Bicol University

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Bicol University
Pamantasan ng Bikol
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Motto Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service
Type State and Research university
Established June 21, 1969
Endowment PH₱ 569,596,000 ($ 12,828,902) (2014)[1]
Budget PH₱ 2.5 billion ($ 56,307,025) (2014)[1]
President Hon. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, Ph.D
Students 27,224 (2015)[2]
Location Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines
Campus Legazpi City (Main and East Campuses), Daraga, Guinobatan, Polangui, Tabaco City and Gubat
Hymn Bicol University Hymn
Colors              Aqua Blue, Orange and Grey
Athletics State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association
Nickname Bueños and Iskolar ng Bayan
Bicol University Logo.jpg

Bicol University (translated in Filipino: Pamantasan ng Bikol and commonly abbreviated as BU) is a regional state and research university in Bicol Region, the Philippines. BU is an ISO 9001:2008 certified public university in the region with Certificate No. TUV 100 05 1782.[4] It is Administered from Legazpi City,[5]

BU is a university which is partly subsidized by the Philippine government. Students of the university and its graduates are referred to as “Mga Iskolar ng Bayan” (“Scholars of the Nation”) but they are commonly called as BUeños. Students who wish to study in the university must pass the Bicol University College Entrance Test (BUCET).[5]


  • ISO 9001:2008 Certified Institution with Certificate No. TUV 100 05 1782[4]
  • State Universities and Colleges (SUC) Level IV since 1998 by DBM Standards
  • 9th biggest among SUCs in enrolment and 5th in GAA Budget
  • One of the 22 leading SUCs in the country
  • CHED's Center for Development in Nursing Education (College of Nursing)
  • CHED's Center for Development in Fisheries Education (Tabaco Campus)
  • CHED's Center for Teaching Excellence (College of Education)
  • CHED's Center for Higher Education Research
  • Host of Palarong Pambansa 2016


Bicol Universitywas founded on June 21, 1969 by virtue of Republic Act 5521 and was formally organized on September 22, 1970. It evolved out of six reducational institutions integrated to form the first state university in Region V:

  • Bicol Teachers College (BTC) with its Laboratory School in Daraga, Albay, now the BU College of Education (BUCE) with its Integrated Laboratory School (ILS)
  • Daraga East Central School (DECS) also in Daraga, Albay, initially renamed as Bicol University Pilot Elementary School (BUPES), now integrated with the BUCE-ILS as its Elementary Department
  • Albay High School in Legazpi City, now the BUCE-ILS High School Department
  • Bicol Regional School for Arts and Trades (BRSAT) in Legazpi City, converted from the Albay Trade School by virtue of Republic Act 1129 on June 16, 1954, now the College of Industrial Technology and the College of Engineering.
  • Roxas Memorial Agricultural School (RMAS) in Guinobatan, Albay, which became the College of Agriculture, now renamed as the College of Agriculture and Forestry.
  • School of Fisheries in Tabaco, Albay, turned into the College of Fisheries, now the Bicol University Tabaco Campus.

These public schools and colleges, now part of Bicol University, had served the people of the region for more than half a century prior to their forming Bicol University.

University Presidents[edit]

Presidents of the
Bicol University
Dr. Ricardo A. Arcilla (1969–1980)
Judge Aquilino P. Bonto (1980–1988)
Dr. Patria G. Lorenzo (1988–1992)
Dr. Lylia Corporal-Sena (1992–1999)
Dr. Emiliano A. Aberin (1999–2003)
Dr. Susana C. Cabredo, (2003–2007)
Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya (2007 - 2015)
Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas (2015–present)

Dr. Ricardo A. Arcilla (1969–1980)[edit]

Born April 3, 1910 at Calolbon, Catanduanes, historian and lawyer. Doctorate from the University of Santo Tomas


  • Charted the BU developmental path based on Republic Act 5221.
  • Supervised the construction of the Administration Building.
  • Organized the College of Engineering in 1971. Opened B.Sc. courses in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
  • Offered Master of Arts in Education Program at the Graduate School in June 1972.
  • Established the College of Arts and Sciences in 1972. Opened B.Sc. Political Science course.
  • Opened the College of Nursing in 1973.

Judge Aquilino P. Bonto (1980–1988)[edit]

[6] Law professor, religious leader. Born December 24, 1923 in Legazpi City. Bachelor of Laws (Ll.B) from UP College of Law Focus:[6] Research and Extension


  • Construction of the Multi-Purpose Building (now the Graduate School and College of Arts and Letters Building).
  • Established the Center for Cultural Studies.
  • Decentralized administrative and financial management.
  • Plotted medium-term development plan of BU.
  • Hosted a World Bank-funded Regional Institute of Fishery Technology in the College of Fisheries (1981–88) to strengthen Diploma in Fisheries Technology program.
  • Pushed the College of Agriculture in 1987 as a pilot provincial Technological Institute in Agriculture, financed by an Asian Development Bank loan, under the auspices of Department of Education, Culture and Sports.
  • Opened BSc Agribusiness and BSc Agricultural Technology courses in the College of Agriculture.
  • Added AB major in English, BSc Social Work, BSBA major in Entrepreneurship, BSBA major in Management courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Opened BSc Architecture and BSc Electrical Engineering courses in the College of Engineering.
  • Opened Master in Economics course in Graduate School.

