Office of the School President

Greetings with peace and progress.

Once again, Colegio de San Sebastian or CDSS or Baste! join the cyber community to deliver the utmost communication services to our stakeholders with sincerity and pure heart.

As we bricked and solidify the foundation of our education, we would like to embrace as well the portals of technology advancement to our educational system. It’s an honor that you share your life’s journey with us here in Baste!

And thank you very much for allowing us to share with you the noble task of providing quality wducation for your sons and daughters.

In His Service,

Rev. Fr. Ronald D. Panganiban
School President


History of CDSS

Colegio de San Sebastian (CDSS) is formerly San Sebastian School, the first secondary school in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

A parochial school, CDSS was founded in June 1957 by Fr. Albert Cook of the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) or the Society of the Divine Word. Fr. Cook served as the school’s first president from 1957 to 1958.

In 1958, Fr. Ludwig Halasz, SVD, succeeded Fr. Cook as president. The first classes were held at the old parish convent in June of that year. Construction of the school building started in September of the same year.

Regarded by many as the pioneering force behind CDSS, Father Halasz served as its president until 1974.  He served for another two terms as president: from 1975 to 1978, and again in 1984-1992.

On June 20, 1959, the new building was inaugurated. It was blessed by Bishop Duschak.

In 1970, CDSS became the first tertiary school in Sablayan when it offered college degree programs which had an initial enrolment of 71 students in three degree programs and three vocational courses.

The degree programs were: Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSE), Liberal Arts (AB), and Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC).

The three vocational programs, on the other hand, were: One-year Secretarial program, Diesel Engine Mechanic program, and Carpentry and Woodworking program.

Seeing that agriculture is one of the major industries in Sablayan, CDSS started offering a Two-year Associate in Agriculture program in 1976.

In 1985, another course was offered, Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEE).

All programs and courses have been given due recognition by the government through the Commission on Higher Education.
In June 1989, the school changed its name from San Sebastian School to Colegio de San Sebastian.

CDSS continued to offer BSE and AB through the years.  Another program, Bachelor of Science in Commerce (BSC), was eventually added. The vocational programs were abolished due to lack of faculty and enrolment.

In 1992, CDSS was turned over to the Apostolic Vicariate of San Jose. Since then, the parish priest of Sablayan automatically serves as the president of the school.

In 1999, two non-formal programs were offered: the One-year Computer Technology course, which was converted to the Two-Year PC Operations program, and the Nursing Assistant course which became the Health Care Services program.

At present, Colegio de San Sebastian is offering the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Major in Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management
  • Human Resource Development Management
  • Health Care Services NC II
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSED) Major in Physical Science
  • Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSED) Major in Religious/Values Education