A faculty from Bicol University College of Science (BUCS), Michael V. Montealegre has been designated as the new Director of the Bicol Consortium for Health Research and Development (BCHRD) by President and Chairperson Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas.

Montealegre is a licensed chemist and currently teaches chemistry subjects in BUCS. He finished a degree in Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Chemistry at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in 2001 and completed his master’s degree in chemistry at University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman) in 2015.

He served as chairman of Department of Chemistry, BUCS from 2007 to 2008.. He was also designated as the Special Technical Assistant at BU-CHED Zonal Research Center from 2009 to 2011 and was appointed as the Assistant Director of Bicol University Research and Development Center (BURDC) from 2013 to 2015.

The new director has also been engaged in research for the past years and he won as 2008 CHED Best Regional HEI Research Program Award for the research entitled “Sorsogon Bay Resource Management and Development Program”

Montealegre would be the second consortium director of BCHRD after the term of Dr. Alma S. Banua. (KBC/BCHRD)