Dr. Patria G. Lorenzo (1988–1992)[edit]

Educator and leader. Born in Tabaco, Albay, grew up in Malinao, Albay. B.S. in Education at University of the Philippines, major in English and minor in Guidance. Master of Arts in Education and Doctor of Philosophy both from the same university.


  • Established BU Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies (BUICCS) offering Bachelor of Communication Arts in 1992
  • Hosted the Regional Science Teaching Center, managed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region V .
  • Added Ph.D. in Development Management; Ph.D. in Educational Foundation, Ph.D. in Public Administration, and M.S. in Fishery Technology curricula in the Graduate School.
  • Added BSc Forestry in College of Agriculture
  • Added BSc Accountancy and B.S. in Communication Arts courses in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Added B.S.E.D. major in Fish Arts in the College of Fisheries.
  • Supported the Masaraga Agroforestry Project carried out by the College of Agriculture.
  • Set up the BU Development Foundation Inc., and the BU Trust Fund.
  • Strengthened the Management Information System (MIS).[6]

Dr. Lylia Corporal-Sena (1992–1999)[edit]

Biography: Previously President of Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges[7]


  • Established BSc Forestry Program in 1993; renamed the College of Agriculture as the College of Agriculture and Forestry.
  • Restructured the College of Fisheries to become the BU Tabaco Campus.
  • Through a petition led by Gubat Mayor Deogracias Ramos Jr., established BU Gubat Campus on June 13, 1996; later converted into BU Extension Programs to pave the way for Sorsogon State College and the local government of Gubat to take over.
  • Established Computer Science Institute in 1995; renamed the School of Arts and Trades as College of Industrial Technology, and the Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation to manage PE classes and Sports and Recreation programs of the University.
  • Launched the Bicol University Internet Service Project in 1997
  • Doctorate in Development Management, Public Administration and Masters in Management offered at Graduate School.
  • BUCAF opened classes for the Diploma in Agricultural Technology at the Extension Campus in Pantao, Libon, Albay.
  • Pushed extension activities: University-on-the-Air, publication of the Outreach, BU Bulletin, and the Technology Sourcebook.
  • Hosted the PASUC National Convention
  • Upgraded Science Teaching Center sponsored by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Implemented NCC 68 Conversion and the NCC 69 PASUC evaluation
  • Designated as the Coordinating Center of PATLEPAM (Philippine Association of Tertiary Level Educational Institution in Environmental Protection and Management) for Region V
  • Spearheaded the construction of the edifice that will house BUREPC (Regional Entrepreneurship and Productivity Center) through the P5 million assistance of President Fidel V. Ramos
  • Implemented Municipal Science and Technology Advisory Program (MSTAP) jointly by BU and DOST on selected LGUs
  • Adopted the (BIDANI) Barangay Integrated Development Approach for Nutrition Improvement Project in Oas, Albay
  • Set up the review center for the Nursing Licensure Examination and launched the Ladderized Nursing Curriculum.
  • Held Extension classes of the Graduate School in Gubat and Bulan.
  • Presented Bicol University Saturday-Sunday University (BU-SSU) held in Cabasan, Bacacay, Albay, to Congressman Lagman, which was favorably accepted by the latter.
  • BU was accorded the honor in 1995 as the Center for Peace Education by the United Nations Commission on Disarmament Education. The Board of Regents authorized the creation of the Center for Peace and Security Studies and offered academic programs: B.A. in Peace and Security Studies, M.A. in Peace and Security Studies and Ph.D. in Peace and Security Administration by virtue of Resolution No. 27 s. 1996.
  • Forged a twinning relationship with the Sripatum University in Bangkok in 1996 to develop programs, seminars, exchange and visits that could promote the educational, social and economic well being of students, faculty and the people they serve.
  • Launched the Pili Post Production Program in region 5 with the National Post Harvest Institute for Research and Extension (NAPHIRE).
  • Switched ON in 1997 the Radyo ng Bayan (DZBU) which became the government's broadcast medium and served as a laboratory of students specializing in Communication Arts and Electronics.
  • Linked with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) through the Philippine National Volunteer Service coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) to enhance the mechanical engineering curriculum offered in the University.
  • Set up a consortium up between the University and the Camarines Sur Polytechnic College to enhance the teaching competency of the faculty and upgrade their educational qualifications.[6]

