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Rizal Street, Legazpi City,
Albay, Legazpi, Philippines

College of Nursing


    The Bicol University College of Nursing history can be traced back to the Republic Act No.5521, dated January 17,1969 which was enacted during the fourth session of the Sixth Congress of the Republic of the Philippines. This legislation was “An Act establishing the Bicol University, Legaspi City Defining its Powers, Functions and Duties,Appropriate Funds Therefore, and other Purpose. Soon after Dr. Ricardo A. Arcilla was designated as the first BU  President, one of the Colleges he thought of opening was the College of Nursing. So by the virtue of Section 6 ofthe above Law, the College of Nursing with a separate budget was established. Dr. Mauro Nieva who was the University Physician was appointed Officer – In – Charge of the College per Office Memorandum No.9 s.1973 dated March 1,1973. Dr. Leonor Aragon regarding the setup of the College. Dr.  Nieva was late appointed as Acting Dean per Board Resolution No.93 s.1973 dated August 3, 1973, pending the appointment of the regular Dean of the College.The BU College of Nursing opened June 3, 1973 with the admission of the pioneer class composed of 34 students to its Nursing Proper. These students were applicants from BU College of Arts and Science Pre Nursing Course who passed the battery Tests which included an IQ Test conducted by the University Testing and Placement Section, a physical examination bythe University Medical Officer and a Personal Interview by the Dean and selected Nursing Faculty. The Pioneer class was enrolled in a Five year Curriculum offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Course in accordance with what was prescribed by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports.

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    • A University for Humanity characterized by productive scholarship, transformative leadership, collaborative service, and distinctive character for sustainable societies.

    • The Bicol University shall primarily give professional and technical training, and provide advanced and specialized instruction in literature, philosophy, the sciences and arts, besides providing for the promotion scientific and technological research (RA 5521, Sec. 3).

    • To produce globally competent and dynamic nurses who shall embody the ideals of scholarship, leadership, character and service, and shall be responsive to the challenges of social transformation and development.

    • The BUCN graduate shall:

      • Demonstrate desirable values and attitudes towards self, others and the profession.
      • Practice evidence-based, safe and quality health care to individuals, family, population groups and communities towards the improvement of the lives of the Filipinos in particular, and humankind in general.
      • Manifest fundamental leadership and management skills in various health care settings using innovative system-approach in the delivery of client care.
      • Exemplify commitment to service in the promotion of health and prevention of illness, alleviation of suffering and restoration of health.
      • Actively participate in activities related to environmental health and
      • Climate change adaptation, gender equality and development, and global partnership towards community resiliency and empowerment.


    Graduate Courses

    The College of Nursing also offers Master in Nursing which was approved through BOR Referendum No. 16 S. 1994.The Nursing Act, RA 9173 provides for sound and professional foundation for the practice of nursing. Therefore, the College of Nursing endeavors to offer a curricular program that satisfies this provision and strives to meet the minimum requirements of CHED. In terms of Related Learning Experiences (RLE) of the students, the college also complies with RA 9173, which states that learning experience can be observed in a classroom, hospital, home, community or other health/welfare agency. A base hospital is also a requirement where the students experience majority of the prescribed related learning experience. Thus, the BUCN and the Bicol Regional Teaching & Training Hospital (BRTTH) have a memorandum of agreement for this purpose whereby the BRTTH shall become the base hospital of BUCN for the affiliation of the nursing students. The affiliation of the nursing students to various hospitals in Metro Manila for their mental health nursing, communicable disease nursing, orthopedic nursing and other areas of nursing are likewise conducted during summer. This is to augment and to comply with the required number of hours for the clinical learning experience of the students.

    Undergraduate Courses

    There are two undergraduate courses offered by the College of Nursing. The regular Bachelor’s Degree Program was approved through BOR Res. No. 39, S. 1971 and the Bachelor of Science in Ladderized Nursing curriculum established by virtue of BOR Res. No. 25 S. 1995.

