MSU- BUUG COLLEGE: MILESTONE
SULTAN TAHA G. SARIP, MPD
MSU Buug has truly gone a long way in performing its role for the educational
advancement of the poor but deserving youth of Zamboanga Sibugay and its neighboring
provinces such as Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur and the Cities of
Zamboanga and Pagadian. It is indeed accessible and is a true partner of the people and
the government in achieving its special task as a social laboratory for peace and it creates
an environment of peace and prosperity conducive for the Tri-People of Mindanao (the
Muslims, Christians and the Lumads). The following are the significant events that were
documented since the inception of the school.
1971, Establishment of MSU-Buug Community High School, which initially
existed as a self-supporting Unit with PROF. MARIANO G. PAGANG as the founding
1974, Subsidized by the Mindanao State University.
1976, Absorbed as a full-fledged Unit of MSU-Marawi Campus per BOR Res.
1981, Started to offer college courses per request of the Local Government Unit
through MAYOR QUIRINO M. GONZALES
1982, elevated into collegiate level and renamed MSU-Buug College per BOR
Res. No. 492 and 492-B retroactive 1981 with PROF. MARIANO G. PAGANG as
Acting Director; Filing of the first Bill requesting for Fiscal Autonomy to the Batasang
Pambansa Members Representing Region IX headed by National Assemblyman Antonio
Ceniza and Manuel Espaldon.
1985, re-filing of the Bill requesting for Fiscal Autonomy to the Batasang
Pambansa with a subsequent request to provide separate budgetary allocation for the Unit
by Mambabatas Pambansa Bienvenido A. Ebarle.
1986, appointment of PROF. MOHAMMAD ALI T. MARIGA as Director of the
1994, filing of Bill requesting for Fiscal Autonomy to Congress by
CONGRESSWOMAN BELMA A. CABILAO
1996, adoption of BOR resolution No. 104, S. 1996, endorsing for enactment HB
No. 7054 introduced by Congresswoman Belma A. Cabilao changing the name of MSU-
Buug College to Mindanao State University Zamboanga College of Agro-Forestry.
2003, re-filing of the Bill for Fiscal Autonomy. to Congress by CONGW.
BELMA A. CABILAO.
August 3, 2006, appointment of Sultan Taha G. Sarip as a new Director by Dr.
Ricardo F. De Leon and installation into office by Dr. Macabangkit P. Ati on August 7,
October 28, 2006, Launching of Institute for Peace and Development in
Mindanao at MSU-Buug Campus and the Graduate School Programs.
January 2007, Submission of the Proposed Conversion of MSU Buug College as
the 8th Autonomous Collegiate Campus of the MSUS.
August 14, 2007, Issuance of Special Order No.351-OP, Series of 2007, creating
the Committee to assess MSU Buug as an Autonomous Campus.
September 25, 2007, Submission of the Report of the Committee on the
Assessment of MSU Buug as an Autonomous Campus, chaired by Dr. Nasroden B. Guro.
October 4, 2007, Endorsement of the Committee Report on MSU-Buug
Assessment to the BOR and the subsequent strong recommendation of the MSU-Buug’s
bid for Autonomy by MSUS President, Dr. Ricardo F. De Leon.
Justification for the Conversion of MSU-Buug College Into an Autonomous
1. Expansion of the Unit’s Service Area. The MSU-Buug was conceived
originally to provide the educational needs of the people of the Municipality
of Buug. However, being the only high standard state-owned tertiary
institution in deprived, depressed and underserved (DDU) areas in
Zamboanga Peninsula and in response to the incessant requests of local
government units of the three provinces of the Zamboanga Peninsula- the
Provinces of Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga del Norte, the
MSU Buug expanded its service area by creating extension classes in
Tabina and Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur; and in Titay, Alicia, Kabasalan,
and Ipil, starting AY 2007-2008.
With its very low tuition fees and scholarship programs, the College attracted the
interest of increasing number of youth of Zamboanga Peninsula specially those who
belong to the bottom docile of the society. With their meager family income which is
below poverty level, the youths find MSU Buug as their only hope of getting quality
tertiary education. It is thus inevitable to expand service areas as well as expand
curricular programs to accommodate more of these young people thirsty of knowledge.
2. Expansion of Curricular Offerings. In order to cater to increasing demands
for additional courses of its clientele and stakeholders like the youth and
local government units, MSU Buug opted to expand its curricular programs.
