The Office of the Botanical Gardens and Herbarium is directly responsible to the President through the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs regarding its functions in the initiation of the programs and projects in the restoration of the environmental heritage and its preservation, which also includes the educational policies and programs of the University, promoting and supervising instruction, and other scientific, academic activities of the institution.
The Botanical Gardens acts as an out-door laboratory for scientific, cultural and academic purposes. It facilitates the conservation of indigenous, endemic, endangered and rare species of flora. It also provides living plant materials for instruction, training, and scientific studies and initiates studies on the tropical ecosystems and their biota. This procedure establishes the steps in the operation of the 10 Gardens: 1.) Indigenous garden, 2.) Herbal garden, 3.) Flower garden, 4.) Rose garden, 5.) Orchid garden, 6.) Fern and Fern Allies garden, 7.) Bryophytes and Lichens garden, 8.) Water garden, 9.) Bromeliad garden, and 10.) succulent and cactus garden. This serves as a guide for the botanical gardens staff, faculty, students and stakeholders in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the University Botanical Gardens.
The University’s Herbarium serves as a fundamental resource for all kinds of plant taxonomic studies and botanical pedagogy. It is a repository and conservatory of voucher specimens on which varieties of botanical studies are done. It also facilitates the generation of quantitative baseline data on the distribution and abundance of keystone species; and aids in the assessment and cataloging of all species of economic potential, as commercial species, medicinal herbs, food plants, and others. The Herbarium helps in using the spores and seeds specimens of the herbarium to revive extinct wild species using modern technology. It maintains active links to the international network of systematic resources. This procedure establishes the steps in the operation of the Herbarium. It serves as a guide for the herbarium staff, faculty, students, and stakeholders in ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the University Herbarium.