Dr. Emiliano A. Aberin (1999–2003)[edit]

Educator, administrator, civic/community servant. Born in Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija. Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering (Major in Soils and Water engineering) from the University of the Philippines Los Baños and Ph.D. in Educational Management from University of Saint Anthony in 1985. Formerly, Assistant to the Dean of BUCA, Dean of the BU College of Agriculture, Assistant to the President for External Affairs, Acting Director of the Research and Statistics Center, University Vice President, Officer-in-Charge of the BU College of Fisheries, Officer-in-Charge of Bicol University, Acting Director of the BU Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS).[6] Highlights:

  • Decentralized BU Administrative and Fiscal Systems
  • Pushed for Information and Technology programs
  • Facilitated funds for the Open University.
  • Drafted the BU Comprehensive Development (ComDev) Plan.
  • Integrated the School of Philippine Craftsmen in Polangui, Albay as BU Polangui Campus in 2000.[6]

Dr. Susana C. Cabredo (2003–2007)[edit]


  • Spearheaded the development of the Comprehensive Development Plan
  • Restructured academic units and programs by reconstituting The Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies as the College of Arts and Letters (CAL); and established the College of Science (CS), the College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM), and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) in 2003.[6]

Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya (2007 - 2015)[edit]

Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, the 7th President of the University

Biography: B.S in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from the Aquinas University of Legazpi in 1980. American Field Scholar in Glendive in Montana, USA in 1975. Ph.D. in Development Management from Bicol University in 1998. Previously, Department Head for the Entrepreneurship Program (1988 to 2001); Vice President for Production and Head of the BU Auxiliary Services; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2001–2003).


  • Created the Institute of Local Governance (ILG).
  • Established the Regional Science Teaching Center (RSTC).
  • Opened the Sentro ng Wika.
  • Opened BS Mining Engineering course at the College of Engineering in 2008.
  • Construction of Bicol University Torch of Wisdom
  • Established the College of Medicine (CM) (2013)
  • Launched as 106.3 (DWBU-FM) (2013)
  • Established the Institute of Architecture (2014)

Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas (2015 - present)[edit]

Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, the 8th President of the Bicol University

Mascariñas is the former Director of the BU Research and Development Center, and the Director of the CHED Higher Education Regional Research Center (HERRC). He also served as dean of the Graduate School and he holds the rank of Professor VI before becoming the president.[8]


  • Renovation and Construction of Bicol University - Albay Provincial Sports Complex
  • Construction of Bicol University Student Dormitory
  • Construction of Bicol University Student Union Center
  • Construction of Bicol University, University Library Building
  • Opened BS Meteorology course at College of Science

Board of Regents[edit]

The governance of the university is vested in the Board of Regents, abbreviated as BOR. The board, with its 12 members, is the highest decision-making body of the university.

The Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) serves as the Board's Chairperson while the President of the Bicol University is the Vice-Chairperson. The Chairpersons of the Committees of Higher Education of the Senate and the House of Representatives are also members of the Board of Regents which are concurrent with their functions as committee chairpersons.

The students of the Bicol University is represented by a Student Regent, which is also the chairperson of the University Student Council. While the Faculty Regent is likewise nominated by the faculty members of the whole University. Alumni are represented by the President of the BU Alumni Association.

As of 2018, the members of the Board of Regents of the Bicol University are:[9]

Board member
Chairperson Dr. Ronald L. Adamat Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education
Vice-Chairperson Dr. Anulfo M. Mascariñas SUC President IV, Bicol University
Member Sen. Francis Joseph G. Escudero Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture
Member Cong. Ann K. Hofer Chairperson, House Committee on Higher and Technical Education

District Representative, Zamboanga Sibugay, 2nd District

Member Mr. Edgar S. Barrameda Alumni Regent & President, BU General Alumni Association, Inc.
Member Mr. Noel R. Rafer Faculty Regent & President, BU Union of Faculty Association Inc.
Member Dir. Tomas B. Briñas Regional Director, DOST Region V
Member Dir. Agnes M. Espinas - Tolentino OIC-Regional Director, NEDA Region V
Member Dr. Elena B. Delos Santos Regional Director, Regional Executive Director, Department of Agriculture Region V
Member Atty. Hardy B. Aquende, CPA Private Sector Representative
Member Engr. Clemente A. Ibo Private Sector Representative
Member Mr. Brian Mitchel R. De La Rama Chairperson and Student Regent, University Student Council

Atty. Norly P. Reyes
Acting University & Board Secretary

Student political parties[edit]

  • Bicol University League of Democrats (BU Leaders)
  • League of Liberal Reformists; Reporma Coalition (REPORMA)

Main campus[edit]

