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Rizal Street, Legazpi City,
Albay, Legazpi, Philippines

About Us (CBEM)


A World-Class University Producing Leaders and Change Agents for Social Transformation and Development


The aforecited vision is rooted in Bicol University’s mandate as provided in RA 5521 which is “to give professional and technical training and provide advanced and specialized instruction in literature, philosophy, the sciences and arts, besides providing for the promotion of scientific and technological researches, (Sec. 3).”

Goals of the College

  • To provide the highest quality of education in the field of business, economics, and management that is responsive to regional and national development;
  • To pursue relevant research and extension activities through linkages with business organizations, and government and non-government agencies;
  • To initiate vigorously income-generating activities for improving the financial capability of the college; and
  • To establish the highest degree of efficiency, effectiveness, collegiality in making decisions and transparency in the administrative system.

College Learning Outcomes

Every BU CBEM graduate should:
Demonstrate a high level of mastery and competence in business, economics, and management and contribute to organizational performance and regional and national development for societal transformation;
Demonstrate effective, efficient and ethical practice of profession in public, private, academe, or government sector;
Manifest transformative research skills towards the identification of innovative solutions to existing and new problems and the discovery and creation of new knowledge for effective decision-making;
Initiate extension programs that will address issues on sustainable livelihood and community development; and
Create centers that will showcase and commercialize research-based technologies and products to improve the financial capability of the college for self-sustainability.

Awards and Achievements

CPA Licensure Examination Award for Top Performing School 2015 & 2016 Top Performing School in Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Board Exam

Best Institution in Paper Presentation

2016 Regional Conference on Business and Management Research

People Management Association of the Philippines Region V Chapter

September 9, 2016

BU, Legazpi City

Basic Statistics of the College

As of February 2017

No. of Students: 2189 students

Graduates 2016- 612

CPA Licensure Performance

October 2015 – 94.20%

October 2016 – 84.93%

No. of Scholars

SY 2015-2016

Internal- 547


SY 2016-2017


External- 234


Facing the commercial center of the municipality of Daraga, Albay in the campus cornered by Rizal and Regidor Streets is the young Bicol University College of Business, Economics and Management. Spanning three (3) University Presidents and four (4) College Deans, in fourtenn (14) years, the institution of Higher Learning already made its mark not just to its mother town and province but to the entire country and the international community as well.

Its graduates consistently bring the school to the nation’s best in accountancy licensure examination, many of its alumni have become successful professionals locally and in other countries, its faculty members are recognized by national professional organizations, its extension activities have benefitted the region’s local government units, and its research outputs have landed in the international refereed journals.

The BUCBEM, as its called, legally started as a college on September 10, 2004 wit the implemetation of the Comprehensive Bicol University Development following Board of Regents Resolution 072 s. 2003 dated September 25, 2003 through the leadership of the BU President Dr. Susana C. Cabredo. The Plan created, from the former BU College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Institute of Computer Science (ICS), and the Institute of Communication and Cultural Studies (ICSS) new colleges namely, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Science. the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, and this college – the College of Business, Economics and Management. The historical trail of BUCBEM, in whole started with the beginning of the Bicol University itself and was given distinct and full status after the blending of CAS, ICS, and ICCS to become entities with diferrent nomenclatures in 2004.

Initially, the college consisted of four programs originally coming from the former CAS – Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accountancy, BS in Entrepreneurship and BS in Administration, (BSBA) major in Management (which was later on officially  modified to BS in Management). In 2007, the BSBA with majors in  Financial Management, Human Resource Development, Marketing Management and Operations Management was offered. The BS in Accountancy, on the other hand, from within the course. opened a catch program, the BS in Managerial Accounting. The BSBA major in Microfinance was also offered later.

