The NEDA Region IV-A Team led by Assistant Regional Director Susana S. Santiago (center, right) posed for a photo opportunity with the UPLB AIP ITP Project Team led by UPLB Vice Chancellor for Administration Rolando T. Bello (centermost), and with the PPP Center Team led by PPPC Deputy Executive Director Eleazar E. Ricote (center, left).

The NEDA Region IV-A Team, led by Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Susana S. Santiago, and the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC) Team, led by Deputy Executive Director Eleazar E. Ricote, visited the University of the Philippines Los Baños Campus (UPLB) last November 16, 2022. The visit was for an ocular inspection and site appreciation of UPLB’s project proposal on Agro-Industrial Park (AIP) and Information Technology Park (ITP).

The UPLB Team, represented by Vice Chancellor for Administration Rolando T. Bello and Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Roberto P. Cereno, proposed the UPLB AIP-ITP as world-class industrial parks located in UPLB’s Special Economic Zone (SEZ) located beside the Institute of Plant Breeding. With this Project, UPLB hired the consultancy services of the SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV), led by SGV Partner for Strategy and Transactions Marie Stephanie C. Tan-Hamed.

UPLB AIP ITP Project Master Plan Map (as of 2017).

Included in the agenda of the site visit was a roundtable discussion between NEDA, PPPC, UPLB, and SGV in the UPLB Chancellor’s office. Ms. Tan-Hamed presented the feasibility study of the proposed 70-hectare SEZ. After the presentation, ARD Santiago said that NEDA will assess the project proposal documents and request additional information as needed. She emphasized that NEDA will have a thorough evaluation of the project benefits versus its costs. ARD Santiago also pointed-out the importance of considering the local communities around the SEZ because they will also bear the impacts of the project. The support of local government units (LGUs) is very critical for the SEZ project to succeed in the long run.

Lastly, UPLB discussed the status of their coordination with the provincial and municipal LGUs and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) in securing the required local development councils’ endorsements and LLDA Board clearance of the project, respectively.

Camille D. Corpuz, RDC Staff | November 18, 2022