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By Carmencita A. Carillo, Correspondent

Lyceum to start construction of Davao campus

Posted on April 03, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) will soon start construction of its Davao campus, the academic institution’s first outside Luzon, and is aiming to be operational by 2018.

“In the next few weeks we will be starting the construction of the campus,” LPU Batangas and Laguna President Peter P. Laurel said in an interview last week following a presentation to the city council.

LPU, with its main university located in Manila, also has campuses in Makati and Cavite.

Mr. Laurel said they are still computing the total investment required for the LPU-Davao Campus. “For sure it is a sizeable investment as it will be built in phases,” he added.

The LPU has an eight-hectare property allotted for the university, but only three hectares will be initially developed. It will be a full university without grade school, but Mr. Laurel said they are still studying if it will offer Grades 11 and 12.

“We are very happy. We know there are a lot of good schools coming in, in addition to the good schools already here, but Davao is expanding and becoming the new capital of the Philippines so we see the potential of building a center of excellence here,” he said.

Among LPU’s specializations are hotel and restaurant management, hospitality, business management, information technology, medical technology and maritime, and engineering.

Mr. Laurel, a descendant of the late President Jose P. Laurel who founded LPU, said they first came to Davao four years ago and met with then mayor and now President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who is an LPU alumna.

“We thought of putting LPU in Cebu also but we went around and saw how beautiful Davao is and we realized this is the perfect place so we bought a property in front of Quiboloy,” he said, referring to the Jose Maria College owned by religious leader Apollo C. Quiboloy.

Setting up the LPU-Davao Campus, Mr. Laurel said, is part of their contribution to development in Mindanao.

“With peace and order comes economic benefits so we would like to play a big role in the education side of nation-building,” he said.