Thru BOT Resolution on June 18, 2018
The College of Forestry and Environmental Science (CoFES) was created on the 8th day of December 2017 by virtue of Resolution No. 36-15, s.2017, during the 36th Board of Regents Meeting.
The college is constituted with its three (3) programs, namely; Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF), Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSES), and Bachelor of Science in Agroforestry (BSAF). Upon the approval of the creation of the college, it already has a total population of 810 students from the three programs, 595 from BSF, 153 from the BSES, and 62 from the BSAF.
The Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF) is a degree program which was created by virtue of Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST) Board Resolution No. 46-06, s. 2003: “Creating a BSF Education Program in NORMISIST”. NORMISIST is now Caraga State University (CSU). The Caraga Region is dubbed as the Timber Corridor of Mindanao and of the country in general. Hence, BSF program was created to respond the region’s dire need of skilled and scientifically trained foresters.
It must be remembered that the approved board resolution was to establish a College of Forestry (COF) as a component college of then NORMISIST, now CSU. The Board of Trustees (BOT) in 2003, chaired by Dr. Carlito G. Puno, approved the BSF degree program to be placed temporarily under the College of Agriculture (CA) which later became the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences (CASNR), now College of Agriculture and Agri-industries (CAA). The BOT deferred the establishment of the College of Forestry because the BSF degree program should have the complete year levels, from first year to fourth year, to create the COF. For the meantime, the BSF was part of the CASNR. Then the BOT member, Trustee Alolod, said that if the BSF program would be strengthened, then it could be converted into a college.
In 2008, the BSF degree program has achieved the complete year levels, from first year to fourth year. The program has produced a total of 258 licensed Foresters and albeit being young, it has produced sixteen (16) topnotchers, to wit: 6th and 9th place in 2011; 8th place in 2012; 7th place in 2014; 2nd place in 2015; 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 9th places in 2016; and 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, and 9th places in 2017.
Taking into account the meritorious performance of the BSF graduates in the annual Forester Licensure Examination (FLE) and the number of 595 enrolled students, the college had to be created as it is planned in the past.
Moreover, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSES) and Bachelor of Science in Agroforestry (BSAF) had to be integrated with the CoFES since these two programs are founded on their interrelatedness with the BSF. The three programs are basically having common major courses, and the faculty members can share their expertise.