CHED-BU Zonal Research Center
Zonal Research Center
'Enhancing the Research Capacity and Productivity of Higher Education Institutions in Bicol Region'
Mandated to enhance the research functions of higher education institutions, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognizes the need to decentralize the promotion and management of research in order to broaden outreach and provide support needed by the HEIs more effectively, efficiently and equitably.

As the premier state university in the Bicol Region, the Bicol University was officially designated as Zonal Research Center for Region V which shall focus on education and socio-economics on May 18, 2009.  The BU Research and Development Center (BU-RDC) serves as the implementing unit of the CHED-BU ZRC.   In addition, Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) was designated as the Program Cluster Implementer (PCI) of the CHED-BU ZRC which shall focus on Information Technology, Business Economics and Entrepreneurship. The functions of both CHED-BU ZRC and CHED-ADNU PCI are provided in the Memorandum of Agreement which was signed on July 3, 2009 by Hon. Emmanuel Y. Angeles, CHED Chair, Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya, BU President and Rev. Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, ADNU President.

The CHED-BU ZRC officially started its operation in July 2009 with the designation of Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas as ZRC Director and the fund allocation was released on August 7, 2009.  The director is assisted by two Special Technical Staff; namely Prof. Michael V. Montealegre and Prof. Rebecca Rosario O. Bercasio, and two staff namely, Mary Joy V. Chapman and Zaira H. Gonzales.

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"NO RESEARCH NOT AN OPTION" this is the theme used during the Research and Development Management Training-Workshop held at Casa Basilisa, Guinobatan, Albay last June 13-15,2011. The activity aims to enhance the capability of the participants in R&D Management. Participants of this training were the Vice-President for Research/Research Director/Research Coordinator.

Topics discussed were about the basic concepts and principles in R&D Management, R&D agenda formulation, Strategies and approaches in managing R&D organization/system, Skills required for R&D managers, and intellectual property rights of researchers and technology commercialization. Resource Persons are Dr. Rogelio Cuyno (Former Chancellor, UP Mindanao and Dean, College of Economics and Management, UPLB), Dr. Higino A. Ables ( BU-CHED ZRC Mentor and
former Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UPLB and Deputy Director for Administration, SEARCA), and Engr. Christopher Pacardo (Staff, Intellectual Property Rights Unit of Bicol University).


3rd Phase of Zonal Research Center will end this 2011.


CHED-BU Zonal Research Center