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MS. ELENA B. PINEDA
Director of Office of Business Affairs

Overview

Pampanga State Agricultural University of old had a strong production program that saw substantial amounts of agricultural products harvested and/or raised with students also doing their share as part of their supervised farming activities.  Indeed, the students then were given and assigned farm lots that served the education and training objectives as well as the production goals of the college.  In the process, the income share that the youth received helped them through to substantially finance their studies and needs for food and accommodation during their stay in the college. Organizationally, the College' Farm Manager held an important position in the hierarchy, many of whom went on to be more professionally developed and influential to help shape the growth and landscape of the institution.  The granary held to the seams, rice stocks produced from the field.  Livestock and poultry were abundant.  However, little by little these were reduced with some projects totally erased from the map.

When the then PNAS became PSAU, the successful Farm Managers started to go to graduate studies; several Projects-In-Charge went as well.  When they came back, the priority of the institution apparently adjusted and changed to the disadvantage of the production program. The new and acquired expertise did not benefit directly and immediately to production.  Unfortunately for this sector, a project or two could only be construed to have been (a) mismanaged because these could no longer be found in the roster of projects, (b) abandoned or left, out of confusion because the operation of the still existing resources were left for others to control either legally (with approved MOA) or illegally (by squatters or trespassers), and/or (c) deliberately or irresponsibly made unproductive or unprofitable by allowing the entry of ambulant vendors and establishment of new privately-operated stores and food shops.  This happened as the enrolment alarmingly went down.  Perhaps, the College's motivation here was to find new sources of income like rents.  One can only surmise that these were resorted to because of the rising expenditures incurred by the whole college at levels beyond what could be supported by the General Fund.

In the meantime, the production sector had no budget of its own. The Production Office has not experienced to have its own account. Its operations were partly charged to the projects in its hierarchy; and these were running precariously below capacity.  And yet expectations are high for it to generate income amidst calls of government for less SUC subsidy.  Since PSAU's production is tied to its land and allied land resources, the continuing challenge as ever has something to do with the production of food and feeder stocks of animals and plants to produce food including allied products and services consistent with the trilogy of functions of the college.