Located on the boundary of Daraga, Albay and Legazpi City along the national highway, Rizal St. Aside from the Administration Building, the campus hosts the College of Education (BUCE), College of Nursing (BUCN), College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL), College of Science (BUCS), Graduate School (BUGS), Institute of Physical Education, Sports and Recreation (IPESR), College of Medicine (BUCM), Bicol University College of Education Integrated Laboratory School-Elementary Department and Bicol University College of Education Integrated Laboratory School-High School Department (BUCEILS-HS). The Bicol University Research Extension Program Center (BUREPC), the Amphitheatre and the Little Theater are also found in this campus.[10]

East campus[edit]

Located in Enlisted Men's Barrio (EM Barrio), Barangay 1 also in Legazpi City, the campus[11] hosts the College of Engineering (BUCENG), College of Industrial Technology (BUCIT) and the Institute of Architecture (BUIA).

Daraga campus[edit]

Located in Sagpon, Daraga, Albay,[12] and is less than a kilometer from the main campus, the campus consists of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM) and the Bicol University International House. This campus was formerly called College of Arts and Science (CAS).

Tabaco campus[edit]

Located in Tayhi, Tabaco, Albay.[13] Courses offered in this campus[14] are Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Food Technology, Social Work, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Marine Fisheries, Fish Technology, Coastal Resource Management, Secondary Education, and Entrepreneurship.

Guinobatan campus[edit]

Located in Pan-Philippine Highway in the town of Guinobatan, Albay,[15] formerly known as Guinobatan Rural High School in 1927; Roxas Memorial Agricultural School in 1950; Bicol University College of Agriculture (BUCA) in 1969 through RA 5521; with the offering of Bachelor of Science in Forestry starting in 1991, is now known as Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF).[16] BUCAF is a member of Philippine Agroforestry Education and Research Network (PAFERN)[17]

Polangui campus[edit]

Located in Centro Occidental, Polangui, Albay,[18] this was formerly known as the School for Philippine Craftsmen[19] and offered vocational courses. It was integrated into Bicol University,[20] through R.A. 7722, R.A. 8292 & R.A. 8769, on December 14, 2000 and renamed as Bicol University Polangui Campus. From the five courses offered in 2000, it now offers fifteen courses including BSc in Nursing, BSc in Computer Engineering and BSc in Electronics and Communications Engineering.

Gubat campus[edit]

Located in Gubat, Sorsogon,[21] this campus offers bachelor's degrees in Agricultural Technology, Secondary and Elementary Education, Fisheries, Food Technology, Entrepreneurship, Peace and Security Studies and Computer Science are offered in this campus. This is the only BU campus outside the province of Albay.

Facilities and services[edit]

Guidance and Counseling Center[edit]

Internet Services[edit]

Library System[edit]

The University Library System is for the use of students and other researchers. It has a collection of books in different fields of knowledge and all the published undergraduate and graduate researches. It is composed of eleven sub-libraries, namely:

  • The University Library
  • College of Education Library
  • College of Nursing Library
  • College of Agriculture and Forestry Library
  • ILS-Elementary Library
  • ILS-High School Library
  • East Campus Library
  • Daraga Campus Library
  • Polangui Campus Library
  • Tabaco Campus Library
  • Gubat Campus Library

Health services[edit]

The health services of the university is maintained by clinics on the campuses.

Campus safety and security[edit]

The Civil Security Office is responsible for campus security. It is assisted by security officers from a private security agency.


The center offers students activities to enhance their physical well being as well as their social lives. It organizes and facilitates the conduct of intercollegiate sports and University's participation in sports events. It runs wellness and fitness programs. Some of its facilities for Athletics include a soccer field, olympic-sized swimming pool, a rubberized track oval, and a grandstand.[22]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Venus Raj (BUCAL; ComArts, Major in Journalism[23]) was Miss Philippines Earth 2008 (Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2008), Binibining Pilipinas 2010 (Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2010), Miss Universe 2010 (4th Runner-Up)
  • Rolando Abaquin (BSAg) Harvard Faculty Club, Executive Chef.[24]
  • Janeth T. Nunez-Javier (BUCAS; BS Accountancy) is an assurance partner of SGV & Co. She placed fourth in the CPA board examinations.[25]
  • Jim R. Macatingrao (BUCAS; BS Accountancy) is a tax partner of SGV & Co. She placed thirteenth in the CPA board examinations [26]
  • Al Orolfo (BUCAF; BSAg, 1989): OIC-Regional Technical Director, Protected Area, Wildlife Conservation Zone and Management Services (PAWCZMS), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 7 (Central Visayas)[27]
  • Chrysthelyn Siena Quides (BUCAL [former ICCS]; AB Broadcasting) who is from Albay and was awarded top honors for her video, “Anna’s Village,” during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Video Contest in conjunction with the 2015 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week held in Manila, Philippines.[28]


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