From the original courses in Agriculture, Forestry, Education, and Liberal
Arts as mandated by BOR Resolution No. 55, series of 1989, it is now
offering graduate programs in School Administration and Peace and
Development Education at Buug Campus and starting AY 2007-2008, it
plans to offer these graduate courses in Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur. It
has also offer BS Nursing and BS Computer Science in the 1st semester of
AY 2007-2008 as extension classes of the MSU College of Health Sciences,
Marawi City Main Campus.
The expansion of its course offerings is resorted to as a positive response to the
call of the local government units, parents and other stakeholders of Zamboanga
Peninsula to bring relevant quality education to the DDU communities in the area.
3. Improving Governance. The granting of fiscal autonomy of MSU Buug
College is in response to the expanded academic programs of the College
that can be efficiently implemented under a fiscal autonomy paradigm shift
towards an independent cost center capability that allows quick-response
fiscal efficiency and responsibility. This way, MSU Buug can govern its
programs and resources efficiently and will not depend on the Main Campus
for fiscal assistance. It also allows opportunity for direct fiscal management
by people who are direct implementors of the program.
4. Promotion of Peace and Integration in the Peninsula. The MSU System
envisions to be a center of excellence, committed to the total development of
human resources, a repository and guardian of the cultural heritage, and as
social laboratory in national integration. The Zamboanga Peninsula should
be able to share in this vision.
The Mindanao State University System is the only University in the country
specifically mandated to promote the integration of the cultural communities in the
MINSUPALA region into the national body politic. Through the integration concept of
unity in diversity, MSU becomes an exponent of peace and development. In fact, MSU
Vision 2020 has considered peace as the ultimate aim of University education.
Expanding to Zamboanga Peninsula, MSU had widened its peace advocacy area,
reaching the tri-people of Zamboanga Peninsula like the Christians, Muslims and the
Subanen. No other institution of learning in the Peninsula is promoting peace and
integration through the school curriculum except MSU. This vision should be shared to
as many clienteles as possible.
5. Sterling Track Records. Despite its inadequate facilities and manpower,
MSU Buug produces high quality graduates. The Regional Office of the
Department of Education Culture and Sports in Zamboanga City named
MSU- Buug College as one of the top performers in the Professional Board
Examination for Teachers from 1991 to 1993, and getting stronger in the
The Department of Education named the teacher-training institutions that
performed best in the Professional Board Examination for Teachers in 1991-1993. The
Department identified 300 top-performing colleges of education in the country as well as
the 10 top-performing colleges in each region. The country has 586 teacher-training
Only 10 Mindanao schools were listed among the 100 top-performers. Western
Mindanao had one school - Mindanao State University at Buug (Zamboanga del Sur);
Northern Mindanao had four—Xavier University (Cagayan de Oro City), San Isidro
College (Malaybalay, Bukidnon), Central Mindanao State University (Musuan,
Bukidnon), and Urios College (Butuan City); Eastern Mindanao had three - Ateneo de
Davao (Davao City), MSU at General Santos City, and Edenton Mission College (Gen.
Santos City); Southern Mindanao had two - Notre Dame of Salaman (Sultan Kudarat)
and MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan City.
As monitored by the Unit, about 85 percent of its graduates are presently
employed in both government and private institutions. All these are indications that MSU
Buug has come to age.
6. Inadequate Tertiary Institutions in Zamboanga Peninsula. Comparatively,
the number of tertiary institutions in the Provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay
and Zamboanga del Sur is lesser than the schools offering secondary
education compared to other provinces. Statistics show that the two
provinces have only nine tertiary institutions serving 102 secondary schools,
while the province of Zamboanga del Norte has also nine tertiary institutions
but serving only 46 secondary schools.
The inadequacy of tertiary institutions in the six-year old province of Zamboanga
Sibugay and in the province of Zamboanga del Sur denied the poor but deserving youth
the opportunity of acquiring quality and relevant higher education. The MSU-Buug
College, being an extension of a state-owned university, shall fill in this gap and
accommodate and serve more deserving students in the Peninsula.
7. Potentials of the Locality. The Municipality of Buug can ably host an
autonomous collegiate campus of the University. It is located at the
easternmost part of the province of Zamboanga Sibugay about 62 kilometers
from Pagadian, capital city of Zamboanga del Sur and about 70 kilometers
from Ipil, the capital town of Zamboanga Sibugay. It is intersected by the
Cagayan de Oro-Zamboanga National Highway, making transportation to
any part of Mindanao easy.
Created through Executive Order No. 380 in 1960, Buug has about 33,623
populations in 2005 and with a land area of 13,406 has. About 30 percent of the
population belongs to the cultural community groups.
