College of Engineering and Information Technology

The College has evolved from a Department of Agricultural Engineering into a College of Engineering when the Mindanao Institute of Technology was converted into a University on March 13, 1978. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) was offered in 1983 then followed with Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCpE), and bachelor of Science in Information Science in Information Management (BSIM) were offered in 1997 and 2003, respectively. The College was renamed as College of Engineering and Computing (CENCOM). This occurred during the Deanship of Dr. Rommel G. Tangonan.

The pioneering program was the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering (BSAE). It was approved in principle during the 42nd meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Mindanao Institute of Technology held at Jade Vine Hotel, Manila on September 23, 1964. The first batch of the BSAE started in the School Year 1968-1969; however, the approval of which was only on December 13, 1968 during the 55th meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Mindanao Institute of Technology, held at Sunya Aristocrat Restaurant, Manila.

The Department of Agricultural Engineering was initially headed by Engineer Edilberto N. dela Torre, an electrical mechanical engineer in 1968. Due to his untimely death, the leadership of the department was passé on to Engr. Alfredo C. Pepito who stayed as chairman from April 1969 to May 1970. Engr. Benjamin F. Fortinez Sr. assumed the leadership of the department when Eng. Alfredo C. Pepito went on study leave on June 1970. When MIT became a university in 1978, Engr. Fortinez became the first Dean of the College of Engineering. Eng Fortinez remained as a dean until May 1988. Dr. Eustaqui Bayotlang was designated as the next dean from June1988 to May 1995. Dr. Rufino S. Garzon next assumed the deanship from June 1995 until December 1998. Dr. Rommel Tangonan assumed the deanship from December 1998 to May 2009. Dr. Guttierez became the dean from June 2009 to October 2010. The current dean is Dr. Nelson M. Belgira who assumed the deanship of the College on November 2, 2010.

The college is committed to produce graduates of higher education in engineering and information technology education in this part of the country. Presently, the college has 6 degree programs: BSAE, BSCE, BSCpE, BSECE, BSCS, and BS Information System from 1973 up to the present. The College produces graduates who are leaders in their own right in different agencies, holding positions both in the government and the private agencies as chief executive officers, middle managers, and even successful managers of their own businesses. It has also produced a number of academicians, instructors, professors, vice presidents, PRESIDENT, deans in private and government institutions and the latest of who, is currently president of ASSCAT in Agusan del Sur, Dr. Virgilio Garcia. A number of our IT related graduates are working abroad as specialists in their fields.

From 1973 to 2003, the college has produced 26 topnotchers in the AE Licensure Examination. From 2003 upto the present, CENCOM has produced 10 Civil Engineering topnotchers. Although we are still below National passing in the AE Licensure examination, the percentage of passing has improved from 29% (2010) to 40% (2011) to 44.83% (2012). One measure to improve the passing rate was to let the graduates review at UP and MSU. Our graduates in their licensure examination did very well in the previous years.

In terms of Accreditation, the College has submitted degree programs to AACUP for accreditation. These are BS Agricultural Engineering (level III), BS Civil Engineering (level II), BS Computer Science (level I) , BS Computer Engineering and BS EcE has passed prelim survey, and the BS Information systems, candidate for level I.


The USM College of Engineering and Computing is committed to provide university education in agricultural engineering, civil engineering, and computing; meet the community’s need for trained manpower in engineering and various technical and managerial capabilities, and conduct researches and extension activities geared towards the amelioration of the region and the community at large.


The College of Engineering and Computing aims to become one of the premier institutions of engineering and information and communications technology in the country within five years. To achieve this, it will pursue the following courses of action:

  • Improve the quality of its graduates specifically in terms of performance in licensure exams and employability;
  • Increase books, other library acquisitions, and equipment; and improve student facilities to conform with national and international standards;
  • Increase oppurtunities for trainings and graduate studies among faculty and staff members;
  • Conduct more research, extension and income generation activities as well as publication of the results of such activities, all in support of the instruction function of the college; and
  • Strive to attain optimal efficiency in expenditure and the conduct of other administrative activities of the college.
Deans Since 1978
Name Year
Engr. Benjamin F. Fortinez Sr. 1978 - May 1988
Dr. Eutaquio Bayotlang June 1988 - May 1995
Dr. Rufino S. Garzon June 1995 - December 1998
Dr. Rommel G. Tangonan December 1998 - May 2009
Dr. Herminigildo Gutierrez June 2009 - October 2010
Dr. Nelson M. Belgira November 2, 2010 – July 31, 2018
Engr. Alberto Arellano August 1, 2018 – Present
Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering

Course Description

The institution of agricultural engineering program of USM is one of the programme focus of UNESCO in Mindanao Institute of Technology(MIT) in response to growing need of professionals to help accelerate rural development. As such, several UNESCO experts have helped in the conceptualization and eventual implementation of the program. The first students entered in June 1968. It eventually evolves into Bachelor of Science in agricultural and Biosystems engineering through RA 10915 to align with international standards.

