On November 20, 1972, through Presidential Decree No. 58, the UP System was created, with UPLB constituted as an autonomous unit.
Though instruction was considered as UPLB’s major function, research was also recognized as an equally important function.
Extension, on the other hand, was viewed as a function that showed UPLB’s relevance in the development of the countryside. Knowledge gained through research, imparting it through instruction, and applying it as public service are all efforts, directed towards the development of the whole man.
In the late 1950s, then UPCA Dean Dr. Dioscoro L. Umali “brought down the faculty from their ivory towers,” encouraged them to apply their expertise on actual agricultural problems, and to make the countryside their laboratory. Dr. Umali’s challenge resulted to the creation of an office tasked to monitor training and other extension activities at UPCA.
The move institutionalized and integrated the tripartite function of instruction, research, and extension in the university. It challenged the university to serve the people who saw the “UPCA’s golden age of extension” during Dr. Umali’s administration.