The City Council of Iloilo City declared CPU as a Tourism site. The declaration is contained in Iloilo Council Resolution No. 2001-1140 which was unanimously approved during the regular weekly session of the Sangguniang Panlunsod of Iloilo City last November 21, 2001. The approved resolution was sponsored by Councilor Raul Gonzalez Jr., chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industry. This makes CPU as the first and only university in the Philippines and perhaps in the world to be declared as a tourism destination by a local government unit.
In approving the resolution, the city council took cognizance of the beautiful 24-hectare campus whose atmosphere is conducive to study and reflection, and whose buildings are famous for their American and Malayan architectural designs. The well-landscaped, clean, and green campus is also endowed with many attractive amenities like the Alumni Promenade-Concert Park, Alumni Garden, Alumni Gazeboes and Benches, Alumni Prayer Park and Roselund Hostel.
The city council mentioned CPU as home to the largest library in Western Visayas, the Henry Luce III Library, with more than 200,000 volumes including holdings of special collections like the 40.000 United Nations Documents, World War II Documents, American Studies Resource Center, Meyer-Asian Collection, Food and Agriculture Organization and Elizabeth Knox Sacred Music Collection.
The Promenade of Lights, an annual joint project of CPU and the CPU Alumni Association, Inc., with the lighted figurines, trees and buildings, nativity scenes, and colorful lanterns attracting thousands of local and foreign tourists during the Christmas season was also highlighted in the resolution.
The city council expressed optimism that CPU and the Iloilo City Government will mutually benefit from all possible forms of tourism-related partnership between them, especially because the University offers a Bachelor of Science in Tourism program.
This implies that CPU is now an accredited institution by the City Tourism Office and will be included in printed brochures as a recommended tourist destination. The University is also entitled to seek support from the Department of Tourism for any tourism-related projects.
Gaining ISO 9001:2000 status. In line with the University's move towards International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2000 certification, Central Philippine University held an ISO rally on 9 January 2004, 4:00 p.m. at the Alumni Promenade Concert Park. The scope of accreditation that is being sought is for the educational system of the whole university.
CPU has adopted ISO 9001:2000 (1) to improve its internal processes and provide superior quality services; (2) to achieve global excellence that satisfies the expectations of the university community, partner institutions, and the general public; and (3) to adopt it as a tool in helping achieve its vision of a University that is committed to Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL) that is responsive to the needs of the total person and the world.
ISO 9001:2000 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its quality to provide products that fulfill customer and applicable regulatory requirements and aims to enhance customer satisfaction. ISO 9001:2000 covers quality management system requirements.
CPU has complied satisfactorily with the ISO requirements and has maintained its status. The ISO 9001:2000 status of CPU aims to help uplift the University’s standard of excellence. It was certified last December 10, 2004 and the awarding program was held on January 7, 2005. An external surveillance audit shall be held every six months for three years.
CPU is one of the ten educational institutions in the Philippines that is ISO certified. ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is a network of the national standards institutes of 153 countries, on the basis of one member per country. The Bureau of Product Standards has been the Philippines representative to ISO.
Gaining full autonomous status from the Commission on Higher Education.Effective 22 October 2001 to 21 October 2006, Central Philippine University (CPU) was full autonomous as granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) through Memorandum Order No. 32, Series of 2001. This is in recognition of CPU’s committed service through quality education, research and extension work. This also means that CPU can now offer new courses by virtue of a Board Resolution without seeking a government permit, and issue to its graduating students special orders which traditionally come from CHED. Autonomous schools have been thoroughly monitored by CHED before they were given this status. The autonomous status of the University was again renewed on 22 October 2006 until March 31, 2007. By the standards and criteria established, we are certain of autonomy renewal for the next five years.
Jaro Cultural and Heritage Foundation. Central Philippine University (founded in October 1905) was given the Pioneer Award as the First University in Jaro, Iloilo City by the Jaro Cultural and Heritage Tourism Foundation, Inc., on 12 November 2002, at the Jaro Plaza Covered Court.
Several Centralians were also recognized during the prestigious awarding rites honoring outstanding Jareno such as President Juanito Acanto, adopted son of Jaro, for outstanding Management in Education; Mr. Benito Jimena, Outstanding Jareno on Banking Management; Engr. Jorge Y. Tamayo, first Structural Engineer in Iloilo City; Dr. Elma S. Herradura, First Jareno Ph.D. in Education; and Engr. Aurora Alerta-Lim, Pioneer Jareno on Environmental Engineering.