Don Bosco Canlubang

Don Bosco College, Canlubang is a private Catholic educational institution owned and operated by the Salesians of Don Bosco. It was established in 1963 and located at Canlubang, Laguna, Philippines. In 1967, the Philippine government recognized that the courses in the institution was valid for a degree in Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSEd). Two years later, the school’s curriculum for the course in Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education (BSIEd) was also approved. In 1972, the institution started an outreach program called Manpower Training Department (MTD) for low-income students. In 1995, DBC opened the college to extern (non seminarian) students. A year after, the population of extern students increased as the Bachelor of Science in Technical Education course was recognized by the DECS.

In 1996 two communities in Canlubang were formed due to restructuring: the Post Novitiate Community and Don Bosco College – the former focusing on the formation of young Salesians and the latter on education and on formation of young aspirants to religious life.

Don Bosco accepted its first batch of high school students in 1998, and its first batch composed of 47 young men graduated in 2002.It is also on this year that the college department began accepting female students.

In 2008 the Canlubang Community was again restructured; the Carreño House of Formation (seminary community) and the Don Bosco College (school community) were formed. This means that to date, three Salesian communities are nestled in Canlubang.

Starting 2009, DBC opens its grade school department also exclusive for boys.

 

Don Bosco College was originally known as Don Bosco Seminary-College (DBSC). This institution bears the name of St. John Bosco, father, teacher, and a friend of the youth. Faithful to the ideals of the founder, DBSC was established in 1963 in order to respond to the need of training qualified religious personnel to take care of the different Don Bosco institutions in the Philippines.

In 1967, the government recognized the courses offered at DBSC as valid for a degree in Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSEd). Two years later, the curriculum for the course of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education (BSIEd) was approved.

In answer to the growing need for qualified industrial workers, the college opened an outreach program known as the Manpower Training Department (MTD) in 1972. This program caters to the need of giving quality education for the poor young people of the area.

Putting up the high school department within the compound of the Don Bosco College was a dream come true, not only for the residents within the vicinity, but also for the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Northern Philippine Province. Since 1967, the members of the Salesian community were able to make their presence felt among the youth in the area through their regular Sunday oratory and through catechism classes in the secluded barrios of Canlubang Sugar Estate and at Rizal Institute, a privately owned high school for boys located one kilometer away. However, due to factors such as time and distance, among others, their presence was limited and irregular. A school for boys within the Salesian compound would seem to answer the need to minister to the young on a more sustainable and regular basis because the young people would then be situated within the academic setting. Hence, the establishment of the high school department in 1998 provided a stronger impetus for the Salesians to revitalize their mission and vision, particularly in regard to their calling to evangelize the young.

Thus, in the school year of 1998-1999, the High School Department of the Don Bosco College officially started its operation with only 47 students. The implementation of putting up the school was a pursuance of the institution’s mission and vission. At the same time, it was a timely response to the pressing needs of the community where the school is situated.

After ten years since its opening, in 2008-2009, the high school department has grown to 10 sections (with three sections each in the first and second year, and two each in the third and fourth year) with 407 students.

And in school year 2009-2010, the institution opened the Grade School Department with the preparatory course and grade one to grade four.

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