BATAS PAMBANSA Blg. 189
An Act Establishing a State College in the Province of Ifugao to be Known as the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry, Providing a Charter for this Purpose, and Appropriating Funds Therefor
Section 1. The present Ifugao Agricultural and Technical College at Nayon, Municipality of Lamut, Province of Ifugao shall be converted and established as a state college of higher learning in agriculture and forestry to be known as the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry, and integrating therewith as its branches or units therein, the (1) Bunhian Barangay High School at Barangay Bunhian, Municipality of Aguinaldo, Province of Ifugao; (2) Hapao Barangay High School at Barangay Hapao, Municipality of Banaue, Province of Ifugao; (3) Tinoc Barangay High School at Barangay Tinoc, Municipality of Hungduan, Province of Ifugao; (4) Amduntug Barangay High School at Barangay Amduntug, Municipality of Kiangan, Province of Ifugao, and (5) Potia Agricultural High School in the Municipality of Potia, Province of Ifugao, which high schools shall thenceforth be maintained and operated as units or branches of the aforesaid State College, herein-after referred to in this Act as the College.
Section 2. The College shall specialize in the fields of agriculture and forestry and shall offer the various courses therein for the undergraduate and graduate levels: Provided, That the College may be allowed to offer other related courses as the circumstances warrant in accordance with the requirements and procedures provided by law. In the pursuit of such specialization the College shall undertake scientific researches in the fields of agriculture and forestry and for his purpose the College may create commissions, committees or bodies to undertake such researches, financing them accordingly within the limits of the power of the Board of Trustees.
Section 3. The government of said College is hereby vested in a Board of Trustees, to be composed of the Minister of Education and Culture and ex-officio Chairman of the Board, the President of the College, a representative of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the Provincial Agriculturist of Ifugao, the District Forester of Ifugao, and two (2) prominent citizens who have distinguished themselves in the professions or fields of specialization, one representing the Alumni Association, the other chosen from prominent citizens in the Province of Ifugao, both to be appointed by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation of the Minister of Education and Culture: Provided, however, That the non-ex-officio members of the Board, except the President of the College who shall serve during the duration of his incumbency, shall hold office as follows: one to serve for two (2) years, and the other to serve for four (4) years, the term of office of each to be specified in his appointment by the President of the Philippines. Thereafter, persons appointed to succeed such members shall hold office for a term of four (4) years and until their successors shall have been appointed and qualified.
Permanent vacancy in the Board shall be filled by appointment by the President of the Philippines with the recommendation of the Minister of Education and Culture, and such appointee shall hold office for the unexpired term only.
In the absence or inability of the Minister of Education and Culture, the Deputy Minister of Education and Culture or when these positions are vacant, the President of the College shall act as Chairman.
The members of the Board of Trustees shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred either in attendance upon meetings of the Board or upon other official business authorized by resolutions of the Board subject to existing budget laws on honoraria and allowances.
Section 4. The Board of Trustees shall have the following powers and duties in addition to its general powers of administration:
(a) To receive and appropriate for the ends specified by law such sums as may be provided for by law for the support of the college;
(b) To confer the usual honorary degrees upon persons in recognition of learning statesmanship, or eminence in the fields of agriculture and forestry;
(c) To appoint, upon recommendation of the President of the College, the registrar, the deans of the College of Agriculture and that of Forestry, deans of the colleges established pursuant to Section two of this Act, the heads of the various branches of the College, professors, instructors, lecturers, and other employees of the College and to fix their compensation subject to Presidential Decree No. 985 and the other pertinent budget and compensation laws, prescribe the hours of service, duties and the conditions of work as it may deem proper, to grant to them, in its discretion, leave of absence in accordance with the rules that it might promulgate, and to remove them for cause after proper investigation and hearing pursuant to Civil Service laws governing disciplinary action;
(d) To approve the curricula and rules of discipline drawn up by the Academic Council as hereinafter provided;
(e) To provide fellowship and scholarship for deserving faculty members and student of the College;
(f) To prescribe rules for its own government, and to enact for the government of the College such rules and regulations, not contrary to law, as may be necessary; and
(g) To receive in trust legacies, gifts, and donations of real and personal property of all kinds and to administer the same for the benefit of the College, or of a department thereof, or for aid to any student or students in accordance with the directions and instructions of the donor, and, in default thereof, in such manner as the Board of Trustees may in its discretion determine.
