Siargao Island Institute of Technology
Siargao Island Institute of Technology was established for the welfare of the poor but deserving students in the island. The pre-organization period of the institution was initiated by Dr. Sol F. Matugas, DECS Regional Director in Caraga in the summer of 1995. She is the brain lady of this institution whose primary purpose is to cater the average income earners in the island of Siargao. With the helping hand of her son Francisco Jose F. Matugas, SIIT was conceived in June 1996. The forerunner of SIIT was the Siargao Foundation which was formed by his father, Gov. Francisco T. Matugas, the former Provincial Governor of Surigao del Norte. The foundation was able to help the people of Dapa and the whole island. Some of its noble programs are the establishment of a public library, conduct of training for livelihood like dressmaking, typing, and cooking. Deserving students are now successful teachers and employees of Siargao Island and the province of Surigao del Norte as a whole.
In June of 1996, the school commenced its formal operation with permits granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the first year levels in Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor in Elementary Education and Associate in Computer Technology courses.
Classes during its first year operation were held in three classrooms at Gerona Building along Sto. Nino St. Dapa, Surigao del Norte. The first batch of school faculty and staff was composed of the late Dr. Genevieve F. Guda as school director with three full – time teachers from Cebu City namely: Raul G. de Castro Jr., Jonathan O. Etcuban, Rey Baquirquir and from Siargao were Tomelyn Camingue and Nathaniel Congreso.
On March 20, 1998, the first commencement exercise was held for the first batch of candidates for graduation from the two – year Associate in Computer Technology. It was Regional Director Enrique M. Elnar of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority was the graduates’ commencement speaker.
In the year 2000, SIIT was granted government recognition for the four year academic programs in secondary and elementary educations. It was also during this year that the first batch of graduates from these courses was issued diplomas. Regional Director Joanna B. Cuenca of the Commission on Higher Education was their commencement speaker.
From only 148 students when it opened, the school enrolment swelled to over 500 students by the year 2003. The phenomenal growth in enrolment was attributed to the expansion of program offerings.
By 2005, construction of the new Don Mariano Matugas Building was completed. The beauty of the new building and the availability of more classrooms, a new computer laboratory, and more programs offerings attracted more students that enrolment in academic year 2005 – 2006 reached nearly 700 students.
During the first semester of academic year 2006 -2007, SIIT launched its flagship program, the two – year Licensed Practical Nursing course which is patterned after the CAMOSUN COLLEGE of Canada. The program is also accredited by TESDA. Even as it is yet on initial offering, the program has already two class sections.
Last August 17, 2006, SIIT launched another brainchild of its founder – the Common Laboratory for Chemistry, Biology and Physics in Siargao Island. Thisouyr laboratory is open to all public and private secondary schools in Siargao and Bucas Grande islands. Funded by the school and in partnership with Science Education Institute, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Education, this laboratory is in its full used.
Considering the fast change of the technology and the need of technological skill, SIIT also offered four year programs like Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. These programs were tied up with Microsoft Philippines and Jobs.DB.
The school expands as another four year programs were offered, the Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Bachelor of Science in Office Administration.
The school offered a wide range of knowledge and skills to students as it is equipped with facilities that would help the teaching – learning experience of the students and teachers in general. It has its two Computer Laboratory classrooms and one technical – vocational computer laboratory, Criminalistics Laboratory, state of the art Speech Laboratory, Common Laboratory for Biology, Chemistry and Physics and the school library.
SIIT is shifting its gear towards the opening of more four year programs and short term programs under TESDA designed to further accelerate its goal of helping poor but deserving students in the island. Aside from its existing offerings like security services NC - II, computer hardware servicing NC - II, health care NC – II, Housekeeping NC – II, the school is preparing for the offering of Tour Guiding NC – II and Front Office NC – II.
Just recently, SIIT moved to its new site with four storey building. Most of the classes are being held here. This is considered as the school of many tomorrows.
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