The JHCSC (40) delegates, composed of students and faculty from the School of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Studies (SAFES) of the JHCSC System, joined for the first time in the 11th Federation of Agriculture Students in Mindanao (FASMin) Congress held at Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU) Tampilisan Campus, Poblacion, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte last February 5-9, 2018.

            The said event with theme, “Home-Based Farming: An Approach to Solid Waste Utilization and Food Security”, was opened with a plenary session through an invited resource speaker on “Urban Containerized Gardening”, a principle and practice of empowered organic gardening in urban areas and in narrow spaces emphasizing proper waste utilization management affordable by any family.

            Eleven (11) higher agricultural institutions from all over Mindanao participated the event: Central Mindanao University, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines, Mindanao State University – Naawan, Mindanao State University – LNAC, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan, Misamis University, Mountain View College, Camiguin State Polytechnic College and Jose Rizal Memorial State Univeristy at Tampilisan. Observer schools were Jose Rizal Memorial State Univeristy – Katipunan Campus and our very own J.H Cerilles State College.

            The JHCSC Team, although being first timers, placed 5th in Quiz bowl competition. The Quiz Bowl Team was composed of Ms. Jhoena Paraan, Ms. Chery Jane Bagonggong, Mr. Christian Reden Visande and Mr. Eddie Pugoy with their coach Mr. Aron Louie L. Paler. Mr.J effrey C. Prato, a student from JHCSC – Ramon Magsaysay placed 3rd in Flower Arrangement.

The Federation of Agriculture Students in Mindanao (FASMin) is under the supervision of the Council of Deans and Heads of Schools for Agriculture Education (CDHSAE), an organization created and supervised by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) – Region X. Since its inception sometime in September 2000, the Council organized and continues to supervise the Federation of Agriculture Students in Mindanao (FASMin) formerly Northern Mindanao Federation of Agriculture Students (NORMinFAS) in its various activities particularly the Annual Student Congress, a student mini-Olympics in agricultural skills and literary/musical/dance/pageant based-skills.