became the principal. Shop courses were housed in the concrete building and students took their academic subjects at the Negros Oriental High School. Mr. Simplicio Mamicpic headed the academic department. About 1938, Building Construction was offered as a course.

1946 Mr. Francisci Apilado took charge of the school when it reopened. Later Mr. Roberto Angeles became the principal of the school until his transfer to Agusan as Industrial Supervisor. Then Mr. Proceso Gabor became the principal. Electricity and Automechanics were new coursess offered. Reparation machines were acquired from Leyte to augment the technical shop equipment.

1948 The Related Subjects building was constructed from provincial funds. The academic department was headed by Mr. Esperidion G. Heceta after the liberation. After serving for a year, Mr. Heceta was promoted as principal of Larena Sub-Provincial High School. Mr. Fermin C. Santos took over the headship of the department. In view of the BPS ruling that National (Insular) teachers be placed in the national schools, Mr. Santos was persuaded by the Division Superintendent of Schools to exchange places with Mr. Pedro S. Flores, a National (Insular) teacher of the Negros Oriental High School. Mr. Flores did not stay long in this capacity and Mr. Santos was called back to assume the position of the academic department head.

1950 Mr. Marcelo Bonilla headed the school as principal. The Girls Trade semi-permanent building was constructed. Courses for girls were offered for the first time and 24 girls enrolled. The total enrolment was 865 and there were 40 teachers.

1951 This year the enrolment soared to 1476 and there were 311 girls and 1165 boys. The faculty and staff totaled 66.

1953-1955 Under the PHILCUSA-FOA Program, equipment and supplies were given to the school. Some buildings were constructed under the foreign aid program. Equipment and machinery in the Machine Shop, Woodworking, and Sheet Metal were installed. The enrolment of the school further rose to 1943 in the school year 1954-55, and the personnel and the teachers totaled 84. Mr. Teodulfo Despojo was the principal when Mr. Marcelo Bonilla was promoted as Superintendent of Zamboanga School of Arts and Trades.

1957 Republic Act No. 1579 approved in June 16, 1956 converted the school into a school of arts and trades and was renamed EAST VISAYAN SCHOOL OF ARTS AND TRADES (EVSAT). The implementation took effect during the school year 1957-58. Mr. Mariano P. Dagdag became the first Superintendent of the School and Mr. Julian A. Corpuz assumed office as principal of the school replacing Mr. Despojo who was transferred Agusan Trade School. Technical Education college courses like machine shop technology, electricity technology, technical drafting, technical building construction and girls trade technical courses were offered.

1959 Mr. Gregorio P. Espinosa took over as the second superintendent of the school on February 9 succeeding Mr. Dagdag who was transferred.

1983 On June 10, 1983, Pambansa Blg. 401 was approved and the law resulted in the merger of East Visayan School of Arts and Trades (EVSAT). Bais School of Fisheries and Guihulgan Vocational School. The resulting institution is now named CENTRAL VISAYAS POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE (CVPC).

2004 By virtue of Republic Act 9299 as approved by the Congress of the Philippines (Twelfth Congress) on June 25, 2004, Central Visayas Polytechnic College (CVPC) was converted into a state university to be known as the NEGROS ORIENTAL STATE UNIVERSITY (NORSU). The University integrates therewith, the Genaro Goni Memorial College in the City of Bais, Siaton Community College in the Municipality of Siaton, and Mabinay Institute of Technology in the Municipality of Mabinay, all municipalities located in the Province of Negros Oriental to CVPC. The main campus of the University shall be in the City of Dumaguete. Accordingly, Rep. Act. 8992 otherwise known as the Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997 became an integral part of the Government Charter of NORSU.


The university adopted a bi-semestral system wherein students enroll twice each year. The first semester enrollment starts as early as 2nd week of May and ends early June, when classes begin as well. First semester class normally ends 3rd quarter of October.

The second semester enrollment starts late October and ends first week of November. The semester ends last quarter of March although normally honors day and commencement dates fall on the 3rd week of March.

The university has an average of 15,000 students per semester per year coming from all over the province, some as far as Mindanao, Davao, and General Santos and from the north, Manila, the Cordilleras and Cavite.


The university president is Dr. Henry A Sojor (currently suspended by the Civil Service Comission).

Three (3) separate administrative cases against Henry Sojor were filed by CVPC faculty members before the CSC Regional Office (CSC-RO) No. VII in Cebu City, to wit:

