Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology

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Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr.
Memorial State College of
Agriculture and Technology
Official Seal of the Doctor Emilio B. Espinosa Senior Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology, Masbate.png
Type State college
Established November 15, 1952
President Dr. Erwin H. Malto
Location Cabitan, Mandaon, Masbate
Website http://debesmscat.edu.ph

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 as a source of quality graduates responsive to the demands of globalization.[1]


The Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology shall provide professional and technical education, advanced and specialized trainings in Agriculture, Teacher Education, Industrial Technology, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, non degree technical courses and other related disciplines to produce competent human resource for sustainable development.


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 3,668-hectare campus of mostly rolling terrain is in the municipality of Mandaon 56.5 kilometers from the provincial capital, Masbate City.[3]

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.

A strong support service is being provided to the students through the Office of Student Affairs. The OSA has three offices to assist students: 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 upgraded annually and provides Internet services.

DEBESMSCAT has an active sports program headed by a sports coordinator. Aside from regular PE classes, annual intramurals and active sports club, the school sends athletes to compete in regional and national competitions.

The school maintains a clinic staffed by a licensed physician and a nurse. Major medical emergencies are referred to hospitals in Masbate City by ambulance.

The spiritual needs of the students are addressed by the religious denominations that operate in the school. An ecumenical center is available to be used by the entire academic community.

To enhance the communicative competence of the DEBESMSCAT students, the college operates DZEE 93.1 MHz FM, a 10-watt educational FM station duly licensed by the National Telecommunication Commission. DZEE is deeply committed to realize its vision to be a valued, vital and vibrant service component of the DEBESMSCAT in reaching out to the students and the community. It aims to serve as medium of broadcast communication to DEBESMSCAT students and personnel, and to be a trusted source of information, entertainment and educational programs. The school also houses a 20-seat speech laboratory at the Institute of Arts and Sciences.

To maximize learning, the DEBESMSCAT has set up numerous laboratories in the academic institutes. The Institute of Arts and Sciences has fully equipped laboratories in the basic sciences. Laboratories focusing on specific fields are likewise provided.

Curricular offerings[edit]

As of October 2012, the following are the graduate and undergraduate programs offered by DEBESMSCAT:[4]

Program accreditation[edit]

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.[5]

Academic units[edit]

  • 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


  1. ^ http://www.debesmscat.edu.ph/
  2. ^ Office of the President. 2012. DEBESMSCAT 2011 Annual Report. ISSN 2244-2898
  3. ^ Planning Office. 2008. School Profile.
  4. ^ Office of the Registrar. 2009. DEBESMSCAT Information Bulletin.
  5. ^ http://www.aaccupqa.org.ph/