By Maya M. Padillo
The ground breaking of the 88-hectare Agriya project of homegrown developer Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) is set on May 18.
Agriya is a master-planned township development of Damosa Land in Panabo City envisioned by Architect Jun Palafox. One major element of Agriya is the UP Professional School of Agriculture and Environment (UP PSAE).
DLI Vice President Ricardo “Cary” Lagdameo told media in yesterday’s Habi at Kape that the school stems from the company’s partnership with the University of the Philippines (UP) following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in 2014 for the establishment of UP campus in Panabo City.
“To start the engagement they (UP) offered classes in a facility in Damosa and I think the first batch will be graduating this year if I am not mistaken but the main goal is really to put up a campus in Panabo City,” Lagdameo said.
The UP-PSAE is a public-private partnership between UP-Los Baños, ANFLOCOR and Damosa Land.
“Basically the partnership refers to Damosa land donation of a parcel of land including the building of some of the structures in the campus, which will be inside the complex of Agriya,” he said.
Lagdameo said they will start construction on the first phase consisting of about 35 hectares.
Another anchor in this township project is the Agri-Tourism component dubbed naturetainment that will offer diverse mix of exciting adventures and recreational activities with an educational twist through the use of modern approaches of learning through play. It also hopes to bring back the fun and interest in farming by developing a living and interactive agricultural experience.
Agriya will consist of residential, commercial, and school components.