Section 5. A quorum of the Board of Trustees shall consist of a majority of all the members holding office at the time the meeting of the Board is called. All processes for or against the Board of Trustees shall be served on the President or Secretary thereof.
Section 6. On or before the 15th day of the month following the opening of regular classes each year, the Board of Trustees shall file with the office of the Prime Minister through the Minister of Education and Culture, a detailed report setting forth the progress, conditions and needs of the College.
Section 7. The head of the College shall be known as the President of the College. He shall be appointed for a term of six (6) years by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation of the Minister of Education and Culture upon consultation with the members of the Board: Provided, That the said President of the College may be reappointed after his term shall have expired upon same recommendation aforestated.
The powers and duties of the President of the College shall be those pertaining to the office of the president of a state college.
Section 8. There shall be a vice president to be appointed by the President of the Philippines upon recommendation of the Minister of Education and Culture. He shall be vested with all the powers and duties of the President upon assumption of such function in the absence or incapacity of the latter for any case, and shall also perform such other duties as the Board of Trustees may from time to time assign to him.
Section 9. There shall be an Administrative Council consisting of the President of the College as chairman, the vice president, deans, and heads of branches of the College as members. It shall have the duty and authority to implement policies governing the administration, management, and development planning of the College. All formulated plans and programs for the College shall be subject to the approval of the Board.
Section 10. There shall be an Academic Council consisting of the President of the College as chairman, and all the members of the faculty as members. The Academic Council shall have the power and duty to prescribe the curricula and rules of discipline, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees. It shall fix the requirements for admission to the College, as well as, for graduation, and the conferral of titles and degrees. The Council shall likewise have the power to recommend students or others to be recipients of titles or degrees. Through the President or his duly authorized representative, it shall have disciplinary power over the students of the College within the limits prescribed by the rules of discipline approved by the Board of Trustees.
Section 11. The body of instructors and professors of the College shall constitute the faculty thereof.
In the appointment of professors and instructors of the College, no religious test shall be applied, nor shall religious opinions or affiliations of the faculty of the College be made a matter of examination or inquiry: Provided, That no member of the faculty shall inculcate sectarian tenets in any of his/her teachings, nor attempt either directly or indirectly under penalty of dismissal by the Board of Trustees, to influence students or attendants at the College for or against any particular church or religious sect.
Section 12. There shall be a Secretary of the College who shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees.1‚wphi1 He shall be the Registrar of the College and also be the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He shall keep the records of the College, and shall exercise such powers, and perform such duties as may be designated by the Board of Trustees.
Section 13. The Treasurer of the Philippines shall be ex-officio treasurer of the College. All accounts and expenses thereof shall be audited by the Commission on Audit, or its duly authorized representative.
Section 14. All personnel, assets, records, and appropriations of the Bunhian Barangay High School, Hapao Barangay High School, Tinoc Barangay High School, Amduntug Barangay High School and the Potia Agricultural High School are hereby transferred to the herein Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry.
Section 15. Heads of bureaus and offices of the National Government operating in Ifugao as well as heads of departments in the Provincial Government of said province are hereby authorized to loan or transfer, upon request of the President of the College, such apparatuses, equipment and supplies as may be needed by the College, and to detail employees for duty therein when in the judgment of the head of the bureau or department or office, such employee/s can be spared therefor, without serious detriment to the public service. Employees so detailed shall perform such duty as required under such detail and the time so employed shall be conducted and considered as part of their regular official service.
Section 16. The Minister of Education and Culture is hereby directed to make such steps as are necessary for the immediate implementation of this Act. For this purpose, he is hereby authorized to create a technical committee within one (1) month after the Board of Trustees shall have been duly constituted, to advise the Board toward the proper adjustment of the College so constituted to the new status of a state colleges, as well as to guide them in the making of program for the development and expansion of the College.
Section 17. The existing appropriations for the Ifugao Agricultural and Technical College and the Potia Agricultural High School are hereby transferred to the Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry, to be disbursed in accordance with the provisions of this Act. Starting Calendar Year 1983, the necessary sum for the operation and maintenance of the College shall be provided for in the annual General Appropriations Act.
Section 18. All laws or parts thereof inconsistent with this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
Section 19. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Approved: March 16, 1982
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