Palawan Polytechnical College Inc. in Palawan - Philippines
By virtue of Republic Act 9260 signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in January 2004, Palawan Polytechnic College was converted into Western Philippines University (WPU). Located in Aborlan, Palawan, WPU has seven branches and three technology resource centers throughout the province. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has designated it as the Center of Excellence in Fisheries in Region IV as well as in Information Communication and Technology in Region IV-B.
Likewise, the former Palawan Polytechic College has been chosen by the Department of Foreign Affairs as its Maritime and Ocean Affairs Center in Palawan. WPU also serves as the lead agency of the Cashew and Cocozone Development Program as well as the Center for Human Rights Education in the province
Founded in February 1910, the school has recently celebrated its centennial anniversary. It was initially established as a Farm Settlement School for Tagbanuas by American Thomasites. In 1928, its name was changed to Aborlan Agricultural High School. Republic Act 2619 signed in 1960 converted the school into Palawan National Regional Agricultural School and two years later became Palawan National Agricultural School. It became Palawan National Agricultural College through RA 3648
In line with the schools expansion of its service, RA 8012 changed the name of the institution into State Polytechnic College of Palawan in 1995. Finally, under Republic Act 9260, the name of the school was changed to Western Philippines University.
Western Philippines University offers undergraduate as well as graduate studies in various fields such as agriculture, forestry, engineering, fisheries, arts and sciences, environmental science, marine biology, education, rural development, oceanography, and coastal resource management. The Board of Regents may from time to time remove or add other courses if it deems fit to cater to the needs of the province as well as the region. Under RA 9260, the Board of Regents may choose to maintain the laboratory high school. Otherwise, it shall be phased out until the present batch of students have completed their secondary education.
In the field of Research Management Information System (RMIS) Productivity, Western Philippines University (WPU) placed second to UP Los Banos among 81 higher education institutions in the CHED Zonal Research Survey for Regions IV and V for the period 1999-2005. The school has developed 32 lines of cashew products and one of the implementers of roasted cashew whole nut industry in the province.
From the period 2000 2002, it ranked eighteenth among the top 50 performing schools in the country in the Licensure Examination for Teachers. With 10-20 examinees, it placed third in the Philippines in 2003 Licensure Examination for Foresters.