    • BUCN Faculty

      Alma S. Banua, RN, MN, EdD     

      Professor II

      Bibeth B. Monsalve, RN, MN     

      Instructor I

      Brigida M. Lobete, RN, MN         

      Associate Professor II

      Adviser, Peer Counselors Organization

      Cauline Ruth A. Pangan, RN, MN

       Associate Professor I

      Charina J. Cipcon, RN, MN, PhD

      Assistant Professor IV

      Director, Alumni Relations Office

      Adviser, Red Cross Youth Council

      Charmaine B. Maravillas, RN, MN           

      Instructor I

      Conchita A. Palencia, RN, MN   

      Associate Professor IV

      Eduardo Thaddeus M. Livica Jr., RN, RM, MN

      Assistant Professor IV

      Director, National Service Training Program

      Esther S. Valladolid, RN, RM, MAN, PhD               

      Associate Professor V

      Level I Coordinator

      Adviser, Women’s Club

      Fatima B. Calingacion, RN, MAN

      Instructor I

      Associate Dean

      Frances Carmi D. Gonzales, RN, MAN    

      Instructor I

      Level III Coordinator

      Gaspar R. Santos, LPT, MN          

      Instructor III

      College Student Affairs and Services Coordinator

      Heintje T. Llana, RN, MN

      Assistant Professor IV

      Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Coordinator

      Adviser, Male Nursing Student Council

      Janice D. Garcia, RN, MAN          

      Instructor I

      Research Coordinator

      Jean Annette S. Ibo, RN, MAN, EdD

      Professor II


      Lucilyn C. Ebuenga, RN, MN       

      Professor III

      Ma. Claudette L. Orense, RN, MN            

      Instructor I

      Maria Della C. Rañeses, PhD, PhD, PhD

      Professor III

      Adviser, Vital Signs Publication

      Maricel O. Ortonio, RN, MAN

      Instructor I

      Extension Coordinator

      Marimel S. Narvaez, RN, MAN  

      Assistant Professor IV

      Level IV Coordinator

      Marinelle C. Pascual, RN, RM, LPT, MAN              

      Instructor I

      Adviser, Philippine Nursing Students Association

      Marlo N. Bobier, RN, RM, MAN

      Instructor I

      Mary Joy B. Sande, RN, RM, MN, PhDNEd           

      Professor VI

      Quality Assurance Coordinator

      Melissa Sue M. Pecson, RN, MAN            

      Instructor I

      Adviser, College Student Council

      Nera A. Galan, RN, RM, MAN, PhD

      Professor II

      Master of Arts in Nursing Program Adviser

      Odette R. Gonzales, RN, MAN, EdD

      Instructor I

      Gender and Development Coordinator

      Richard L. Bartolata, RN, MN, PhD          

      Professor III

      Chairperson, Bicol University Research Ethics Committee

      Roanne T. Morano, RN, RM, MN              

      Assistant Professor IV

      Level II Coordinator

      Rodel A. Niñofranco, RN, MN, MPA HEDM           

      Associate Professor IV

      Sports Club Coordinator

      Adviser, Proactive Youth Movement For National Resiliency

      Ruby L. Mediona, RN, MN, PhDNEd        

      Associate Professor V

      Xenia C. Clemeña, RN, MAN

      Instructor I

  • College Directory

    Bicol University College of Nursing

    Rizal St., Legazpi City 4500 Philippines 


    Jean Annette S. Ibo


    Fatima B. Calingacion

    Associate Dean


    I. EXTENSION ACTIVITIES – First Quarter 2016

    Extension Activities of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science/Information Technology, Mathematics and Physics

    • A. The first quarter extension commitments of the college departments focused on preparation of projects and programs aligned with the University Extension Service Framework on WATERSHED.

      All departments participated in the extension writeshop each producing draft departmental extension programs. Extension commodity declarations per department were the following:

      Biology: Community-based transfer of knowledge, skills, aspirations on biology.

      Chemistry: Water quality assessment and watershed protection, rehabilitation, sustainability; Transfer of KRAS in Chemistry.

      CS-IT: Transfer of KRAS on computing science, ICT; Computer Software development technical support; institutional digital systems development.

