If projects are implemented as planned, the Laguna-Quezon Land Grant (LQLG) will soon house venues for research, educational, and capacity-building activities.
Plans for developing LQLG facilities were presented by Dr. Virgilio T. Villancio, Land Grant Management Office (LGMO) manager, during the celebration of the LQLG’s 87th foundation anniversary on Feb. 8 at the LQLG Training Center in Siniloan, Laguna.
Among LQLG’s plans is the development of exhibit facilities featuring its flora and fauna, recreational facilities for team building activities, and other infrastructure projects.
The celebration was attended by UPLB and UP System officials. Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., represented by Dr. Serlie Barroga-Jamias, vice chancellor for community affairs, said that the LQLG is “a compelling testament to what institutions like UP and its partners can achieve when they pool their resources and work together.”
According to the Chancellor, LQLG is “a major contributor to the country’s National Greening Program, and in many ways an outstanding example of the success of reforestation and forest rehabilitation.”
Dr. Maragtas SV Amante, immediate past vice president for administration of UP, expressed his excitement on the upcoming developments in the LQLG. He said that the new UP System administration should look into the LQLG immediately on its first year to witness what it is accomplishing in the Sierra Madre regions.
The celebration was capped off with a tour around the training grounds. Visitors hiked and explored a part of the land grant and learned about the LQLG’s research and forest restoration activities. UP officials and visitors also planted tree seedlings before ending the tour.
Others who attended were Dr. Enrico P. Supangco, dean of the College of Agriculture and Food Science; Dr. Willie P. Abasolo, dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources; representatives of the Philippine Carabao Center, Commission on Audit, Fostering Education and Environment for Development, Inc., Development Bank of the Philippines, and of partner local government units.
The LQLG is a 6, 765-hectare property that straddles Siniloan, Laguna and Real, Quezon. It was acquired by UP on Feb. 8, 1930 by virtue of Republic Act 3608 – “An act endowing the University of the Philippines with portions of the public domain for additional support and maintenance, and for other purposes.” (Jessa Jael S. Arana)