Farmers in Isabela vs. Land Scammers

ISABELA (Octbober 28, 2011) – The agricultural towns of Isabela hit the headlines last month when typhoons Pedring and Quiel and the dams in Luzon combined to inundate and damage the province’s nearly ripe crops. But according to the farmers here, even before Pedring and Quiel, they have been grappling with other ongoing disasters, only these are more man-made.

Based on cases shared by Diony Yadao, 49, chairman of Danggayan ti Manalon ti Isabela Bagani (United Farmers of Isabela) and Isabelo Adviento, 46, member of Kagimungan sa Cagayan (Peasant Alliance in Cagayan), the peasants in their provinces are complaining about how their local government leaders, the DAR people and even the Land Bank of the Philippines feature in various schemes that ultimately deprive the farmer-tillers of their rights to their lands.

In the town of Cordon, Isabela, for example, a certain Roque Estate reportedly turned up in 2002 and with the help of the local government, started to lay claim to at least 400-hectares of land already being tilled by many families. “The Roque Estate claimed that those lands belong to them, but the farmers maintain that their ancestors had been there for as long as they can remember,” Yadao said.

For a year, the Roque Estate was also able to cause the imprisonment of 11 farmers it accused of arson, said Yadao. The Roque Estate blamed a summer bush fire on the farmers living near a farm of the Roque Estate. He added that they were able to secure the farmers’ release with the help of a priest and the peasant organizations. The case against the farmers was dismissed.

“Last month, government troops also arrived in the area armed with long firearms, firing at nowhere in particular, scaring off the farmers and the peasant leaders of Cagayan,” said Yadao. Some of these farmers the soldiers recruited for “work,” which is largely informing on the activities of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the Kagimungan (local peasant alliance) and the Anakpawis Partylist. “The farmers whom they failed to recruit they threaten and watch closely,” added Yadao.

In other villages in Isabela, a “fixer” reportedly works to acquire lands through various scams. In San Mariano, Isabela, the said “fixer” approaches peasants who still have no land titles; she offers to help them with securing a land title. But when the Certificate of Land Ownership arrives, it is frequently named for someone else, said Yadao, transforming the tiller to just a tenant of the land that should have been his or hers already.

After one harvest season, Yadao said the Land Bank would send the tenant a notice to pay for the land they are tilling, because it is titled to someone else.

Even in instances when the farmers already have a land title, the DAR and the fixer reportedly manufacture fake land titles and then sell it to the Land Bank of the Philippines. The fixer, according to the peasant leaders, is Nenita Perez, and she is being helped in her titling activities by a certain Engineer Galvez. Armed with a fake title, these two would reportedly tell Land Bank that farmer so and so is handing out a VOS (voluntary offer to sell) of his or her land. The said land is then sold to others, without the knowledge of the actual or rightful tiller.

As much as 6,000-hectares in San Mariano alone of Isabela have been estimated to be covered by this scheme, said Yadao, adding that they have already gathered evidences.

Unfortunately, he said, the same scam is also happening in other towns of Isabela such as in Echague, Jones and Cauayan.

The racket seemed to have started in 2001, Yadao said. But it was only in 2005 when they started getting documentary evidences.

Today, the farmers whose lands became subject to VOS and titled under another owner are still planting rice or corn on the same lands. “But the others have pawned their land to Ecofuel Development Corporation,” said Yadao.

The peasant leaders said the farmers in the area are now living in fear of being driven out of their lands, if they fail to pay the Land Bank their amortizations. Given the destruction wrought by the recent typhoons and dam water releases, the payments may be harder for them to make, the peasants said.

What is especially painful in these land scams, said Yadao, is the fact that many of the victims are also farmers who had gained titles to their lands through religious payments of amortizations in the Land Bank. With the ongoing scam, though, they have not only lost their titles to the said lands, they also have to start paying for it once more.

Yadao said that in some instances, the scam had also involved the DAR people convincing the farmers to hand over their copies of CLOAS for “correction.” But the farmers reported that the DAR officials did not return their copies. Worse, they learned later that their lands had been retitled to someone else. Some of them, Yadao explained, have finished paying the amortizations to their land – but they did not get a certificate stating that. “Some continue to pay up to now, even if they have finished paying the previously stated amortization,” said Yadao.

In some instances,the peasant leaders said, some farmers have been driven out of their lands already, and they are now just earning a living as lower-waged farm-workers for biofuels, for example. Some farmers found out that their lands have already been pawned by its title-owners to the Ecofuel Development Corporation; the title-owners reasoned they only did that because the tillers are not paying them for the use of “their” lands.

