PACIFIC TECH is the first research and innovations institution in the province with short term courses in research methodologies, research publishing, research documents retrieval, bookkeeping and accounting, computer maintenance, light vehicle driving and other alternative learning systems.
To become a nationally and internationally recognized private higher education institution (HEI) with the Bicolano charactersistics, distinguished by outstanding teaching, guiding students or the youth of the province of Catanduanes to the frontiers of knowledge, skills development and the highest standards of academics, research and scholarship.
PACIFIC TECH seeks to provide students and other clientele with quality, effective, relevant and equitable education distinguished by the best traditions of pedagogy, technology, arts and sciences from the ancient, classical, medieval, modern and post-modern times. It follows a holistic or whole-person approach to teaching and learning which enable its students to think critically, judge intelligibly, care emphatically, and ultimately act responsibly in the changing scenarios of the Bicol Region, the country and the world.
PACIFIC TECH Institute or simply PACIFIC TECH (a contracted name of Pacific Island Institute for Pedagogy, Technology, Arts and Sciences, Incorporated) thrives as an integral part of the economic, agricultural, industrial, scientific and cultural life of the province of Catanduanes, the Bicol region and the country as well. As a newly-established private higher institution of learning (HIL) it places high premium on the trinity of Education, Culture and Language. Pacific Tech is the first research-based and innovations institution in the province of Catanduanes. With the recent developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and globalization, the need to introduce new and innovative ways in teaching and learning (T &L) becomes clearer when the â€œecology of teachingâ€ is altered. The Institute believes that these changes in technology have greater and lasting implications in the pedagogical, educative and ethical considerations of educational institutions. Thus, the Institute will help in the attainment of these developmental objectives through its unique curricular programs that are strongly anchored on research & development, innovations (RDIs) and community service.
This Institute was conceived out of the perceived need of a group of educators in a family to respond to the task of providing training and education to the new generations of creative, innovative and God-fearing youth to become highly skilled workers, licensed professionals and knowledge producers and distributors in the select field of Pedagogy, Technology, the Arts and Sciences (PTECHS). In other words, PACIFIC TECH INSTITUTE is geared towards the training of future Educators, Technologists, Artists and Scientists of the country. Simultaneously, the presence of an active core group of Business leaders, Researchers, Entrepreneurs, Engineers and Dynamic innovators in the roll of faculty (BREED Faculty) with mixed preparations, talents and interests ensures the continuous stimulation and challenge of creating a new â€œEcology of Teaching and Learning @ PACIFIC TECHâ€. Initially, the Institute will have different development sites in the country, namely: I - Catanduanes; II - Las Pinas City; and III â€“ Quezon City. Each one will have unique features and areas to be pursued as to the felt need of the locality. The school site in Constantino Street in Virac is the microcosm of a small private HIL which will be equipped with adequate facilities to offer the blended approach in T&L, which is a successful approach to integrating technology into pedagogy that combines face to face (f2f) with web-based or internet-based learning in support of the Transformative Learning General Education Program @ PACIFIC TECH. This approach will capitalize on developing the research capabilities of students and trainees by allowing students to enroll in Research Methodologies, Research Publications, Critical Thought and Global Citizenship, European and Asian Languages. The varied uses of Technology and synergy with Pedagogy and Science will be the centerpiece of the innovative Approach in Learning-Leisure Ecology, Learning-Research Ecology and Learning-Teaching Ecology called ALERT PROGRAM @ PACIFIC TECH INSTITUTE.
The research, teaching, extension and business operation activities of the Institute will be supervised by the President through its Chief Executive Officer & Finance Officer and the RDI Director and Academic-Industry Linkages Director. Two faculty divisions are in operation during the Second Trimester of AY 2009-2010: 1) Faculty Business, Arts, Technology and Health/Human Sciences (BATHS) and Pedagogy, Agriculture, Theology and Holistic Sciences (PATHS).
The presence of a very small core of research workers within the Institute will initiate the development of specialist groups/centers/study centers which will be organized in the next five to ten years. These study centers will create stimulating research facilities or infrastructures for the province that will tackle very specific research commodities, like the:
1. George Tevar Water Resources Management Study Center for the Local Communities in Bato, Catanduanes;
2. Jose Valeza Masagca Initiative for the Integration of ICT in T & L;
3. Marcelo N. Mapa & Francisca Valeza Study Center for Science and Technology Education, Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities;
4. Sylvina Valeza Masagca Study Center for Biodiversity, Island Ecology and Climate Studies (SVM-BIOCLIMES) in Virac;
5. Tomas & Sylvina Masagca (TSM) Center for Entrepreneurship, Cooperativism and Indigenous Management Practices Operations (TSM-CENTIMOS); and
6. Visitacion Tevar Flora & Fauna Reference Collections & Reading Center for the Local Communities of Catanduanes.
The educational programs of PACIFIC TECH INSTITUTE are guided by the charisms of St. Vincent Ferrer (1350-1419), who was the leading fourteenth century logician being the proponent of the Theory of Natural Supposition. St. Vincent Ferrer deserves more attention proportionate to what other medieval logicians received such as Ockham, Buridan and Burley et al. Serial research papers are now being written by philosophy students to rectify De suppositionibus (critical edition was published by John Trentman) by paving a way to make a middle-way between the nominalist and realist logicians in the country and elsewhere in the world.