1. ADMC DC No. 02-20(A) – Complaint for dishonesty, grave misconduct and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service filed on June 26, 2002 by Jose Rene A. Cepe and Narciso P. Ragay. It was alleged that respondent approved the release of salary differentials despite the absence of the required Plantilla and Salary Adjustment Form and valid appointments. 2. ADM DC No. 02-20 – Complaint for dishonesty, misconduct and falsification of official documents filed on July 10, 2002 by Jocelyn Juanon and Carolina Fe Santos. The complaint averred that respondent maliciously allowed the antedating and falsification of the reclassification differential payroll, to the prejudice of instructors and professors who have pending request for adjustment of their academic ranks. 3. ADM DC No. 02-21 – Complaint for nepotism filed on August 15, 2002 by Rose Marie Palomar, a former part-time instructor of CVPC. It was alleged that respondent appointed his half-sister, Estrellas Sojor-Managuilas, as casual clerk, in violation of the provisions against nepotism under the Administrative Code. Henry Sojor filed a series of legal opposition and appeals to the Civil Service Commission and delayed the resolution of the case for almost two (2) years. However in a Resolution dated March 30, 2004, the CSC dismissed respondent’s appeal and authorized its regional office to proceed with the investigation. He was also preventively suspended for 90 days. The fallo of the said resolution states: WHEREFORE, the appeal of Henry A. Sojor, President of Central Visayas Polytechnic College, is hereby DISMISSED. The Civil Service Commission Regional Office No. VII, Cebu City, is authorized to proceed with the formal investigation of the cases against Sojor and submit the investigation reports to the Commission within one hundred five (105) days from receipt hereof. Finally, Sojor is preventively suspended for ninety (90) days. Henry Sojor again appealed the CSC resolutions to the Court of Appeals via a petition for certiorari and prohibition. He alleged that the CSC acted without or in excess of its jurisdiction, or with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction when it issued the assailed resolutions; On June 27, 2005, after giving both parties an opportunity to air their sides, the CA resolved in favor of Dr. Sojor. (It was rumored that a son of Henry Sojor worked under the sala of Asso. Justice Bato in Negros Oriental, prior to Justice Bato's appointment to the Court of Appeals. Justice Bato was instrumental in the favorable ruling of the appealed CSC resolution.) It annulled the questioned CSC resolutions and permanently enjoined the CSC from proceeding with the administrative investigation. The dispositive part of the CA decision reads: WHEREFORE, in view of all the foregoing, and finding that the respondent Civil Service Commission acted without jurisdiction in issuing the assailed Resolution Nos. 040321 and 040766 dated March 20, 2004 and July 6, 2004, respectively, the same are hereby ANNULLED and SET ASIDE. The preliminary injunction issued by this Court on September 29, 2004 is hereby made permanent. CSC appealed to the Supreme Court, seeking to reverse the decision of the CA on the ground that THE COURT OF APPEALS GRAVELY ERRED IN HOLDING THAT PETITIONER ACTED WITHOUT JURISDICTION IN ISSUING RESOLUTION NO. 040321 DATED MARCH 30, 2004 AND RESOLUTION NO. 04766 DATED JULY 6, 2004. The Supreme Court found the appeal meritorious and in an En Banc Decision of G.R. No. 168766 dated May 22, 2008, the Supreme Court ruled and the dispositive portion of the decision cites: "WHEREFORE, the petition is GRANTED. The Decision of the Court of Appeals is REVERSED and SET ASIDE. The assailed Resolutions of the Civil Service Commission are REINSTATED."

Despite the En Banc ruling, Henry Sojor delayed the execution of the CSC resolutions, to investigate him on the administrative charges filed in 2002 and to put him under a 90 days preventive suspension, by filing a motion for reconsideration. The Supreme Court however with finality denied the motion for reconsideration on July 29, 2008. The order however was not readily released to the parties and copies of same were only distributed to all parties on the first week of October, 2008. Henry Sojor has effectively deterred the implementation of the CSC resolution, to investigate him on the administrative charges filed against him and of his ninety (90) days preventive suspension, for more than six (6) years. Henry A. Sojor continued to elude receiving the official order of the CSC to have him investigated and placing him under preventive suspension. In a two-page order dated November 19, 2008, CSC-Central Visayas Director Judith Chicano placed Sojor under preventive suspension for 90 days.

She also directed CSC Negros Oriental Field Office Director Merlinda Quillano to serve immediately a copy of the suspension order against the university president. The serving officer finally caught up with him on November 28, 2008. It took almost seven years before CSC could start an investigation on the charges Henry A. Sojor is facing.

The preventive suspension is necessary to prevent Henry A. Sojor from using the influence of his position and to suppress the evidences in the course of the investigation. Dr. Sojor has effectively used his authority and power by ordering the University Cashier not to release the salary of one of the faculty members who filed the administrative charges, Jose Rene Cepe, for more than two years. The accrued salaries were only released after a complaint was filed with the Civil Service Commission and order was made to have the said salaries released without any further delay.

CSC Decision

On February 1, 2011, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in its CSC Decision No. 11-0048, found Henry A. Sojor guilty of nepotism as charged and was ordered dismissed from the service with all the accessory penalties of forfeiture of retirement benefits, disqualification from re-employment in the government service, cancellation of eligibility, and bar from taking any Civil Service examination.

Consequently, Henry A. Sojor filed a Motion for Reconsideration averring that the Civil Service Commission (CSC)Proper has no jurisdiction to render the decision in question because the latter's jurisdiction over the administrative case is merely appellate. The case was forestalled for more than a year up to the end of Sojor's term in July 13, 2012. However, eighteen days after Sojor had turned-over the presidency of Negros Oriental State University (NORSU)to his successor, Dr. Don Vicente C. Real, the Civil Service Commission Proper denied the motion of Henry A. Sojor by positing that Sojor failed to present new evidence which could have warranted the reversal or modification of the questioned decision. Citing Section 40, Rule III of the Uniform Rules on Administrative Cases in Civil Service, the Civil Service Commission Proper, in its Decision No. 1201117 dated 31 July 2012, upheld CSC's Decision No. 11-0048 dated February 1, 2011 dismissing Henry A. Sojor from service.

