Happy Birthday: University of Antique
Published: November 13, 2019
Antique School of Arts and Trades was established by virtue of Republic Act No. 851 on January 19, 1954
Conversion dates, ASAT to PSCA and PSCA to UA
ASAT to PSCA: November 14, 1982, Batas Pambansa Blg. 912
PSCA to UA: November 10, 2009, R.A. 9746
The University shall provide quality, relevant, and responsive scientific technological and professional education and advanced training in different areas of specialization, and shall undertake research and extension services in support to socio-economic development of Antique, the Filipino nation, and the global community.
The Alumni of the University of Antique, imploring the aid of the Devine Providence and believing in the dignity of the man in an enlightened society, based on democratic principles; and subscribing to education, particularly in technological and scientific as a means for individual and social advancement, do ordain and promulgate this by-laws.
The name of the association shall be the University of Antique Sibalom Alumni Association, Inc. and shall be named as such for intents and purposes with office at University of Antique, Santiago Lotilla St., Sibalom, Antique. This association is apolitical hence, political affiliation is discouraged.
The school was like the humble day, supple and formless, yet when in the hands of an artist, becomes a masterpiece. The artistry of the Sibalomnons was expressed in the production of figurines and pottery. And art, like any other noble pursuit of the human mind gave wings to the spirit of exploration and higher achievement. Toward close of the 70’s Supt. Godofredo E. Gallega was given the reins of administering ASAT after the term of Supt. Adriano Sulleta. With the support of Assemblyman Arturo F. Pacificador who passed Batas Pambansa Blg. 912, ASAT took an ambitious step. It was converted into a college on November 14, 1982, thus being known from then on as the Polytechnic State College of Antique. The conversion of the school is not only a change in its name. It dared more impressive changes in its buildings, grounds, and physical structure, in facilities and equipment. It enjoyed improvements in curricular offerings, structure and administration, faculty qualifications and trainings, programs and thrusts.
The decade of conversion was the time of renewed visions and directions. It was the time of hope. It was a happy era of cultural revival as well as euphoric decade of freedom fought in. The byword of the 90’s was expansion. This expansion was in the colleges growing population, curricular offerings, and facilities but also in its thrusts and programs. The idea of expansion brought with it the challenge of accreditation. Seven areas of its operation, later expanded to twelve, were subjected to closer scrutiny in order to bring the college to the level of excellence. This was the time that the word EXCELLENCE was taken to heart and made an ever-present tenet in our school life. It was the time when meaning of excellence was made the essence of our existence. It was also the centennial of the of the Philippine revolution, thus, awakening the nationalistic spirit of the majority of the citizens.
This decade was not only the expansion of thrusts, from the mere instruction to the triumvirate of instruction, research and extension. It was also the years when other tertiary schools were integrated with PSCA, thus, giving birth to daughter campuses in Hamtic (formerly ACA) and Tibiao then TLMASOF. The turn of the century, ushering of the new millennium. It was the 2000. It was the year of jubilee, a celebration. Just as we rejoiced in having reached a new epoch of eternity, we rejoiced that PSCA has turned fifty.
Time has passed swiftly by PSCA was invigorated with new vision and hope. The last struggles and victories strengthen them as they rejoiced in their success. They were ready to take leap to reach university status. Such as it was in the past. PSCA is never alone in its dreams. Former Congressman Jovito Plameras helped PSCA shape this dream, which was later pursued in Congress by the incumbent Congressman Exequiel B. Javier. Meanwhile, on March 2005, Dr. Godofredo E. Gallega was appointed president of TUP-Manila so, Dr. Benny Palma the then ASU President temporarily served as OIC-President until Dr. Victor E. Navarra was chosen as the second President and assumed his duty on March 25, 2006. The struggle in converting UA into a University continued for many years even during the time of Gov. Salvacion Z. Perez. Finally, on November 10, 2009, during the incumbency of Congressman Exequiel B. Javier, Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed R.A. 9746, converting PSCA into the University of Antique.
At least, the dream has come into a reality! It was a very glorious day for the UA Community and for the Antiqueños as a whole. Since its conversion into a university, UA’s population has increased significantly so this requires more instructors, more classrooms and other facilities to accommodate the increasing number of students.
UA is undergoing lots of changes and developments and its envisions to become a leading University in science and technology by 2022 and it adheres to its mission, that is, to provide quality, relevant, and responsive scientific, technological, and professional education and advanced training in different areas of specialization and shall undertake research and extension services in support of the socio-economic development of Antique, the Filipino nation, and the global community.