The College of Physical Education, Sports, Culture, Arts and Recreation (PESCAR) started as the Sports, Amateur Athletics, and Cultural Arts Center (SAACAC) in 1987, with Dr. Ramon C. Cabag as its first office head. Initially, the Center was entrusted with servicing physical education classes of the University and supervising and administering the organization, training, and participation of the University athletes in the then newly-formed State Colleges and Universities Amateur Athletic Association (SCUAAA) of which West Visayas State University is a member school.
To meet the growing nature of the Center’s commitment to both the University and some external agencies, the SAACAC was rechristined PESCAR. Now embracing the performing arts, PESCAR had for its new director, Dr. Henry J. Andora, and an office venue in one of the receiving rooms at the WVSU Cultural Center.
Based on NCC No. 12-B 3.4, dated July 6, 1982, Prof. Rose Marie R. Piamonte conceived in 1989, the establishment of curricular programs envisioned to bring forth better prepared physical education and sports teachers who can competently provide leadership in their specialized field. It specifically aimed at offering a stronger physical education curriculum that shall equip prospective physical education, sports, and dance teachers with sufficient expertise as well as knowledge, competencies, and skills essential for teaching other physical education-related areas. The idea took material form the following school year (1990-91) when the Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) and the Diploma in Physical Education (DPE) curricula were offered in their freshman year as the PESCA Center flagship. The BPE course has, since then, maintained its co-equal status with the other undergraduate academic programs offered in the other colleges and units of the University.
In December 1991, Prof. Lorna Fe P. Lopez was designated director of the PESCAR Center which, on October 27, 1993 gained institute status by virtue of WVSU Board of Regent’s Resolution No. 106, s. of 1993. The Institute turned out its first batch of graduates on March 29, 1994. A two-year Diploma in Music (DM) course, a brainchild of Prof. Lorna Fe. P. Lopez, was offered for the first time in the summer of 1994.
In June 1994, Prof. Rose Marie R. Piamonte was designated as the third director of the PESCAR Institute by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 34, s. of 1994.
In June 1997, Prof. Piamonte, together with Mrs. Erlinda V. Bebit, conceived of the Bachelor of Music Education Program in response to the DECS’s request to strengthen the teaching of music education in both elementary and secondary levels.
The WVSU Board of Regents, in Resolution No. 22, s. of 1998, approved in a referendum the offering of the Bachelor of Music Education (BME), and in June 1998 the academic program was offered in its first year with forty-five (45) students, 25 of whom became its pioneer batch of graduates on March 22, 2002.
Before the expiration of Prof. Piamonte’s term of office, she submitted to the Board of Regents, a proposal to convert the PESCAR Institute into a College. On June 9, 2000, the Institute gained college status by virtue of WVSU BOR Resolution No. 26, s. of 2000. Dr. Letecia G. Provido was designated as the first dean of the College of PESCAR by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 28, s. of 2000.
With the retirement of Dr. Provido, the College has for its present Dean, Prof. Rose Marie R. Piamonte, by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 48 s. of 2003. It is Prof. Piamonte’s second term as head of PESCAR.
In time, the College of PESCAR has succeeded in realizing its objectives of offering physical education, music education, sports, and recreational and cultural programs by providing professional and technical instruction for the maximum all-round development of its students, fostering among them, a lifelong interest in and an appreciation for skills in leisure-time activities; helping students in the improvement and maintenance of physical fitness; offering a variety of activities, sports competitions, and the performing arts through recreational and cultural programs.
Through the years, the College has established linkages with several sports associations both in the City of Iloilo and in the Western Visayas Region. The College, through its Physical Education Instructional Department, has also established extension/community services by fielding out BPE students to officiate in sports events and adopting communities and schools where both students and faculty pitch in efforts in training both youth and adults in order for the latter to gain skills for gainful employment through sports and dance.
With the retirement of Prof. Rose Marie R. Piamonte, the College has for its present Dean, Prof. Leo P. Dagum, by virtue of BOR Resolution No. 50 s. 2005.
Goals of the College of PESCAR
The College aims to:
- equip and enhance prospective physical education and music education teachers with knowledge in content and strategies to enable them to teach in the elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels;
- enhance and intensify the research capabilities of the students in basic educational research and community projects;
- conduct basic researches and extension work in the areas of physical education, sports, dance, music, and recreation, in coordination with the offices of Research and Extension of the University;
- provide leadership beyond the school campus in the field of teacher training and sports coaching and officiating, and in dance, music, and recreation;
- establish a continued and viable linkage with various international and national governments and non-government agencies, as well as sports, professional associations and performing arts to avail for itself the expertise and assistance of these agencies/companies, which will also serve as venues for students’ educational exposure in order for them to master and hone their skills toward proficiency; and
- promote and propagate indigenous culture through immersion, linkage, and cultural exchange programs.
The College offers two undergraduate degree programs (Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Music Education) and three diploma/certificate programs (Diploma in Physical Education, Diploma in Muic, and Certificate in Sports Coaching and Officiating Proficiency).
Bachelor Of Physical Education (BPE)
The Bachelor of Physical Education (BPE) is a four-year degree course, which prepares the student to become a specialist in the areas of sports, dance, recreation, and physical fitness. This program also trains the students to be proficient in teaching physical education, sports coaching and officiating, and in administering, conducting and supervising sports, dance, and recreational programs. The graduates of this curriculum will also be able to teach music as well as health education in both the elementary and secondary levels.
