As the premier state university in the Bicol Region, the Bicol University (BU) is mandated to perform the four-fold functions of instruction, research, extension, and production. To operationalize its research function, the BU Research and Statistics Center (BURSC) was created on January 1, 1977. Its mandates are to initiate, undertake, coordinate and integrate the research efforts of the University in relation to the national and regional development goals. The R & D thrusts of the Bicol University are focused on the priority commodity/areas set by the national/regional research agencies and that of the University. Outside of these assigned priorities are institutional researches being undertaken by the University faculty and personnel. The Center also maintains a databank of relevant information supportive to administration and management of the University. By virtue of BOR Resolution No. 30, series of 2002, the BURSC was renamed to the BU Research and Development Center (BURDC), giving direct emphasis to the important role and contribution of BU to the regional and national development through leading edge, innovative, and responsive researches. The function of the Center is research administration and management while research implementation is lodged in the college/unit.