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CSC Recognized by CHED as Provincial Institute in Agri-Fisheries

The Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) College of Agriculture and Fisheries was among the 77 colleges in the country recognized by Commission on Higher Education as Provincial Institute of Agriculture and Fisheries (PIAF).

Batalay fisherfolks.

With this recognition, the CSC was initially allocated with P250, 000.00 for the upgrading of its agri-fisheries facilities.

According to Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, CSC president, the upgrading is one of the priorities of the college in support to the National Agriculture and Fisheries Education System (NAFES), including the strengthening of the program offerings of the College of Agriculture and Fisheries.

NAFES was created through RA 8435 which mandates CHED, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and appropriate government agencies such as state universities and colleges, to upgrade the quality, ensure sustainability and promote global competitiveness of agriculture and fisheries education.

The college will allocate P50, 000.00 for the purchase of instructional materials while the remaining fund will be for the purchase of equipments.

Lined-up equipment for procurement are drying oven, feed mixer, corn sheller, swine pregnancy detector, seed moisture tester, veterinary instruments and hygrometer.

As identified PIAF, CSC CAF is also expected to conduct verification trials and other research activities that maybe assigned in accordance with the Research Development and Extension System of AFMA; assist local government units and other government agencies or institutions in matters affecting agriculture and fisheries; and establish technologically advanced agribusiness demonstration programs in partnership with local governments.

Meanwhile, two graduates of CSC passed the July 2010 Licensure Examination for Agriculturist.

The successful examinees are Josel B. Reyes, 2005 BS in Agriculture major in Crop Science and Ronald T. Santelices, 2007 BS in Agriculture major in Crop Science.

The CSC College of Agriculture and Fisheries obtained a passing rate of 11 %. PRC reported that 972 out of 2,689 or 36.15% passed the licensure exam given by the Board of Agriculture.

On the other hand, three graduates of the CSC were granted with license without examination by virtue of PRC Board Resolutions 9 - 11 and 12 series of 2009 and PRC Board Resolutions 1-4 and 5 series of 2010.

The grantees are Ramon F. Samonte, Instructor I at the CSC Panganiban Campus and former technician of the municipal agricultural office of Virac; Delfin T. Samar of the municipal agriculture office of Bato and Antonio F. Ubalde, agriculturist at the DA Research Outreach Station in Casoocan, Virac. Five hundred fifty applicants were approved for registration without examination as agriculturist.

Republic Act 8435 grants eligibility to graduates of agriculture courses and other related programs in natural sciences, as well as economics, nutrition and dietetics, business administration, chemical engineering and education Additionally, they must have also served the agriculture industry, either in government or in private sector, for not less than five years before the effectivity of the Act on December 25, 2002. (GSRubio/PR and Information Services)

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