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CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FERNANDO PAMPANGA: ITS BEGINNING
Education serves as an initial investment to bring about the desired changes in our society and marks the beginning of the pursuit of our goals. However, gaining a college degree can be burdensome, given the financial costs it entails.
In a survey conducted during the administration of City Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez, it was found out that only two out of four high school graduates could afford to pursue tertiary education. The increasing number of students incapable to enter college alarmed the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga to make necessary interventions.
Then, City Councilor and the Chairman of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Committee on Education, Hon. Jaime T. Lazatin and Hon. Nelson G. Lingat co-authored the proposed charter for the establishment of the “City College of San Fernando Pampanga (CCSFP)” to provide tertiary education for the less fortunate Fernandino youth who wish to pursue a college education. Likewise, this was the main thrust of City Mayor Oscar S. Rodriguez in his eight-point agenda that sought to alleviate the poor condition of Fernandinos through a formal education and to ensure that there will be at least one college graduate for each poor family in the City.
The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga through the City Council passed Ordinance No. 2008-018 entitled “AN ORDINANCE CREATING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA, STIPULATING THEREIN THE POLICIES FOR ITS OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES” on November 18, 2008.
The amount of five million pesos (Php 5,000,000) was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod as an initial fund for the establishment and start-up operations of the City College.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) issued a Government Permit for the operation of the first and second-year levels for the programs BS Business Administration, BS Information Technology, BS Elementary Education and BS Secondary Education, and BS Hotel and Restaurant Management which the latter was discontinued due to financial challenges.
The members of the Interim Board of Trustees were named by virtue of Executive Order No. 025 promulgated by Mayor Oscar Rodriguez with the City Mayor as the Chairman, and the Interim President Dr. Ronnie Mallari as the Secretary. Other members of the Board were Ms. Eda Panganiban, City Budget Officer; Ms. Maria Gisel Rivera, City Accountant; Ms. Mary Ann Bautista, City Treasurer; Engr. Ferdinand Caylao, City Administrator; Ms. Avelina Lagman, Secretary to the Sangguniang Panlungsod and Councilor Jaime Lazatin.
The CCSFP was temporarily housed at the OCA Heritage Building of Pampanga High School for lecture and laboratory classes, until the completion of its campus and building with complete facilities. The City College moved to its own building and campus on the 2nd semester of the Academic Year 2012 – 2013.
Aside from the CCSF Main Campus located in Heroes Hall Compound which caters all the BSBA students, another CCSF Campus located in Del Rosario will be inaugurated on September 2023 to anticipate the accommodation of more students and to provide socially inclusive, accessible and quality tertiary education for Fernandinos.
On October 29, 2018, the official launching of the new school branding – “Aslag Ning Balen”- marked a significant milestone in the City College of San Fernando Pampanga. Aslag was inspired by the City’s unique identity as “Home of the Giant Lanterns”. Former City Mayor Edwin ‘EdSa’ Santiago, together with Former City Vice Mayor Jaime Lazatin and CCSFP Coordinator Rachelle Yusi, led the rites.
‘Aslag’ is a Kapampangan word which means ‘brightness’ which symbolizes a brighter future through a continuous development and progress of the school. As Aslag, our students themselves are guided by this radiance to attain the vision and mission, and live the core values of the College.