About DBTC-College

Historical Sketch

Don Bosco Technical College – Cebu Inc. is a sectarian educational institution managed and operated by the Salesian Brothers and Fathers of Don Bosco.

In 1954 it was a home for the orphans and wayward tots of Cebu City. The Salesians accepted the work upon invitation by Julio Cardinal Rosales and the Aboitizes.

In 1960, a techno-classical (academic) high school was opened and the institution changed its name to Don Bosco Technical High School (DBTHS). The Curriculum included technical-vocational trades in woodworking, metals and electro mechanics.

Around 1963, the tech-voc workshops slowly opened to accept works and projects from the nearby industries to be done as actual projects by the tech-voc students. This helped in the sustainability of the center and served as an actual training for the students. This later came to be known as the Industrial Services Department of the Center.

In 1977, the center opened a One-year Skills Training Scholarship Program for the youth who were not able to proceed for college studies due to financial constraints and the necessity to earn a quick income to sustain their family’s basic needs. The first formal training was started in the Mechanical trade and the Woodworking trade. In 1979 the Electro-mechanics trade also followed.

In 1995, the institution opened a teachers college intended to professionalize the Tech-Voc teachers not only those of the Don Bosco Schools but also of those the other Tech-Voc center of the region. The opening of the first college program in Don Bosco, the Bachelor of Science in Technical Education (BSTE), triggered the change in the institution’s name to Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC).

In 2002, the need for an engineering program that matches the need of industries prompted DBTC to take the challenge of TRITECH (Tri-Sectoral Forum for Technology Excellence) to pilot their designed engineering program. After some adaptations on the curriculum and with the capability of the center, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering major in Machine Design and Manufacturing (BSME-MDM) was offered.

It is a five-year engineering program leading to Mechanical Engineering with extra hands-on skills in Metal, Electronics, and Computer programming. These “hands-on” experiences are intended to equip the graduates with the skills of actual Machine Design. Industrial management subjects are likewise included in the curriculum to equip the new engineering graduate in the field of actual manufacturing.

In 2003, the institution was given the permit to open two other new engineering programs, the Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering (BSECE), and the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering major in Furniture Manufacturing (BSIE-FM). The focus of the Industrial Engineering is the Furniture Trade Area. This is a felt need of Cebu as 70% of the exported furniture is produced here. With this the center signed a formal memorandum of partnership with the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF). In this agreement DBTC has the role of providing the needed engineering manpower of the province.

Though equally competent in terms of output, the college has often been shadowed by their younger siblings in the Basic Education due to size, and time in presence. Thus, in 2016, the school changed it’s name once again to Don Bosco Technical College. This move was made as part of the school’s commitment to making known the presence of the college programs offered, thereby expanding its reach. It is partly through this that the school can accomplish its mission and realize its vision of transforming more young lives.

Mission Statement

We are a Catholic, Filipino, Salesian educational institution characterized by a dynamic Educative Pastoral Community, competent and committed in sharing the mission of St. John Bosco, deeply dedicated to the integral development of the young, delivering quality programs in the basic, tertiary and vocational education, and in the youth center; undertaking relevant community services responsive to the socio-political realities of the country. We are intensely devoted to form ourselves and the young as committed Christian and honest citizens with the heart for the poor.

Vision Statement

Don Bosco Technical College – Cebu envisions Bosconians generously contributing to our nation’s progress, making their mark as workers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and leaders of society, accepting the challenge of holiness and heroism in their respective spheres of influence and work places.

We dream of continuously promoting and safeguarding the welfare of the young in all our programs, in our collaborative actions with industry, and in our involvement with the community.

We dream of our institution’s steady growth with a zealous Educative Pastoral Community joyfully journeying with the young in the spirit of St. John Bosco.



As a Catholic Institution, Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) believes in the uniqueness of every person created in the image and likeness of God. As a unique individual he/she is endowed with natural and supernatural gifts that enable him/her to BECOME A GOOD CHRISTIAN, fully knowing and desiring life’s ultimate purpose-UNION WITH GOD.

As a Filipino Institution, DBTC believes in inculcating love for the country through the preservation and promotion of the Filipino culture and heritage as well as guiding the young to become HONEST CITIZENS who can make “heroic” contributions to the society.

As a Salesian Institution, DBTC believes in the educational methodology practiced by St. John Bosco known as the PREVENTIVE SYSTEM, a system anchored on the three pillars of REASON, RELIGION and LOVING-KINDNESS and implemented through ACTIVE PRESENCE.new-seal

As a Salesian Community, DBTC believes in the participative involvement of everyone who has the heart for Don Bosco’s mission to form part of the Educative Pastoral Community (administrators, personnel, teachers, parents, students, alumni, and other lay mission partners) bonded by the family spirit of St. John Bosco. DBTC believes that the active physical presence of the Educative Community in the activities of the young is the most effective way to educate them which is inspired by St. John Bosco’s motto: “Da Mihi Animas Cetera Tolle” (Give me souls; take away the rest).

As an Educational Institution, DBTC believes in the need to develop and to promote the integral human person and cultural heritage of society through ‘Technical Education’ appropriate to one’s intellectual and maturity level.