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UP and the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA)  that will pave the way for the physical development of the UP Professional Schools in Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) in Agriya, Panabo, Davao del Norte. The MOA signing took place at 10 a.m. on Jan. 30 at the UP BOR Room in Quezon Hall.

The MOA formalizes the donation of 31,000 sqm of land by ANFLOCOR to UP and for the former to design, develop and construct buildings and facilities on the donated land. Its signing follows on the heels of the recent approval by the BOR of the establishment of UP PSAE in Agriya, Panabo City in Davao del Norte at its 1322nd meeting on Nov. 24.

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and Ricardo Luis Mateo F. Lagdameo, vice president of Damosa Land Inc., an affiliate of ANFLOCOR,  signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.

In his message, President  Pascual shared how the formation of UP PSAE adds to the other efforts of the UP System to bring UP education to other parts of the country, with previous initiatives seeing the establishment of UP professional campuses in Cebu, Pampanga, Tacloban, and at the Bonifaco Global City in Taguig.

Lagdameo said that the project is in line with ANFLOCOR’s vision for the Davao del Norte land use master plan in which they hoped to include various components of  agriculture. According to him, UPLB was the ideal educational institution to partner with to achieve this vision and improve agriculture in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, who signed the agreement as a witness, said that with the opportunities and challenges presented by the ASEAN Integration, it is  “crucial and timely that an educational institution that specializes in agriculture be established at the heart of the center of agriculture in the Philippines.” He added that this partnership is an opportunity to bring UPLB’s expertise closer and make it more accessible not only in Panabo City, but the rest of Mindanao.

Establishment of the UP PSAE is an initiative of UPLB that is anchored on UPLB’s proven capacities in agriculture and environmental science.

The UP PSAE will progress in two phases. The first, covering five years, starts on the First Semester of Academic Year 2017-2018. UP-PSAE will offer off-campus graduate programs and short training courses under the supervision of the UPLB Graduate School through a program director.

On its Phase II,  UP PSAE will become a new school of UPLB and will have its own dean and residential graduate programs. A budget of PhP271 million shall be allocated for UP PSAE’s first 11 years.

(JJA Arana & MJE Gloria, with excerpts from the UP PSAE Proposal)

UPLB will soon have a presence down south, in the country’s banana capital.

This is through the establishment of the UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) in Anflo City, Panabo, Davao del Norte, which the UP Board of Regents (BOR) approved at its 1322nd meeting on Nov. 24.

This UPLB extension campus aims to provide UP education within the reach of students, accelerate human capital formation, and serve as a catalyst for development in the Davao Region.

“With its proven capacities in agriculture and environmental science, UPLB is positioned to contribute immensely to development efforts in the Davao Region and neighboring communities,” articulated by the document explaining the rationale of the newly approved UP PSAE.

The UP PSAE will progress in two phases.

The first phase covering its first five years will see the offering of off-campus graduate programs and short training courses starting the First Semester of Academic Year (AY) 2017-2018 ,with the formal opening of the campus the AY after. The UPLB Graduate School shall supervise the UP PSAE, through a program director, during this phase.

The second phase, on the other hand, will start on its sixth year. This would be a time when the UP PSAE shall become a new school of UPLB, with its own dean and residential graduate programs.

A budget of PhP271 million shall be allocated for UP PSAE’s first 11 years, while the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) will donate about three hectares of land and capital outlay for the infrastructure.

ANFLOCOR’s donation of land and construction of relevant structures for the future school are articulated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UP and ANFLOCOR dated Nov. 20, 2014. The MOU also provides for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which shall detail the partnership between the two institutions, and which will be signed early next year. (Mark Jayson E. Gloria, with reports from the UP PSAE Proposal written by Assistant Professors Anna Floresca F. Firmalino and Arlene C. Gutierrez)

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Official announcement of Concepcion’s selection from the Office of the Secretary of the University on Facebook.

The Office of the Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents announced today, the selection of University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Danilo Lardizabal Concepcion as the new President of the University of the Philippines.

Concepcion, known in his radio program Usapang de Campanilla on DZMM as ‘Danicon’, will succeed President Alfredo E. Pascual on February 2017 for a six-year term. He was among the six nominees for the UP Presidency who presented their mission and vision for the university at The Search: A Forum for the Selection of the Next UP President.

Dean Concepcion finished Agricultural Engineering, summa cum laude, at the De La Salle Araneta-University in 1979, topping the board exam. He graduated from the UP College of Law, cum laude, in 1983, passing the Bar Examinations as a topnotcher. He later earned his Master of Laws at the University of London in 1986, as a scholar of the British government.

For a profile of Dean Concepcion from the UP College of Law, please click here.




From the Lone Star State, to the Sunflower State and the Sunshine State, up to the Great Lakes State, top UPLB officials flew to the United States to further strengthen and expand UPLB’s international ties with four universities.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs and Dr. Rex B. Demafelis, vice chancellor for research and extension, met with the officials of four US universities from Oct. 16 to 26 to sign various agreements for human and material resource exchanges.

Three of these universities are UPLB’s new partners, namely: Texas A&M University, Kansas State University and University of Florida. The fourth, Michigan State University, has been a long-time partner of UPLB.

Texas A&M University has opened its doors for faculty and students exchanges through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UPLB. Located in College Station, Texas A&M University is the state’s first public institution of higher education.

Likewise, Kansas State University is now a UPLB partner in mutually beneficial exchanges of professors, scholars, scientists, students and information, academic materials and publications by virtue of an MOU. Like UPLB, Manhattan-based Kansas State University has colleges of agriculture, arts and sciences, engineering, human ecology, veterinary medicine, and a separate Graduate School.

On the other hand, University of Florida and UPLB are to start a cooperative effort in faculty and student exchanges and research collaboration under a cooperative agreement. Located in Gainsville, the former is a land-, sea- and space-grant university.

UPLB, represented in the signing ceremony by Dr. Lapitan and Dr. Demafelis, also renewed the MOA for Two-Way Student Exchange with Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and College of Social Sciences. Located in East Lansing, Michigan State University was founded as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan in 1855.


These new partnerships strengthen UPLB’s international linkages with around 70 universities across the globe. They form part of the fulfillment of UPLB’s vision-mission to become a globally competitive graduate and research university that contributes to national development.

Dr. Lapitan and Dr. Demafelis also visited the University of Minnesota for exploratory talks on establishing linkages with the said university. (Juan Paolo A. Aquino)