Vetiver Center

The Vetiver Center serves as a venue in developing vetiver grass as a viable economic and social business enterprise through instruction, research, extension, and production activities. As a response to climate change, it also promotes vetiver grass as an integral part of the farming ecosystem and, eventually, the creation of a vetiver-based industry. It caters to students, faculty, researchers, farmers, and other entities.

It was established after the University’s research engagement with the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural (DA-BAR) through the project, “Enhancing Utilization of “Enhancing Utilization of Vetiver System for Soil Erosion Control and Livelihood Development to Address Climate Change” in 2017. In 2020, it was identified as a center through the BOR Resolution No. 50, Series of 2020.

Philosophy:  Vetiver Center for sustainable development

Vision: Center for development and commercialization in the Bicol Region

Mission: Promote vetiver grass as an integral part of the farming ecosystem and the eventual   creation of vetiver based products for commercialization


  1. Integrate the vetiver system technology in instruction in relation to farming systems;
  2. Develop researches on vetiver as an eco-disaster reduction tool and for agriculture, environment, and industry;
  3. Empower the communities through the provision of extension and training services for knowledge and technology transfer and provide technical assistance to LGUs, GAs, NGOs, POs, and other entities;
  4. Engage in production activities that would lead to technology commercialization; and
  5. Build linkages and networks to strengthen partnerships and spur intellectual conversations through fora, conferences, symposia, and other relevant dialogues to promote scholarship, research, and innovation and cultivate a sound discussion around the challenges and opportunities on vetiver.