The College was ably served by three Deans frm April 30, 2005 to April 15, 2015 who were Dr. Edwina N. Morasa (ret.), Dr. Liwayway R. Ables (ret.), and Dr. Ramesis M. Lorino, respectively, under two Presidents, Dr. Susana C. Cabredo and Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya. On March 9, 2015 Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas was elected by the BU Board of Regents as the 8th BU President. President Mascariñas designated Dr. Eddie S. See as the 4th College Dean of BUCBEM effective starting April 16, 2015 and Prof. Sonnie A. Ramos as its Associate Dean and Planning Officer.

On September 27, 2017, the BU Board of Regents approved the CHED Policies, Standards and Guidelines-compliant revisions in the College’s programs and majors. This Board action mainstreamed the programs of the college to only just four (4) – BS in Economics, BS in Accountancy, BS in Entreprenuership and BS in  Business Administration (with majors in Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Master in Entreprenuership, Master in Cooperative Management, Marketing Management, Microfinance, and Operation Management).

As of 2017, in the Graduate level, the college maintained the offering of Master in Management (MM), MM major in Human Resource Management, Master in Entreprenuership, Master in Cooperative Management, and Master in Economics and transferred to the Jesse Robredo Institute the Master in Public Administration, Ph. D. in Public Administration, and Ph. D. in Development Management Programs.

Anchored on the foundation and framework laid out in the earlier administrations, and guided by the Vision to become “a world-class university producing leader and change agents for social transformation and development”, the Presidency of Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas and the Deanship of Dr. Eddie S. See successfully acquired all the Certificates of Program Compliance (COPC) of the college namely for  the following, BS in Entrepreneurship, BS in Accountancy and BSBA Programs; PhD in Public Administration and PhD in Development Management graduate programs. During the period, CBEM has likewise raised the AACCUP Level II status of its four original programs to Level III phase I for phase II visit, its BSBA program to Level 1, its Master in Management Program to Level IV, and the Master in Economics to level II.

The Presidency of Dr. Mascariñas has witnessed an unprecedented massive recruitment and selection of faculty members and engagement in faculty development in the College. Fifteen (15) new faculty members were hired one (1) in the Department of Economics, two (2) in the Department of Entrepreneurship, three (3) in the Department of Accountancy and nine (9) in the Department of Business Administration. The college, since 2016 has granted ten (10) mentors of the Human Resource Development, two (2) for PhD in Agricutural Economics at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, three (3) for Doctor in Business Administration at the Ateneo de Naga University, three (3) for PhD in Business Administration at the De La Salle University Dasamariñas, one (1) for PhD in Development Management in Bicol University and one (1) for Master in Accountancy at the Ateneo de Naga University.

CBEM offers an excellent environment and wholesome, meaningful experience through its varied intra-curricular and extra-curricular activities for students seeking future careers in Business Administration, Accountancy, and Economics.

Students have also the choice to join in defferent organizations, namely, Economics Society (EcoSoc), Operations Management Club (OMC), Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA), Junior People Management Association of the Philippines (JPMAP), Junior Marketing Association (JMA), Junior Institute of Management (JIM), Junior Financial Executives (JFINEX), Peer Counselors Organization (PCO), and the Athletians. These organizations conduct community outreach. and academic and socialization events.

BU Quality Policy

Bicol University commits to continually strive for excellence in instruction, research and extension by meeting the highest level of clientele satisfaction and adhering to quality standards.

Institutional Learning Outcomes:

Every graduate of Bicol University must:

Demonstrate critical thinking and integrative skills to solve problems and to support lifelong learning;

Communicate effectively and appropriately orally and in writing for various purposes with the responsible use of ITC tools;

Collaborate with diverse people ethically and with mastery of knowledge and skills in given discipline; and

Create knowledge and innovation to promote inclusive development as well as globalization.

BUCBEM’s Dean research “Relationship between gender and employment contexts of Bicol University Graduates” published in an international refereed Journal.  

