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History and achievements

The Abra State Institue of Science and Technology (ASIST) started as a lowly industrial school in 1908 by an American educator named Mr. Amos Allen with the vision of integrating the people in the area into the objectives of national development. Five Americans administered the growth of the school until 1917. It was named into Lagangilang Farm School in 1911 and was financed by the national government under the Philippine Commission.

Mr. Jose Reyna was the first Filipino principal who served for twenty five (25) years from 1917-1942. During this time, the school was converted into Lagangilang Agricultural School. The original 5-hectare campus was expanded to 123.6 hectares through purchases and donations from the landowners in the area.

During World War II in 1942-1945, the ground was used as garrison by the Japanes Imperial Army operating in the area. After the war, the school was headed for a short period by Mr. Dominador Clemente. Home Economics was added to the agricultural curriculum as part of the development of the school.

In 1948, Mr. Melquiades Bayog took over for ten (10) years. With the noble intention of promoting Agricultural and Homemaking Arts, the school was nationalized into Lagangilang, National Agricultural High School (LNAHS) through a bill sponsored by the late Abra Senator, Honorable Quintin Paredes.

Administratively, the school was attached to the former Ilocos Sur School of Arts and Trade (ISSAT), now University of Northern Philippines (UNP). Mr. Isidro Dumua took over in 1958 as principal followed by Dr. Patrocinio Abaya up to 1964. More facilities were added including a 1200 - hectare ranch 18 kilometers away from the campus. In 1965, LNAHS was separated from ISSAT and Mr. Franciso Zamora administered as the first Superintendent of the school.

On June 6, 1966, it was converted into a college-the Lagangilang Agricultural College (LAC) THROUGH Article No. 4647 of the late Congressman Ho. Carmelo Z. Barbero to promote agricultural Education. At first, a two year Associate in Agricultural Technology (AAT) technical course was offered. Then, the four year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) was opened two years after.

The succession of superintendents of the school from 1967 to 1981 was Mr. Mariano Macasaet (1967-69), Mr. Gregorio Alava (1969-70), and Mr. Jose Mendoza (1976-81), the first native of Lagangilang to head the school.

Due to the untimely death of Mr. Mendoza, Dr. Santiago Labanen, who rose from the ranks as a school teacher took over in 1981. He then became the first president of the school late.

By virtue of Batas Pambansa Bilang 392 sponsored by Assemblyman Jeremias Zapata on May 18, 1983, LAC became a chartered state college as Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology (ASIST) to give professional and technical training in agriculture, science, technology and arts to the youth of Abra.

The term of office of Dr. Santiago S. Labanen as president expired on June 29, 1992. However, no president was immediately installed. In the meantime, Professor Jose G. Rambaud was appointed as Officer-In-Charge, a position he head for one year. During his incumbency as OIC, he continued the programs or projects left unrealized by Dr. Labanen; the construction of two-unit nursery house, one unit executive house, the RP-EEC AGRED program that includes infrastructure and equipment to name a few.

On July 12, 1993 Dr. Imelda Carmen Alzate Buenafe was appointed by his Excellency President Fidel V. Ramos. Being the first lady president of ASIST, Dr. Buenafe envisioned to enhance the development of the institution for national standing and excellence in agriculture, science and technology.

Curricular offerings continued to be updated to address to the needs to the times. New curricular offerings include BS Math, BS Biology, Bachelor in Agro forestry, Diploma in Agro forestry. The Graduate School has been revived and is now in consortium with University of Northern Philippines.

By virtue of CHED Memo #27, s 2000, ASIST integrated the then Abra School of Arts and Trades (ASAT). It is now ASIST Bangued Campus.

On July 9, 2007, Dr. Roberto P. Tubaña Sr. was appointed as ASIST President. He envisioned ASIST to be a Level 4 State College. It was during his term that Research was in a “boom”. The College MOOE increased because of the fund for research from Sen. Eduardo Angara’s CDF. The researchers penetrated international fora. Linkages in research and agriculture also increased, such as with PhilRice through the Palayaman, other SUCs and the rehabilitation of the community irrigation canal in the campus through the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Lagangilang Development Foundation, Inc. (LDFI).

Dr. Tubaña’s term of office ended on July 8, 2011 while the search for a new college President was going on, he was appointed as OIC until October 3, 2011 when CHED-CAR Dir. Luisa S. Valencia, CESO was appointed as Officer-in-Charge, Office of the College of the President. Notable improvements on the management of the fiscal resources of the College were initiated by Dir. Valencia.

On March 31, 2012, Dr. Aurelio V. Labanen was elected and appointed as the new College President. More linkages were established which led to the implementation of new projects such as the Village Level Processing Center and Compost Shed from DA, Two Storey Building (Joy Valera-Bernos Building) from Congresswoman Jocelyn V. Bernos, research linkages with PhilRice and Sen. Loren Legarda, the Community Radio Station (DZNA-FM 99.9 Radyo Kabinnulig) with the National Nutrition Council (NNC). A linkage with the Pamora Farm was also established for the production of range-type chickens (SASSO). Extension programs are also strengthened. The College has achieved Level 2 accreditation status from the Civil Service Commission. Curricular programs were also subjected to Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT) evaluation and all academic programs are envisioned to be accredited. More development programs and projects are expected to be implemented under his administration.

Dr. Labanen’s term of office is until March 30, 2016.

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