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True to its commitment to care for the environment and develop its Agrarian Reform Communities, the Pangasinan State University inked partnership with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on December 13 at the PSU Boardroom.

University President Dr. Elbert M. Galas said the collaboration’s purpose is to ensure the establishment and efficient implementation of the enterprise crop nurseries with greenhouse facilities and tissue- culture laboratory under the Sustainable and Resilient Agrarian Reform Communities Program.

“PSU is willing to collaborate with DAR and pool our human, technical and material resources for the purpose of assisting the people in the agrarian communities especially where our campuses are located,” Dr. Galas said.

While PSU guarantees innovation and sustainability, the Department of Agrarian Reform provides support services such as provision of rural infrastructure and agri-enterprise development projects. Through its Provincial Office, DAR shall provide funds to the SUC in the amount of 10-million pesos in accordance with the existing rules and regulations of the agency.

As stipulated in the MOA, the two entities shall hold periodic consultations to apprise each other on the progress, issues and concerns on the project.

DAR representatives for the MOA signing include Undersecretary Jeffrey Garlan and Regional Director Maria Ana Francisco, as well as Chairperson Ryan Padilla of the De Pila Agriculture Cooperative, a DAR assisted Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organization (ARBO).

It was witnessed by PSU Campus Executive Director Dr. Elmer Vingua for Sta. Maria and Dr. Ian Evangelista for Infanta Campus where the greenhouse facilities will be constructed.