• ISPSC gets 32M grants from DA

    STA. MARIA, ILOCOS SUR- The Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College, through the leadership of its new President, Dr. Gilbert R. Arce, received a 32 million-peso worth of infrastructure grants from the Department of Agriculture (DA), September 25, 2020.

    DA Secretary William D. Dar, one of the notable alumni of ISPSC, led the Ground breaking ceremonies of the four projects such as the: Agriculture Innovation Center for Agri-Fishery-Livestock, Tissue Culture Laboratory, Solar-powered Irrigation System, and Feed Mill. 

    In his inspiration speech, Dr. Dar shared his vision for the projects to provide experiential learning for the ISPSCians. He also pledged to elevate the College into a higher level of higher education by providing the said infrastructures which “will render education that is based on science and technology”. 

    The DA Secretary also emphasized that the Projects are not only for ISPSC but for the province of Ilocos Sur as well. He particularly stated the benefits of the Tissue Culture Laboratory wherein it will provide for the mass production of healthy planting materials for Ilokano farmers. 

    He also highlighted the previous grants given to ISPSC early this year such as the hatchery, coffee nursery, PCC dairy animals, and vegetable seeds totaling to 40.3 million pesos. 

    Dr. Dar also promised to modernize the ISPSC College of Fisheries with 50 million funds and another 40 million pesos for the Food Processing Center in Sta Maria Campus.

    President Arce, on the other hand, thanked and assured the DA Secretary and the Officials of the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur that ISPSC, through his leadership, will remain committed to make the College [soon to be a University] a premier Agricultural College not only in Ilocos Sur but in the whole country as well. 

    ISPSC in the 1st District

    As ISPSC will have an extension campus in San Juan, Ilocos Sur where the Veterinary Medicine program will be offered, Dr. Dar also vowed that the Department of Agriculture will provide research and extension services while ISPSC students get the actual learning exposure synergizing each other. 

    Future Directions

    Dr. Dar emphasized that the ultimate sustainable goal of the Project is to produce graduates who are not only mere employees but entrepreneurs who will create jobs for the community. 

    The event was also graced by Gov. Ryan Singson, Vice Gov. Jeremias Singson, First District Cong., DV Savellano, Narvacan Mayor and former Governor, Luis “Chavit” Singson, DA National and Regional Executives, Board Members, Local Government Executives, ISPSC Officials and employees. # (photos courtesy of Ms. Gina Mae Villanueva)

    By: Annabelle Francisco and Noel Llamar


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