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INSTITUTIONAL BACKGROUND

       The Bicol University College of Agriculture and Forestry (BUCAF) is a component academic unit of the Bicol University (BU); the premier state university in Bicol also recognized as among the top universities in the country. BUCAF was an independent school before it was made part of the Bicol University when it was created in 1969 by virtue of the Republic Act No. 5521.

       As an educational entity dealing with agriculture and forestry, BUCAF has the edge of experience and record of performance relative to its mandated functions of instruction, research, extension and production. It started as Guinobatan Farm School in 1912. From there, it became the Guinobatan High School in 1927 and later became Roxas Memorial Agriculture School in 1949; Eventually, on June 21, 1969 it became a part of the Bicol University  as the Bicol University College of Agriculture.  Finally in 1991, the name BUCAF was adopted with the offering of various courses in agriculture and addition of  forestry course and has been in the forefront of research, extension and production.

Graduates of BUCAF find their ways to varied types of economic pursuits and employment both in government and private offices in the Bicol Region and even overseas, occupying key positions. Quite a number are now and have been chief executives of local government units.

BUCAF is located in the Municipality of Guinobatan, Albay with its main campus situated within the town proper while the Mauraro Campus is in barangay Mauraro which is about 5 km away along the Guinobatan-Jovellar road. Guinobatan is one of the 17 municipalities of Albay and is one of those that constitutes the immediate surrounding of the world re-known Mayon Volcano. Guinobatan is traversed by the Maharlika Highway and is very near to the cities of Ligao and Legazpi where the provincial capitol and most of the regional offices of the national government are located.

 

GOALS OF THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY

 

Produce employable graduates of relevant and responsive curricular programs in agriculture, forestry, environment and other agriculture-related programs;

Generate and transfer scientific knowledge and technologies that are responsive to poverty alleviation, food security, economic productivity and sustainable development of resource-limited communities;

Generate and expand the productive resource capacity and entrepreneurial capability of the college;

Provide efficient and effective organizational support service delivery system and management; and 

Provide adequate physical facilities and utilities that are supportive of the mandated institutional functions of instruction, research, extension and production.

 

HUMAN RESOURCE AND PHYSICAL FACILITIES

 

BUCAF has a human resource pool totalling to 62 teaching and 35 non-teaching personnel with varying fields of  specialization in support to the academic and academic-related functions and programs of the college. The human resource capability is being continuously upgraded through a system of recruitment and staff development in both the degree and short term training programs undertaken here and abroad.

Through the years the college was able to source out and build on its physical resources to ensure the delivery of services to its clientele and the community.

BUCAF’s land area totals to 127.33 hectares: 47.11 ha for the main campus and 80.22 ha for the Mauraro campus. Mt. Masaraga also provides a facility especially for the forestry students and other related activities of the college.

Classrooms, offices, laboratories, workshops, instructional, recreational and housing facilities are continuously being built or improved to meet the operational requirements for instruction, research and extension. The production ventures are also being expanded to increase income generation that could reinforce the regular budget of the college.

 

MAJOR FUNCTIONS

 

A. Instruction

The Instruction program of the college is designed to develop and produce quality graduates, professionals and technicians who are equipped with adequate knowledge and skills in agriculture, forestry and rural development in order to contribute to the development needs of the Bicol Region.

To keep pace with the times and in response to the national thrusts and direction, existing courses are enriched and new courses are  proposed.

 

The following are the courses offered in BUCAF

 

M.S in Agriculture

Major in Animal Science

Major in Agronomy

Major in Agricultural Extension

 

Master in Rural Development

 

B.S in Agriculture

Major in Crop Science

Major in Animal Science

Major in Agricultural Extension

 

B.S in Forestry

 

B.S in Agribusiness
 

B.S in Agricultural Engineering
 

Diploma in Agricultural Technology

Bachelor in Agricultural Technology

Major in Agricultural Technology Education

 

 

B. Research

The Research program of the college is designed to generate new ideas and develop appropriate technologies that will adequately respond to the socio-economic and ecological needs of the communities in the upland and watershed in the Bicol Region.

Since the past years, BUCAF has been in the forefront of important researches along postharvest, upland crop development among others.

The college had been recipients to various regional and national awards for its research endeavors among these are:

 

1. Pilinut Depulping Machine

            1st Place for Best Paper Award
 

2. Growing of Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Linn.) Mykovan 1 Inoculant Prospects of Farmers Adoption in Albay.

               Best Oral Paper Presentation Award

 

3. Growing Hot Pepper (Capsicum annuum Linn.) Mykovan 1 Inoculant: Potentials and Prospects of Farmers Adoption in Albay

                Best Oral Paper Presentation Award

 

4. Food Security, Dietary Status and Gender Role of Selected Nutritionally at Risk Households in Albay

                1st Place for Best Paper Award

 

5. S&T interventions in the Rehabilitation of Typhoon-stricken Cocobased Farms in Albay

Regional  Best Paper Award, Development Category

 

C. Extension

 

Through the years, BUCAF has been engaged in various extension undertakings adequately contributing to food security, poverty alleviation, good environmental governance and  ecological stability of different ecosystems and its functioning.

At present, the Extension Program of the College is focused on adequately responding to natural and man-made hazards related to climate variability and change and environmental degradation, of which resource-poor Bicolanos have high vulnerability and low capacity to cope and survive during and after the occurrence of hazards  thus, disasters happen.

Their extraordinary vulnerability are due to poverty and population pressures forcing them to live in harm’s way- flood plains, unstable slopes and hills and earthquake and volcanic eruption prone areas.

In response to this, BUCAF realized that through its Extension function, there is the urgent need to undertake climate-smart agriculture, forestry and nature management undertakings to reduce risks and vulnerabilities. Hence,  the  “PROGRAM ON ADAPTIVE AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND NATURE MANAGEMENT IN RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE”.

 

Extension Projects:

  • Restoring Livelihoods and Rebuilding Income Security for Super Typhoon Survivors in Albay (July-August 2008)
  • Values-based Development Alternatives for the Welfare of the Needy (V-DAWN) (November 2009 to present)
  • Community-managed Climate Change Adaptive Biodiversity Restoration and Conservation Strategy in Mt. Masaraga Watershed Project (2003-2005, 2008 to present)
  • Conservation Farming Villages (CFV) Project (2009-present)
  • Farmers’ Information and Technology Services Center (FITS-TechnoGabay Program, 2008-present)
  • Enterprise Development Assistance Project (EDAP, last quarter of 2012 to present)
  • Water Security Under Climate Risks: A Philippine Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Agriculture Sector (Bicol Agri-Water Project)
  • Integrated Management Systems in the Rice Production Areas of Albay Under Changing Rainfall Pattern
  • Collaborative Research, Development and Extension  Services  for Food Security in Region V (2009-2011)

D. Production

The Production Program of the College is focused at fully developing its farms and other resources into model farms and enterprise system in order to produce goods and services and generate sufficient income for the College and the University,

BUCAF has been recognized as one of the top income earners among the different units of BU. Its income is basically derived from its farm.

Some of these programs mentioned above are pursued in collaboration and/or support with other agencies and organizations both at the regional and national levels.

Production Projects:

  • Crop Seedling Production
  • Rice Production
  • Coconut Production
  • Orchard Production
  • Tissue Cultured Banana
  • Swine Production
  • Goat Production
  • Layer Production
  • Sweet Tamarind
  • Native Hardened Chicks Project
  • Asexual Pili Propagation
  • High Value Vegetable Production