As such, the peasant leaders concluded that the massive ongoing land scam in Isabela is not only defrauding the farmers here, it is also serving the interest of the biofuels operators to expand the lands under its control for biofuels, to the detriment of the long-time farmers-tillers who had paid for the lands already, and food production in Isabela.

Bringing back the trees to Sierra Madre

The slopes of the Sierra Madre mountain range—that traditionally protect northeastern Luzon provinces from the ravages of strong typhoon winds and excessive flooding—have given way to farmlands if not to grasslands and shrubbery.
Echague Isabela
And here lies the problem: Without considerable forest cover, these slopes are no longer capable of absorbing enough rainwater. The excess rainwater eventually ends up in streams and rivers, causing them to overflow affecting communities along the banks.

Bring back trees

“We need to bring back the trees. This is the only way to prevent the flooding and landslides that we now experience every time there’s a heavy rain or storm,” pleaded Isabela project manager Luis Caraan of Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas-World Wildlife Fund-Philippines.

But considering the overwhelming task of bringing back the forest cover to its original state as well as convincing communities to stop cutting trees or convert mountain slopes into farmlands, Caraan and the KKP-WWF-Philippines decided for the next best solution.

The group has initiated an agroforestry project wherein it will find ways to get funding to acquire fruit-bearing treelings, teach communities how to be stewards of these trees as well as how to use earn money from them.
Considering the project site is part of the 300,000-hectare Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, regarded as the largest remaining swath of old-growth rainforest in the country, the KKP-WWF-Philippines also initiated an ecotourism training programs where former illegal loggers and log haulers were given new jobs as resort stewards.


To formally initiate the project, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), together with a group of motoring media, headed to Barangay Villa Imelda in Ilagan, Isabela to turn over more than 6,000 treelings (2,267 mango and 2,180 Japanese Satsuma citrus), including organic fertilizer.

IPC President Ryoji Yamazaki, during the turnover ceremony, explained that the company, in celebration of its 14th year of operation here in the Philippines, goes beyond the simple donation of treelings.

“Saving what remained of the forest and planting new trees require a concerted effort from everybody. Even an automotive company like us should join. In this regard, we went ever further by providing assistance to a program that will educate local farmers and their families how to generate adequate income from these new trees without resorting to small-scale logging or charcoal production. Eventually, they will become part of the solution that would prevent the complete destruction of forest cover,” Yamazaki said.

40 hectares

The project will cover 40 hectares of agro-forestry land and according to Ilagan town Mayor Josemarie Diaz, this will benefit more than 130,000 household of Barangay Villa Imelda as well as the families of more than 100 Ifugao tribe farmers living in Sitio Pulang Lupa and Sitio Coop; and members of Villa Gracia Agroforestry Developers Cooperative.

“The families, especially here in Barangay Villa Imelda, rely on the river for freshwater supply and irrigation of their rice and corn fields. But whenever there is heavy rain, the water coming from the mountains—now almost barren because of years of—heads straight to our river. Sometimes it overflows, like this last storm, inundating everything from infrastructure to croplands,” related the barangay chairman Cesar Aban.

The province of Isabela is the primary rice and corn granary of Northern Philippines. The province relies on ecological services provided by watersheds of the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park whose forests are important for life-support functions.

Yamazaki explained that to make tree-planting efforts a lot more effective, the need to educate involved communities is crucial. “We need to instill to these families the long-term effect of their actions. The thousands of seedlings we have donated may never be enough but they are a good start for these families wanting to have a much better future.” - Inquirer

Isabela Gov't gives assistance to slain Isabela soldiers

ILAGAN, Isabela, October 25 -- The provincial government of Isabela headed by Gov. Faustino G. Dy III will be extending financial assistance to the bereaved families of the three Isabela soldiers who were killed in Basilan last week. Echague Isabela

The three soldiers were identified by authorities as 1st Lieutenant Vladimir Maninang of hails in Nagassican, Santiago City, Private First Class Dennis Bulan of Capo, Ilagan and Corporal Roderick Cabucana of Ramon, Isabela.

All the three soldiers’ families were all in grief when they learned that their soldier loved ones were included in the list of slain soldiers by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels in Basilan last week.
Governor Faustino G. Dy III decided to personally visit the soldiers and their families to express his condolences and at the same time hand over the financial assistance to the families left by the soldiers from the provincial government.

Dy will first visit the wake of Bulan in Ilagan, then to Cabucana in Ramon and finally to Maninang in Santiago City.

Meanwhile, the provincial board of this province is set to pass a resolution to be sponsored by board member Kiryll Bello condemning the ruthless and senseless ambush killings of 19 army officers and enlisted soldiers in Basilan last week.

