A fund of 10 million pesos will be used for the first-ever school meteorology laboratory which is expected to improve the offer of the bachelor’s degree program in meteorological sciences at Mariano Marcos State University in Ilocos Norte. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
AN Ilocos Norte State University will house the first-ever school meteorology laboratory in the Philippines at its main campus in Batac City.
According to Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Chief Information Officer Daniel Tapaoan Jr., construction and acquisition of facilities and equipment is underway at the Communication Arts Building of the University. ‘university.
“A fund of 10 million pesos from the initiative of Senator Sonny Angara will be used for the project which is expected to improve the offer of the Bachelor of Science (BS) program in meteorology at the university,” Tapaoan said.
He said MMSU is one of the first to offer a bachelor’s degree in meteorology in the country, along with Bicol University (BU).
Equipped with high-performance laboratory equipment and computer units, the building will consist of a laboratory room, two classrooms and a staff room.
Professor Angelo Benedict Ragunjan, Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences at MMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), said the building will serve as a center for atmospheric and climate research, forecasting and modeling that will be enjoyed by students. .
“The meteorology lab will surely help us improve the scientific and technical skills of our students, making them more competent meteorologists in the future,” Ragunjan said.
CAS Dean Marivic Alimbuyugen said the lab’s presence will ensure meteorology graduates become more capable of innovating solutions and products, and more ready to adopt current and future technologies in the field. .
MMSU President Shirley Agrupis expressed her thanks to the national government for their immense support for the university projects.
Agrupis expressed confidence that MMSU will continue to develop industry-ready graduates who can contribute to sustainable national development.
Tapaoan said MMSU is one of only four universities in the Philippines to offer a BS in Meteorology along with Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija, Visayas State University in Leyte and BU in Albay.
In 2012, the course was offered to meet the demand for meteorologists in the country, and in 2014, MMSU produced two of the first meteorology graduates in the country.
This was made possible through the Consortium for Meteorological Education and Training spearheaded by the Agham Party List, Department of Science and Technology, Higher Education Commission and four state universities, added Tapaoan.