The Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS Bio) was granted a Certificate of Program Compliance (COPC) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) after careful evaluation conducted by a team of evaluators from CHED. The evaluation proper, which included perusal of documents, ocular inspection, and interviews, was held on July 29, 2016. There were six areas scrutinized, namely: 1) program administration, 2) faculty, 3) curriculum, 4) laboratories and facilities, 5) library, and 6) admission and retention.
The COPC is dated January 11, 2017, effective Academic Year 2016-2017, and signed by CHED Regional Director, Dr. Maura Consolacion D. Cristobal, CESO III. Furthermore, the certificate states that the BS Bio program is “in conformity with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 7722, otherwise known as the Higher Education Act of 1994 and by virtue of CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 24, s. 2005 Minimum Policies and Standards for Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS Bio) Program.”
It must have been destined that the said COPC would bear the number 01, s. 2017 as it is indeed the first certificate issued in 2017. Coincidentally, the BS Biology program of LNU is the first in Region VIII to be granted a COPC.
The huge work of preparing the documentary evidences, upgrading syllabi and manuals, procuring the laboratory apparatuses and chemicals, coordinating with the library for the latest print and non-print references, among others, was facilitated by a competent and strong team – the Science Unit Faculty Members – headed by the Chair, Dr. Gil Nicetas B. Villarino, who shared in an interview that it took five months to prepare for the evaluation proper. He said that it was challenging to submit the program for evaluation primarily because of the long list of requirements. But with constant reminder, teamwork and the guidelines/requirements itself, all these proved to be very helpful for LNU to receive the highly coveted COPC.
At Leyte Normal University, the BS Bio program is chaired by Professor Facundo Rey M. Ladiao, a wildlife conservation scientist. He is joined by equally competent professors such as Dr. Rosalina H. Coral, Dr. Maricel A. Gomez, Dr. Rowena E. De Veyra, Dr. Justina T. Lantajo, Ms. Myra A. Abayon, Mr. Bryan Joseph E. Matillano, Ms. Joyce M. Magtolis, Professor Reynerio B. Mendoza, Mr. Jefferson E. Flores, and Ms. Rutchelle B. Enriquez. Since the program’s offering, the graduates of the program have occupied scientist, teaching, research, and administrative positions in private and government research and academic institutions and have qualified them to enter into medicine and master’s programs in the Philippines. They have presented and won in local and international research conferences and have published in local and international journals.