Strategically nestled among the foothills on the western slope of majestic Mt. Arayat, Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC) occupies nearly 700 hectares of government agricultural lands in the town of Magalang, province of Pampanga. The campus is about 3.5 km east of the town proper of Magalang, and about 15 km due southwest is Angeles City and Clark Field Special Economic Zone. Farther southeast about 25 km lies the City of San Fernando, the capital of Pampanga.
Established more than a century ago (1885), this state agricultural institution stands among the other public and private academic institutions in the province and in Central Luzon. The College, with its focus on Instruction, R&D, Extension-Training and Production, envisions itself to be a center of excellence for development in agriculture, science and industrial technology, and comprehensive education and training for global competitiveness.
Likewise, PAC continuously undertakes agricultural research, production and extension-training activities aimed at enhancing the quality of higher education and countryside development. Equally vital is the promotion of excellence in education and its products for improved agricultural and rural development in Pampanga as well as for the entire region.
Principally established as an agricultural school, PAC became a state college in September 1974, and 30 years later, the College offers a total of 13 undergraduate courses (both allied and non-allied courses), 2-year computer courses, a two-year course in agricultural technology, maintains a laboratory high school, an agricultural science high school, and operates a graduate school for three masteral and three doctoral degrees.
PAC has been richly endowed with both physical and human resources, and has utilized external linkages and collaborations as vital support system to pursue its academic mandate. Through the years, the College has produced 30 Ph.D’s among its faculty line-up, 100 masteral degree holders and 65 bachelor degree holders, and supported by an administrative staff of 152 personnel.
In terms of physical facilities, the College has a state of the art Audio-Visual Center, sports facilities, a Vet Med hospital, in-campus dormitories, FM radio station, Farmers’ Training Center, Tissue-culture and Feed laboratories, Internet Café, campus-based computer network and PAC website; these and many more.
External support systems are equally important and PAC has established considerable number of linkages with renown institutions - both local and international. Among the numerous institutions include: PhilRice, UP, CHED, NEDA, Philippine Carabao Center, PCARRD, CLSU, SEARCA, DAR, DOST, DAP, DA and DBP. Linkages with non-government organizations include: ALMARAI Dairy Company (Saudi Arabia), FORD Foundation, East-West Phils., USETECH Corporation and Good Earth Technology International, Inc., among others.
The College, likewise has existing exchange programs with international universities in South Korea (Hannam University, Pai Chai Univeristy, Andong National University), in the United States (Purdue University; Iowa State University) and in China (Shenzhen Business College). The College has existing partnership with ICRISAT in India in terms of R&D activities aimed at enhancing agricultural development in rainfed cropping areas.
The College will sustain pursuing for universityhood, a dream that has been long delayed and stalled over the years. Even then, PAC takes pride in its humble achievements made possible through joint efforts exerted by those caring and sharing people in and around the PAC Community – both the benefactors and the beneficiaries.