Republic Act No.3002 was authored by Congressman Alberto Q. Ubay of the
province of Zamboanga del Norte, which gave birth to Zamboanga
del Norte School of Arts and Trades. It was on November 20, 1961
when first classes were formally opened in this school. From
then on, ZNSAT has been progressing amidst various leaps and
bounds as one of the seven vocational schools in this province.
To start with, Zamboanga del Norte School of Arts and Trades had only an
initial appropriation of Php 50,000.00 for its operation, barely
enough to meet the many necessities of a pioneering institution.
Thirty-two hard-working students had chosen to transfer to this
school to acquire vocational training. There was only a low
one-story building to house the classes for the academic and the
administrative staff. Later, however, this building underwent
renovations and was completed as a two-story structure.
Almost all the odds of an infant vocational school were intelligently met
and solved by the energetic and persevering educators whose
zealous desire was to spread the gospel of trade technical
education in this part of the Zamboanga peninsula. Year after
year enrolment has been increasing, compelling the school
authorities to increase its teaching and administrative staff,
as well as its buildings.
The list of school administrators who had come and gone included Mr.
Mariano Albayalde who was the first principal in charge of the
school. He was at that time the principal of the Rizal Memorial
National Vocational School (RMNVS) now Jose Rizal Memorial State
College – Main Campus (JRMSC) in Dapitan City. The first to
set foot as a teacher of ZNSAT was the late Mr. Alfredo Curabo
who transferred from the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial High
School. He took charge of the related subjects while the late
Mr. Ramon Limosnero; a faculty member of the RMNVS was detailed
in this school and taught the vocational subjects.
The promotion of Mr. Albayalde to Zamboanga School of Arts and Trades in
Zamboanga City made Mr. Andres Villamoran the second principal
in-charge for the school in addition to his main assignment as
school principal of RMNVS. In June 1962, ZNSAT had its first
appointed principal, Mr. Isabelo Gatchalian, who was formerly
with Palawan School of Arts and Trades in Cuyo, Palawan as its
school principal. Not long thereafter, Mr. Gatchalian was
transferred to RMNVS, and it was the second-time around for Mr.
Andres Villamoran to head ZNSAT. This was in 1962 as a
full-pledged school principal.
the early and “First Tradeans” were Mr. Biliardo V. Ligayo,
the Vocational Department head; Mr. Lino Amor, Collecting and
Disbursing Officer; Mr. Pascual P. Cardenas, the Bookkeeper; Mr.
Heriberto M. Flores, the Clerk; Mr. Angel Sabolboro, the
Auditing Examiner; Miss Purificacion L. Ochotorena, English
teacher and later became an Electricity Teacher; Mr. Engracio M.
Guinto, Science, Chemistry and Physics teacher; Mr. Rodulfo
Cabajon, Drafting teacher; and Mr. Carlos R. Buenavista, Sheet
in 1963, Mr. Antonio Sorronda joined the school as Watchman
along with other pioneering teachers like Mr. Ulysses N. Mamigo,
as Automotive Mechanics teacher; Mr. Lionel Villavieja as
Industrial Electricity teacher; Mr. Antonio M. Zamoras as
Furniture and Cabinet Making teacher; Mrs. Araceli Arquiza
Belmonte, for Food Trades and Garments. Later, Mr. Francisco
Estrella came in as School Janitor; Mrs. Myrna Barinaga, the
Public Health Nurse, and Mr. Concordio Camazo, an added
Watchman. Mr. Marciano Cunanan joined the faculty leaving the
S.O. position in an acting capacity to Mr. Heriberto M. Flores.
The promotion of Mr. Flores as a Disbursing Officer in 1964 left
the S.O. position vacant that was later occupied by Mr. Andres
national, and foreign aids poured in during the incumbency of
Principal Andres Villamoran. The New Zealand Government through
the Colombo Aid Plan donated equipment and some pieces of
machine. In 1965, however, Mr. Villamoran left the school as a
CLEF scholar at the University of the Philippines. The school
was left under its officer in charge Antonio M. Zamoras and then
became the Vocational Department Head. Late December of the year
1965, a new principal Medardo P. Santos came into ZNSAT. The
promotions were fast for the ZNSAT administrators. On May 1968,
another principal was assigned to head this school. He was Mr.
Felipe M. Rallos and he stayed for only a semester because of
his promotion to the Abellana National Vocational School in Cebu
the second semester of 1966-1967 until February 20, 1973, school
Principal Antonio Cabrera headed ZNSAT. On February 21, 1973 Mr.
Juan Acejas was designated in charge of the school until the appointment
of Mr. Antonio M. Zamoras as Principal. That was on May 24,
1974, after having been School Principal of Siocon Vocational
School in the Municipality of Siocon and the Rizal Memorial
National Vocational School in Dapitan City that Mr. Zamoras made
a comeback to ZNSAT. Mr. Acejas was then appointed Principal of
On June 1975, ZNSAT opened its Two-Year Trade Technical Education with
five Junior College instructors to start with. They were Mr.
Ulysses N. Mamigo, Mrs. Araceli A. Belmonte, Mr. Jesus M.
Sebastian, Mrs. Socorro P. Jacinto and Mr. Emilio Ramas.
Extension classes for BS in Industrial Engineering were later
opened in 1978 under its mother school, the Zamboanga School of
Arts and Trades in Zamboanga City.
freedom, an ingredient to a progressing institution is felt
within after a major makeover on June 11, 1996 as
how she was fondly called is now the Annex branch of JRMSC of
Dapitan. Still standing proud in serenity on a nearly 3-hectare
site in Turno, Dipolog City and along the national highway, just
about a mile away from the very heart of the city, the new JRMSC
is continuously heading its way to academic and vocational
progress with Mr. Jesus J. Macario as the School Director.
JRMSC, Dipolog Campus established under Republic Act
No.8193 integrating the Rizal memorial National Vocational
School, Zamboanga del Norte School of Arts and Trades and the
Siocon National Vocational School with the main campus at JRMSC,
Dapitan City through the efforts of Romeo G. Jalosjos (Principal
Author Representative, 1st District, ZDN), Cresente Y. Llorente
(Co-Author Representative, 2nd District, ZDN), Angel M. Carloto
(Co-Author Representative, 3rd District, ZDN)
The House of
Representatives and the Senate finally passed this act, which
originated in the House of Representatives, on May 7, 1996 and
June 6, 1996 respectively.
Neptali A. Gonzalez (Signed)
President of the Senate
Jose De Venecia, Jr. (Signed)
Speaker House of Representative
Fidel V. Ramos (Signed)
President of the Philippines
Approved: June 11, 1996