Mandates and Function
With its fundamental mandate as a state higher education institution in agriculture and allied courses, the College also works on collaborates intensively with partner agencies to address and spearhead research and development and extension (RDE) needs of farming communities. Its clienteles are not only limited to farmers but also include those in urban centers which include agri-entrepreneurs, housewives, OSYS, etc.. The other focus of PAC is agri-enterprise development (SMEs) and in-campus crops and animal production meant to generate additional income for the College and serve their instructional purposes at the same time. Thus, PAC hopes to contribute significantly to countryside agricultural development and the national agenda on food security and sufficiency through viable R & D, extension and enterprise development.
PAC VISION, MISSION, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
As a world-class institution of higher learning dedicated to excellence in agricultural sciences, industrial technology and the allied fields, research and development, extension and training for global competitiveness and cooperation.
To transform Pampanga Agricultural College into a state university that produces world class resources, products, technologies and information for people empowerment and sustainable development.
College Goals & Objectives
PAC adopts the following institutional goals and objectives, which permeate into the various curricular offerings of its institutes and departments.
- Provide advanced technical and special instruction, training and studies in agricultural science, technology and allied fields.
- Undertake agricultural research, production and extension activities that enhance the quality of higher education and countryside development; and
- Provide excellence in education and its products for agricultural and rural development not only for Central Luzon but also for the whole country.
Perched on a white background, the institution adopts green and golden-yellow as its official colors. Both colors typify agriculture. The green color represents sowing and growing/blooming; while golden- yellow illustrates reaping or harvesting fruits of labor.
The carabao's head symbolizes agriculture. The carabao is the national animal, a draft/work animal used by farmers in cultivating the field and used for other farm-related world/activities. Hence, it is a fitting figure or symbol of agriculture - and the institution adopts this symbol being an agricultural school. The symbol is found at the center of the institution seal indicating that first and foremost, PAC is basically an agricultural school. Further, the carabao symbolizes raw (pure) power which typifies that the institution's main endeavors and strengths lie in its mandate to pursue aggressive agricultural development programs for nation building. Thus, agricultural development is the institution's core and unified role/function.
The triangle symbolizes the three-fold functions of the institution, namely; instruction, research and extension while the shield was taken from the seal of the province of Pampanga and town of Magalang, where PAC is located. The year 1974 signals the year PAC started operating as a state college, through R.A. 4576, approved on June 19, 1965.
The torch and book represent instruction. lnstruction is the fundamental mandate/function of the institution. Instruction is basically knowledge sharing by the institution to its students and other clienteles to bring about intellectual transformation, change in values, attitudes and desired behavior towards the attainment of quality of life for everyone. The book symbolizes the source of knowledge and knowledge enlightens peoples' mind, making them better and more productive individuals. A torch emits or brings out light, thus the light enlightens and guides our path toward genuine progress.
The beaker which symbolizes research is found at the center of the first-inner triangle, and inside the beaker is the head of a carabao. The latter represents research activities encompassing agriculture and allied fields. The beaker, being inside the inner triangle, means that research is the mainspring or major source of knowledge and technologies and later utilized or applied through the avenues of instruction, production and extension.
The rice field, mountain and shaking hands represent the overall extension thrusts of the institution. The institution's extension programs and other relevant/related initiatives find their rightful place and meaning in the farming communities in the region beneficiaries of these technologies. lt also depicts the institution's mutual (give and take working relationship) and productive partnership/linkages with other development-oriented institutions in order to achieve a more enhanced quality of life in the countryside.
The rice plant, with its grains of golden-yellow, represents production and/or business affairs which is one of the fundamental functions of the institution, lt is the testing arm for technology verification/validation specifically on a large scale or commercial proportion with potential for income generation. Finally, the circle symbolizes unity among the institution's various stakeholders in pursuit of development.
The College is a state institution of higher learning, fully chartered in 1974, by virtue of Republic Act No. 4576, "An Act Converting the Pampanga National Agricultural School in Magalang, Pampanga into Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC)", and complemented by Republic Act No. 8292 also known as the "Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997".
As the "agricultural" word attached in its name, it is mandated to offer agriculture and agriculture related curricular programs, not withstanding the offering of allied fields. PAC operates a single campus, which lies at the western slope of majestic Mt. Arayat in the Municipality of Magalang, Pampanga some 15 kilometers east of Angeles City.
It started as an agricultural experiment station known as "Estacion Pecuaria" in 1885 and was later renamed "La Granja Modelo de Magalang". Then it bacame Magalang Farm School, but was closed in 1898 due to revolution.
It resumed operations in 1918 with Frank T. Ebbsen as the first American principal through the efforts of Governor Honorio Ventura and Assemblyman Andres Luciano, together with American teacher Kilmer Moe. In 1921, the school began to offer curricula in both the intermediate and high school levels.
In 1938, the Philippine Legislature passed Commonwealth Act 313 renaming Magalang Farm School to Pampanga National Agricultural School (PNAS). Again, the school was closed in 1941 on account of the Second World War. It was re-opened in 1945 only to be closed once more (in August 1946) because of the HUK Rebelion. Finally, classes resumed again (in 1955) when peace restored.
Although PNAS was converted into the Pampanga Agricultural College in 1965 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4576, the said law was not fully implemented during that year, since the school was only offering secondary agriculture curriculum. Similarly, it underwent a transition stage from 1966-1969 under the supervision of the Bureau of Public Schools, the period when it actually started offering associate and bachelor programs of technical agriculture.
Its final stage to becoming a chartered state college was supervised by the Bureau of Vacational Education by virtue of RA 3742 from 1969 to 1974. Finally it operated as a chartered state college in 1974 with Superintendent Felix V. Remegio as its First President.
PAC ORGANIZATIONAL CHART
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