The resolution also intends to express condolences to the families of the three soldiers who were killed in line of their duties to defend the state from terrorists and lawless elements. (Isabela Province)

Philippines Greening Program

by Merlito G. Edale, Jr.

ILAGAN, Isabela, October 25 (PIA) -- The three national government agencies based in this province together with local government employees of Isabela planted more than a hundred tree seedlings around the old capitol building in support to the government’s national greening program (NGP). Echague Isabela

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Telecommunications Office (TelOff), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and employees from the provincial museum and library of Isabela joined together and planted mahogany tree seedlings around the museum’s grounds where the agencies are holding office.
Barbara Garcia, NCIP Isabela chief, said the whole NCIP family fully supports the national greening program by planting any tree or fruit-bearing trees inside the office’s compound.

Garcia said the government wanted every Filipinos to plant trees in support to the greening program where the present government aims to plant one billion trees and the tree planting activity of employees is a move to meet the government targets.

She said that though the three offices have limited human resources, they have done something to help the government in re-greening the environment.

The government, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), launched in previous months the planting of 1 billion trees in the country to reforest the deforested forest zones and to mitigate the impact of climate change. (Isabela Province)

Geography of Echague

Echague also known as the "Queen Town of Isabela", a first class municipality in the province of Isabela which belongs to the Fourth District of the Province.  According to the latest census, it has a population of 67,553 people in 12,045 households of the town.

Echague has a land area of 680.80 square kilometers making it four times larger than the size of the Quezon City. The town is located 344 kilometers north of Metro Manila and 46.7 kilometers south of Ilagan City, the capital of Isabela.

Echague is 8 to 9 hours journey from Metro Manila or Baguio City if you travel by land.

The geographic coordinate of the town is 16°42′ North latitude and 121°39′ East longitude. 

Echague is bordered by San Guillermo, Angadanan and Alicia to the north, San Isidro and Santiago City to the west, Jones, San Agustin and Maddela to the south and the town of Dinapigue to the east where the Great Sierra Madre lies. 

The commercial areas in the municipality comprise of business district where the public market serves as the center of commercial activities.

The topography of Echague is mostly characterized by flat or nearly level vast areas of land situated in the northwestern part of the town. Considering the basic land features of the area, the flat land is classified as broad alluvial plain, a land form that is the product of stream depositional activities. 

The Cagayan River, the country's longest river pass through the town of Echague along its center and flows out to the Luzon Strait in the north, in the town of Aparri, Cagayan.

Echague features a Tropical monsoon climate, with warm weather and dry and wet seasons.

Ramos Cafe - Echague Isabela

A small place situated in a residential neighborhood in the town of Echague Isabela. This small business only started to be a dim sum shop way back before and gradually expands its menu to pizza and pasta.

Ramos Café also known as Café by the Park, had been quietly operating in Echague, as you pass by the café you will noticed there are cars parked in front of the establishment and most of the customers are coming from different tows of Isabela. Aside from having the best pizza in Isabela, the cozy ambiance of the place will give you a memorable experience that will drive you to come back again.  Echague Isabela

Imagine being in the middle of a burning desert at high noon and suddenly bumping into fruit stall or maybe finding a spa on top of Mt. Everest with a hot spring bath. That is sort of the feeling.
Cozy interiors really make you feel that you're someplace unique to everything else in the immediate vicinity.

A menu of homemade stuffed crust pizzas, pastas and dishes like surf and turf, roast beef, seafood thermidore and a lot of other stuff you'd never expect to find in Echague.

Bacon and cheese stuffed crust. Its not on the menu but they do it upon request.

Cozy interior, well decorated and maintained.

Salad and iced tea. Waldorf - twist with nuts and apples to fit for the local taste.

The Italian favorite has beef, italian sausage, mushrooms, basil, pomodoro sauce, soft cheese and mozarella.

Chef's Choice have ham, onions, bell peppers, young corn, pineapples and bacon.

Also recommended for your appetite would be their canneloni and shawarma.

How to go there:
Cafe By The Park - Ramos' Cafe now has a branch along Villasis Highway in Santiago Isabela which is smaller and not as secluded but definitely more accessible. If you want to experience the real deal, the Echague branch (which is also the owner's house) is just around 20 mins away from Santiago. Take the Alicia Isabela bound highway until you reach a fork in the road. Take the right prong which veers off the main highway and leads into the town proper of Echague. Go straight (around a kilometer) till you reach a small intersection with an equally small Shell gas station. Turn left and go straight a few meters till you see the sign.

