REPUBLIC ACT NO. 3104 - AN ACT CONVERTING THE PRESENT CAGAYAN NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL AT PIAT, CAGAYAN, INTO A COLLEGE TO BE KNOWN AS THE ITAWES AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE, CONFERRING THE TITLE OF ASSOCIATE IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION, THE DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING, AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HOME ECONOMICS; AND POST GRADUATE COURSES LEADING TO THE DEGREES OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION, MASTER OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING AND MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HOME ECONOMICS, PROVIDING FOR A BOARD OF TRUSTEES, DEFINING THE BOARD'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES, PROVIDING PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
|Section 1. The present
Cagayan National Agricultural School located at Piat, Cagayan,
Philippines, is hereby converted into a college, to be known as the
Itawes Agricultural College, which will offer not only its present
four-year secondary agricultural course, one-year farm mechanics
course, and special courses, but also a two-year course leading to the
title of Associate in Agricultural Educational; four-year courses
leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural
Education, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, and
Bachelor of Science in Home Economics; post graduate courses leading to
the degrees of Master of Science in Agricultural Education, Master of
Science in Agricultural Engineering, and Master of Science in Home
Economics; and such other degree courses and special courses as the
Board of Trustees may deem necessary. |
Sec. 2. The aim of the said college shall be to provide professional, technical, and special instruction for special purposes, and promote research, extension service, and progressive leadership in agricultural education, agricultural engineering, home economics, and other fields.
Sec. 3. The head of this institution shall be known as the President of the Itawes Agricultural College. He shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines upon the recommendation of the Board of Trustees as hereinafter provided. The powers and duties of the President of the College, in addition to those specifically provided for in this Act, shall be those usually pertaining to the office of the president of a college.
Sec. 4. The Itawes Agricultural College shall have the general powers set out in Section thirteen of Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and fifty-nine, as amended, and the government and administration of said college and the exercise of its corporate powers are hereby vested exclusively in the Board of Trustees and the President of the College insofar as authorized by said Board. The Board of Trustees shall be composed of the Secretary of Education, who shall be ex-officio Chairman of the Board, the Chairman of the Committee on Education of the Senate, the Chairman of the Committee on Education of the House of Representatives, the Director of Public Schools, the President of the College, and the president of the Itawes Agricultural College alumni association, as members. When the Secretary of Education is unable to perform his duties as ex-officio Chairman of the Board, owing to illness, absence or other cause, or in case of a vacancy in the office, the Undersecretary of Education shall temporarily perform the functions of ex-officio Chairman of said Board. When both the Secretary and the Undersecretary of Education are unable to exercise the powers of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, or when these two positions are vacant, the members of the Board may elect from among themselves a temporary chairman who shall act as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Members of the Board shall serve without compensation, other than actual and necessary expenses incurred either in attendance upon meetings of the Board or upon other official business authorized by resolution of the Board.
Sec. 5. The Board of Trustees shall have the following powers and duties, in addition to its general powers of administration and all powers of a corporation as provided in Section thirteen of Act Numbered Fourteen hundred and fifty-nine, as amended:
(a) To receive and appropriate to the ends specified by law such sums of money as may be provided by law for the support of the College;
(b) To confer upon successful candidates for graduation the titles of Associate in Agricultural Education, the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, Master of Science in Agricultural Education, Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering, and Master of Science in Home Economics, and such other titles and degrees corresponding to the courses which the Board of Trustees may offer: Provided, That it may confer the usual honorary degrees upon persons in recognition of learning, statesmanship, leadership, or eminence in literature, science, art, agriculture, or public service;
(c) To appoint, on the recommendation of the President of the College, instructors, professors, lecturers, and other employees of the College; to fix their compensation, hours of service and such other duties and conditions as it may deem proper; to grant to them, in its discretion, leave of absence under such regulations as it may promulgate, any provision of law to the contrary notwithstanding, and to remove them for cause after an investigation and hearing shall have been had;
(d) To approve the curricula and rules of discipline drawn up by the College Council as hereinafter provided;
(e) To fix the tuition fees required of students, as well as matriculation fees, graduation fees and for laboratory courses, and all special fees, and to remit the same in special cases;
(f) To provide fellowships for faculty members and scholarships to students showing special evidence of merit;
(g) To provide rules for its own government, and to enact for the government of the College such general ordinances and regulations not contrary to law as are consistent with the purposes of the College, as defined in Section two of this Act; and
(h) To receive in trust legacies, gifts, donations of real and personal property of all kinds and to administer the same for the benefit of the College or for aid to any student, 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.
Sec. 6. A quorum of the Board of Trustees shall consist of a majority of all the members. All processes against the Board of Trustees shall be served on the president or secretary thereof.
Sec. 7. On or before the fifteenth of June of each year, the Board of Trustees shall file with the President of the Philippines a detailed report setting forth the progress, condition, and needs of the College.
Sec. 8. There shall be a College Council consisting of the President of the College as presiding officer and of all instructors and professors of the College as members. The Council shall have the power 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 receiving of a title or a degree. The Council alone shall have the power to recommend students or others to be recipients of titles or degrees. Through its president or committee, it shall have disciplinary power over the students within the limits prescribed by the rules of discipline approved by the Board of Trustees.
Sec. 9. The body of instructors and professors of the College shall constitute the faculty of the College. In the appointment of professors or instructors of the College, no religious tests shall be applied nor shall religious opinions or affiliations of the faculty of the College be made a matter of examination or inquiry: Provided, however, That no instructor or professor in the College shall inculcate sectarian tenets in any of the 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.
Sec. 10. Professors and other regular instructors in the College shall be exempt as such from any civil service examinations or regulations as a requisite to appointment.
Sec. 11. There shall be a Secretary of the College, appointed by the Board of Trustees. He shall be the secretary of such Board and also of the College, and shall keep such records of the College as may be designated by the Board.
Sec. 12. The Treasurer of the Philippines shall be ex-officio Treasurer of the College, and all accounts and expenses thereof shall be audited by the Auditor General or his duly authorized representatives, and all disbursements shall be made in accordance with rules and regulations prescribed by him.
Sec. 13. Heads of bureaus or offices of the National Government are hereby authorized to loan or transfer, upon request of the President of the College, such apparatus or 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 office such supplies or employees can be spared without serious detriment to the public service. Employees so detailed shall perform such duty as may be required by the head of the institution, and the time so employed shall count as part of their regular official service.
Sec. 14. The President of the College, with the cooperation of the Director of Public Schools, may use one or more public schools as training or laboratory schools of the College.
Sec. 15. In order not to interrupt the smooth functioning of the four-year secondary agricultural curriculum, the one-year farm mechanics curriculum, and other special curricula of the Cagayan National Agricultural School, the faculty of the school, consisting of the principal, assistant principal and teachers, as well as the other personnel, shall be absorbed by the new College. Salaries of these personnel shall be adjusted at the discretion of the Board of Trustees within the amount available for appropriation.
Sec. 16. For the purpose of giving effect to this Act, all the unexpended balances of appropriation under the control of the former Cagayan National Agricultural School are hereby made available for the operation of the Itawes Agricultural College until June thirty, nineteen hundred sixty-two. Thereafter, the necessary funds shall be provided in the annual General Appropriation Acts.
Sec. 17. This Act shall take effect upon it approval.
Approved: June 17, 1961