The BSABE program is designed to produce graduate who posses knowledge, skills and attitudes in the application of engineering science and design process and systems involved in the sustainable production, post production, and biological materials; the efficient utilization, conservation, and management of natural and renewable resources; and development of climate change mitigation measures, in order to enhance human health and harmony with the environment. Agricultural and Biosystems consist of crops, poultry, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture resources and climate.

The graduates of BSABE are expected to understand and apply engineering sciences and designs to identify, analyze and create solution for problems concerning lang development; irrigation and drainage including dams, farm roads, and bridges; AB production machinery; new and renewable energy; AB building and structure; postharvest and processing technologies; climate change, and natural resources, environmental and waste management.


*AB Land and Water Resource Engineering

*AB Machinery and Power Engineering

*AB Process Engineering

*AB Structures and Environment Engineering

Program Objectives

The University of Southern Mindanao Agricultural Engineering program aims to:

  •  To produce agricultural engineers that can demonstrate competence in methods of analysis involving use of mathematics, fundamental physical and biological sciences, engineering sciences, and computing needed for the practice of biological systems engineering in food, fiber,energy, and environmental companies and agencies.
  • To train students to develop skills necessary in the design process including the ability to think creatively, to formulate problem statements, to communicate effectively, to synthesize information, and to evaluate and implement problem solutions.
  • To prepare the students in addressing issues of ethics safety, professionalism, cultural diversity, globalization, and environmental impacts in engineering practice.
  • To produce professionals that can demonstrate continuous professional and technical growth, with practical experience, so as to be licensed as a professional engineer or achieve that level of expertise.
  • To produce graduates that can demonstrate the ability to:

a. be a successful leader of multi-disciplinary teams,

b. efficiency manage multi simultaneous project, and work collaboratively,

c. implement multi-disciplinary systems-based solutions,

d. apply innovative solutions to problems through the use of new methods and technologies,

e. contribute to  the business success of their employee, and community.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Course Description

BSCpE aim’s to develop graduates of the program to have a strong background in mathematics, natural physical and allied sciences. also, it contains complementary courses such as general education courses to ensure that the graduates are articulate and understands the nature of their role and impact of their work in the society and environment. The BSCpE curriculum is designed to guarantee breadth of the knowledge off the discipline through a set of professional courses and to ensure depth and focus in certain disciplines through cognate/tracks. also, it develops student’s ability to use modern tools necessary to solve problems in the field of computer engineering.


Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political. ethical health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability, in accordance with standards.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Course Description

The BS Computer Science program includes the study of computing concepts and theories, algorithmic foundations and new developments in computing. The program prepares students to design and create algorithmically complex software and develop new and effective algorithms for solving computing problems.

The program also includes the study of the standards and practices in Software Engineering. It prepares students to acquire skills and disciplines required for designing, writing and modifying software components, modules and applications that comprise software solutions(CMO No. 25 S. 2015)

Program Objectives

The Computer Science program aims to:

1.To develop students to become versatile, competitive, responsible individuals so that they may be able to address issues affecting the economy, safety, globalization and ethics.

2. To train students in acquiring technical skills and knowledge on the concepts of theories; algorithm foundations, abstract and analytical processes, trends in ICT and other computer science related areas;

3.To produce IT professionals who are:

(1)proficient in designing, developing, and implementing computer based solutions;

(2)able to apply fundamental concepts as problem solving skills

(3)able to recognize and apply technical standards and interoperability;and

(4)able to practice their profession with high regard on the quality standards and ethical values

4. To mold the students to become socially aware by involving them in research and extension activities as integration knowledge learned from the different areas of computer science.

Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Description

The BS Electronics Engineering programs aims to train the students to integrate available and emerging technologies which focuses on the conceptualization, design and develpment of electronic, computer and communication products, system, services and processes.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the program are:

a. To provide the student with an education in the fundamentals of electronics engineering that will allow him to be immediately competitive industry or in graduate work while providing him the best opportunity for achieving his full potential during his lifetime.

b. To develop a sense of professional responsibility and social awareness

c. To provide practical applications as evidenced by laboratory, design, project study, computer exercises and practicum courses. These would help the student to work well whether independently or as part of a group.

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

Course description

The BS Information System program includes the study of application and effect of information technology to organizations. Graduates of the program should be able to implement an information system, which considers complex technological and organizational factors affecting it. These include components, tools, techniques, strategies, methodologies, etc.