The paper of Dr. Eddie S. See with his wife Mary Ann was published in the December 29, 2016 issue of the International Journal of Pedagogy,  Innovation and Technologies. .   The article which employed a secondary analysis method can be downloaded at

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CBEM topnotchers are back

CBEM topnotchers are back

2 BUeño takers claim top 6, 7 spots for this year’s CPALE

Six years after Monico Paulo B. Rañosa landed on the top 10 of the October 2015 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination (CPALE), the College of Business Economics and Management has produced two more topnotchers based on 2022 CPALE results.

Emmanuel Z. Jerusalem claimed the top 6 spot with an 87.17% average while Bethany Jayne I. Carizo, the 2020 Most Outstanding Graduate in Academic Excellence, landed top 7 with an 86.63% average. This year, CBEM earned a 45.71% passing rate over a 22.29% national passing rate with 16 passers out of 35 examinees.

It can be recalled that last year, the university landed on the unofficial list of the Best Schools for Accountancy in the Philippines with a board exam passing rate of 76%. The university also shared the spotlight with the top performing universities in the Philippines according to the results from the October 2016 CPALE with an 84.93% passing rate.

In 2015, BU recorded a laudable 94.20% passing rate producing 65 out of 69 CPAs over a national passing rate of 41.06%.

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Research and Extension

11th BUCIT R&D Forum

Research is one of the major functions of the University.  As a training ground for the students the University conducts its annual Student Research and Development Forum.  This activity will showcase the Best Undergraduate Thesis/Capstone/Special Problem for both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The main objective of this activity is to provide a venue to stimulate interest and appreciation for disseminating research outputs and identify and recognize outstanding R&D papers. In this regard, the BUCIT Research Office conducted the 11th BUCIT Student R&D Forum last February 26, 2018 at the Bicol Regional Food Innovation and Commercialization Center (BRFICC) Amphitheatre, Bicol University East Campus, Legazpi City. It was participated by the BS Food Technology and BS Automotive Technology students.

The winner for 1st Best Paper award and 1st Best Poster award (BS Food Technology students Donna May Soreda, Christine Belen, Anabeth Orogo, Aubrey Bantillan, Lyka Relova and Prof. Ma. Janesa Reyes as the adviser of the study Sensorial and Nutritional Qualities of Cereal bar Utilizing Rice-Germ and Jackfruit) with the panel of evaluators from DTI – Victor Emmanuel S. Castro, CBEM – Dr. Ricardo M. Belgica and DOST – Ma. Theresa D. Alcantara (from left to right) and the BUCIT Dean Dr. Jonathan C. Arroco.

Evaluation of Posters with the panellists (Ma. Theresa D. Alcantara of DOST and Victor Emmanuel S. Castro of DTI from left to right)

The winner for 2nd Best Paper award (BS Food Technology students Bon Salonga, Ferlene Rose Columna, Alyssa Mae Boncalos, Rachel Orogo and Prof. Ginalyn Rustria as the adviser of the study Effects of Lubi-lubi Leaves on the Acceptability and Quality of Root Crop Starch Edible Wrapper) with the panel of evaluators from DTI – Victor Emmanuel S. Castro, CBEM – Dr. Ricardo M. Belgica and DOST – Ma. Theresa D. Alcantara (from left to right) and the BUCIT Dean Dr. Jonathan C. Arroco.

The winner for 3rd Best Paper award and 3rd Best Poster award (BS Food Technology students Joyce Ann Baluyo, Janine Madraso, Verna Bolano, Angela Paula Goingo, Jennifer Martines and Prof. Ginalyn Rustria  as the adviser of the study Development and Characterization of lactose Free of Dragon Fruit Ice Cream Utilizing Different Plant Based Milk) with the panel of evaluators from DTI – Victor Emmanuel S. Castro, CBEM – Dr. Ricardo M. Belgica and DOST – Ma. Theresa D. Alcantara (from left to right) and the BUCIT Dean Dr. Jonathan C. Arroco.

