Tarlac Agricultural University
|Pamantasang Pang-agrikultura ng Tarlac|
|Tarlac College of Agriculture|
|Budget||₱151 million (2015)|
|President||Dr. Max P. Guillermo|
|Location||Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines
|Newspaper||Golden Harvest, The Tillers|
|Colors||Green and White|
The Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU), formerly the Tarlac College of Agriculture, is a public university in the province of Tarlac, Philippines. It is mandated to provide professional, technical and instruction for special purposes and to promote research extension services and progressive leadership in agriculture, agricultural education, home technology and other related fields. Its main campus is located in Malacampa, Camiling, Tarlac.
TCA derives its legal mandate as an autonomous state agricultural college from Presidential Decree (PD) 609 dated December 18, 1974 which officially terminated its merger with the Tarlac College of Technology, now Tarlac State University (TSU). As highlighted in PD 609, TCA is mandated to undertake instruction, research and extension including production programs in agriculture, agricultural engineering, veterinary science, forestry and natural resources management in Central Luzon.
The Tarlac College of Agriculture was established in 1944 as Camiling Boys/Girls High School. It started with 368 students, 13 faculty members and a school principal. But it stopped operation in December 1944 and resumed after the Liberation as Tarlac High School, Camiling Branch. The reopening of the school was a response to the clamor of parents whose children stopped schooling during the war years and the difficulty of traveling from Camiling to Tarlac.
On July 6, 1945 Municipal Resolution No. 34 created the Camiling Vocational Agriculture School (CVAS) replacing Tarlac High School, Camiling Branch. That it focused on vocational agriculture was considered a means to hasten the economic recovery of the town from the ravages of the war. CVAS had 534 students and 13 faculty. From 1945 to 1948, the school offered two curricula – the general academic to enable the former students to graduate and the agriculture curriculum for the first year and second year. On September 26, 1946, the school was renamed Camiling Rural High School (CRHS). In 1948, the general curriculum was phased out.
Early in 1952, the Director of Public Schools served notices that the school should be relocated to a permanent site and increase the declining enrollment. Otherwise it might be closed or transferred to another town. The most conducive for an agricultural school’s expansion was found in Malacampa, a barangay seven kilometers away from the town proper. In June 1953, the school with 155 students and eight faculty moved to the new site. Classrooms and offices were made of bamboos and nipa in the “middle of a wilderness.” Funds from FOA-PHILCUSA later came and permanent buildings replaced the bamboo structures.
Expansion and development was accelerated when CRHS was converted to Tarlac National Agricultural School (TNAS) in 1957, under a Superintendent. It became a policy to make all projects profitable – piggery, poultry, goat and vegetables. Linkaging for research started from pork barrel funds. In 1961, the two-year technical agriculture post secondary course was opened and in 1963, the Health Center was built out of funds from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes. By that time, TNAS already had a school hymn and a student publication, “The Carabao.”
In 1965, TNAS and Tarlac School of Arts and Trades (TSAT) were merged to become the Tarlac College of Technology. TNAS became TCT-College of Agriculture (TCT-CA) while TSAT became the Tarlac College of Technology – College of Arts and Trades (TCT-CAT) by virtue of RA 4337. As TCT-CA, it offered three degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education major in Elementary Agriculture or Home Economics (BSEEd); Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) major in Crop Science/Animal Science; and Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering (BSAEng’g). Government programs related to agriculture, especially after the declaration of Martial Law in 1972 gave a boost to the enrollment in these courses. Graduates found immediate employment here and abroad. From all indications the school could well become autonomous.
Thus, on December 18, 1974 by virtue of PD 609 issued by President Ferdinand E. Marcos, Tarlac College of Agriculture became one of the state colleges in the country. The first College President was Mr. Jose L. Milla. During President Milla’s stewardship, the campus area was increased to 60 hectares; a forestry laboratory in Titi Calao, Mayantoc was acquired through PD 1506; Fishery was added to the existing production projects and joint researches with IRRI were undertaken. Enrollment further increased and the number of faculty and non-teaching.
The second College President was Robustiano J. Estrada. Upon his assumption, the ten-year development program and the TCA Code were prepared. There was a major reorganization in the administrative set up of the College. Two Vice-Presidents were designated: the Vice-President for Administrative and Business Affairs took care of the non-academic staff and functions; and the Vice- President for Academic Affairs was in charge of the academic programs now based in different Institutes under a Dean. There was an exodus of faculty to take graduate studies because of the promotion scheme of state universities and colleges that gave highest point to educational attainment.
Infrastructure development was also accelerated by Estrada. Academic buildings rose to accommodate enrollment that reached thousands and which increased every year. Twenty-one faculty cottages, the Girl’s Dorm and Boy’s Dorm, a guest house, six-door staff apartment, a research and development building, a multi-purpose building, the Administration cum library and the chapel were all constructed. The old structures were repaired and PAG-ASA established an Agro-Metrological Station. These gave a new look to the campus. By then the campus has expanded to 70 hectares, including a 4-hectare athletic oval. Research and Extension also expanded and the TCA became a byword among households in the service area. The production projects also increased, notably rice, vegetables, piggery, poultry, goat, cattle, nursery, fruit trees, seedlings and canteen service. Feliciano S. Rosete became the 3rd President of TCA when Estrada’s term expired in 1989. During the first five years of Rosete’s term, other infrastructures came about. The landmark was the Farmers’ Training Center built from the Countrywide Development Fund (CDF) of the then Senator Alberto G. Romulo. It was also during Pres. Rosete’s term that scholarships from private individuals and NGOs started pouring in, and more curricular programs were offered. Extension and Research accomplishments also multiplied.
