MinSCAT is now a State University

SUC President III Dr. Levy B. Arago, Jr. heads the three campuses of the newly converted state college into Mindoro State University.  (Photo credit: Taga-MinSCAT Kami)

VICTORIA, Oriental Mindoro, Apr. 15 (PIA) -- Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MinSCAT) is now a full-fledged state university.

Pursuant to Sec. 6 of Republic Act No. 10596 as amended by Republic Act No. 11006 and based on the observations and favorable recommendation by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Corporate Team, the Commission en banc confirmed by virtue of Resolution No. 110-2121 the compliance with the CHED requirements for university status of MinSCAT, thereby acknowledging its conversion into Mindoro State University (MSU).

Mindoro State University main campus in Alcate, Victoria, Oriental Mindoro (Photo credit: Jerome Jef Mendoza Zamora)

The Mindoro State University is the first university in the province of Oriental Mindoro and in the whole island of Mindoro provinces.

MinSCAT was originally the Mindoro National Agricultural School (MINAS) created by R.A. 506 as a national agricultural secondary school in the island of Mindoro. It formally opened its doors for learning on August 26, 1951.

In 1963, by authority of R.A. 3758 it opened the Collegiate Department. This steered the offering of several collegiate courses. The first two years leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) was initially offered. This was followed by the two-year course leading to Associate in Agricultural Technology (AAT) in 1973, then the complete course offering of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education (BSAE) in 1975 and the BSA curriculum developed by the Technical Panel for Agricultural Education (TPAE) based at Los Baños, Laguna was adopted by the school. This gradually replaced the BSA curriculum as well as the BSAE.

The offering of collegiate courses, in addition to the secondary curriculum which was offered since the founding of the school, made MINAS a full-fledged college (hence, the change of name from MINAS to MCAT), and was approved on June 10, 1976, by then Secretary Juan L. Manuel of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports. It was converted into State College and became MinSCAT by virtue of R.A. 8007 on May 25, 1995.

The leadership of MinSCAT as an educational institution has progressed from its Superintendent, Mr. Eligio C Ureta, Sr. (1951-1962), to Mr. Onofre F. Martin (1962-1963), Mr. Crispin E. Cabanilla (1963-1965), Mr. Antonio U. Ganir (1965-1979), Mr. Camilo P. Silvestre (1979-1990), Mr. Manolito V. Icalla as Principal-OIC (1990-1991), Mr. Jeremias A. Ortiz as Administrator-OIC (1991-1994), Dr. Angelito A. Bacudo as Principal-OIC (1994-1996).

Mindoro State University-Calapan City Campus (Photo credit: Dr. Elvi C. Escarez)

The reorganization of MinSCAT as a State College through the able leadership of Dr. Bacudo who was installed as its first President on July 8, 1996 paved way for the development of MinSCAT as a higher educational institution.

On August 2, 2007 to July 9, 2010, Dr. Jesse T. Zamora served the unexpired term of the late Dr. Angelito A. Bacudo and on July 10, 2010, he assumed the seat of the President. He coined the core values, MinSCAT plants RICE; Responsibility, Involvement, Commitment and Excellence.

The present administration of the university is now headed by SUC President III, Dr. Levy B. Arago, Jr.

Mindoro State University Bongabong Campus in Labasan, Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro (Photo courtesy: Nowena B. Joung)

The university offers graduate programs such as Ph.D. in Crop Science, Doctor of Education, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Science in Agriculture, Master in Business Administration and Master in Public Administration.

Under its undergraduate programs, the university offers the following courses: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Bachelor of Secondary Education, BS in Biosystem and Agricultural Engineering, Bachelor in Elementary Education, BS in Entrepreneurship, BS in Information Technology, BS in Environmental Science, BS in Agro-Forestry, BS in Horticulture, BS in Tourism Management, AB in English Language, Psychology and Political Science, Bachelor of Technical-Vocational Teacher Education, BS in Criminology, BS in Hospitality Management, BS in Fisheries, and BS in Computer Engineering.

The conversion to the state university is subject to the regular monitoring of CHED Regional Office and CHED Central Office concerned pursuant to existing CHED Memorandum Orders and other pertinent issuances based on the issuance of certification signed by CHED Chairperson J. Prospero De Vera III, DPA dated March 16, 2021.

Now that university offers various courses, Mindoreños can now avail free education as fundamental to development and growth.  It is one of the strongest instruments to reduce poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace and stability. (LTC/PIA-OrMin)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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