Dean's Corner



“When you're 18, you feel empowered, and you know your whole life is yet to be lived.”

As the Bicol University College of Business, Economics and Management (BUCBEM) turns 18 years old this year 2022, we celebrate its most empowering and future-preparing accomplishments, to face a life yet to be lived.

The growth and maturity of this College has been fully supported and patiently guided by our University President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariňas and his Vice Presidents especially by VP for Academic Affairs Amelia A. Dorosan; and is well-supervised by its College Dean, Dr. Eddie S. See; the Associate Dean and Planning Officer Prof. Shiela B. Desuyo; and the Department Chairpersons, Dr. Clea L. Bongat of Economics, Prof. Edgar S. Barrameda of Entrepreneurship, Prof. Analiza O. Pabilona of Accountancy, and Prof. Christina U. Ballesteros of Business Administration. The Administrative and Financial Support Personnel are headed by its Administrative Officer Ms. Karen B. Sampaga.

We have crafted its strategic plan 2019-2023 that includes the Research Agenda for the same period. Among our identified research programs are Financial Literacy, Work Life Blend and Performance and Stress, Effectiveness of Academic Policy Orientation, and Awareness and Usage of E-Resources. We have successfully published the Journal of Business, Economics and Management which is internationally refereed. At a time when power and connectivity were at their worst in the province, we have successfully conducted an international conference and paper presentation virtually through the efforts of our Research Coordinator Prof. Imelda A. Siapno.

Our community outreach to Persons Deprived of Liberty, and the trainings to educators and practitioners of Business and Entrepreneurship are being continued. The TRABAJO-LED project concluded years back is now being prepared for impact assessment.

The College's programs BS in Economics, BS in Entrepreneurship, BS in Accountancy, and BS in Business Administration (majors in Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Microfinance and Operations Management) have just been granted the Certificates of Program Compliance (COPC) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).BS in Economics, BS in Entrepreneurship, BS in Accountancy and BSBA major in Management (formerly called BS in Management) are level 3 re-accredited. We are set to mainstream GAD concepts in all our subjects, in all year levels.

Our BS in Accountancy program has consistently maintained its top performance in the national licensure examinations

As of today, our undergraduate student population is 2,768, the second among the campuses and the colleges in the university.

The Master in Entrepreneurship, Master in Management, and Master in Cooperative Management graduate programs being implemented by the College are awaiting the results of the Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT) evaluation, the first programs in the university to be assessed under CHED MC No. 15 s. 2019. Our Master in Management and Master in Economics Program are AACCUP level 3 and level 2 accredited, respectively.

We take pride as the winningest College, and had a 100% winning average (8 out of 8 entries) in the 16th Students R&D Forum (Virtual) held on December 15-16, 2021.

Our Internship Plan that covers all our programs is by far, the only Board of Regents-approved internship guidelines that comply with CMO 104 s. 2017 (Revised Guidelines for Student Internship Program in the Philippines or SIPP).

We congratulate our four new Doctors, Dr. Nolan G. Belaro, Dr. Janet G. Poja, Dr. Julie Ann M. Lustan, and Dr. Julieta V. Mojados who essentially strengthen our primarily young crop of 39-strong regular faculty members, excluding the 48 part timers and 7 affiliates.

The tripartite partnership we made with Northwestern University in Laoag City and the University of Cordilleras in Baguio City has provided a substantial number of actual research, training and faculty-student enhancement collaborations. A new partnership, this time with the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University is set to be forged.

Likewise, the General Bilateral Agreements of the Bicol University (College of Business, Economics and Management) with Rajajiri University Business School, India and Universitas Tanjangpura Indonesia through the efforts of the International Relations Office headed by Dr. Dimson M. Rivero warranted the participation of twenty of our students in an international virtual camp, a faculty exchange and participation in an international research conference.

The significant contributions of many of the university's faculty members, administrators and students have been recognized, and they were able to participate in events that provide updates in instructional methodologies arising from our institutional membership to Asian + Council of Leaders, Administrators, Deans and Educators in Business (ACLADEB) and Entrepreneurship Educators Association of the Philippines, Inc. (ENEDA), and we are currently exploring possible collaborations with Philippines Association of Colleges in Business (PACSB) where we are also an institutional member.

All our nine programs/majors have each a College Student Organization (CSO), namely

Economics Society (ECOSOC), Young Entrepreneurs' Society (YES), Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA), Junior Institute of Management (JIM), Junior Financial Executives (JFINEX), Junior People Management Association of the Philippines (JPMAP), Junior Management Association (JMA), Microfinance Students Organization (MFSO) and Operations Management Club (OMC). The other CSO is the Red Cross Youth (RCY). The College Student Council is the students' representative body, advised by Prof. Edna B. Mata, our College Student Affairs and Services Coordinator.

With these experiences of growing up towards the age of 18, BUCBEM @ 18 is now ready to live the full life ahead, getting closer to the university's pursuit of “Becoming a World Class University, Producing Leaders and Change Agents for Social Transformation and Development”.



College Dean