Isabela State University Campuses

The university with its 11 campuses clustered into four (4) clusters delivered significantly in terms of producing quality graduates by providing quality student services and instruction. In line with this, the university also capitalizes on the continuous development and updating of curricular offerings and faculty and staff development as way of retooling its instruction arm to provide the latest and most up to date teaching techniques and strategies for its students coupled with enhanced facilities such as laboratories, libraries and instructional materials added with enriching the students trainings thru on-the-job trainings in Singapore and HongKong. These new initiatives were made possible through the linkages developed by the university to various institutions here and abroad. Echague Isabela

Constant compliance and submission to accrediting institutions was also made to assure the quality of academic programs offered through the AACCUP evaluations made, the CHED NAFES Recognition and adherence to the standards of CHED COE/COD grants.


The Isabela State University first started 1918 as a four-room farm school- the Echague Farm School, established through the pioneering effort of an American supervising teacher, Horatio G. Smith. Constructed on a ten hectare land, the school accommodated 100 pupils who took elementary agriculture. The school gradually grew as the number of enrollees increased necessitating the hiring of more teachers and the construction of additional buildings. It was converted to a rural high school in 1925.

The school was aptly renamed in 1952 to Echague Agricultural and Forestry School when Forestry was integrated to Agriculture. It started to gain recognition when it earned the status of an Agricultural School in the region in 1963. With the new status came the bigger responsibility of catering to the demands of clientele not only locally but in the region as well. More academic programs were then opened as required by its regional status.

The conversion of the school into a state college was made possible by the filing of the House Bill 2866 during the 7th Congress of the Philippines and was signed by the senate on May 30, 1972. The Bill was finally approved by the then President Ferdinand Marcos and a State College was born- the Isabela State College of Agriculture (ISCA). With its new status, the program in Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics were expanded to include Agricultural Engineering, Agribusiness and Post Secondary courses. Since the province of Isabela was also experiencing growth in many aspects, it felt the need to integrate and convert the institution into an effective and efficient state university.

On June 10, 1978, then President Marcos issued Presidential Decree (P.D.) 1434 which merged two state colleges- Isabela State College of Agriculture in Echague and Cagayan Valley Institute of Technology in Cabagan- to become the Isabela State University. This also transferred the college level programs of Isabela School of Arts and Trades (ISAT) in Ilagan; San Mateo Vocational and Industrial School in San Mateo; and Jones Rural School in Jones to the new State University.

In 1999, the CHED Memo Order no. 18 s. 1999 which provides the guidelines for the integration of CHED institutions to State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) was enacted. Pursuant to this order, the first CHED supervised institution that was integrated to the University was the Cauayan Polytechnic College at Cauayan, Isabela. In 2002, two more CSIs were again integrated to the system- the Roxas Memorial Agricultural and Industrial School (RMAIS) in Roxas, Isabela; the Delfin Albano Memorial Institute of Agriculture and Technology (DMIAT) in San Mariano, Isabela; and the Angadanan Agro-Industrial College (AAIC) in Angadanan, Isabela. The merger identified Echague Campus as the main campus and administrative site. Through collaborative efforts of LGU Palanan and Santiago City, two extension campuses were added to the roster.

Thirty-two years after its establishment, the university has become a credible Higher Education Institution (HEI) being one of the country’s institutions with the most number of accredited programs by the Association of Accredited Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP). It is an institution that offers various academic programs which cater to the need of the clientele and equips its students with the necessary knowledge and skills as manifested in the performance of its graduates in licensure examinations and securing jobs inside and outside the country

As early as 1978, it became the regional center for at least twelve commodity programs on training, research and development through a consortium-the Cagayan Valley Agriculture Resources Research and Development (CVARRD) based at Echague campus, now a Hall of Famer for having been awarded five times with the most coveted Ugnay Awards by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD). The Research Development and Extension’s (RDE) programs and projects had been integrated by the CVARRD and the move had been rewarded with the fifth Ugnay Award, a proof to CVARRD’s commitment and dedication and untiring quest for countryside growth and development.


AS A THRIVING UNIT ofthe University, Cauayan Campus housed the most number of students from the fields ofinformation technology,criminology, business administration, and hotel and restaurant management.

The increase marked since the integration of then Cauayan Polytechnic School to Isabela State University by virtue of the CHED Memorandum Order 18 series of 1999 with the addition of a more relevant programs deem apposite to the needs of its locale.At present, with its annualincrease in population, Cauayan campus has reached more than 7000 enrolees.

With such number, ISU-Cauayan students have become identified locally, regionally even nationally in both sports and socio-cultural activities.Its workforce has also been very participative in different faculty development undertakings, local and national; where, all have finished their master’s degree and majority have taken if not have graduated in their doctorate degrees.

