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Republic Act No. 9159 entitled “An Act Converting the J.H. Cerilles Polytechnic College in the Municipality of San Miguel, Province of Zamboanga del Sur into a State College to be known as J.H. Cerilles State College, Appropriating Funds therefore and for other Purposes” paved the way for the creation of the JH Cerilles State College – School of Law.
Section 3 of the said act provides that “The College shall offer undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of education, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, engineering, industrial technologies, arts and sciences, and other degree courses as the Board of Trustees may deem necessary to carry out its objectives. It also offers opportunities in short-term technical or vocational courses within its areas of specialization to meet the needs of the province and the region.”
In response to this call for quality education, a meeting was held on February 23, 2005 in Zamboanga City and through Board Resolution No. 18 Series of 2005, the Board of Trustees headed by CHED Commissioner H.J.A. Luningning Misuarez-Umar, Ed.D unanimously approved to grant the opening of J.H. Cerilles State College, College of Law with Atty. Domingo T. Redelosa IV, the incoming Trustee at that time, as the designated Dean.
Under the leadership of Dean Redelosa IV, the School of Law was able to produce 46 passers from 2010 to 2023 Bar Examinations. In 2019, the Board of Trustees passed Board Resolution No. 064 entitled “A Resolution Approving the Conversion of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree of J.H. Cerilles State College to Juris Doctor (JD) Graduate Degree Effective First Semester 2019-2020; and Conferring the Previous LLB Graduates of JH Cerilles State College as Juris Doctor Degree Holders.”
As one of the Legal Education Institutions (LEIs) which was established for a long time, the J.H. Cerilles State College – School of Law remains steadfast in its mission to produce quality and competent young lawyers who are ready to embark the less-travelled road of the legal profession. To date, the school has consistently performed well in the annual Bar examinations and has been compliant with the guidelines and requirements laid down by the Legal Education Board (LEB).
ATTY. DOMINGO T. REDELOSA IV
June 2005-August 2023
ATTY. ROSE STEPHANIE D. FLORENDO, RN, MN
September 2023-January 2024
ATTY. ROMYLYN O. REGIDOR, CPA, LL.M
February 2024-Present
The JHCSC School of Law strives to be an outstanding public law school not only in the province of Zamboanga del Sur but also in the ASEAN community. To achieve this end, we prepare students to be lawyers and leaders to serve the entire nation, to become globally competitive in the different fields of the legal profession, to produce widely recognized and sustainable legal scholarship, and to contribute to the advancement of justice pursuant to the vision and mission of the state college.

JHCSC School of Law Organizational Structure
Name:
ATTY. ROMYLYN O. REGIDOR, CPA, LL.M.

Position:
Dean

Other Details:
  • San Beda University (Master of Laws, Commercial Law Track)
  • Pagadian Capitol College
  • Saint Columban College (Cum Laude)
  • Currently the Dean and Associate Professor V – J.H. Cerilles State College, School of Law
  • Part-Time Professor – Pagadian Capitol College, Saint Columban College School of Law
  • Chairperson – Pagadian Capitol College Legal Aid Center (a non-stock, non-profit and service institution which provides legal counseling and legal representation)
  • Previously the Chief Treasury Operations Officer I, Officer-In-Charge and Acting Provincial Head – Bureau of the Treasury Region IX (13 years in service)
  • Previously the Regional Accountant – Bureau of the Treasury and Quedan & Rural Credit Guarantee Corporation
  • A Certified Associate Treasury Professional, previously the Legal Focal Person (Mindanao Cluster) and Focal Person for its Financial Literacy Campaign – Bureau of the Treasury
  • Shortlisted Applicant for Philippine Commission on Women Potential Member of PCW GAD Resource Pool (Regional Level)
  • Commercial Law Review, Insurance, Corporation Law, Public International Law, Torts and Damages, Public Corporation, Gender Sensitivity and Laws on Women, and undergraduate RFBT and other Business Laws Subjects
  • 10 years of teaching including undergraduate courses
Name:
ATTY. PABLITO M. ABAD JR.

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • Andres Bonifacio College
  • Assistant Regional Director, National Police Commission
  • Evidence; Criminal Law Book I; Criminal Law Book II and Criminal Procedure
  • 8 years of teaching
Name:
ATTY. KURT F. CAJETA

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • University of San Jose Recoletos
  • Administrative Officer V – Local Government Unit, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur; Private Practitioner
  • Administrative Law and Law on Public Officers; Commercial Law Review and Political and International Law Review
  • 4 years of teaching
Name:
ATTY. RODOLF JOHN G. DELA CRUZ

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • Xavier University
  • Private Practitioner
  • Constitutional Law II; Constitutional Law I; and Political and International Law
  • 5 years of teaching
Name:
ATTY. WILFRENO B. LUZA

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • University of Visayas
  • Private Practitioner
  • Basic Succession Law; Special Proceedings; and Civil Law Review
  • 27 years of teaching
Name:
ATTY. JANNO LOUIE CEASAR A. LUZON, CPA

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • San Beda University – LLM (60 units)
  • Pagadian Capitol College
  • Audit Team Leader, State Auditor IV at Commission on Audit
  • Advanced legal & Judicial Ethics
Name:
ATTY. CLIFF-CYRIL A. MAGALLANES

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • University of San Carlos
  • Attorney IV, Department of Education
  • Commercial Laws I; Corporation and Basic Securities Law; and Commercial Laws II
  • 4 years of teaching
Name:
JUDGE MARIA THERESA L. OH

