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Message From SUC President IV

“A blessed, happy, and hopeful New Year!”

Every year is always better than the last. I always keep this in mind whenever I look back at the previous years. There are no exact same day – as there are no two exact same year. Each year is unique – with its share of sorrows and woes; joys, and glories.

Looking back at it now, as I approach the months-long end of my BU presidency, I am more aware of how the years – each year – have been most kind and benevolent to me; especially during the height of the pandemic. I know each of us has a story to tell – of sadness, of joy, and of the in-between bittersweet moments in life. Nevertheless, I wish that your sorrows and joys of the year were tempered by the hope that was that springs eternal in our hearts.

It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “Write it said on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” I must have been influenced by this, when I created my tagline vision that “the best is yet to come.” The eight years that I have been with you were without a doubt the most productive and proactive years of my life; even with the usual sighs and stresses of leadership. I was blessed with many good and wonderful people – fellow servants and administrators whose leadership made my Presidency seem so easy and smooth. Therefore, every New Year that comes to me, with you – my Bicol University family – has always been the best day of the year.
Yet, when I feel the strains and pains of leadership and life in general, I am also reminded that this, too, shall pass; that the best is yet to come because the magic is always in new beginnings. Today, as the year that was and everything that it has brought us have ended, we hold the promise of tomorrow – of new leadership; of new, but familiar directions, and of exciting destinations, and roads not yet travelled. If each year is a book, then we have been given 365 pages to write. However, we have to decide whether we want to get stuck or to get somewhere because according to J.P. Morgan “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide you’re not going to stay where you are.” Therefore, if we are going to write a good book of our life, we need to write a good one. Even Gilbert K. Chesterton agrees when he said, “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.”
This is what I still envision for you – my Bicol University family: to continue moving forward and infuse a new soul to our beloved Bicol University. Let us sustain the gains, blaze better and newer trails, to build more milestones, and leave legacies that addresses the needs of the academic communities and Bicolano scholars and contribute to development beyond the university borders.
To 2023 and beyond!

Arnulfo Mateum Mascariñas, Ph.D.

SUC President IV


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  • Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas

    SUC President IV
  • Dr. Amelia A. Dorosan

    VP for Academic Affairs
  • Atty. Joseph L. Bartolata, Ph.D.

    VP for Administration and Finance
  • Dr. Eddie S. See

    VP for Planning and Development
  • Dr. Luis O. Amano

    VP for Research Development and Extension
  • Atty. Norly P. Reyes

    Acting University & Board Secretary Chief, Administrative Services Division
  • Dr. Reina O. Habalo

    PMO Chief Presidential Staff
  • Dr. Herbert B. Rosana

    Dean, Graduate School
  • Dr. Lorna M Miña

    Dean, College of Education
  • Dr. Jonathan C. Arroco

    Dean, College of Industrial Technology
  • Dr. Noemi L. Ibo

    Director, Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance and Development
  • Atty. Alex B. Nepomuceno

    Dean, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
  • Prof. Edgar S. Barrameda

    Dean, College of Business Economics, and Management
  • Dr. Mary Joy B. Catangui

    Dean, Polangui Campus
  • Prof. Jocelyn E. Serrano

    Dean, College of Science
  • Dr. Amelia B. Gonzales

    Dean, College of Engineering
  • Dr. Maria Gisella N. Mortega

    Dean, Tabaco Campus
  • Dr. Rosemarie R. Jadie

    Director, Gubat Campus
  • Ar. Leo A. Del Rosario

    Director, Institute of Design and Architecture
  • Prof. Carina L. Sales

    Director, Institute of Physical Education, Sports, and Recreation
  • Dr. Leticia M. Lopez

    Dean, College of Arts and Letters
  • Dr. Roscefe B. Dy

    Dean, College of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Dr. Jean Annette S. Ibo

    Dean, College of Nursing
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    Dean, College of Medicine
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    Dean, College of Dental Medicine
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    Dean, College of Law
  • Dr. Ramesis M. Lorino

    Dean, Open University
  • Atty. Daryl A. Redoblado

    Legal Officer
  • Mr. Cyrus A. Barrameda

    Chief, Internal Audit Services
  • Dr. Dimson M. Rivero

    Director, International Relations Office
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    Director, Information and Communications Technology Office
  • Dr. Renelyn E. Bautista

    Director, Communication & Public Relations Office
  • Dr. Noel R. Rafer

    Director, BU Center for Gender and Development
  • Dr. Charina J. Cipcon

    Director, Alumni Relations Office
  • Dr. Jennifer T. Barrameda

    Head, Human Resource Management & Development Office
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    Director, Procurement Management Office
  • Ms. Salvacion L. Padilla

    Head, Supply & Property Management Office
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    Records & Management Officer
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    Head, Motorpool Services Office
  • Mr. Rolly S. Gonzales

    Head, Security Services Office
  • Mr. Jaykee N. Molar

    Head, General Services Office
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    University Budget Officer
  • Ms. Cheryl R. Del Prado

    University Cashier
  • Dr. Leonila B. Barbacena

    Director, Internal Quality Assurance Office
  • Dr. Hennie P. Lomibao

    Dean, University Admissions Office
  • Dr. Lany L. Maceda

    University Registrar
  • Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres III

    Dean, Office of Student Affairs and Services
  • Ms. Glenda Aurora S. Julianda

    University Librarian
  • Dr. Jeanne Marie M. Llana

    Head, University Health Services
  • Dr. Irene R. Moral

    Director, Language Center
  • Prof. Eduardo Thaddeus M. Livica Jr.

    Director, National Service Training Programvvvv
  • Prof. Ronnel R. Dioneda, Sr.

    Director, Research, Development & Management Division Director, Higher Education Regional Research Center
  • Prof. Rowena F. Zoilo

    Director, Extension Management Division
  • Dr. Elmer A. Lorenzana

    Director, BU Center for Policy Studies and Development
  • Dr. Benedicto Balilo Jr.

    Director, Publication & Knowledge Management Division
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    Director, Intellectual Property Management Division
  • Prof. Maria Crispina P. Baltazar

    Director, BU Regional Center for Food Safety and Quality Assurance
  • Dr. Arnulfo P. Malinis

    Director, BU Center for Technology Commercialization & Enterprise Dev’t.
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    Director, BU Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Dr. Maria Eden A. Ante

    Director, BU Regional Center for Science & Mathematics Education
  • Prof. Ma. Janesa A. Reyes

    Director, BU Regional Food Innovation & Commercialization Center
  • Prof. Alwin Joseph M. Maceres

    Director, Planning & Development Office
  • Engr. Ulysses R. Bello

    Director, Physical Development & Maintenance Office
  • Prof. Carlos V. Cortez Jr.

    Director, Special Project Preparation Office
  • Engr. Ana R. Abante

    Director, Resource Generation & Physical Assets Management Office
  • Dr. Viola L. Amano

    Director, Business Affairs Office

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