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The College President Dr. Benny A. Palma, College President, 1994-2001

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ASCOT History
Groundbreaking Ceremony Aurora State College of Technology was created on December 30, 1993 by virtue of Republic Act No. 7664 which was sponsored by Aurora’s son Senator Edgardo J. Angara together with the late Congressman Benedicto G. Miran, and later approved by His Excellency, President Fidel V. Ramos.

Board Meeting

A Pre-Organization Task Force was immediately created upon the initiative of Senator Edgardo J. Angara, principal sponsor of R.A. 7664, to undertake activities leading to the operation of ASCOT. This included the negotiations with the DECS Division of Aurora to assist in the administration of admission test and to lend some classrooms for ASCOT’s temporary use until it moves to its own campus.

Student Officers

 

With Dr. Benny A. Palma, on special detail to ASCOT from Aklan State College of Agriculture as its Acting President, ASCOT opened its doors on June 6, 1994 its first batch of three hundred (300) freshmen. Classes were held in Baler Central School buildings. ASCOT was provided with ten (10) classrooms (with 30 students per class) and one (1) bigger room for its administration office. The teaching and administrative services were rendered by thirteen (13) faculty and nine (9) administrative personnel, respectively.

Oathtaking of President Palma

 

On August 9, 1994, the ASCOT Board of Trustees held its second meeting. It approved the following: (1) Appointment of Dr. Benny A. Palma as the first College President; (2) ASCOT’s Organizational Structure (prepared by the ASCOT Task Force); (3) ASCOT’s Budgetary Requirement of P26,744,601.00 for 1994; (4) Appointment of the Faculty and Personnel.Hence, ASCOT was set on its path of service for the people of the province of Aurora.

Dr. Juan C. Angara Building Under Construction

RA 7664 endorsed ASCOT with the campus site consisting of 196.06 hectares situated in Debudulan mountain. On April 7, 1995, the said area was declared as the ASCOT School Site Civil Reservation by Presidential Proclamation No. 559.

Turnover of Bazal Campus

 

 

 

RA 7664 also mandated that ASCOT should integrate the Aurora National Agricultural School (ANAS) and Aurora National Fishery School (ANFISH) within three years from the date of approval of the said law. Within a month after the above stated Presidential Proclamation, ASCOT acquired additional campus sites consisting of 110.8 has. situated in Brgy. Bazal, Maria Aurora, Aurora and 150 has. situated in Brgy. Bianoan, Casiguran, Aurora through a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS) represented by Regional Director Pedro V. Trinidad of Region IV. The DAT-BAT Program with 259 students, 10 faculty members, 2 support staff, books, farm equipment, vehicles, and buildings were also turned over to ASCOT.
Commencement Exercises

 

 

 

1996 saw the first ever commencement exercises held by the college according rights and privileges to the first batch of graduates in four year degree courses in Agriculture (from the integrated Bazal campus) and two year completion certificates for the ladderized technology courses. Early in 1997, the General Education and other departments of the College moved to the completed Phase 1 of the school site in Dicaloyungan. In consideration of the distance, the Dean of Higher Education was appointed as the Officer-in-Charge of the School of Agriculture at Bazal campus, Ma. Aurora while Assistant Deans were designated: one in Zabali campus and the other in Bazal campus.

Dr. Juan C. Angara Building

 

 

 

 

1998 marked a period of major organizational changes with the designation of the two (2) Vice Presidents: 1) Vice President for Academic Affairs, and 2) Vice President for Administration, Planning, and Finance to respond to the growing needs and emerging complexities in the functional areas of Instruction, Research, Extension, and Production. Furthermore, two (2) Executive Directors (for Zabali and Bazal campuses) were designated. They serve as central coordinator to synchronise the expanding operations on curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular areas. The General Education Building was fully completed accomodating all the Administration offices of the College together with the Academic departments. Also in the same year, ASCOT was accredited by the Civil service Commission (CSC) to take final action on personnel appointments under the CSC Accreditation Program.
Dr. Juan C. Angara Building 1999 and the start of the new millenium provided ASCOT with recognition and internal organizational strength to bring the province of Aurora to the next level of community development. The departments and units of the College are all functioning cohesively with the guidance of the designated officers and the president, Dr. Benny A. Palma. Projects, most especially on research and development, extension and production are being given impetus making the contribution of the various ASCOT initiated programs and activities felt by the major clienteles of the institution. The College continues to link with governmental and non-governmental organization in fostering the national and provincial goals on food security in the Philippine countryside. All's a go for ASCOT in the year 2000.
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