Civil Service Commission (CSC) Decision No. 1201117, dated July 31, 2012


- College of Agriculture and Forestry - College of Arts and Sciences - College of Business and Accountancy - College of Engineering and Architecture - College of Education - College of Industrial Technology - College of Maritime Education - College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences - College of Technological Education - Graduate School

College of Engineering and Architecture

The College of Engineering and Architecture of NORSU is well known for having produced numerous topnotchers and board-passers throughout the years. It is also the pioneer in Geothermal Engineering curriculum development, which was founded in 1994.

The NORSUnian Weekly Publication

The NORSUnian, Negros Oriental State University System's official Weekly student publication is one of Philippines' four student publications which come out on a weekly basis. The current editors of the NORSUnian are the following: Junrell Calunod, Editor-in-chief; Carla Mae Betchido, Associate Editor; Arriane Rose Gargantiel, News Editor; Joel Aba, Features Editor. The NORSUnian is an official member of The College Editor's Guild of the Philippines.


Having given national recognition in the field of criminology, Engineering and Architecture, Negros Oriental State University's number of topnotchers have mounted up tremendously. As of 2008, NORSU has produced topnotchers and outstanding achievers. Some are following:

Mr. Winston Gomez, 2nd place in 2008 Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examinations together with Mr. Jephunne Paalisbo ranked 8th in the aforementioned examination. Nebo Allen Manuales-Torres is topnotcher number 1 (whole country) in the Geodetic Engineering Licensure Examinations in 2007. Mr. Keeny Mafel Orcullo, topnotcher No. 6 in the Geologist Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), 2007. Mr. Edward Maglucot of NORSU, topnotcher No. 5 the Criminologist Licensure Examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in May 2006 Engr. Joseph T. Noay, 3rd place in the Master Plumber examination given by PRC in October 2005 Engr. Mark Harold Tamayo Gustilo, 10th place in the Mechanical Engineering Licensure Examination given by PRC in October 2005 Engr. Isier B. Armas, 4th place in the Geodetic Engineering Licensure Examination given by PRC in September 2005 Jesse P. Segura, topnotcher No. 6, PRC Licensure Board Examination for Geologists, 2004. Architect Neil Alvin R. Tia, 9th place in the PRC Architect Licensure Examination, 2004. Cadette Elynita Velano, “Cadette of the Year for the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” SY 2003-2004. Engr. Joyeth Alejo Bolongaita ranked 1st all over the Philippines in the Mechanical Engineering Board Examinations given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in April 2003. She is believed to be the first female to accomplish the feat. Engr. Warren T. Chu, 7th Place, Master Plumber Licensure Examination of PRC, September 2003. Ms. Nicole F. Calumpang (HRM), “Miss Air Philippines Travel Girl 2003.” Harrison B. Alsula, 4th Year Bachelor in Technological Education, “One of 13 Bayer Young Environmental Envoys for 2003. Engr. Elias Cuba Bayking, Jr. also ranked 8th in the Mechanical Engineering Board Examinations, 2002. Dr. T. Valentino S. Sitoy, Jr. former Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School of CVPC now NORSU, was selected as one of the awardees for collage division in the nationwide search for 2002 Metrobank Foundation, Inc. Outstanding Teachers of the Philippines Engr. Rilt Renart Gujol Dorado garned 2nd place all over the country in the Licensure Examinations for Geodetic Engineering given by the PRC last July 9 and 10, 2001 Other topnotchers were:

Engr. Regin E. Melon, 14th in the Civil Engineering Board Examination in 1999 Marlo G. Agala, 3rd in the Criminology Board Examination in 1998 Dante A. Capistrano, 12th in the Criminology Board Examination in 1997 Melchor P. Verbosidad, 2nd in the GRCO Board Examination in 1995 Glenn F. Catalan, 4th in the GRCO Board Examination in 1995

Student Government

The student government of Negros Oriental State University named Federation of Student Governments is composed of all the student governments of all NORSU campuses. Ma. Victoria Tabal, is NORSU's current President of Student Government for SY 2008-2009.

External links

State University President in Negros Oriental suspended

University President suspended by CSC Civil Service Commission

NORSU Official University website

[1] The brief history was provided by the National Historical Institute thru Hon. Ambeth R. Ocampo, Chairman from the following materials as scanned:

Philippine Commission Reports (1905-1929)

Annual Report of the Director of Education (1907-1922)

A Brief History of Trade Schools in the Philippines (1963: Compiled by Cornelio F. Casaclang; Superintendent, Camarines Sur School of Arts and Trades 1959-1963)

The Story of Philippine Education by Arthur L. Carson (1978) The Philippine Atlas Vol. 2 - Directory of Schools Assistance Groupings and Index (Fund for Assistance to Private Education 1975)