By Bernadette D. Bagalay and Rosalie Cabico-Leal
The University President Dr. Aleth M. Mamauag and Mayor Crispina R. Agcaoili bound their commitment in strengthening academic agricultural capability by signing the Memorandum of Agreement on the extension class of Diploma in Agricultural Technology Program at ISU-San Mateo on Monday, November 17 at the Alba Hall of ISU-Echague, Isabela.
Prior to the MOA signing, a series of dialogue meeting with the national agencies such as Agricultural Training Institute Regional Training Center Region 2, Bureau of Plant and Industry-National Seed Quality Control and Services, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and Philippine Rice Research Institute were conducted to seek support and to determine the possibility of offering the program. The Directors of the said agencies eventually signified their commitment and offered their facilities and equipment to provide experiential learning to the future enrollees.
The sustainability of the program is ensured by allotting 9.7 M for the salaries of faculty and staff, supplies and materials, classroom, and laboratory equipment from the Local Funds of San Mateo. Likewise, the program will initially have 66 enrollees which will be sponsored by the 33 barangays of San Mateo.
The three university vice presidents Dr. Rufino Calpatura, Dr. William Medrano, Dr. Emilia Martinez, together with Dr. Leon M. Gonzales, Campus Administrator of ISU-San Mateo, Dr. Robinson Perez, the Chair of the Feasibility Study on the Offering of DAT, the Sangguniang Bayan Members led by Vice Mayor Roberto Agcaoili, Agricultural Officer Emiliano Camba, and Budget Officer Reynaldo Cristobal witnessed the signing of MOA. Other university and campus officials were also present to show their support.