PSAU to UMak: “Malaus kayu pu!”

Pampanga State Agricultural University – Formerly PAC (PSAU) warmly welcomed the UMak delegation on Tuesday, May 14 during the ceremonial signing of their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), led by PSAU’s President Anita David who gave her commitment to support UMak and work together to complement and not compete with each other, even as both are higher education institutions.

The UMak delegation was in full force with the attendance of all seven Management Committee members headed by President Elyxzur Ramos together with VP for Academic Affairs Ederson Tapia, VP for Administration Jewel Bulos, VP for Finance Luke Ivan Moro, VP for Planning and Research Maria Fay Nenette Cariaga, VP for Student Services and Community Development Virgilio Tabbu, and University Secretary Juvy Hermosura. Also present were Center for Internationalization, Linkages, and Placement Director Cynthia Margaretta Jose and Center for Integrated Communications Director Lourlene Joy Ugaddan.

President Ramos signed the MOU, with VP Tapia, VP Cariaga, and USec Hermosura as witnesses. In his words of commitment, President Ramos thanked PSAU for the esteemed opportunity to be one of its partners and shared that he came to the ceremony wearing two hats – one as UMak president and the other as a standing committee member of the 2nd Congressional Commission on Education.

Fully understanding the significance of the agriculture sector in moving the country forward, he was pleased to note the upward trend of the study of agriculture, especially in Technical-Vocational Education and Training. With UMak located in the country’s central business district, a key area of relevant and mutual collaboration between the two universities may be in effectively integrating entrepreneurship and business with agriculture.Other top PSAU officials who participated in the event were VP for Academic Affairs Sylvia De Guzman, VP for Administration and Finance Mina Lyn Alviz, and Director for Public Affairs and International Linkages Carlo De Dios. The PSAU ceremonial signing was also graced by the presence of PSAU’s other partner agencies for their respective MOU signing and President David extended her heartfelt gratitude to all the partners present for their participation and support.

The other PSAU partners who simultaneously signed their MOUs included Bounty Plus, Mekeni Food Corp., New Media Pampanga, Pampanga Research Educators Organization, Philippine One Health University Network, Standard Link, The Voice Newsweekly, and Carl Balita Review Center HQ, which is also a UMak partner. The UMak officials took the opportunity to network and/or rekindle ties, not only with PSAU, but also with these other organizations.

PSAU, the home of the Aglibut Sweet Tamarind, is strategically nestled at the foothills of the majestic Mt. Arayat and occupies approximately 500 hectares of government agricultural lands in the town of Magalang, province of Pampanga. The scenic university is also one of the elite state universities in the Philippines with center of development programs in BS Agriculture, BS Biology, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. With such impressive credentials, UMak’s collaboration with PSAU will surely be a dynamic partnership leveraging on each other’s strengths to achieve educational excellence.