Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology
|Established||November 15, 1952|
|President||Dr. Erwin H. Malto|
|Location||Cabitan, Mandaon, Masbate|
The Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT) is a state college located at Cabitan, Mandaon, Masbate, Philippines. It operates, in cooperation with LGU-Cawayan, Masbate, a Learning Site at Cawayan offering short-term vocational courses. The DEBESMSCAT Graduate School has Off-Campus Learning Sites at (1) Cataingan, Masbate, (2) San Jacinto, Masbate, (3) Cawayan, Masbate and (4) Masbate City.
The DEBESMSCAT describes its vision as "a catalyst of transformation of the lives of ASEAN Nationals".
"The DEBESMSCAT shall develop the optimum of diverse human potentials, enhance the quality of life of communities through a knowledge-based, responsive and efficient system of academic processes and management."
It was first called the Masbate National Agricultural School and was established on November 15, 1952 by virtue of R.A. No. 605, authored by Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr., then the lone congressman of the province of Masbate. MNAS was renamed Masbate Agricultural College on June 18, 1966 by virtue of R.A. No. 4717, authored by then congressman and con-con delegate, Hon. Andres R. Clemente Jr.
MAC was renamed the Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial Agricultural College on July 30, 1977 upon approval by Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos of Resolution No. 136, series of 1976 enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Masbate on December 8, 1976.
Republic Act No. 7945 approved March 3, 1995 authored by Masbate’s Second Congressional District Representative the Honorable Luz Cleta Reyes - Bakunawa and approved by President Fidel V. Ramos, converted the DEBESMAC into the Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology with Dr. Percival V. Bartolata as its first president.
Pres. Bartolata was succeeded by Dr. Alfredo B. Atendido Sr., the acting president. On April 1, 2003, Dr. Magno S. Conag Jr. assumed his office as the second DEBESMSCAT president. Under the leadership of Dr. Magno S. Conag Jr., the DEBESMSCAT continued to experience growth particularly in the development of different curricular programs through accreditation.
On April 1, 2011, the entire DEBESMSCAT academic community and various stakeholders welcomed the third president of DEBESMSCAT, Dr. Erwin H. Malto. He vowed to improve access and quality of education offered by DEBESMSCAT.
The school provides dormitories to students and runs a hostel for visitors. The majority of students opt to construct their own cottages in areas designated as student villages or reside in private boarding houses.
Support is provided to the students through the three offices of the Office of Student Affairs: Guidance, Undergraduate Scholarship, Students' Organization and Activities. A large portion of the student population regularly avails of externally funded and institutional scholarships awarded yearly. Student loans are likewise administered and student assistants are hired by the school, earning P25 per hour. Student housing is coordinated by the Director of Auxiliary Services.
The school library houses over 100,000 volumes books and provides Internet services.
DEBESMSCAT has a sports program headed by a sports coordinator. The school runs regular PE classes, annual intramurals and active sports club, and sends athletes to compete in regional and national competitions.
The school maintains a clinic staffed by a licensed physician and a nurse, with recourse to hospitals in Masbate City.
Religious denominations operate in the school, and there is a non-denominational ecumenical center.
The college operates DZEE 93.1 MHz FM, a 10-watt educational FM station licensed by the National Telecommunication Commission for DEBESMSCAT students and personnel, transmitting information, entertainment and educational programs. The school also houses a 20-seat speech laboratory at the Institute of Arts and Sciences.
The DEBESMSCAT has laboratories in the academic institutes. The Institute of Arts and Sciences has laboratories in the basic sciences, and there are laboratories focusing on specific fields.
As of October 2012 graduate and undergraduate programs offered by DEBESMSCAT were:
The curricular programs of the college are submitted for accreditation to the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. organized in 1987, though officially registered and recognized under the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 4, 1989.
- Graduate School (GS)
- MAEd Department
- Institute of Agriculture (IA)
- BSA Department
- BSAEn Department
- Institute of Arts and Sciences (IAS)
- BSCS Department
- Institute of Technology (IT)
- BSIT Department
- Teacher Education Institute (TEI)
- Secondary Education Department
- Elementary Education Department
- Laboratory High School
- DEBESMSCAT Preparatory School