Benguet State University

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Benguet State University
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Motto Being of Service with Utmost Quality and Dedication
Established 1916
Type Government
President Dr. Ben D. Ladilad, CESO III
Students 10,000++ (elementary, secondary and tertiary)
Location La Trinidad, Benguet,  Philippines
Campus La Trinidad,
Buguias Campus,
Bokod Campus
Colors Green and Yellow

Benguet State University is a state university located in La Trinidad in Benguet province, Philippines.[1] Its name is originally La Trinidad Agricultural High School, which was later changed to La Trinidad National Agricultural School (LTNAS). When the school was nationalized, its name was again changed to Mountain National Agricultural School (MNAS). It was soon converted into the Mountain National College (MNAC); Mountain Agricultural College ( MAC ); and eventually, the Mountain State Agricultural College (MSAC) in 1969 through RA 5923.

On January 12, 1986, the school was converted into a chartered state university by virtue of Presidential Decree 2010.[2]

Colleges, Campuses & Institutions[edit]

BSU has two satellite campuses, eight colleges, two academic institutes, and a Graduate School. It also runs an Open University. These units offer graduate and undergraduate degree programs in agriculture, forestry, teacher's education, nursing, physical sciences and the arts. Some units offer non-degree programs and short courses. Colleges:



Four-Fold Function[edit]


The University is governed by the Board of Regents composed of:

Chair: Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education
Vice-Chair: University President
Members: Head from the different agencies (Departments, LGUs & Organizations)


The University is committed to attain Center of Excellence and Center of Development status from the Commission on Higher Education for its degree programs.
At present, the University is CHED SUC Level IV and attained Level III in most of its academic degree programs under AACCUP (Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines) accreditation system.
BSU main campus is situated in the municipality of La Trinidad, about 256 km North of Manila and 5 km from Baguio City.
The BSU-Buguias Campus is located in the Municipality of Buguias where the vegetable terraces abound while the BSU-Bokod Campus is located in the municipality of Bokod near the foot of Mt. Pulag, the second highest mountain in the Philippines.
The University offers seven doctorate programs, 32 masteral programs, 19 undergraduate programs and several diploma and special short courses.

Research & Extension[edit]

The Research and Development (R&D) activities of the University are undertaken toward the discovery and/or expansion of scientific knowledge and development of appropriate technologies. Extension activities are geared towards the dissemination and utilization of useful information and technologies for the improvement of the quality life. BSU is home to six research institutes:

  • Northern Philippines Rootcrops Research and Training Center (NPRCRTC)
  • Horticulture Research and Training Institute (HORTI)
  • Institute of Highland Farming Systems and Agroforestry (IHFSA)
  • Semi-Temperate Vegetable Research and Development Center (STVRDC)
  • Institute of Social Research and Development (ISRD)
  • Cordillera Organic Agriculture Development Center (COADC)
  • Benguet Vegetable Processing Center (BVPC)

The Research & Extension Publications.


The University operates income generating projects (IGPs) under the University Business Affairs (UBA) office to supplement the annual subsidy it receives from the General Appropriations Act (GAA).


This 90-year old school is nestled in the heart of La Trinidad, Benguet the strawberry capital of the Philippines.
Its history dates back to the time when the Baguio-La Trinidad road was only a rough horse trail in 1916. That was the year when the La Trinidad Experiment Station of the Bureau of Agriculture was turned over to the Bureau of Education. By this turn of events, the La Trinidad Farm School was opened with 30 pupils in Grade V.
This development trail blazed the school's metamorphosis, as it expanded its services and heightened its prominence in the area. According to earlier reports, the Farm School was planned ultimately to develop into a large normal school, where the best Igorot pupils will be given special training for the service as teachers among their own people with emphasis on agricultural education.
The school was renamed La Trinidad National Agricultural School (LTNAS). Four months later, it was nationalized and named the Mountain National Agricultural School (MNAS). It was soon converted into the Mountain National College (MNAC); Mountain Agricultural College ( MAC ); and eventually, the Mountain State Agricultural College (MSAC) in 1969 through RA 5923.
On January 12, 1986, the College was converted to a state university by virtue of Presidential Decree (PD) No. 2010 signed by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Initiatives for this development started in the 70's when former Assemblyman Andres A. Cosalan filed a bill for the elevation of the Mountain State Agricultural College to a University.
Later in 1984, the incumbent Congressman, Samuel M. Dangwa refiled the bill with some amendments until PD 2010 was signed. Another local leader responsible for the attainment of university status was former Benguet Governor Ben Palispis.
From 1916 until the late forties, the school was headed by Donato Cariño, James A. Wright, J.R. Zollanger, Clayton Abbot, Glen Grisham, Russel Taylor, Clayton C. Douglas, and Luis J. Dangilan.
Succeeding heads were Constancio T. Medrana, Julian Mamaril, Amado C. Tolentino, Bruno M. Santos, Pedro Ventura, Antonio G. Dumlao, Lawana T. Batcagan, Fortunato A. Battad, Lucio B. Victor, Cipriano C. Consolacion, Rogelio D. Colting and the incumbent President Ben D. Ladilad.

See also[edit]

Web Portal


  1. ^ "Benguet State University Website". Benguet State University. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Presidential Decree 2010". Philippine Government. January 12, 1986. Retrieved 2008-10-09.