To date, with the University objective to be a globally recognized institution of higher learning, Cauayan campus has accredited four of its programs. Level 1 accredited by Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, AACCUP, are Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education, and Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management; candidate for Level 1 are Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Agricultural Technology; and, Preliminary Survey Area Revisit areBachelor of Science in Criminology and Bachelor of Arts Majors in Political Science and Legal Management.

Campus targets the completion of its seven storey academic/ commercial building with hotel and auditorium function hall, accreditation and re-accreditation of its programs, concreting of the campus road, completion of the concrete bleachers in the gymnasium, construction of school dormitories for its students, and construction of more classroom buildings to house its collective number.

At the moment, the campus maintains its good relations with the academe, community, and its clientele as it eyes to be a premier institution of higher learning in the province and in the country as a whole.

Pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 1434, the Isabela State University at Cabagan, working hand in hand with the other units/campuses, strives to serve as ‘an instrument toward the rapid development of the natural and manpower resources of Region 11, particularly of the Province of Isabela.” The Isabela State University at Cabagan is an institution of higher learning whose vital rule is to provide quality education designed to prepare men and women who can meet the imperatives of country side development. The establishment of a state university in this part of the Cagayan Valley region dates back to early 1916 when the Isabela Farm School, operating on the elementary level was opened and converted later into Cabagan Rural High School which continued to exist until 1937. Thereafter, its operation was reverted to the elementary level under the name Cabagan, Farm School and persisted long after World War II. In response to popular demand for the re-establishment of a high school in locality, Cabagan High School was finally opened in 1950. It operated under the financial support of the provincial government of Isabela until its conversion into Cabagan National Agricultural School in 1958 by virtue of Republic Act No. 1989. Offering secondary agriculture and secondary homemaking curricula for boys and girls, respectively, this school became the forerunner of what was to become a state college, the Cagayan Valley Institute of Technology (CVIT). On June 18, 1966, the Cagayan Valley Institute of Technology was established by virtue of Republic Act No. 3442. Sponsoring the CVIT’s conversion into a state college were former Congessmen Delfin B. Albano, Leonardo B. Perez, and Benjamin T. Ligot of Isabela, Nueva Viscaya, and Cagayan respectively. The College charter provided among other things, the offering of secondary general and vocational courses as well as collegiate agricultural courses. 

On July 1, 1963, the Institution started to offer collegiate classes. Fully aware of its leadership role along the major thrusts of education for regional and national development, the Cagayan Valley Institute of Technology has steadfastly joined the trend towards restructuring higher education and redirecting its goals until its recent conversion and integration into a state university on June 10, 1979, by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1434. Over the years, the institution has been functioning to provide a kind of education and training that can turn out competent and qualified manpower through its educational, research and extension programs. Today the Isabela State University at Cabagan, in the process of development assumes numerous and comprehensive functions in providing necessary training and expertise in the sciences and technology.


Isabela State University-Ilagan Campus was one of the three (3) original campuses merged to become the first state university in Region II, the others were Cabagan Campus and Echague Campus. Through the Presidential Decree 1434 signed on June 10,1978, the Isabela State University was created. Today there are eleven campuses of the university system strategically located in the different municipalities of Isabela.

Ilagan Campus is located some 400 kilometers north of Manila, in Barangay Calamagui 2nd, Ilagan, Isabela. Its rolling area of 2.11 hectares is located along Maharlika Highway which make it accessible to land transport.

The campus caters mostly to sons and daughters of Isabelinos who are economically poor and marginalized. It provides various scholarship grants to deserving students. Other scholarship grants are also provided by various civic spirited and benevolent sponsors in the province.

Today, ISU Ilagan has a student population of more than 3,700 students enrolled this school year 2011-2012.It has 120 faculty members of various disciplines and about 40 non-teaching staff. Through the years, Ilagan campus has produced engineers, teachers, nurses, midwives, IT experts and industrial technologists’ .It has consistently achieved remarkable school performance nationwide and produced topnotchers in the Civil and Electrical Engineering Licensure Examinations, attracting the bright students from local high schools to enroll in the program.

Most of the programs offered in the campus have already undergone preliminary survey and accredited Level I by the AACCUP. The campus has been working hard towards providing excellent education to its clientele through the four thrusts of the University, namely: instruction, research, extension and production. It is commissioned to produce globally competitive graduates ready to meet the challenges of the times.


