Republic Act No. 2237




Section 1. The present Philippine School of Arts and Trades located in the City of Manila, Philippines, is hereby converted into the Philippines College of Arts and Trades which shall offer not only its present four-year trade technical courses and four-year courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education but also the five-year course leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Industrial Education.

Sec. 2. The purpose of the said college shall be to provide higher vocational, professional, and technical instruction and training in trade and industrial education; and for special purposes to promote research, advance studies, and progressive leadership in the field of trade, technical and industrial education.cralaw

Sec. 3. The head of this institution shall be known as the President of the Philippine College of Arts and Trades. He shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation of the Board of Trustees, subject to the confirmation of the Commission on Appointments. The powers and duties of the President of the College, in addition to those specifically provided for in this Act, shall be those usually pertaining to the Office of the President of the College.cralaw

Sec. 4. The government of the Philippine College of Arts and Trades is hereby vested in a Board of Trustees, to be composed of the Secretary of Education, who shall be ex-officio Chairman of the Board, the Chairman of the Committee on Education of the Senate, the Chairman of the Committee on Education of the House of Representatives, the Director of Public Schools, the President of the College, the President of the Philippine College of Arts and Trades (PSAT) Alumni Association, and the President of the Chamber of Industries of the Philippines. In the absence or inability of the Secretary of Education, the Undersecretary of Education shall act as the ex-officio Chairman of the Board. In the absence or inability of both the Secretary and Undersecretary of Education or when these positions are vacant, the other members of the Board may elect among themselves a temporary chairman who shall act as Chairman.

The members of the Board of Trustees shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred either in attendance upon meetings of the Board or upon other official business authorized by the resolution of the Board.cralaw

Sec. 5. The Board of Trustees shall have the following powers and duties in addition to its general powers of administration:

(a) To appropriate such sums as may be provided by law for the support of the college;

(b) To confer the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts, Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education, and Master of Arts in Industrial Education to successful candidates for graduation;

(c) To authorize the President of the College to award a proficiency certificate to student who have finished the first two years of the four-year curriculum in Technical Education and/or a diploma to those who have completed the four-year curriculum in Technical Education.cralaw

(d) To appoint, on recommendation of the President of the College, Dean of Instruction, Registrar, heads of departments, professors, instructors, lecturers, and other employees of the college; to fix their compensation, hours of service, and such other duties and conditions as it may deem proper; to grant them, in its discretion, leave of absences under such regulations as it may promulgate, any other provisions to the contrary notwithstanding, and to remove them for cause after an investigation and hearing shall have been had;

(e) To approve the curricula and rules of discipline drawn by the College Council as hereinafter provided;

(f) To fix, in as moderate as possible, the tuition fees required of students, as well as matriculation fees, graduation fees and fees for laboratory courses, and all special fees which shall constitute a special trust fund for the college and to remit such fees in the case of deserving students;

(g) To provide fellowships for faculty members and scholarships to students showing special evidence of merit;

(h) To prescribe rules for its own government, and to enact for the government of the college such rules and regulations, not contrary to law, as may be necessary to carry out the purposes and functions of the college as defined in Section two of this Act; and

(i) To receive in trust legacies, gifts, and donations of real and personal property of all kinds and to administer the same for the benefits of the college, or of the department thereof, or ford to any student or students, in accordance with the directions and instructions of the donor, and, in default thereof, in such manner as the Board of Trustees may in its discretion determine.cralaw

Sec. 6. A quorum of the Board of Trustees shall consist of a majority of all the members. All process against the Board of Trustees shall be served on the Chairman or Secretary thereof.cralaw

Sec. 7. On or before the 15th day of June of each year, the Board of Trustees shall file with the President of the Philippines a detailed report, setting forth the progress, conditions, and needs of the college.cralaw

Sec. 8. There shall be a College Council, consisting of the President of the College and of all instructors and professors of the college. The council shall have the power to prescribe the curricula and rules of discipline, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees. It shall fix the requirement for admission to the college, as well as for graduation and the receiving of a title or degree. The Council alone shall have the power to recommend students or others to be recipients of titles or degrees. Through its president or committee, it shall have disciplinary power over the students within the limits prescribed by the rules of discipline approved by the Board of Trustees.cralaw

Sec. 9. The body of instructors and professors of the College shall constitute the faculty of the College, with the President of the College as the presiding officer. In the appointment of professors and instructors of the college, no religious test shall be applied, nor shall the religious opinions or affiliations of the faculty of the college be made a matter of examination or inquiry: Provided, That no instructor or professor in the college shall inculcate sectarian tenets in any of the teachings, nor attempt either directly or indirectly, under penalty of dismissal by the Board of Trustees, to influence students or attendants at the college for or against any particular church or religious sect.cralaw

Section 10. The Registrar, in addition to his regular duties, shall act as the Secretary of the College who shall be at the same time the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and shall keep such records of the College as may be designated by the Board.cralaw

Section 11. The President of the College, with the cooperation of division superintendents and/or superintendents of schools of arts and trades, may use one or more of their secondary or elementary schools as training or laboratory schools for student-teaching of the College.cralaw

Section 12. Heads of bureaus and offices of the National Government are hereby authorized to loan or transfer, upon request of the President of the College such apparatus, equipment or supplies as may be needed by the College, and to detail employees therein for duty, when in the judgment of the Head of the bureau or office such apparatus, equipment, supplies or employees can be spared without serious detriment to the public service. Employees so detailed shall perform such duties as are required under such detail and the time so employed shall count as part of their regular services.

Section 13. In order not to interrupt the smooth functioning of the present curricula of the Philippine School of Arts and Trades, the faculty of the school as well as the other personnel, shall be absorbed by the new College with the incumbent superintendent performing the functions of the President of the College and the head of the teacher education department, the functions of the dean of instruction. Salaries of these personnel shall be adjusted at the discretion of the Board of Trustees within the amount available for appropriation.cralaw

Section 14. The treasurer of the Philippines shall be ex-officio Treasurer of the College and all accounts and expenses thereof shall be audited by the Auditor General or his duly authorized representative.cralaw

Section 15. All the personnel, properties, records, obligations, and appropriations of the Philippine School of Arts and Trades are hereby transferred to the Philippine College of Arts and Trades.cralaw

Section 16. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.cralaw

Approved: June 17, 1959.

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