      Mathematics: Community-based quantitative skills development; Instructional support of DepEd faculty; Integrated extension services to institutions and to internal or external development projects/programs.

      Physics: Transfer of KRAS in physics to teachers of DepED and other interest groups; Training on robotics and development of mechanical systems demonstrative of laws of physics.

    • B. Prepared and Disseminated Information, Education and Communication Materials (IEC Materials)
      • Lecture Power Points (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Research)
      • Worksheets (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Research)
      • Problem Sets (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Research)
    • C. Transfer of knowledge and techniques on various areas of specialization.

      Technologies Transferred

      1. Biologically Sound Management of Local Government Units: Masbate and Manito Projects Approximately: 100 households x two municipalities = 200 household beneficiaries

      2. Research protocol design

      2.1. 30 Health Emergency Management (DRRM Responders) graduate students At DOH-Manila

      2.2. 30 faculty members of BUCAF – 31 August – 1 September, 2016

      3. Statistical analysis

      3.1. 30 Health Emergency Management (DRRM Responders) graduate students At DOH-Manila

      3.2. 30 faculty members of BUCAF – 31 August – 1 September, 2016

    • D. Provided technical assistance to external entities

      a. Masbate Local Government Unit

      b. Regional Statistics Council, Region V

      * Developed the Core Indicators Matrix Input for Bicol Region

      * Negotiated for Tapping the Bicol University’s Mathematics/Statistics Faculty for the Regional Training on Statistics for Development Planning(Favorably acted on by the Regional Statistics Council in favor of Bicol University instead of the expensive training quotation of the Philippine Statistical Training and Research Institute)

      c. NAPOLCOM Region V:

      c.1. Ugnayan sa Barangay ng Legazpi

      Action on Top Three Crimes per Barangay

      Participants Local Chief Executive & LuponngKapayapaan Chair

      Per Barangay = 120 (of 140 expected)

      = 4hours x 120 participants = 60 person training days

      c.2. Model Supervisor and Model Associate Supervisor Performance Rating Matrix Development

      c.3. Model Supervisor and Model Associate Supervisor Write-up

      c.4. Model PNP National Competitions Region V Candidate’s Portfolio Preparation

    II. Highlights of Accomplishments

    For the first quarter of 2016, College of Science was able to conduct:

    Transfer of technologies

    Technologies Transferred

    a. Online Registration Systems Phased Development via standardization of data inputs and streamlined policies across management and academic units of the University.

    b. Preparation of extension programs and projects by Department

    c. Standardization of curricula and course codes

  • Jasper L. Tolarba, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

    1996, Bicol University College of Nursing (BUCN), 
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
    Director of Credentials Evaluation Services / 
    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International, Inc. 
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 

    “BU has prepared me to be a world-class professional and instilled in me the discipline and qualities needed to succeed—knowledge, perseverance, and commitment to excellence. My professors molded me to become 
    not just a professional nurse but to be a person who cares for other people because it’s the right 
    thing to do. It is one thing to prepare students to accomplish their professional goals so that they
    can contribute to society but also another to develop students to become emphatic and caring
    individuals. Bicol University has done a good job marrying both.”



    “Dr. Jasper Tolarba, a true icon of a transformed leader, an international figure and a popularly

    sought for speaker in nursing as well as education, management and research in many countries

    of the world, exuding enthusiasm and love for nursing, nurses and other professionals being the

    Chairman of the CGFNS. BUCN and the entire Bicol University is proud to produce graduates like

     Dr. Jasper, who truly works continuously to further enhance his knowledge as well as skills and

     lives out the values and wisdom he imbibed while in his beloved Alma Mater. Truly, Dr. Tolarba

     is a leader of transformation and an agent of change, which Bicol University College of Nursing

     has produced. Jasp, as we fondly call him, is firmly grounded despite his peak of success.”

     –  BEBIAN MALLORCA-ALPARCE                                                                                                                        BUCN Alumni Coordinator

Jean Annette S. Ibo

Dean, College of Nursing