Our Principles

Inspired by the University’s Vision of itself as “the premier university in Southern Luzon that provides excellent instruction and formation, conducts vigorous research and engages in community service that is ultimately transformative of society, especially in Bikol,” the Social Involvement Program (SIP) of the University is a discerned, organized, and sustained response to the situations of poverty and powerlessness and the manifestation of its responses to local, national, or international imperatives of sustainable development. The SIP shall be formulated based on a Framework of Development characterized and guided by the following:

1. Along with student instruction and formation, the ultimate object of the University’s Social Involvement Program is the empowerment of communities to free themselves from shackles of poverty and helplessness by building upon their respective capabilities to care for and secure the future for themselves and for the future generations;

2. The empowerment of communities takes place and is sustained only when the desire for such empowerment comes from the communities themselves. Thus, even as the University, given its own limitations, has by itself decided on the seven priority areas of concern which its social involvement program shall address, the Social Involvement Program of the University is designed and formulated in partnership with respective communities, with full regard to the role of the University as a source of knowledge and the communities as a source of learning;

3. The development of communities as manifested by improvement in the quality of life of its inhabitants in symbiotic relationship with the environment can take place only when solutions that address the development needs of the communities are formulated, implemented and evaluated with the full participation and collaboration of all stakeholders;

4. The development of communities shall be not only sustained but also hastened when the pursuit thereof adheres to the principle, and recognizes the fact, that men and women perform complementary roles and are equal partners in development and that therefore all development endeavors must address all barriers to the realization of this principle;

5. Development of communities shall secure a better quality of life for both the present and the future generations; and

6. The Social Involvement Program of the University shall define criteria for engagement and indicators for disengagement to enhance program development, flexibility, expansion, and reach.