|RESEARCH & EXTENSION NEWS|
The aspirations, dreams, and hard work of the two people sharing the same outlook
in life – then Barrio Lieutenant Juanita Ybarle Vda. de Salmon and former Assemblyman
Benjamin V. Bautista Sr. – paved way to the creation of SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES AGRI-
BUSINESS AND MARINE AND AQUATIC SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY.
The journey began in 1966 when Municipal Ordinance No. 70 was passed, creating
Malita Barangay High School, primarily to help the poor who could not afford to study in
The school started with only 80 students in one class with no school building and
chairs to sit on. The class was held under a mango tree with the students sitting on the
protruded roots of the tree.
Two years later, Municipal Ordinance No, 80 dated July 5, 1968 was passed
converting the said Barangay High School to Malita Municipal High School with complete
secondary curriculum. It was housed in a two-hectare lot in Poblacion, Malita – donated by
Mrs. Juanita Ybarle Vda. De Salmon. This is where the 10-room Marcos type building was
constructed with Ms. Rosario P. Dormitorio as the new High School Principal.