Members of the UP Regent headed by their President Alfredo E. Pascual sign the memorandum of understanding with the top officials of Anflocor headed by its President Alexander N. Valoria, Senior Vice President Ricardo R. Floirendo, and Vice President for Damosa Land, Inc. Ricardo Floirendo Lagdameo. The historic event was held last November 20, 2014, in line with the Davao Trade Expo and International Banana Symposium.
Following through with their commitment of providing world class agricultural education to the people of Mindanao, the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR) and the University of the Philipppines Los Banos (UPLB) kicked off their partnership with the offering of graduate level courses here in Davao City. Last November 20, 2014, both parties signed an MOU, at the Davao Trade Expo and International Banana Symposium, to establish a UPLB satellite campus in Panabo City, Davao del Norte as well as to initially offer graduate school courses in Davao City.
The program commenced last weekend with UPLB offering its Master of Science in Entomology (MSE) courses. The first batch consisted of students from the Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO) and from other neighboring schools. UPLB looks to expand its academic program as well as the number of students in the succeeding semesters.
“This is the first time that UPLB established an off-campus program outside Luzon, and this is in partnership with ANFLOCOR,” said Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., Dean of the UPLB Graduate School.
“The professors and everyone running the program are of high caliber and very competent. Of course, the point of this is to bring UP quality education accessible to all,” Camacho said.
The classes are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday at the ANFLOCOR Corporate Center in Damosa. Following the academic calendar of the University, the classes will end in June this year.
Dr. Celia Medina, the Director of Crop Protection Cluster of UPLB-College of Agriculture and one of the esteemed professors of the program, added, “There will be challenges [but] we will maintain the standard of UP education”.
She further said that they are aiming to heighten the scientific capability of the students.
The ultimate goal of this partnership will be to establish a UPLB campus in the heart of the center of agriculture in the Philippines – Panabo City, Davao del Norte. On this site will be established a multi-use, fully functioning community with residential, commercial, institutional, and recreation components. The project, which will be part of the envisioned “Anflo City” will be a flagship project of Damosa Land, an affiliate of ANFLOCOR.
Forming a partnership with the country’s premiere national university, ANFLOCOR looks to realize the vision of the late Don Antonio O. Floirendo, which was to establish a center of excellence in the field of research and development and bring world-class agricultural education to the region.
“It has always been his vision to have national development and economic upliftment through education. I know that in one way or another, his vision will be realized in this project,” said Ricardo Floirendo Lagdameo, Vice President of Damosa Land, Inc., ANFLOCOR’s real-estate arm and the developer of the business- and lifestyle-oriented commercial center Damosa District and the groundbreaking residential community, Damosa Fairlane.
ANFLOCOR is the management and investment company of the Anflo Group of Companies, a conglomerate which ventures into agriculture, industrial services, real estate, and resort development. Its flagship company is Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO), which is one of the highest yielding banana plantations in the world.