A DE LA SALLE University (DLSU) campus will soon be built within the Davao Global Township (DGT), a 22-hectare mixed-use estate being developed by YHEST Realty and Development Corp.

YHEST Realty and DLSU on May 27 signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the establishment of the De La Salle University Villa-Abrille Center for Professional Development in DGT.

YHEST is the joint venture of Cebu Landmasters, Inc. and the Yuson, Huang, and Tan families belonging to the Villa-Abrille clan of Davao.

YHEST will provide DLSU with 4,000 square meters (sq.m.) of prime office space, rent-free in the premier Corporate Center office building in DGT. The company will also donate P10 million for the school’s operational and other expenses.

“Continuing education has become imperative for businesses today to thrive given the speed of developments in technology, business, engineering and other fields. Through the Villa-Abrille Center we hope to bring the latest knowledge and learnings to Dabawenyos,” YHEST President Frederick H. Yuson said in the statement.

Jose Franco B. Soberano, director of YHEST and chief operating officer of CLI, said the DLSU campus will boost DGT’s bid to become the city’s premiere business district.

“The availability of ongoing education has proven to be a critical element in many business districts not only in Manila but also in the other capitals of the world,” he added.

DLSU College of Computer Studies Dean Rafael Cabredo said that modules in data science and information security will be one of the offerings, as well as engineering and business programs.

DGT is located in Matina district, and will also house office spaces, retail mall, park, civic area, and residential towers. YHEST has begun the construction of Phase 1 of DGT, which will have residential towers, a retail mall, and a civic center. It is set for completion in 2022. — Vincent Mariel P. Galang