The Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST) was established on December 13, 1989 by virtue of Republic Act 6807 in response to the need for quality tertiary education in the province. It was a conversion from the Mati Community College (MCC) founded in 1972 by Mayor Thelma Z. Almario who, as congresswoman, authored the law creating DOSCST.
As a local government-run community college, MCC offered liberal arts and business-oriented programs. Since its inception in 1972, Dr. Leopoldo Bravo an administrator of the Department of Education Culture and Sports, headed it.
The College is located in Mati, Davao Oriental, a municipality of about 100,000 people in the Eastern part of Mindanao. Mati, Davao Oriental is close to the Compostela Valley border and about 80 kilometers from Tagum City and 165 kilometers away from Davao City. It is bounded by a long coast line on the east down to its south.
With the appointment of Dr. Julieta I. Ortiz on May 20, 1990 as founding president, the newly chartered college started operations in June 1990.
And with its new mandate provided by its charter, curricular programs were reoriented towards science and technology. Classes were initially held in three buildings located at the old site at Barangay Sainz until the college moved to its present 10-hectare site, 5 km away from Mati, Davao Oriental proper in September 1991. Mindanao Agro-Pioneers Corporation owned by the heirs of the late Don Jose Corro Martinez, Sr. donated this site, a flat land about 300 meters from the shores of Pujada Bay.
On the new site, the initial structures were built, a concrete road leading to the campus was constructed, electricity and communication lines were connected. Bright and promising professionals were recruited to man the faculty, new academic programs were crafted, and the arduous path towards instituting relevant research and extension programs was blazed. The difficult task of instituting an academic culture comparable to national standards also commenced.
To speed up institutional growth, Dr. Ortiz established linkage with other higher education institutions, including other government and private organizations. Soon, some faculty members were sent for advanced studies, senior faculty from established universities were i nvited, while the instructional, research and extension programs began to take on respectable form and substance. The College’s library collection registered rapid growth and instructional facilities were relentlessly improved. As the early batches of students graduated, so did they register respectable performance in licensure examinations and desirability among employers.
Dr. Jonathan A. Bayogan was appointed as second president in June 1997 and was reappointed for a second term in June 2003. During his term, extension Campuses was established in San Isidro in November 1997 and in Cateel in June 1999. Additional structures were built, instructional and support facilities were improved while communication facilities were kept up-to-date. The faculty profile tremendously improved through faculty development aided largely through grants and assistance from the Commission on Higher Education, bilateral scholarships and local assistance. Curricular programs were improved and short-term courses were upgraded to degree programs. Graduate programs in education were eventually opened through the assistance of local government units.
As a quality assurance scheme, academic programs were subjected to accreditation and some attained Level 2 status in due time. Linkage with other colleges and universities were strengthened through resource sharing and collaboration. Research and extension developed as faculty outputs were presented and gained acceptance in regional and national fora. Projects funded by agencies like the Commission on Higher Education, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, USAID, AusAid began to come in. Graduates did not only perform well in licensure examinations but a few also barged into the Top Ten circle.
The college also grew in its effort to preserve and showcase the region’s culture and arts. The College gained recognition by representing the municipality, the province and the region in regional and national cultural presentations. The College’s culture and arts groups, Dagmay, and Pagdungawan were feted with recognition among cultural groups, regionally and nationally.
Capping the term of Dr. Bayogan was the College’s elevation from Level 1 to a Level 3 state college, using a nation-wide leveling criteria for all state universities and colleges (SUC) in the country. DOSCST has the distinction of having the least budget allocation among Level 3 SUCs.
Dr. Grace G. Lopez assumed office as President in July 2007. She was succeeded by Dr. Edito B. Sumile who assumed office in January 2012.