PSU Infanta History
The College of Agriculture in Infanta, Pangasinan formerly known as Western Pangasinan College of Agriculture was created by PD 1494 signed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos on June 11, 1978. On the same day, he signed the establishment of PD 1497 wherein Pangasinan State University (PSU) integrated college level courses of six state-funded institutions in Pangasinan and the College of Agriculture in Infanta was integrated as the seventh. PSU became officially operational on July 1, 1979 but the College of Agriculture in Infanta started its operation on June 1981 and earned its autonomous status in January 1983.
In August 16, 1978, President Marcos proclaimed the 1000 hectares in Barangay Bamban, Infanta for the College (Presidential Proclamation No. 1771 series of 1978). Concerned leaders (from local to national) helped in the preparation and visited the site in early 1980 and recommended (and finally approved) the construction in Calendar Year 1981 of one Administration Building, Farm Machinery Building, Vocational Agriculture Building and a water tank to start the educational institution in Western Pangasinan and nearby Zambales to serve educational needs of the youth.
The College of Agriculture in Infanta has a wide agricultural and forest reserves which serve as training ground for the students and all agencies committed to development.
While the buildings and the roads are under construction, the college held its classes in some of the rooms in Infanta Central School now the Infanta Integrated School in Infanta town on arrangement with the provincial schools Superintendent and Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC) Officials now the Department of Education (DepEd).
During the School Year 1989-1990, the Agricultural Education Outreach Project (AEOP) and Student Village Training Center (SVTC) was implemented in cooperation with the Department of Education Culture and Sports (DECS) thus bolstering the college’s quest for relevance.
In 1981, PSU Infanta Campus offered Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) – Major in Agronomy and Animal Husbandry and after a year, the two majors were changed to Crop Science and Animal Science. In 1988, the campus shifts its offering to a more intensive program which is the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) Major in Farming Systems – a special ladderized course for poor but deserving students from the province of Pangasinan. Thereafter, in accordance to CMO No. 14 series of 2008, a general BSA curriculum was implemented in SY 2011- 2012.
Teacher – Education curriculum in PSU Infanta started in SY 1982-1983 where Bachelor of Science in Agriculture added another Major which is Agricultural Education (BSA-Ag.Ed.). BSA-Ag.Ed. was changed during the SY 1989-1990 to Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education (BSAgEd) Integrated Curriculum wherein graduates of the said program can teach in Elementary or Secondary levels. In SY 2000-2001, PSU Infanta started to offer Bachelor of Secondary Education – Major in Agricultural Technology.
Dr. Marciano M. Llandado conceptualized the adoption in Infanta Campus the offering of Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) and Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) – Major in Social Studies. Said curricular programs were endorsed in the University Academic Council Meeting on March 24, 2008 and was approved for implementation through Board of Regents Resolution No.13, series of 1986. This led to the birth of the Bachelor of Elementary Education – Major in Enhanced General Education program in SY 2008-2009 and followed by the Bachelor of Secondary Education – Major in Social Studies in SY 2012-2013.
As to the accreditation status of the programs offered in the Campus, Level II was granted for Bachelor of Science in Agriculture program and Level I for Bachelor of Elementary Education.
The campus looks forward that it will be able to continually improve its operations by increasing it curricular programs and to accommodate higher number of students to serve. Thus, a proposal on the offering of its first non-board program – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Financial Management and Human Resource was born into idea thru the brilliant mind of the University President-DR. DEXTER R. BUTED.
Meanwhile, this 2020, the campus is aspiring and working hard to qualify and pass the Preliminary Survey Visit Evaluation of its BSE-Social Studies program as a continuous commitment of achieving quality assurance and excellence towards its service delivery along instruction, research, extension and production.
In the pursuit and quest for better road to traverse in the dynamic and changing environment, Infanta Campus focused its effort in supporting the University’s Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives.
PSU-Infanta Campus is also looking forward for the proposed Eco-Tourism Park with complete amenities and facilities, (livestock facilities like goatery, cattle shed, piggery, and poultry) which will be realized with the able leadership of Dr. Ian D. Evangelista – the current Acting Executive Director of the campus.