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BU inks agreements to host Institute of Environmental Governance; CAL expands education advocacy with Arimbay HS, LGU Daraga

April 15, 2024

For a more responsive environmental governance, Bicol University (BU) and Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. will collaborate, through a Memorandum of Understanding, for the establishment of an Institute of Environmental Governance (IEG) in the province of Albay, signed on April 5, 2024. 

The IEG will serve as a strategic response to the rising need for capacity-building among local government units (LGUs) in promoting environmental stewardship. This will offer comprehensive training in environmental management, planning, protection, and conservation.

As host institution, BU will host IEG in Albay and offer its facilities, personnel, conduct of research, and offer technical assistance in the implementation of the program.

Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. is a distinguished non-profit and non-governmental organization involved in public interest environmental advocacy in the Philippines and originally established in 1987 as the legal defense arm of Haribon Foundation, TK has evolved into a leading advocate for environmental protection in the Philippines, including partnering with state universities as host institutions. 

The partnership was formally signed by BU President Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres III and Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc. President Nolasco Ritzlee Santos III, at the new BU College of Arts and Letters (CAL)  building. 


CAL-Akbay program advances education in Arimbay HS

Meanwhile, BU and Arimbay National High School (ANHS) have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will improve the academic performance, cultural development, and enrich the learning environment for students at ANHS.

The MOA outlines the collaboration to improve academic performance, promote cultural development, and foster a positive environment for ANHS students, under the agreement, BUCAL will spearhead various extensions services and projects, dubbed “CAL-Akbay program.”

CAL-Akbay is part of the community extension “Adopt-a-School program,” which is intended to improve students’ proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension. This will also address critical topics in arts and culture, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction management, and sustainable development goals.

This was made official and signed by BU President Nebres and Dr. Belma N. Jimenez, Principal of Arimbay National High School.


CAL extends expertise to LGU Daraga 

The LGU Daraga has also partnered with BUCAL for educational, scientific, and cultural cooperation. 

BUCAL will conduct research and extension activities on language, culture, literature, communication, print and broadcast, and culture and the arts, spearhead special short-term training programs, and cooperate on academic materials. 

Present were the BUCAL personnel, with BU President Nebres and Hon. Carlwyn G. Baldo, Mayor of the Municipality of Daraga.

| by Lea Loureen M. Kaibigan, BUCPRO Intern & Arnold C. Noda – IO III, BUCPRO

📷: Madelyn Masarate, BUCAL Dean’s Office