UP agri, environment school rises in Davao
The University of the Philippines Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment will be built on a 31,800-sqm property in the Agriya township in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, with the first building donated by the Anflo Group through the Don Antonio O. Floirendo Sr. Foundation.

UP agri, environment school rises in Davao

ELEVATING local agriculture through education, Damosa Land breaks ground for the University of the Philippines Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) in its premier integrated township Agriya in Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

The homegrown developer of sustainable real estate in the South, together with Anflo Management and Investment Corp. (Anflocor), and UP held a groundbreaking ceremony last April 21, 2023, for the first campus of UP PSAE.

Damosa Land; Agriya; UP PSAE; Agropolis
University of the Philippines President Angelo Jimenez leads the lowering of the time capsule with (from left) UP PSAE Director Maria Catalina de Luna, Principal Architect for Far East Associates Daniel Lim, UPLB Graduate School Dean Jomar Rabajante, UPLB Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Fernando Paras, Anflo Group Board Member Anthony Sasin, Kensington Ventures Vice President Jose Manuel Floirendo Lagdameo, Anflo Resort and Development Corp. and Don Antonio O. Floirendo Foundation Managing Director Maricris Floirendo Brias, Anflo Group Vice Chairman Ricardo Floirendo, Real Estate and Construction Group President Ricardo Floirendo Lagdameo, and UPLB Chancellor Jose Camacho Jr.

 

The companies also signed the deed of donation declaring the turnover of the 31,800-square-meter property to the UP PSAE, which is set to be home to 14 graduate and post-graduate agriculture-focused programs that include Agribusiness Management, Agroforestry and Animal Science, among others.

As an advocate for the agricultural heritage of Southern Philippines, Damosa Land said it takes pride in this project as it continues to uplift and spur growth for the local agri-sector.

The upcoming UP PSAE campus, set to finish construction by October 2024, can accommodate up to 200 students of agriculture who share the same vision of elevating the agri-business competencies of communities in Mindanao.

Today, we are not only groundbreaking for the establishment of this building, but also we’re paving the way for the advancement of agricultural education here in Mindanao. Instead of sending our best and brightest students to different parts of the country and the world to study this field, we can now provide opportunities for them here in Mindanao — the food basket of the Philippines,” Damosa Land CEO Ricardo “Cary” Lagdameo was quoted as saying in a media release.

UP Los Baños Chancellor Jose Camacho Jr., who was also present during the groundbreaking event said, “Right at the very start, our vision is to make UP graduate education more accessible — especially here in Mindanao. We aim to contribute to human resource development of not just the universities but also the public and private institutions like the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.”

An innovator for green communities, Damosa Land said it has been ramping up its efforts to fully integrate the Agriya township and promote sustainable and eco-friendly developments within Panabo City and the rest of Davao. Deeply rooted in its agricultural heritage, Agriya boasts of residential, commercial and tourism segments that showcase Davao’s abundant flora and fauna — highlighting its rich biodiversity, generous banana produce and nature-centric environments.

Beyond enriching its Agriya township, Damosa Land said it can provide an avenue for local agriculture talent to be trained in Davao, the major agri-business center in the country, instead of seeking educational opportunities elsewhere.

“By tapping educational opportunities for empowering homegrown agriculture talent, we can take our commitment beyond and better address the challenges of the industry with the incoming generation. Together with the UP community and UP PSAE, we are optimistic that this partnership will allow us to train our agri experts who can then contribute and hone a competent agri sector,” Lagdameo stated.

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