BAGUIO CITY (October 13, 2020) -Ifugao State University is turning 100 years old on October 14.
This despite limitations and setbacks the Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic brought.
IFSU not only celebrates its centenary but also its status as a university that was granted by the House of Representative (HOR) on October 14, 2009. Through the enactment of Republic Act of 9720, the former Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (ISCAF) was converted to IFSU.
In October 1920, IFSU started as the Nayon Settlement Farm School (NSFS) in Lamut town established by the American educators.
It offered general elementary education while engaging in agriculture producing vegetable, poultry, and swine. It temporarily closed its operations during World War 2 and reopened after the Japanese forces surrendered.
NSFS was elevated to Ifugao Pilot Opportunity School of Agriculture (IPOSA) through a legislative measure authored and passed in 1959 by Representative Luis Hora of the old Mountain Province where Ifugao was a part of it.
In the late 1960’s, Hora filed another legislation renaming IPOSA to Payon Bugan Pilot Opportunity School of Agriculture (PBPOSA). This was in honor of the donor of the lot where the main campus of IFSU stands.
In the mid 1970’s, the first elected congressman of Ifugao, Rumulo Lumauig authored a law converting PBPOSA into Ifugao Agricultural and Technical College (IATC). On March, 1982, it was upgraded to ISCAF.
Now, IFSU has six campuses where the main campus is in Lamut, the others are in Lagawe, Hapao, Potia, Aguinaldo, and Tinoc. IFSU not only serves as the premier educational institution of Ifugao but also the research center that focuses on the preservation, enrichment among others of the Ifugao culture.
Artemio A. Dumlao