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2020 apia ustpTAGOLOAN, Misamis Oriental—PHIVIDEC-Industrial Authority (PHIVIDEC-IA) Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña mulls on securing a land, through usufruct agreement, for the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) for the school’s satellite campus in the town of Villanueva.

To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11307 or the “University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines-Villanueva Campus Act.”

At present, the university is using the facilities of the local government of Villanueva, because they do not have a land where they could build the campus, Dr. Ambrosio Cultura, the USTP System President, said.

“We presented our proposal to establish USTP campus within PHIVIDEC. We are an academic institution and we offer research and development, technology innovations, and even establish spaces for industry and the academe,” said Cultura.

Although La Viña favors the USTP proposal, its implementation is still subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

“In principle, I am in favor because I am a believer in education. Education is the great equalizer in our society. There’s only two ways to get out of poverty. One is education, the other is entrepreneurship,” La Viña said.

He said that the graduates of the USTP-Villanueva could also benefit from the industries established in the PHIVIDEC-IA’s economic zones by providing them employment opportunities.

“Keep your admission fair by maintaining your role of providing education to the less privileged,” La Viña always reminded the university officials that poverty alleviation is one of the major thrusts of the PHIVIDEC-IA under his watch.

Among the amenities of the planned USTP-Villanueva campus include the Administration Building, Sports Complex, Central Park, Open Amphitheater, Academic Areas and Residence Area.

Aside from its main campus in Cagayan de Oro, USTP also have satellite campuses in Alubijid, Claveria, and Jasaan in Misamis Oriental, and in Panaon and Oroquieta in Misamis Occidental.