The Isabela State University – San Mateo campus proudly stands at its new location after 20 years of stay at the Barangay Hall. San Mateo campus stands on a ground that was once an agricultural land owned by generous Col. Andres D. Damian. Although it is not big campus as its mother campus, it houses a family of teachers and students, who have brilliant minds and creative hands in achieving excellence in Instruction, production, research and extension.

ISU San Mateo campus has gone long in its effort to work for the betterment of the students. At 30th year ISU San Mateo remains steadfast in its mission of giving quality education.

It is a fact that ISU – San Mateo has never been spared of problems in its commitments to uphold quality education and instruction including services. However, it has surpassed the test of time with its capacity for survival that even in the midst of constant change of societal demands and challenges; it has proven its competence as proven by the result of the recent celebration of its silver founding anniversary.

ISU San Mateo remains open to more complex challenges in sustaining high standard education.

ISU San Mateo remains open to more complex challenges in sustaining high standard education.The San Mateo Vocational and Industrial School which started in 1976 had a two-year Technical College Department which consequently became the nucleus of the Isabela State University San Mateo Campus in pursuant of Section 15 of Presidential Decree 1434.

In P.D. 1434, President Ferdinand E. Marcos established the Isabela State University (ISU), the first in Region 02, on June 10, 1978 by merging the Cagayan Valley Institute of Technology (CVIT) at Cabagan, the Isabela tate College of Agriculture (ISCA) at Echague and the absorption of college courses from the Isabela School of Arts and Trades (ISAT) in Ilagan, Roxas Memorial Agriculture and Industrial School (RMAIS) in Roxas and San Mateo Vocational and Industrial School (SMVIS) in San Mateo and Jones Rural School, Jones, Isabela.

Upon the creation of ISU-San Mateo, Mr. Francisco Juan, the SMVIS School Administrator, was appointed as the Officer-in-Charge followed by Prof. Sotero G. Martin as the first appointed Campus Head (1979-1982); Prof. Avelina L. Domingo, Chairman (1982-1987); Dr. Jose C. Domingo, Chairman (June 1987-1996); Dr. Avelina L. Domingo (1996-May 31, 2002); Prof. Quirino G. Lucas, Campus Executive Director (June 1, 2002-August 2005); Dr. Dr. Reynaldo L. Raymundo, Campus Executive Director (August 2005 – December 3, 2008); Prof. Dalmacio G. Leaño – December 4, 2008 – June 30, 2008; and Dr. Leon M. Gonzales, Campus Administrator (July 2008 to present).

In 1980 through the generosity of Barangay Capt. Hardy B. Lintao, the University occupied temporarily the Mother Craft Center and the Pre-Fab Building of Brgy. San Andres as its Library and classrooms respectively until such time that the University was transferred to a portion of lot number 2085- F TCT 141877 with an area of 1.2 hectares located at National Highway San Andres, San Mateo, Isabela in 1999. The lot was donated by the late Col. Andres D. Damian through the initiative of the administration of Dr. Avelina L. Domingo

At present, the University offers academic courses namely: Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education (Degree and Ladderized) with major fields of specialization in Garments Technology, Food Technology, Electrical Technology, Applied Electronics Technology, Drafting Technology, Foods Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (Degree and Ladderized), Bachelor of Science in Agriculture ( First two-years), Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science, Bachelor in Secondary Education, two-Year courses like Computer Secretarial and Computer Programming.

The University’s management is peopled by effective and efficient faculty and staff. Work forces include 1 Professor V, 2 Associate Professor V, 1 Associate Professor II, 2 Assistant Professor IV, 1 Assistant Professor III, 1 Assistant Professor I, 3 Instructor I, 7 Contractual Instructor I, 1 Part-Time Instructor, 3 Support Staff members, 1 utility worker, and 3 security guards.

From its humble beginnings, the growth of ISU-San Mateo Campus has been phenomenal. It has provided quality education to students not only from San Mateo but also from nearby towns like Ramon, Cabatuan, Aurora, San Manuel, Quezon, and other towns in Mountain province and Kalinga. It is hoped that it will continuously bring to life the dreams of our people to be educated and be educated well. 


At the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain about 17 kilometers east of Naguilian-San Mariano junction, midway the municipalities of Benito Soliven and San Mariano and along the planned national road to Palanan, Isabela lies the san Mariano Campus of the Isabela State University, Sta. Filomena, San Mariano, Isabela.

To develop the agricultural potentials of the forest region of Isabela, (comprising the municipalities of Benito Soliven, SanMariano, Naguilan, Reina Mercedes, Divilican, Dinapigui, Palanan and Maconacon) then Congressman Felfin Albano sponsored RA 6240 creating the San Mariano Junior National Agricultural High School in 1970. Honorable Rodolfo B. Albano, Jr., lone Congressman of Isabela worked for the implementation of Republic Act 6240 and started its operation in the Caloocan Elementary school, Benito Soliven, Isabela.

