UPLB to establish Davao Norte school

The University of the Philippines – Los Baños (UPLB) will be constructing its UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) within the 88-hectare mixed-use Agriya complex in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

Ricardo Lagdameo, vice president of Damosa Land Inc said the physical construction of the UP PSAE will start by the end of the year or early 2019.

“They’re (UPLB) ready to go and they want to begin the project as well,” Lagdameo said.

The UP PSAE is expected to strengthen the agriculture sector as well as help UP Mindanao in Davao City and other state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the Davao Region with the development of research and academic programs.

“I think starting this year, they’re going to bring in already their staff members or the ones in charge because they have to start the application process and recruiting people so that they can start this year,” Lagdameo said.

UP PSAE is a public-private partnership between UPLB and Anflo Investment and Management Corp. (Anflocor) with its real estate development arm, DLI.

UP PSAE is already offering graduate programs such as MS in Plant Pathology through an off-campus scheme with classes held at the Anflocor complex in Davao City.

Other planned programs are MS and PhD in Environmental Science. Meanwhile, DLI is developing Agriya, an 88-hectare mixed-use complex in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. About 32,000 square meters will be donated to the UPLB for the UP PSAE campus.

Anflocor and DLI will also be funding part of the school infrastructure.

“We are eyeing to launch Agriya at the end of the third quarter this year. There’s a lot of movement already on the site since it was launched last year. We already cleared the initial areas and works on land development is ongoing,” Lagdameo said.

The DLI project will look like having a working farm and an area for leisure and entertainment aside from their marketing and sales office.

The agri-tourism area is envisioned as a “living farm” with theme park and educational features. The development of Agriya is divided into three phases over 15 years, with the bulk to be covered in the first stage within the first five years. (Maya Padillo/PNA)