The municipality has a moderate type of climate throughout the year. Generally, it
is free from typhoon. Commerce activities of the town are centered in the Poblacion. It
has four financing institutions: Allied Bank, Land Bank of the Philippines, Buug
Integrated Cooperative, Inc., and Sibuguey Valley Teachers Credit Cooperative. It has
two hotels and several lodging houses. The municipality is operating its own waterworks
system and is furnished with electricity by the Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative II
There are 22 primary and elementary schools in the municipality. It has five (5)
secondary schools, three of which are public schools. The secondary schools of the
municipality and its neighboring towns will continue to serve as feeders to the proposed
The Mindanao State University-Buug College aims to be the leading educational
institution committed to the intellectual, socio-economic, political, and moral
development of the people of Sibugay Region and beyond.
The Mindanao State University-Buug Campus shall endeavor to provide quality
education in arts, sciences, and technology, with agriculture and forestry as its flagship,
giving more emphasis on plantation crops, for the sustainable growth and development of
Sibugay region. It shall preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the region, and shall
endeavor to develop and conserve its rich natural resources.
The above mentioned vision, mission can be best attained through the adoption of
imperatives that provide the thrust of campus in pursuing its mandate. The viability of
these essentials will be measured by the degree of success in the following core
a. The MSU Buug will build on a Center for Excellence in Plantation Crops and
Applied Technology using a multi-disciplinary approach. Academic portfolio will be
shaped by its research strength, student demand, industry needs, and community.
Agriculture and marine fisheries development plans shall be provided for each faculty
and college broaden independent learning and development of key transferable skills.
1. To strive for excellence in instruction, research, extension, and production;
2. To produce globally competitive graduates;
3. To establish and maintain high quality workforce;
4. To engage in research and provide effective transfer of knowledge and
technology that will propel the growth and development of the region;
5. To conduct studies and work for the preservation and promotion of the
cultural heritage of the region;
6. To provide programs that would result in the identification, management and
preservation and development of the natural resources in the region in the
context of ecological balance;
7. To play an active role in the implementation of programs geared towards
poverty alleviation, elimination of social ills, peace and sustainable
8. To spur the unit towards self-reliance;
9. To establish programs geared towards integration of the cultural groups of the
10. To forge linkages with local, national and foreign agencies.
1. To offer additional academic programs that are relevant and responsive to the
development of the region;
2. To offer relevant graduate study programs;
3. To give opportunity for the faculty to grow intellectually;
4. To update faculty members in technology development and utilization;
5. To conduct regular monitoring and evaluation of the performances of the
6. To provide incentives to top achiever students and graduates;
7. To enhance student participation in both academic and non-academic
activities, such as symposia, seminars, workshop, educational tours, and
8. To improve school facilities.
1. To undertake researches in the fields of agriculture and fisheries that would
eventually benefit the farmers and fishermen of the region;
2. To conduct researches on social problems in the region that would help
maintain peace and order;
3. To forge tie up programs with the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other
agencies for the enhancement of research; and
4. To conduct researches on the preservation and promotion of the cultural
heritage of Sibugay region.
1. To initiate non-formal education, particularly in cottage industry and computer
2. To involve the employees and students in any civic activities of the locality;
3. To establish linkages with government agencies and non-government
organizations for possible participation in the delivery of services to the
4. To participate in the programs of the local government geared towards
Ine Generating Projects
1. To establish production farms for the Colleges of Agriculture and Forestry;
2. To encourage the Colleges of Agriculture and Forestry to establish
commercial nurseries on highly demand plants, such as seedlings of rubber
and exotic plants and other fruit tees;
3. Encourage other Colleges to be productive; and
4. Strengthen and support the College Business Office by designing strategies in
increasing campus revenues.
1. To establish programs geared towards the attainment of peace;
2. To set up programs geared towards poverty alleviation;
3. To grant special privileges to the deserving members of cultural groups; and
4. To initiate literacy extension programs to the underserved members of the
To strengthen linkages with local, national and foreign agencies.
This conversion proposal does not carry with it the request for additional
appropriation in its initial change of status because it has more than enough resources that
are derived from the following sources:
1. The unit has current allocation of PhP 12M plus;
2. It has PhP 1.375M financial support from the Zamboanga Suibyagy LGU’s
for five years; and
3. The Unit has additional income derived from the tuition and miscellaneous
fees, Internet, e-lib, review center, canteen, nurseries, etc.