The University of Perpetual Help System prides itself for its commitment to providing quality service in not one but two important undertaking: education and health care. Founded in 1976 by the late Dr. Jose De Guzman Tamayo and Dr. Josefina Laperal Tamayo, the UPH continues to pave the way towards quality education and healthcare service.

Until the 1970’s, advances in medical care in the Philippines were focused mainly in a few major urban areas. The majority of the rural communities were left either with little to no manpower resources and facilities. Recognizing the severity of the problem, Dr. Jose G. Tamayo founded the Perpetual Help Education & Health Care Institutions, which became one of the forerunners in the decentralization of the Philippine Medical Education and Health Care delivery systems.

The Perpetual Help System began in 1952 with the establishment of the Perpetual Help Clinic in Sampaloc, Manila.  After 14 years, a bigger, better Perpetual Help Hospital, located at the corners of V. Concepcion and Laong-Laan Streets in Manila, opened its doors to provide health care to a larger segment of the community.  The founders, however, wanted to serve not just health care clients; they recognized a growing need for adequate training to those who were tasked in administering health care. Thus, the birth of the Perpetual Help School of Nursing in 1968, also in Manila.


Having achieved that goal, Dr. Jose G. Tamayo recognized a need for a satellite health care and healthcare education service provider, ‘especially in far flung areas, those that are in the periphery’.  So while operations were underway in the Manila branch, plans were drawn up closely followed by the building of the campus in Biñan, Laguna, in 1976 with 300 nursing students.

Within two years and just in time for the clinical rotation of the first batch of nursing students, the three-story Perpetual Help Hospital in Biñan, Laguna became operational.  In another year or so, Perpetual Help School of Nursing would graduate its first batch of nursing students, one of whom would be the 1st board topnotcher.  Every year since, the University of Perpetual Help – Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University would consistently produce topnotchers and top ten graduates in any of its ten health allied programs.


On January 10, 1993, a top-level meeting of the Board of Trustees and Directors of the University of Perpetual Help System was convened to pursue a comprehensive and integrated corporate planning process in its bid to apply for a University status.

After three years of visitation, evaluation, improvement, and verification, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) granted University Status to the University of Perpetual Help System with campuses in Las Piñas, Laguna and UPH-DJGT Medical University. The University of Perpetual Help System thus has the distinction of being the first University System created by CHED.

In ceremonies held at the UPHS Performing Arts Theatre in Biñan, Laguna on April 20, 1997, CHED (Director) Amelia Biglete presented the charter granting the University of Perpetual Help System its University Status to Dr. Jose G. Tamayo. The activity was dedicated to the pioneering spirit of the late Dr. Josefina Laperal Tamayo on her natal day.