AGRICULTURE is a wonderful course, because it gives life.
That is how Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) Acting Vice-President for Administration, Planning and Finance Atty. Eduardo Sanson described this academic offering of the university before its alumni, students, faculty and guests during its College of Agriculture Day celebrations last September 18.
At least 200 of the college’s alumni, lead by Silver Jubilarian Class ’84, spearheaded by celebration, which was also witnessed by top officials of the university.
In his keynote message, Atty. Sanson lauded the professional achievements of the university’s agriculture alumni. He said their accomplishments exemplify how WMSU has been making a difference in the lives of community residents.
“You are Exhibit A on how WMSU touches the lives of our people,” Sanson told the alumni, adding: “As honorees of this (College Day) celebration, you are our inspiration.”
WMSU, through College of Agriculture Dean Dr. Teresita Narvaez, conferred an award as outstanding alumnus to Fr. Adriano Alain Ruiz. It also awarded plaques of outstanding service to alumnae Corazon Escudero-Macrohon, Amelia Francisco, and Eleanor Fonollera. All other alumni received certificates of appreciation for participation in the event. The awarding was officiated by Atty. Sanson and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Felicitas Falcasantos.
In his message during the opening program, Mayor Celso Lobregat narrated his family background in agriculture, particularly their farms in Lanao del Norte. He underscored the need for agriculture professionals in the city by citing its vast areas waiting to be developed into productive farms. He also revealed that as former congressman, he funded various scholarships for agriculture students.
The college day kicked off with a motorcade by the alumni from the WMSU main campus and a religious service upon arrival at the college campus in San Ramon. Other activities were a business meeting among the alumni and various recreations by the students and faculty. (Rey-Luis Banagudos/PAO-/WMSU)