In 2001, Philip B. Ibarra became the 4th President of TCA. His administration is noted for sustaining the gains and glories of the past while working out for more. TCA then was notable for revolutionizing its curricular offerings, computerization of enrolment and administrative system, aggressive accessing of financial and material resources, development of new leaders, and strengthening existing partnerships with local and international organizations. All these initiatives has Pushed TCA to be the Best Institution through Transparent and Caring Administration. On January 14, 2010, Max P. Guillermo, assumed the presidency of this College. He pursues a new strategic planning initiative: TCA at 2015 that outlines the formulated institutional plans, based on strategic programmatic strengths to be supported by a comprehensive development plan to make TCA an energized incubator of new ideas and center of innovation.
The second term of the president unfolds more aggressive realization of the goals of the College to pursue opportunities thru external relations such as sending OJT students abroad, faculty exchange, research paper presentations and forging partnerships with universities in Asia and the world over. More outputs and completion of programs, projects and activities will be generated through the collective efforts of the administration, faculty and staff as well as the students and partner agencies. The incessant establishment of linkages with various sectors intensifies TCA’s presence to be more visible. TCA will brace more challenges of the ASEAN 2015 and globalization at a greater sphere.
After years of persistent hard work and months of anxious waiting, finally, the Tarlac College of Agriculture (TCA), home of agriculture-based scientific technology in Tarlac, is now Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU). Signed on May 10, 2016 by His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, Republic Act No. 10800 formally converted TCA to TAU, making the institution as the first state college in the country to be converted into a university through the Merit Evaluation System of the Commission on Higher Education (CMO No.46,S. 2012); another first for the institution.
The carabao has always been the symbol of the Tarlac College of Agriculture. The carabao is resilient even through the ages, synonymous to actions and sustained accomplishments, that is TCA through the years. It is always good to go back to memory lane and learn how the College has weathered storms before reaching its present status.
Colleges and courses offered
College of Agriculture and Forestry
Dr. Cielito A. Beltran, Dean, CAF.
- Doctor of Philosophy: majors in Animal Science, Crop Science, Rural Development
- Master of Science in Agriculture: majors in Agricultural Extension, Agronomy, Farming Systems, Animal Science, Horticulture
- Master of Science in Forestry: majors in Community Development, Reforestation Management
- Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA): majors in Agronomy, Crop Protection, Horticulture, Animal Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Economy, Agroforestry
- Bachelor of Animal Science (BAS)
- Bachelor of Science in Food Technology (BSFT)
- Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF)
- Certificate in Agriculture (two years)
- Certificate in Animal Technology (two years)
- Certificate in Landscaping (two years)
- Forest Ranger Course
College of Business and Management
Dr. Danilo N. Oficiar, Dean, CBM.
- Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
- Bachelor of Arts in Economics
- Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: major in Human Resources Development Management and Business Management
- Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management
College of Education
Dr. Arnold Lorenzo, Dean, CED.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Development Education
- Master of Arts in Education: majors in Educational Management, General Science, Mathematics
- Bachelor of Elementary Education: majors in General Education, Pre-School Education
- Bachelor of Secondary Education: major in Physical Science, Mathematics, Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE)
- Bachelor of Science in Home Technology
- Certificate in Home Technology
- Laboratory School Programs
- Secondary Science & Technology Curriculum
- Secondary Agri-Home Curriculum
College of Engineering and Technology
Dr. Guillermo S. Rillon, Jr., Dean, CET.
- Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering: majors in Farm Mechanization, Soil and Water Management, Irrigation and Drainage
- Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering: majors in Crop Processing, Soil and Water Management
- Bachelor of Science in Geodetic Engineering
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
- Certificate in Computer Hardware Technology
- Certificate in Office Management
College of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Ma. Asuncion G. Beltran, Dean, CVM.
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- "TCA is now TAU". Tarlac Agricultural University Official Website. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
- "Tarlac College of Agriculture Approved Budget 2015". Retrieved 9 July 2016.
- "State Universities and Colleges Statistical Bulletin" (PDF). Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
- "Philippine Presidential Decree No. 609 Section 2". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
- "Mandate of Tarlac College of Agriculture". Tarlac College of Agriculture Official Website. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- "Senate Bill No. 2744 Tarlac Agricultural University". Senate of the Philippines. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
- "Republic Act No. 10800". The Corpus Juris. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
An Act Converting the Tarlac College of Agriculture (TCA) in the Municipality of Camiling, Province of Tarlac into a State University to be Known as the Tarlac Agricultural University
- "Tarlac College of Agriculture History". Tarlac College of Agriculture Official Website. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
- "Symbol of Tarlac College of Agriculture". Tarlac College of Agriculture Official Website. Retrieved 13 January 2016.