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Research and Extension (CoE)


Evaluation of the BS Geothermal Engineering Program of the Bicol University College of Engineering

Engr. Medel Aligan

Physiological and Hydrological Characteristics – Crucial to Hazard Reduction and Vulnerability Analysis of Sagumayon River

Engr.Jefferson Cipriano

Geotechnical Properties as Basis in Hazard Reduction and Vulnerability Analysis of Sagumayon River

Engr. Anna G. Bilaro

Advisory Based Flood Elevation of Bicol University Polangui Campus

Engr.Denise T. Legaspi

Engr.Mercenario Legaspi

Hazard Reduction and Vulnerability Analysis of the Sagumayon River, Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines

Engr. Medel Aligan 

Topographic and Hydrographic Survey of the Sagumayon River

Engr. Oliver Aligan

Social, Cultural, Economic and Historical Assessment of the Sagumayon River

Engr. Medel Aligan

Segmentation and Geo-tagging of the Sagumayon River

Engr. Analiza Gratil

Physiological and Hydrological Characteristics of the Sagumayon River

Engr.Jefferson Cipriano

Sampling of Soils of the Segmented Areas of Sagumayon River

Engr. Anna G. Bilaro

Stratification of Soil Layers along the Sagumayon River

Engr. Edmundo Estor

Stability Analysis for the Slopes of the River Channel of the Sagumayon River

Engr.Domingo Pojarda

Design of Slope Protection Measures

Engr.Dante M. Guillermo

Engr. Eduardo Loria

Academic Programs on Environmental Management and Entrepreneurship: Development and Validation of an Academic Program on Environmental Management

Engr. Medel E. Aligan 

Determinants of Performance of Bicol University Graduates in the Licensure Examination for Civil Engineers

Engr. Anna G. Bilaro

Engr.Domingo Pojarda

Electrical Assessment, Evaluation and Design of Power Distribution System and Energy Center in Bicol University East Campus, Legazpi City

Engr. Alwin Lunas

Engr.Fernan Dematera

Engr. Edgardo Aragon

Engr. Zendy Dematera

Engr. Gene Llorando

Engr. Garry Hilutin

Engr. Rolando Dacillo

Engr. Gil Mediavillo

Engr. Laurence Albert Ayo

Engr. Agerico Llovido


Registered Master Electrician Enhancement Program for Electrical Installers in Castilla, Sorsogon

Engr. Eduardo Loria

Engr.Fernan Dematera

Engr. Denise Legaspi

Engr. Jeruim Ozaeta

Engr. Alwin Lunas

Engr. Garry Hilutin

Engr. Edgardo Aragon

Engr. Laurence Albert Ayo

Engr. Gil Mediavillo

Engr. Zendy Dematera

Engr. Anna G. Bilaro

Engr. Edmundo Estor

Engr. Analiza Gratil

Engr. Michelle Canaria

Engr. Gene Llorando

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Research & Extension

Juana make a change?

Juana be strong? Empowered? And engage?

As  we support the celebration of the 2021 National Women’s Month, BUIPESR in cooperation with the University Office of Extension Management Division and the Center for Gender and Development Presents….. PADARAPLUSAN sa BU OVAL: A FREE fitness dance activity for all Juana’s and Juan’s. COME AND JOIN US EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, 5PM ONWARDS AT the BU OVAL”

We strictly follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols


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Research & Extension


On-going research engagements of the College:

Bicol University as Environment Education Learning Resource Center of the National Network of Normal Schools

Ladderized Teacher Education Program for Preschool

Extension Engagement

The Extension Unit of the College Education undertakes different projects and activities following the programs identified within its BURULIGAN framework.

Recent Activities for S.Y. 2016-2017 are as follows:

Project ReaP

Gabawan Elementary School, Daraga, Albay

Individualized Reading Assistance

Buraguis Elementary School, Buraguis, Legazpi City

Sayaw ng Lahi

Gabawan Elementary School, Daraga, Albay

Info Transfer Project

Facebook Page:

Mentoring Mentors

Training Program for Child Development Workers in partnership with the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Council

Hotel Venezia, Legazpi City

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