After two years, the late Mayor Jose Miranda of San Mariano purchased 10,3153 hectares for the San Mariano Junior National Agricultural High School site at Sta. Filomena, San Mariano, Isabela while Mr. Cornelio Garo donated one-third hectare for the additional school site.


The Isabela State University Jones Campus was originally the College Department of Jones Rural School, Jones, Isabela. The Presidential Decree 1434 in 1978 mandated the integration of the College Department of JRS to the Isabela State University. It therefore ushered the birth of Jones Campus of the University.

As there was a shift of paradigm, out of the original courses offered, only the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture remains relevant at present. In addition to BSA, the ISU-Jones Campus offers: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Elementary Education.

From its humble beginnings, ISU Jones metamorphosed significantly for the past five years. From a lowly 110 enrollment in 2005, it has now ballooned to 800—800 students who are now enjoying various scholarship grants/programs and pursuing different courses., which means, 100% scholarship grants by various sponsoring individuals/groups!

With the leadership of Dr. Joel L. Reyes and with the support of the University Management headed by the president, Dr. Romeo R. Quilang, ISU- Jones has recruited high-calibre educators who are indispensable partners in the academic take-off of the campus.


Isabela State University Angadanan Campus started as Angadanan Junior High School on August 14, 1946. After one year, it was renamed Angadanan High School.12 years until the late Congressman Delfin B. Albano worked for its conversion to Angadanan Vocational High School in 1962 by virtue of RA 3438. Thirteen years hence, that was 1975, although the school retained its name as Angadanan Vocational High School, it started to offer Post-Secondary Education, a Two-Year Ladderized Trade-Technical Curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education (BSIE) with different major areas of specialization. 

The school retained its name for as Angadanan Vocational High School, it started to offer Post-Secondary Education, a Two-Year Ladderized Trade-Technical Curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education (BSIE) with different major areas of specialization.


Isabela State University Academic Information

The University offers curricular programs that are in the consonance with the regional and national development thrusts of the government.

A curriculum Review and Evaluation Committee is set up at the University/ Campus/ College levels to periodically asses the responsiveness and relevance of curricular offerings, to propose necessary revisions, and to develop and propose new relevant curricular programs for endorsement to the University Academic Council.

All curricular programs are subjected to periodic accreditation by the proper accrediting bodies to ensure quality and excellence of said program.

There is a University Academic Calendar which conforms with a school calendar prepared by CHED and approved by the Board. It consist of three (3) terms: two (2) semesters of 18 weeks each one (1) summer of 6 weeks.

Students applying for admission to the Laboratory High School, Collegiate and Graduate School must satisfy the requirements prescribed by the University and other requirements as maybe prescribed by the particular College/School.

The Deans together with the Department Chairmen distribute the teaching loads of the faculty members in their respective colleges. The class schedules are prepared in coordination with the Campus Registrars and the College Secretaries concerned. Maximum utilization of physical and human resources are considered in the preparation of the class schedule and the faculty teaching load. Echague Isabela

Students are allowed to enroll the maximum required number of units prescribed in their curricular programs in each semester

Non-graduating students must not take more than 26 academic units per semester.

Graduating students may be allowed to take a maximum of 27 units during the last semester and 12 units during the summer term except for Teacher Education Programs

A student maybe allowed to register within one (1) week after the start of classes.

Students of the university maybe allowed to cross-register in another institution provided the approval of the Dean of the College and Registrar is secured prior to cross-registration.

Students of the universities/colleges who desire to cross-register at the university should have the written permit/approval of the Dean/Registrar of the institution of origin.

An orientation program is conducted by the Director of the Student Affairs at the beginning of every academic year for the benefit of undergraduate students enrolling for the first time in the university.

Based on number of units enrolled.
Regular student-is one who carries full load called for in a given term by the curriculum for which he is registered, provided, that if a student has already finished some of the required subjects, said subjects are added to the units he is actually taking in the computation of his load for the purpose of determining his status. 

Irregular student-is one who carries a load less than full load called for a given semester by the curriculum for which he is registered or one who carries full load but is enrolled in subjects across one level.

In a four-year course: Based on year level.
A freshman is a student who has not completed the prescribed subjects of the first year of his curriculum, 25 percent of the total number of units required in his entire course.

A sophomore is a student who has completed the prescribed subjects of the first year of his curriculum, or has finished 25 percent but less than 50 percent of the total number of units required in his entire course.

