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
TypeState college
EstablishedNovember 15, 1952
PresidentDr. Erwin H. Malto
LocationCabitan, 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) San Jacinto, Masbate, (2) Cawayan, Masbate and (3) Masbate City.


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.

In 2015, the state college prepared its processes to be able to apply for ISO 9001:2008 certification, which is all about Quality Management System (QMS). Mock audit of the QMS consultant was conducted on October 27-28, 2015 and November 5-6, 2015. Internal audit followed on November 18-20, 2015. Stage 1 audit was conducted on February 11-12, 2016. On April 18-19, 2016, Stage 2 audit was held. And on June 11, 2016, the most sought certification was given to the DEBESMSCAT by AJA (Anglo-Japanese-American) Registrars, its QMS auditor.

House Bill No. 7733, an act converting DEBESMSCAT into Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. - Masbate State University (DEBESMSU), was approved on the Third Reading on October 15, 2018.[2]


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.

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 used to operate 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.

Curricular offerings[edit]

As of October 2017, graduate and undergraduate programs offered by DEBESMSCAT are:[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)
    • Doctor of Education (EdD) Department
    • MAEd Department
  • College of Agriculture (CA)
    • BSA Department
    • BSAEn Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
    • BSCS Department
  • College of Technology (CT)
    • BSIT Department
  • College of Education (CE)
    • Secondary Education Department
    • Elementary Education Department
    • Laboratory High School (transferred to Cabitan National High School)
    • DEBESMSCAT Preparatory School


  1. ^ Office of the President. 2012. DEBESMSCAT 2011 Annual Report. ISSN 2244-2898
  2. ^ https://www.senate.gov.ph/lis/bill_res.aspx?congress=17&q=HBN-7733
  3. ^ Planning Office. 2008. School Profile.
  4. ^ Office of the Registrar. 2017. DEBESMSCAT Information Bulletin.
  5. ^ http://www.aaccupqa.org.ph/