| The Philippine Central Islands College (PCIC-Mindoro) was established in May 2003 it opened SY 2003-2004 with six faculty members and a staff of six, including Mrs. Alma M. Sanchez( then Ms. Manongol) as Assistant Registrar. The following courses were offered with their corresponding enrolment: Two-year Information Management (IM) -43, Computer Technician Course (CTC) -26, and Marine Transportation(MT)-28. The school then, was the only school offering the said courses. It occupied the second floor of the Sebastian Building, corners Rajah Soliman and Lapu-Lapu Streets, Market Site in San Jose.
Three years after, in order to accommodate the increasing number of students, the PCIC management purchased a 2, 491-squre meter lot in Bagong Silang, 1.9 kilometers away from the town proper. A three-storey building was erected with seven rooms each on the first and second floors, and the third floor, an open hall that serves as events/function hall for the school’s various activities.
SY 2006-2007. As PCIC moved to its new site, additional courses in the college were offered that were relevant to the needs of the time and were not offered in other colleges in the locality: BS Civil Engineering and BS Computer Science. The secondary course was likewise opened with only 8 freshmen (4 Males and 4 Females). There were 5 teachers, and Mrs. Deza L. Tumbaga (then Ms. Limbo) was appointed Officer-in-Charge.
From the measly number of students when the college was put up in 2003, and the high school in 2006, there was a phenomenal increase in enrolment, so that in 2010, PCIC procured an additional area, a 1,3333 square –meter lot adjacent to the campus. A one-storey 14-room structure was constructed to house the High School Department, Administrative staff’s Office, Faculty Room, Audio-Visual Room and Guidance Office.
PCIC-Mindoro was the only school in Occidental Mindoro that offered the Marine Transportation and Deck Seafaring (NC I & NC II) Courses from SY 2003-2004 to 2013-2014.
To give students from low-income families access to low-cost quality secondary education, PCIC availed of the Government’s Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) Program, which provided legal basis for the Education Service Contracting (ESC) wherein incoming first year students are granted subsidy for four years.
To further enhance the institute's effectivity in providing education, E. S. T. I. in 1998 started implementing "Quality Management System" under ISO 9001 Model. Ultimately in 1999 the institutes quality system was certified by the Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) of London, the United Kingdom up to the year 2003. thereafter up to the present Year 2005 SocieteGenerale de Surveillance (SGS) of GenevaSwitzerland has been the ISO 9001:2000 registrar of E.S.T.I..
The Management of GASTPE has been contracted by the Department of Education (DepEd) to the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) from SY 2010-2011, PCIC became a certified ESC-participating school with 51 initial grantees who graduated in schoolyear 2013-2014 under the four-year education curriculum. The last batch of students under the Basic Education curriculum (BEC) graduated in SY 2014-2015.
The Junior High School is now on its fifth year in implementing the K to 12 Enhanced Basic Education Curriculum, in compliance with Republic Act No. 10533 to upgrade the quality of basic education. Its first group of Grade 10 completers was given their certificates in the first Moving Up rites held in March 2016.
In order to carry out effectively its objectives, PCIC has added two more baccalaureate courses in SY 2012-2013: BS Criminology and BS Tourism Management.
The College reached a big milestone as an educational institution when five BS Civil Engineering graduates successfully passed the 2013 Licensure Examination for Civil Engineers, namely: Ronnel John Apolonia, Niño D. Campos, Crisanto Rosario P. Delos Satos, Clybert B. Peralta and Errel J. Ramos.
Students in the high school department excel and top in academic contest, not only in the Municipal level but also in the Division and Regional levels. Their talents, skills and potentials are being developed through their attendance and participations in seminars, trainings and workshops. Co-curricular activities are held for their total development.
SY 2016-2017. In compliance with the Basic Education Act of 2013 (RA 10533). PCIC opened the Senior High School Program with the following curricular offerings: Academic Track with 3 Strands– Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) and General Academic Strand(GAS); and under the Technical Vocational and Livelihood Track (TVL) - Home Economics(HE), Industrial Arts(IA) and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
Due to the remarkable influx of students, the PCIC Management added in the school’s physical plant, a three-storey, nine-room building to house six classes of Grade 12 on the second and third floors, and on the ground floor, the High School Library, Physics Laboratory and Kitchen Laboratory.
Another proof of PCIC’s effort toward academic excellence: three among the first batch of BS Criminology graduates passed the Licensure Examination for Criminologist: Ammarie R. Villareal, December 1016; and Robin John D. Francisco and Nonito C. Sioco Jr., June 2017.
The Philippine Central Islands College (PCIC) is one of the five schools established by Engr. Erhard J. Larga founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in a span of 22 years: Educational Systems Technological Institute (ESTI) Murallon, Boac, Marinduque in 1990; Erhard Systems Technological Institute(ESTI), Poctoy, Odiongan, Romblon in 2000; Philippine Central Islands College(PCIC), Bagong Silang, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, 2003; Erhard Science and Technological Institute(ESTI), Bulaklakan, Gloria, Oriental Mindoro, 2012; and Erhard Science College, (ESC in Capihan, San Rafael, Bulacan, 2014
Now, 14 years as an educational institution, PCIC-Mindoro continues in pursuing its commitment of providing the youth of Occidental Mindoro and nearby provinces, affordable and high quality education. (Victoria G. Madayag)