From Misamis Oriental Trade School to Mindanao University of Science and Technology

If there is that school in Cagayan de Oro that has changed its name more than once, it’s Mindanao University of Science and Technology. I am one of the living witnesses of how this school has evolved from “lugar lang sa Don Mar nong” to “MUST lang nong.”

Actually, this most modern looking university in the city started as an elementary school with the name Misamis Oriental Trade School (MOTS) in the year 1927. The school eventually removed the intermediate program and was replaced with secondary trade program. 

In 1952, it became Mindanao School of Arts and Trades and offered two-year trade technical education. And in 1978, Presidential Decree 1431 renamed it to Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Polytechnic State College (DMMMPSC). Mariano Marcos is the father of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos. I am one of the many Kagayanons that got accustomed to the name Don Mar which is so 80s.

Republic Act No. 7102 was released during President Corazon C. Aquino’s administration that created the name Mindanao Polytechnic State College (MPSC). Through the years, this educational institution has produced excellent graduates especially in the field of engineering, science, and technology. In line with the school’s aim to go for global competitiveness, Republic Act No. 9519 converted MPSC to Mindanao University of Science and Technology.

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