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan
  • MCTC Judge, Supreme Court of the Philippines
  • Basic Taxation Law; Taxation Law II; Taxation Law Review; Practice Court II; and Legal Research and Writing
  • 17 years of teaching
Name:
ATTY. CHRISTINE S. PADAYHAG

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • San Sebastian College – Recoletos Manila – LLM (in progress)
  • JH Cerilles State College
  • Private Practitioner, Padayhag & Padayhag Law Office
  • Legal Research and Writing; and Statutory Construction
Name:
JUDGE CRISLYN C. PANGINDIAN-SANCHO

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • Xavier University
  • MCTC Judge, Supreme Court of the Philippines
  • Criminal Law II; Practice Court II with CLEP Integration; Criminal Law I; Evidence; and Insurance
  • 10 years of teaching
Name:
ATTY. JANETTE PANUNCIALMAN-ESCOBIDO

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • University of San Jose Recoletos
  • Public Attorney II, Public Attorney’s Office
  • Civil Procedure I; Provisional Remedies; and Civil Procedure II
  • 10 years of teaching
Name:
FR. ROLANDO Y. RAFOL

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • Lateran Pontifical University, Rome, Italy
  • Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Pagadian
  • Philosophy of Law
  • 12 years of teaching
Name:
FISCAL ROBERT H. ROSALES

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • Western Mindanao State University
  • Prosecutor I, Department of Justice
  • Remedial Law Review; Criminal Procedure; and Evidence
  • 6 years of teaching
Name:
ATTY. MARY JOAN B. SARMIENTO

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • Pagadian Capitol College
  • Private Practitioner
  • Labor Law and Social Legislation; Labor Law Review; Criminal Law Review; and Philosophy of Law
  • 7 years of teaching
Name:
ATTY. SUZANNE MARGARET S. TABUNDA

Position:
Faculty
Other Details:
  • San Sebastian College – Recoletos Manila – LLM (in progress)
  • University of San Carlos
  • District Public Attorney, Public Attorney’s Office
  • Legal and Judicial Ethics and Practical Exercises; and Public International Law
  • 9 years of teaching
Name:
FISCAL LEAH MAE A. TANK

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • University of San Carlos
  • Assistant City Prosecutor, Department of Justice
  • Obligation and Contracts; and Persons and Family Relations
Name:
ATTY. REX JULIUS A. TRAYA

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • JH Cerilles State College
  • Private Practitioner
  • Property and Land Law; Agency, Trust and Partnership
  • 4 years of teaching
Name:
ATTY. NILDA F. VICENTE

Position:
Faculty

Other Details:
  • San Sebastian College – Recoletos Manila – LLM (30 units)
  • University of Cebu
  • Public Attorney II, Public Attorney’s Office
  • Labor Relation Law; and Labor Law Review
  • 9 years teaching
Name:
PHILIP JAMES B. DULATRE

Position:
Clerk

Name:
KAREN L. GANTONOC

Position:
LEB Coordinator

Name:
RECHELLE SURMEON

Position:
Registrar-In-charge
Name:
SHIENALIE S. LUBON

Position:
Librarian
Name:
JANETTE O. VIDAL

Position:
Library-Staff

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2023

  • Atty. Atilano, Jourdan E.
  • Atty. Culanag, Rojean
  • Atty. Lagare, Leizel
  • Atty. Nano, Charisse A.
  • Atty. Nodado, Glory Grace-Obenza
  • Atty. Paras, Kornessa
  • Atty. Ramirez, Climaco III
  • Atty. Wayco, Honeylyn

2022

  • Atty. Maybell N. Abian
  • Atty. Diamante A. Aras
  • Atty. Eduardo B. Alegata, Jr.
  • Atty. Joana Marie M. Bacang.
  • Atty. Philip Jason G. Lopez
  • Atty. Lady Stephen B. Obiso
  • Atty. Lodivina C. Otero
  • Atty. Daryl Jay M. Pagunsan
  • Atty. Danica Angela E. Pulmano
  • Atty. Rey L. Salahit
  • Atty. Thorvaldt Tristan T. Tambolero

2021

  • Atty. Christine Rose S. Padayhag
  • Atty. Mechele T. Sabasales
  • Atty. Darwin Charles G. Zambo
  • Atty. Esther Marie S. Ringon
  • Atty. Jezza Marie R. Fernandez
  • Atty. Lucky April Ebrole
  • Atty. Evan Sean C. Jabone
  • Atty. Jhonjie C. Alviar
  • Atty. Ace Julius Z. Alcano
  • Atty. Arnold B. Carator
  • Atty. Glicelmie S. Fabriga
  • Atty. Lynfel A. Secuya

2020

  • Atty. Rose Stephanie D. Florendo
  • Atty. Vanessa Lane C. Lacharon

2019

  • Atty. Crisper Vincent T. Tingcang
  • Atty. Abdel Jalloud B. Balindong

2017

  • Atty. Liezel Mae S. Sagga
  • Atty. Shine Novel L. Saipudin
  • Atty. Blesila C. Manaois-Rabago
  • Atty. James S. Bollozos
  • Atty. Junsanly I. Itumay

2016

  • Atty. Rex Julius A. Traya

2015

  • Atty. Mayus Ryan D. Ando

2014

  • Atty. Vicvie D. Antenero-Paquibot

2013

  • Atty. Jed M. Labador

2011

  • Atty. Medrobel P. Ylanan

2010

  • Atty. Felix M. Escalante, Jr.

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