• About – Research 

    Research is one of the primary functions of the Bicol University (BU) when it was established in 1969 thru RA 5521. As stipulated in its enabling law, BU shall primarily give professional and technical training and provide advanced and specialized instruction in literature, philosophy, the science and arts, besides providing for the promotion of scientific and technological services. In 1974, the Research and Statistics Center (RSC) was organized under the administration and supervision of the Dean of the Graduate School. Recognizing research as one of the main functions of the University, the RSC was granted administrative and supervisory autonomy on January 1, 1977 thru Office Order No. 10, series of 1976. Its mandates are to initiate, undertake, coordinate, and integrate the research efforts of the University in relation to the national and regional development goals. 

    Aware of the role and contribution of BU to regional and national development through cutting-edge, innovative, and responsive researches, a proposal was presented to the Administrative Council on May 3, 2000 renaming BURSC to BU Research and Development Center (BURDC). This was formalized with the approval of the BU Comprehensive Development Plan in 2003. As stipulated in the BU Comprehensive Development Plan, the RDC shall take the leadership in developing the University’s research and development (R&D) program, which for efficiency shall integrate the development directions of the colleges. It shall serve as the clearinghouse for all research projects developed in the colleges, including coordinative function in developing an integrated/multi/trans-disciplinary research projects across colleges.

    The R&D thrusts of BU are usually tied up with the priority commodity/areas of the national R&D system. Outside of these national priority R&D areas are institutional researches being undertaken to provide information for institutional planning, policy formation and decision making.

    As the premier state higher educational institution (HEI) in the region, BU has to make a significant stride in its research mandate to address pressing regional development concerns of the Bicol Region. The government’s policy on normative funding for state HEIs and leveling of state universities and colleges (SUCs) also make it imperative for BU to be more aggressive with its research and development (R&D) undertakings. For its research agenda in the next four (4) years, Bu shall continue to undertake research undertakings having national/regional and institutional significance. The research undertakings of BU shall be anchored on R&D program themes which are designed to address national/regional and institutional concerns. BU’s R&D agenda draw significant inputs from the Philippine Medium-Term Development Plan (MTPDP) for 2004-2010, Bicol Medium-Term Development Plan for 2004-2010, and from the present BU Administration’s thrusts and directions for research and extension.

  • Mission and Vision – Research

    Mission and Vision – Research


    “BU’s R&D mission is to contribute to the generation, enhancement, and transfer of technology in support to the development of the Bicol University and to the uplifting of the socioeconomic condition of the Bicol Region.”


    “A university that is imbued with a dynamic, relevant, and aresponsive research culture dedicated towards the generation and dissemination of information and technology that address, institutional, regional, and national development needs.”

    Target Goals

      (a)  Enhance the R&D capability of the BU faculty thru the institutionalization of training courses;
      (b)  Provide a conducive policy environment is the university that will stimulate and/or enhance the research interest of the faculty;
      (c)  Put in place dynamic R&D programs and projects that are reflective of and responsive to institutional, regional, and national development thrusts and priorities; and
      (d)  Facilitate the dissemination and commercialization of research results and mature technologies.

    Objectives and Targets

    • To package and conduct at least one training every quarter to enhance the R&D capability of BU personnel.
    • To review and formulate policies that will provide the conducive working environments for increased research output of the University.
    • To put in a place a revitalized support structure responsive to the R&D activities of the colleges.
    • To develop a core of faculty-researchers along Bicol’s priority commodities and disciplines.
    • To package and conduct R&D activities that are responsive to certain institutional, regional, and national development concerns.
    • To showcase mature technologies for dissemination and commercialization.

    BU Regional Center for Food Safety and Quality Assurance

    Vision Statement

    A leading provider for food safety and quality assurance research, laboratory services, and training in the country with fully equipped laboratories, manned by properly trained technical staff dedicated in producing high quality and reliable biochemical data compliant with regulatory standards.

    Mission Statement

    Undertake research to produce innovative technologies; build market confidence on local food products for exports thru provision of high-end laboratory services; and build a pool of science experts by training academic and science personnel.


    1. Initiate in the creation of a collaborative research program participated by different HEIs and agencies for the improvement of local food products;
    2. Serve as University’s showcase of laboratory facilities and provide services for researchers, students and food related SMEs and other industry partners;
    3. Provide food safety related training, workshop and seminar for interested individuals and institutions; and
    4. Produce revenues to sustain its operation as laboratory service provider in the region.


    The Center aims that the local products of the region and nearby provinces reach the world market. This can be done by building market confidence of the goods for export and creating innovative technologies that are commercially viable. The Center functions as a research, training/teaching, and laboratory service facility. With these three functions, it will ascertain a place for the local products to the international scene.

    a. Research Facility

    The center is primarily a research facility aimed to implement and assist high impact researches geared towards alleviating poverty and improving the region’s competitiveness. It should provide local industry innovative technology and needed scientific information of the raw materials, ingredients, processes, and the finished products.

    Along with other research centers, the center conducts research on creating innovative technology and improvement of local food products for international market. In addition, the center actively participates and supports the BU innovation ecosystem for both equipment and non-equipment patent technology output. The center submits proposals for funding as well as accepts commissioned work or work in coordination with other agencies in scientific investigations.

    b. Laboratory Service Facility

    Located at the central section of Higher Education Regional Research Center (HERRC) building are seven (7) laboratory rooms that shall provide technical services to the analyses of but not limited to food safety and quality assurance:

                Lab 1: Analytical Laboratory

                Lab 2: General Preparation Room

                Lab 3: Preparation Room

                Lab 4: Microbiology Laboratory

    Lab 5: Molecular Biology Laboratory

    Lab 6: Toxicological Laboratory

    Lab 7: Animal House

    The center uses standard methods of analyses to ensure quality in the results generated and follows standard operating procedures to provide safe and secure working environment. It also continuously improve its services thru participation in proficiency testing, inter-laboratory calibration, and method validations for both procedures/ processes and instrument use.

    c. Training Facility

    As a training facility, the Center provides food-safety related trainings, workshops and seminars for interested individuals and institutions. These trainings is participated by food industry representatives (SMEs), faculty researchers and students.  These undertakings promote collaborations that address issues and concerns on food safety and quality enhancement of Bicol food products. This in turn enhances the capability of the Center as a research, laboratory service and training facility while responding to the needs towards food safety and quality assurance of Bicol products.

    The Seven Guiding Principles of RCFSQA

    1. The Center shall uphold the core values of the University, that is, scholarship, leadership, service and character, in performing its mandates;
    2. The Center shall support research endeavours of the university and the community by providing adequate laboratory services compliant to regulatory standards;
    3. The center shall deliver high- quality food laboratory testing services, expert interpretation, and efficient results reporting to effectively support food manufacturing industries;
    4. The center is dedicated to continuous quality improvement in our services and is committed to the highest levels of testing proficiency and standardization;
    5. The center believes in trust, respect, and honesty, placing high value on accessibility, collaboration, open communication, clear decision making, and individual accountability;
    6. The center shall provide safe and secure working environment not only as an obligation to meet regulatory standards but a commitment to protect personnel, the community and the environment; and
    7. The center shall adhere to the principles and guidelines of the University in performing its mandates in research and extension.

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  • Thematic Areas

    Theme 1 – Food Security & Poverty Reduction

    Theme 2 – Climate Change & Natural Resources Management

    Theme 3 – Global Competitiveness of Business and Industry

    Theme 4 – Social Development Promotion

    Theme 5 – Institutional & Policy Research

  • Organizational Structure

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