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Coordinates: 11°14′26″N 125°00′06″E 11.240405, 125.0015241


Divine Word University of Tacloban

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The Divine Word Missionaries or the Society of the Divine Word had been active in the University since Frs. Eugene Stoll and Alois Paulsen began serving there in 1941. Founded in 1927 by a diocesan priest, (and later Cardinal) Fr. Julio Rosales, it had been initially called Tacloban Catholic Institute. The missionary presence continued during and after World War II, while the school changed to St. Paul's College and later, Divine Word College. In the latter 1960s, the school received university status as it continued to welcome a growing number of students from the islands of Leyte and Samar. In 1973, the college enrollment had risen to 5,300. Ten years later, this number had doubled to 10,600. The high school and elementary departments remained stable at 770 and 980 respectively. The university faculty numbered over 300, supplemented by administrative staff of 150. "DWC", as the university was affectionately called, was home to almost 13,000 faculty, staff and students in the first semester of 1983-1984 schoolyear. But in the latter months of 1984, and throughout 1985, a labor union titled the Divine Word University Faculty and Employees' Union was gradually formed. Affiliated with the Association Labor Union (ALU), a national labor group, the union called for collective bargaining with the administration of the university. Two prolonged strikes followed in 1988 and in 1989. Eventually, the case reached the Supreme Court. In 1990, a ruling was made favorable to the labor union. Out of sheer necessity and deep regret, the SVD administrators chose to close the university in June of 1995. Fr. Margarito Alingasa, SVD, has been the administrative officer of Divine Word University since June, 1995. He had led the efforts to reach a settlement with the union. [1]

In June 2000, the Divine Word Hospital has opened St. Scholastica College of Tacloban. Courses in the following areas were offered: nursing, medical technology, biology, and pharmacy. The Janssen Building of the University is being rented for classroom use and office space. [1]

In the early months of 2000, a DWU Jubilee Association was established in Manila in an attempt to mobilize the alumni from the university and former students, staff and friends the world over to bring the Divine Word University back to life. Local chapters of the association were planned for Tacloban City, the United States and Europe. [1]

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    • Alfa, Abid (October 1986 - Present)
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    • Diomaro-Agerskov, Felisa (June 1991 - June 1995)
    • Fabella, Anthony Ibarra Banawa (June 1980 - May 1981)
    • Hamlet, Ryland (January 1967 - March 1995)
    • Ka, Owat (January 1991 - March 1994)
    • Knudsen-Fazioli, Eric (January 1975 - Present)
    • Saballa, Benedicto, Jr.
    • Uy-Derupe, Januario Tuano (May 1983 - March 1987)
    • Yu, Annabelle Macabare (June 1981 - March 1985)
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