The office supervises some of the most important RDE centers in the university. The OVCRE has an administrative control and supervision over these units:
National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH)
The National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH), formerly known as the National Institutes of Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology, was established on December 20, 1979 by the UP Board of Regents as a research and development institution based at UPLB. BIOTECH serves as the national research and development organization specializing in agricultural, environmental, food and feeds, and health biotechnology.
The Institute capitalizes on the use of the country’s diverse collection of microorganisms, rich natural resources and agro-industrial waste and by-products to develop and advance alternative technologies and products towards improved agro-industrial productivity. The Institute develops cost-effective and environment friendly technologies for the production of goods and services that are comparable or better alternative to conventional products for their use in the following sectors: agriculture, forestry, environment, energy and industry.
UPLB Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship
The Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship (CTTE) was established by virtue of the BOR approval on July 27, 2007. The CTTE integrates programs, policies and activities towards the protection, promotion and successful disposition of the university’s technologies through licensing and technology business incubation to both the private and public sectors.
The CTTE is located at the 22-hectare Science and Technology Park (STP) and is composed of three existing units: the APEC Center for Technology Exchange and Training for Small and Medium Enterprises (ACTETSME), the Intellectual Property Rights Office (IPRO) and the UPLB-STP. The CTTE, through the ACTETSME, provides technical support for small and medium-scale enterprises in the country and the Asia-Pacific Region. Through the UPLB-STP, the CTTE makes laboratories, pilot plants, greenhouses, storage, and office spaces available for technology and business incubators and start-ups. The IPRO assists faculty members and researchers in the protection and valuation of UPLB technologies.
Museum of Natural History
The UPLB Museum of Natural History was established by UP BOR (877th meeting) on September 30, 1976. It has mandates as (1) a center of documentation as well as repository of biological specimens for scientific reference --this role parallels that of a library for written records; (2) a center of research; (3) a center of information on the basic aspects of biology, and a facility for training future naturalists; and (4) a center of education on the preservation of natural heritage as its activities will be related to man’s quest for knowledge and understanding of his relationship with the environment.
The Museum is composed of the following sub-units: Botanical Herbarium - 67,000 (including 6,500 flowering plant species, 1,000 ferns & fern allies, 3,600 mosses, and 260 hepatics & algae); Entomological Museum - 120,000 pinned insect specimens in 285 families and 22 orders + 5,000 slide-mounted insect specimens; + 75,000 slides of mites; Forestry Herbarium and Wood Collection - 11,325 specimens (representing 135 families, 645 genera, 1,106 species including 500 of yet undetermined new specimens, and 658 specimens of palms representing 18 genera and 103 species); Hortorium - 400 living species of food, medicinal, tonic, and ornamental plants; Microbial Culture Collection - 487 strains representing 189 bacteria, 135 yeasts and 163 mold collections; Mycological Herbarium - 11,000 specimens of ascomycetes, basidiomycetes, and myxomycetes; and Zoological and Wildlife Museum - 16,238 specimens including those which are on display.
UPLB Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts
The present thrust of the UP System to transform the constituent universities into major cultural centers in their respective regions has led the UPLB administration to create the UPLB Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA). Approved by the UP Board of Regents in its 1223rd meeting on August 22, 2007, the OICA aims to make the University a cultural center in the Southern Tagalog and Bicol regions.
The OICA systematizes UPLB’s art and culture programs and develops medium- and long-term plans for the campus. It also integrates and enhances the functions of the Southern Tagalog Studies Program (STSP) and the Bicol Studies Program (BSP). Aside from serving as UPLB’s policy-making body on developing and managing culture and arts, OICA coordinates cultural performances and artists’ exhibits, conserves and promotes Philippine historical and cultural heritage through scholarly study and documentation of traditions, arts, crafts, and other cultural resources. It also serves as the conduit for the exchange of creative works between UPLB staff and students and people in neighboring provinces.
UPLB Gender Center
The UPLB Gender Center is an inter- and multi-disciplinary, university-wide unit. It is UPLB’s initiative to a national and global commitment towards the integration of gender perspective in development efforts. The Center aims to create and enhance awareness of gender issues in the university as well as in society; work out for the integration of gender concerns in the University’s academic, curricular, research, and extension programs; stimulate a critical assessment of differential impacts of development initiatives on men and women; serve as documentation and information center on gender issues related to rural development, technology and environment resource management; and provide a multi- and inter-disciplinary program within UPLB for gender-related activities in research, extension, and policy and advocacy.