The Pamantasan ng Cabuyao, or Cabuyao University, is a university in the municipality of Cabuyao in the province of Laguna in the Philippines. It was founded by the former Mayor Etok Aguillo, through the enactment of Municipal Ordinance 2003-059 approved on April 16, 2003.
Prior to the establishment of the Pamantasan ng Cabuyao, there was a satellite campus of the Laguna State Polytechnic College (LSPC) situated at the Cabuyao National Highschool. The LSPC was operating through a MOA between LSPC President and Cabuyao Municipal Mayor which commenced on the year 1993 and ends on March 31, 2003.
In late 2002, there was a strong protest against the leadership of the LSPC President from faculty members and students of LSPC. The protest was headed by Charlemagne G. Laviña and supported by Mrs. Rosalia B. Pre, Mr. George Barundia, Mr. Christian Hernandez, Mrs. Melissa Dimaculangan and one non-teaching staff, Mr. Bernie Deacosta.
The protest was found by the Sangguniang Bayan of Cabuyaoto to be true and based on facts, with the support by almost all students most of whom were Cabuyeños. It resulted to the issuance of the Notice of Termination of MOA. The Administration of the then Mayor of Cabuyao was left with no option but to establish the Cabuyao Community College.
Having anticipated the closure of LSPC-Cabuyao, the faculty members headed by Charlemagne Lavina and Mr. Frank Parao assisted the Office of the Mayor and informed them that the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila is the model school for local college. Thus, Dr. Benjamin Tayabas, then PLM President assisted Cabuyao Municipality and personally attended to the works of putting up a university. He suggested that “Pamantasan ng Cabuyao” should be the name to be given, and thus, on April 15, 2003 the Sanguniang Bayan enacted Municipal Ordinance No. 2003-059. The same was approved a day after by then Mayor Proceso D. Aguillo.
Pamantasan ng Cabuyao was inagurated on July 31, 2003, birthday of its founding Mayor and it was personally inaugurated by no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on June 19, 2003 on the occasion of the 107th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal.
Today, under the new leadership of Hon. Isidro L. Hemedes, Jr. (tne incumbent mayor) and the able assistance of Atty. Mel Gecolea (the Chairperson of the Committe on Education of the SB), educational reforms have been introduced, new and better systems have been put in place, and old practices have been put into sound and solid written policies and procedures.
The current University President, Prof. Roberto C. Atmosfera, mans the university on day-to-day basis. He has seriously taken the job of presiding over the affairs of the university as proven by his attendance even in faculty meetings.
He has enjoined the able leadership of Prof. Albert D. Madrigal (founding vice president for academic affairs of the City College of Calamba in 2006) to Pamantasan ng Cabuyao in 2008. Prof. Madrigal brought in change initiatives that are meant to raise the bar of quality and standards in community education. Drawing from his experience of more than 10 years at the University of the Philippines Los Banos and 5 years at De La Salle University, he boldly challenged the university – teachers, administrators, and students – to work together towards making the university a model university for other locally funded educational institutions.
Indeed, in so short a time, Pamantasan ng Cabuyao has been visited by other LGUs that are intending to establish local colleges – to pattern their initiatives after that of PnC.
Address: Katapatan Village,Banaybanay,Cabuyao,Laguna