A junior is a student who has completed the prescribed subjects of the first two years of his curriculum, or has finished 50 percent but less than 75 percent of the total number of units required in his entire course.

A senior is a student who has completed 75 the prescribed subjects of the first, second, third year levels of his curriculum but not the subjects of the fourth year, or has completed 75 percent of the total number of units required for his entire course.

In courses other than the four-year, students are classified on a similar basis.

No student allowed absences exceeding 20 percent of the contact hours in any regular semester.
Instructor/Professors control tardiness by reasonable penalties or by whatever measure may seem best adapted to the circumstances. Late arrival of 15 minutes is equivalent to one-hour period of absence.

A grade "Inc." is given a student who fails to take the Final Examination during the examination period. A grade of "5" is given a student whose academic performance is below the passing mark.

Dropping subjects maybe allowed seven (7) days after the start of classes subject to the approval of the Dean/Chairman of the college where the student is enrolled.

A student may add/change a subject within one week after the opening of classes by submitting the duly approved prescribed form; provided that he does not carry more than the maximum academic load allowed.

Changing of classes. Transfer of students to other classes must be made only for valid reasons and with the consent of the professor concerned.

Subjects unscheduled for a given term maybe offered upon written request of at least fifteen (15) students for undergraduate and five (5) students for graduate, duly endorsed by the Registration Adviser and approved by the Dean of the College concerned to be noted by the registrar. Exception to the required number of the petitioners may be allowed under the following conditions:
  • The student is graduating during the term.
  • The subject requested is a major subject.
  • When an old curriculum is superseded by new curriculum.
  • Failure of students to take the subject/s is attributed to the institution.

Every petition/request for substitution of subject is subjected to existing rules and regulations.

The size of the class under normal situation does not exceed forty (40) students. However, beyond this number may be increased to fifty (50) depending upon available facilities, classrooms, and the nature of class activities (e.g. lecture, discussion, recitation or laboratory work).

The Campus Head/Dean has authority to limit enrollment if such limitation is necessary, subject to the approval of the President.

  • In general, credit for a course is determined by the number and length of class meetings per week per semester. For a lecture subject, a class meeting of three (3) hours a week earns three (3) units of credits. For a laboratory subject, a class of three (3) hours a week earns 1 unit of credit
  • Students must follow the sequence of subjects according to the approved curriculum. Subjects with pre-requisites are marked as such in the curriculum. Subjects taken and completed without satisfying the prescribed pre-requite will not be credited for graduation purposes
  • Simultaneous enrollment in a semester of pre-requite and succeeding subjects is to be avoided. If done without proper permit, only the pre-requisite subject may be credited during the semester
  • In general, students may be allowed to enroll one academic program at a time where their subjects are included in the curriculum

A transfer student may apply for validation of subjects taken from another institution following the procedures below:
  • Must submit credentials for evaluation and secure a validation form from the Registrar's Office
  • Must report to the Dean for test validation
  • Must submit validation test results to the Registrar's Office and proceed for enrollment
  • Subjects taken from other State Universities or Colleges (SUCs) need not be validated provided that the course description/content and the number of units of the subject to be validated are the same
  • Must pay a validation fee of P20.00 per subject at the Cashier's Office

  • Prelim, Midterm and Final examinations are scheduled by the Registrar's Office
  • No teacher is allowed to change the approved schedule or even the venue of classes without prior approval by the Dean
  • Students taking examination held outside the official examination scheduled with valid reason/s will be charged with a prescribed fee per subject
  • Integration period of one (1) day may be allowed before the final examination to enable students to review and prepare for the said examination
  • Students must have their permits signed by the faculty or proctor after each examination as proof of having taken the examination

Special Examination
  • Special Examination are given to students who failed to take the scheduled periodic exam for any of the following reasons:
  • Illness or injury caused by acident evidence by a medical certificates
  • Death of a member of the family evidenced by testimony and/or letter from guardian/parents
  • Other emergencies or reason determined as valid and meritorious by the Chair/Dean
  • Special examination may be given within one (1) week after the scheduled periodic exam. Affected students must apply for special examination at the Chair/Deans' Office, submitting the prescribed form
  • Special examinations will be based from the syllabus. The Chair/Dean may designate a faculty member who will administer the special examination if the teacher/instructor of the student is not available

The work of students is graded at the end of each term in accordance with the following system:


1.00                          98-100
1.25                          95-97
1.50                          92-94
1.75                          89-91
2.00                          86-88
2.25                          83-85
2.50                          80-82
2.75                          77-79
3.00                          75-76
4.00                     70-74 (cond.)
5.00                   Below 70 (failure)
Inc.                        Incomplete