The organizers of the new Institute have finalized the innovative curricula and the implementation of trimester and quarter terms in the programming of flexible courses with nominal duration. The Trimester Program will run from May 25 to September 5 (Term 1), September 15 to December 21 (Term 2) and January 5 to April 5 (Term 3). The Regional Directors of TESDA (Engr. Conrado Bares, CESO IV), DepED (Dr. Layon Jr.), and CHED (Dr. Francisco Peralta Jr.) have favorably endorsed Institute as a new educational institution which will offer basic education, technical vocational education, undergraduate and graduate courses. For its maiden courses, PACIFIC TECH INSTITUTE will offer the one-year Diploma in e-Business Studies (Bookkeeping NCIII and Programming NCIV), Diploma in e-Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (Hardware Maintenance NCII), and Associate Degrees in Science, Technology, Pedagogy, Business, Arts and Technology Management. These pre-baccalaureate programs will be proposed during the AY 2010-2011. Classes are expected to begin this coming November 2009 for the short-term and medium term courses. Degree courses recognized by CHED will be offered during the academic year of 2012-2013.
Some institutions are about to provide support to the new Institute, such as Hechanova & Co./Hechanova, Bugay & Vilchez Law Office and the Institute of Studies for Intellectual Property (ISIP). The Galilee Theological College in Quezon City will be supporting the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Divinity & Religious Studies. Several educational institutions and companies are now being tapped for Academic-Industry Linkages Program (AIL Program @ Pacific Tech), such as the University of Perpetual Help, the Galilee Theological College, De La Salle University, AMA Computer University, Pacific Tech Construction, Pacific Tech Electronics, Pacific Tech Solutions, ASM Pacific Tech, and Pacific Tech Fabrics for the Academic-Industry Linkages Programs @ Pacific Tech Institute Incorporated.
In order to achieve something on the notion that research is an integral component of the academic life at PACIFIC TECH, the maiden issue of the refereed journal, The Pacific Island Journal of Pedagogy, Technology and Synergy (JPTS) will be launched during the Catandungan Festival this October 2009. Both print and online versions will be available for researchers, faculty and students. They can obtain the full-text materials through the OPEN JOURNAL System of the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) even before its launching date. \"Scholars need the means to launch a new generation of journals committed to open access and to help existing journals that elect to make the transition to open access...\" (Budapest Open Access Initiative 2002). A seminar-workshop on Getting Research Papers Published in Refereed Journals is a regular short course for faculty members of TVIs and HEIs. The objectives of the one-day Seminar for the faculty development program of PACIFIC TECH are as follows:
1. To consider the range of work of faculty attendees that can be published in refereed or peer-reviewed journals.
2. To explain how to get started as a faculty researcher-author.
3. To explain how to avoid the factors that will contribute to failure to publish or better known as immunity to PoP Syndrome.
4. To demonstrate how to plan a publishable paper (participants are required to bring with them a sample unpublished manuscript of a recent research work).
5. To explain how to write the proposed paper for publication in a newly-established refereed journal of Pacific Tech Institute known as The Journal of Pedagogy, Technology and Synergy better known as JPTS.
6. To elaborate on how to deal with a refereed or academic journal.
7. To discuss further work on the research topics presented by the participants.
Several researchers, professors, scholars and other specialists are being approached by PACIFIC TECH to support this research publication journal as members of the Editorial Board and referees.
Technology integration in the teaching and learning has been a very significant innovation in the classroom. The advent of â€œopen accessâ€ in various schools in the world (such as PACIFIC TECH) and its impact in the T & L necessitates the need for greater attention. Professor Phillip G. Albach, Director of the Center for International Higher Education of Boston College, USA emphatically noted that â€œthe basic argument claims that knowledge should be free to everyone and that the internet permits easy worldwide accessâ€ (2008). Although there are several problems with the open access system, schools in the developing world can have great benefits by having unlimited source of knowledge. This offers great opportunity for the newly established school in Catanduanes in trying to catch up with the increasingly dependent face to face classrooms for the projection technology or web-based resources for the teaching of specific subjects at PACIFIC TECH.