Graduates are able to help an organization determine how information and technology-enabled business processes can be used as strategic tool to achieve a competitive advantage. as a result, IS professional require a sound understanding of organizational principles and practices so that they can serve as an effective bridge between the technical and management/users communities within an organization. This enables them to ensure that the organization has the information and the systems it need to support its operations.(CMO No.25 S. 2015)

Program Objectives

The Information Systems program aims:

  1. To develop students to become versatile, competitive and responsible graduates in the field of information technology;
  2. To prepare students to become proficient in design and implementation of solutions that integrate information technology with business processes and management;
  3. To train students to acquire competencies on technical understanding specifically in;

a.information abstraction, representation and organization;

b.computing architectures and delivery systems;

c.concepts of information and systems distribution;

d.information management and system development; and

e.computing tools in knowledge application

4.To develop students in acquiring skills on personal discipline, critical thinking and ethical thinking so thatr they may become productive and competitive human resources;

5.To encourage the faculty and students in conducting researcg, community involvement and extension services as to make them aware of their social responsibility.

Bachelor Of Library and Information Science

Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) is an interdisciplinary field that applies the practices, perspectives and tool of management, information technology, education and other areas to libraries/ information centers/ learning resource centers: its collection, dissemination and use. BLIS curriculum is designed to equip the professional with the composite knowledge, skills and tools to enable him/her to be responsive to the changing information needs of society.

Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (DABE)
Name Highest Educational Attainment Specialization
Alucilja, Renel M. Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering Instructor I
Ascaño, Tomasito C. BS in Agricultural Engineering Instructor I
Belgira, Nelson M. PhD in Physics Asso. Prof V
Gamido, Joy Sharon B. Instructor II
Marasigan, Crisostomo S., Jr. Asst. Prof III
Ocreto, Melanie B. Instructor II
Ortiza, Shieryl P. Instructor I
Painagan, Marilyn Instructor I
Saliling, Willie Jones B. Asso. Prof. I
Tolentino, Nemesio M. Asso. Prof. V
Delson, Alvin Instructor I
Martin, Jean Instructor I
Department of Civil Engineering (DCE)
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Alucilja, Kathleen Mae B. Master in Information Systems Instructor III
Amilbahar, Saque J. Master in Engineering Program - Civil Engineering (on-going) Instructor I
Benito, Cristoper A Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics Instructor I
Dapun, Bernadeth V. Master in Engineering - Rural Infrastructure (on-going) Instructor I
Garbin, Ronald A. Master of Science in Civil Engineering - (Candidate) Instructor III
Mantawil, Chrislam S. Master in Information Management Asst. Prof IV
Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering (DECE)
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Dayaday, Maricel G. Doctor in Technology Education - Candidate Instructor II
Ulep, Geraldo P. Doctor in Educational Management - Candidate Asst. Prof III
Pelaez, Juneph F. MS in Electrical & Electronics Engineering - Major in Robotics & Image Processing (Candidate) Instructor I
Piamonte, Jerry MA in Engineering Education-ECE Instructor I
Department of Computer Engineering (DCoE)
Name Highest Educational Attainment Rank
Cordero, Melecio A. Jr. Master in Information Management Asst. Prof II
Pascua, Floreey Mae F. Master in Information Management Instructor I
Lunod, Jeannalen P. Master in Engineering - Major in Computer Engineering Instructor I
Serquiña, James P. Master in Information Management Asst. Prof IV
Department of Computing and Library Information Science (DCLIS)
Name Highest Educational Attainment Specialization
Agbunag, Arjay S. Master in Information Systems Web Development
Agbunag, Arjay S. Master in Information Systems Web Development
Alcala, Astrofil Hyde M. Master in Information Management Asst. Prof. I
Arellano, Alberto C. Master in Statistics Asso. Prof. IV
Arrogante, Ariel P. College Librarian I/BLIS Faculty
Catulong, Genevive P. Librarian I/BLIS Faculty
Clarito, Lilian M. College Librarian I/BLIS Faculty
Corpuz, Nor-Aine M. Master in Information Science (CAR) Instructor I
Daffon, Catherine C. Master in Information Technology (Candidate) Asst. Prof I
Flores, Danilyn A. Master in Information Technology Instructor I
Garcia, Dielita M. Librarian I/BLIS Faculty
Genotiva, Elizabeth R. Master in Information Technology Instructor I
Lorilla, Joseph C. Master in Information Management Asst. Prof. I
Martinez, Susan S. College Librarian II/BLIS Faculty
Mibalo, Alvin C. Master in Information Management Asst. Prof. III
Oliva, Virgilio P. Jr. Master in Information Management Asso. Prof. III
Palmaera, Janice T. Master in Information Management Instructor I
Ranjo, Eugene G. Master in Information Management Asst. Prof. IV
Sornito, Anita C. Asso. Prof. I/BLIS Faculty