Diploma in Physical Education (DPE)
The Diploma in Physical Education is intended for bachelor’s degree holders who wish to specialize or major in Physical Education as another area of specialization. The enrollee, has to earn at least sixty-two (62) units in the required course. Those who are not BEED or BSED graduates are required to take professional education courses. Student internship is required.
Bachelor of Music Education (BME)
The Bachelor of Music Education, is a four-year degree course which prepares the student to become specialist in music with minor in Physical Education. The graduates of this course will be able to teach music, health, as well as physical education in the elementary and secondary levels. This course also trains the students to be proficient and skillful in keyboard playing, vocal coaching, choral conducting, as well as organizing ensembles.
Diploma in Music (DM)
The Diploma in Music is intended for bachelor’s degree holders who wish to specialize in music. The enrollee has to earn at least 38 units of music courses. A proficiency test will be given to applicants who have previously taken music courses in order to qualify for enrollment in advance music courses.
Sports Coaching and Officiating Proficiency Certificate
This certificate program is intended for any high school graduate who wishes to acquire skills in sports coaching and officiating. The enrollee has to earn the required number of units in order to be issued a certificate of proficiency. A proficiency test will be given to applicants who have previously taken PE courses for them to enroll in advance PE courses
Master in Physical Education
The Master Physical Education (MPE) graduate program of the College of PESCAR is designed to meet the increasing complexity in education and the ever-growing demand for a wide variety of abilities for leadership needs in physical education. A significant aspect of the program is its flexibility in meeting individual differences in interest, background, and career objectives of those who seek admission to the program. This graduate curriculum leads to the degree Master of Physical .Education (MPE) with specialization in dance or sports.
The program is designed to further develop, enhance, and enrich competencies necessary for teaching in school programs, coaching in athletics, conducting individual exercise program, administration of physical education and/or athletics, and the teaching, conduct and production of dance performances.
The MPE curriculum presupposes a reasonably wide variety of courses that contribute to a desirable balance of intellectual as well as psychomotor interests. The program aims to provide the graduate student with a thorough understanding and knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of physical education and a scholarly knowledge of research methods.
This program aims to:
- increase the graduate students’ depth of knowledge in the field of physical education as well as in the special fields of sports and dance;
- develop and enhance research experiences in one’s field of specialization;
- improve the students’ competencies in the various areas of physical education so that they would be able to function effectively as enlightened and cultured citizens of our country; and
- prepare them to work in an environment characterized by rapid technological changes in order to meet the fullest development of the students’ potential and sense of social responsibility as Filipinos.
Once qualified to the degree program, a student must:
- complete a minimum of twelve (12) units of the foundation courses, twelve (12) units of the specialization courses, eighteen (18) units of major courses and six (6) units of the elective courses as specified in the course requirements;
- maintain a cumulative weighted average grade of “2.0” or better;
- successfully pass a comprehensive written examination; and
- successfully pass an oral examination in defense of the completed thesis;submit a master’s thesis based on the supervised research in Physical Education
Graduates of accredited high schools may apply at the Admission and Records Office and pay the testing fee at the Cashier’s Office. The applicants must meet the following requirements for admission to the College.
For Bachelor of Physical Education and Bachelor of Music Education
- must have completed secondary education
- pass the WVSU-CAT
- pass the motor performance achievement and playing/dancing ability test(BPE). In the case of the Bachelor of Music Education, they should pass the music proficiency test.
- pass the personal interview by the College of PESCAR Committee on Admission.
- pass the Physical Education Aptitude Test (PEAT).
- pass a medical examination and must submit to the College a health certificate issued by the University Physician.
- submit Form 138 or report card
- submit a certificate of good moral character signed by the principal of the secondary school from which they graduated.
- submit a 2x2 identical I.D. picture (8 copies).
- show an aptitude for sports, dance, athletics, and music.
For Diploma in Physical Education (DPE) and Diploma in Music (DM)
- must be holders of any baccalaureate degree.
- submit a copy of the official transcript of records from the college/university attended for undergraduate degree.
- submit a certificate of honorable dismissal.
- pass the personal interview by the PESCAR Committee on Admission.
- pass a medical examination and a submit a health certificate issued by the University Physician.
- pass the motor performance achievement and motor ability tests (for DPE students only). DM students must pass the music proficiency test.
- submit a 2x2 size identical I.D. pictures (8 copies).
Application for admission shall be received by the office of Admission and Records and shall include:
- Transcript of Records
- Honorable dismissal from the school last attended.
- Eight (8) copies of 2x2 size identical I.D. pictures.
No qualified applicant shall be denied admission to the College for reasons of age, sex, ethnic background, religious beliefs or affiliations, or economic status.
Only students who have been duly registered shall be admitted to classes.
For Master in Physical Education
- Pay to the Cashier Php. 20.00 for Application Fee.
- Secure the application form from the College of PESCAR Office (to be issued only upon submission of official receipt)
- Accomplish application form.
- Submit accomplished application form with the following to the COP Office
- Transcript of Record (photocopy)
- Honorable Dismissal/Transfer Credentials (upon enrollment)
- One (1) long brown Manila envelope
- ID picture (1x1) 2 pieces
- Marriage contract (for married female applicant photocopy)
- Read the bulletin board for List of Qualified Applicants for Admission Test and Interview.
- Pay College of PESCAR Admission Fee of Php.200.00 to the Cashier’s Office.
Take Admission Test and report for Interview on specified date. Admission Fee Receipt will be required.