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Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD)

Establishment and Membership

On January 26, 1976, five (5) research centers/colleges bound themselves under a memorandum of agreement to form the Bicol Agricultural Research Complex (BARC) to support the National Research network (NRN) in agriculture and natural resources and to optimize the use of limited resources in the region. It was later named as Bicol Consortium for Agricultural Resources Research and Development (BCARRD).

Through the challenging years, it welcomed more members to its fold, and evolved into the lives of Bicolano farmers. More technologies were generated and adopted that contributed to agricultural development.

Last February 6, 2004, the base agency of BCARRD was transferred to Bicol University.

In 2014, BCARRD was renamed as Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD). It continues as a partner in countryside development. Its twenty-two (22) strong and dynamic member institutions with specific mandates, move ahead in pursuit of a common goal. Through the Consortium arrangement, the member-agencies are able to optimize the utilization of their human and physical resources on crops, livestock, fisheries, soil and water resources, forestry and socio-economics.

BCAARRD is open to government and private institutions/organizations engaged in research and development activities related to agriculture, aquatic and natural resources. Application for membership is acted upon the recommendation by any of the member-agencies and approval by the RRDCC. Criteria for membership as prescribed by the National Agriculture and Resources Research and Development System (NARRDS) are the bases for the admission as new members.

Societal Vision
Knowledge-drive, economically-viable industries in Bicol. 


Dynamic leader in science, technology, and innovation for inclusive and resilient Bicol Region.


To institutionalize and promote integrated S&T supportive to the regional and national development.


For the Consortium Member Institutions to collaboratively engage in interdisciplinary research, development, and innovation responsive to sustainable regional development.

  • Integrated and complimentary R&D programs
  • Technology transfer and commercialization mechanism/modalities catalytic to market-driven and globally competitive industries.
  • Integrated capability building supportive to regional S&T agenda.
  • Policy advocacy for S&T development and utilization of AANR sector development. 

  • Rationalization and harmonization of Consortium Member Institutions (CMI) Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) policies,
  • Development of pool experts through capability enhancement and mentoring responsive to the need of the region,
  • Pursue integrative RDI relevant to the needs of the region,
  • Design appropriate modality for technology transfer to stakeholders, and
  • Promote data and facilities sharing among CMI for dissemination of relevant information to stakeholders and RDI implementation.