THE LATE PAMMA PRESIDENT COMMO GUILLERMO A DELZ CRUZ
BACKGROUND - In 1973 Engr. Guillermo A. dela Cruz had envisioned to establish a vocational school in Dagupan City. During this time only few had still thought of the importance of being vocational trained. This time was the beginning when nations in the Middle East Countries had a high demand of technically trained men and even women. It was this reason when Engr. Guillermo A. dela Cruz was encouraged and determined in his vision.
Luckily with the help of some people with similar ideas had propelled the plan to put up a vocational school so that the Pangasinan Technical Institute was established in a rented lot a block east of Luzon Colleges along Perez Boulevard, Dagupan City
During the school opening in 1974, the owner had acquired the needed permit to operate the 1-yr. Vocational Courses in Auto-Mechanics, Diesel Mechanics, Practical Electricity and Radio Mechanics. After a few years of operation, additional courses in the 1-yr. Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanics and 1-yr. Machine Shop Practice were offered.
In 1977, the administration thought of offering Maritime Courses so in 1978 the school was granted the permit to operate the 2-yr. Associate in Marine Engineering and the 3-Yr. Associate in Marine Transportation and the school was named PANGASINAN MARITIME ACADEMY. These two courses were still new North of Manila and that enrollment increased year by year.
A few years of operation of the college courses in maritime, a permit again for the 2-Yr. Technical Courses in Marine Electronics Technician, Marine Electrical Technician and Marine Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Technician and not long after the name was change to PANGASINAN MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY.
Our first batches of graduates in the maritime courses were those in 1980. Since then many were able to land a job as seamen. After gaining the required shipboard experience, the graduates took the examination in the Professional Regulation Commission for Deck and Engine Officers.
Up to the present time, the school has also a training center of its own where the Basic Safety Training Courses or Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).