University of the Philippines Los Baños

UPLB officials led by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. recently held two separate consultation meetings with heads of state universities and colleges (SUC) and with private companies, government agencies, and industry associations that are based in Davao and neighboring provinces.

Held on April 21 in Lanang, Davao City, the meetings aimed to ensure that the University of the Philippines Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE) will be offering courses that are responsive to the needs of the different sectors in the area.

UP PSAE is an extension campus of UPLB that is administered by the Graduate School under Dean Jose V. Camacho, Jr. and through UP PSAE director, Anna Floresca Firmalino. Both Dean Camacho and Dir. Firmalino are faculty members at the College of Economics and Management in UPLB.


Attending the meeting with the SUC heads were (from left to right): Dean Enrico Supangco of the College of Agriculture, UPLB; Irvin Generalao, president of the Southern Philippine Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology; Ben-Hur Rafosala, chancellor of the University of Southeastern Philippines-Tagum/Mabini Campus; Girley Gumanao, dean of the Institute of Aquatic and Applied Sciences, Davao del Norte State College ; Shirley Villanueva, vice president for academic affairs, University of Southeastern Philippines; Chancellor Sanchez; Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion of UP Mindanao; Helen Perpetua, dean of the College of Agriculture, Mindanao State University-General Santos Campus; Dean Camacho; Nilo Oponda, vice chancellor for academic affairs of UP Mindanao; Larry Digal, dean of the School of Management of UP Mindanao; and Dir. Firmalino.

Ricardo Luis Mateo Lagdameo, vice president of Damosa Land Inc., UPLB’s partner in planning and building the UP PSAE, was also at the two meetings.  Damosa Land is a subsidiary of ANFLOCOR that donated 31,000 sqm of land in Agriya in Panabo City, Davao del Norte where the UP PSAE will be constructed.

The newly created UP PSAE campus will be launched in May.  Classes will be held in the meantime at the Damosa Corporate Center while facilities are still being constructed for the UP PSAE.

UP PSAE will be offering postgraduate programs and short courses/trainings in off-campus mode for the next six years before transitioning to a combination of residential and off-campus programs starting on its seventh year.