Elevating local agriculture through education

| Written by Padayon UP

University of the Philippines President Atty. Angelo A. Jimenez and the rest of the heads of UP, Anflocor, and Damosa Land, lower the time capsule as they lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the UP Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP-PSAE) within the township of Agriya in Panabo City. With him are (left to right) Director for UP-PSAE Dr. Maria Catalina T. de Luna, Principal Architect for Far East Associates Arch. Daniel T. Lim, Dean of Graduate School in UPLB Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development in UPLB Dr. Fernando O. Paras, Anflo Group Board Member Anthony B. Sasin, Kensington Ventures, Inc. Vice President Jose Manuel Floirendo Lagdameo, Managing Director of the Anflo Resort and Development Corporation and the Don Antonio O. Floirendo Foundation, Inc Maricris Floirendo Brias, Anflo Group Vice Chairman Ricardo R. Floirendo, President of the Real Estate and Construction Group, Ricardo Floirendo Lagdameo, and Chancellor of UPLB Dr. Jose V. Camacho Jr. (Photo Credit: Malaya Business Insight)




Homegrown developer for sustainable real estate in the South, Damosa Land, welcomes to its premier integrated township Agriya the University of the Philippines Professional School for Agriculture and the Environment (UP PSAE).

Together with the Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR), Damosa Land and the University of the Philippines held a groundbreaking ceremony last April 21, 2023 for the first campus of UP PSAE. 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 ranging from Agribusiness Management, Agroforestry, Animal Science, and many more.

“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,” shares Cary Lagdameo. “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,” he continues.

As an advocate for the agricultural heritage of Southern Philippines, Damosa Land 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.

UPLB Chancellor Jose Camacho, Jr who was also present during the groundbreaking event shared, “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.”

Damosa Land, an innovator for green communities, 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.

Guided by its mission to uplift communities, Damosa Land continues to show progress in the multi-awarded real estate project Agriya with the full blast construction and development of its other components such as its residential subdivision Ameria, the Agriya Commercial Strip, and its agri-tourism feature Naturetainment. The company continues to find ways to recapture the emerging real estate audience and showcase Davao’s natural beauty in their own unique ways.

Beyond enriching its Agriya township, Damosa Land is able to 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.

“With our strong background in banana production and export, Damosa Land has always fought for the cultivation and appreciation of our local produce. 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,” concludes Cary Lagdameo.

Agriya was hailed as Best Residential Green Development and Best Township Development by PropertyGuru Philippines Property Awards in 2020. Ameria, for its part, bagged the Best Eco-Friendly Housing Development in 2022 and Best Housing Development in 2020.



(This article was first published on Malaya Business Insight on 24 May 2023)