CLARK SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE — The state-owned Clark Development Corp. has finally turned over 3.28 hectares for the campus of the University of the Philippines Extension Program in San Fernando (UPSF) here.
The last Congress had also allotted P50 million for the “university town” the UPSF plans to build at Clark, UP president Emerlinda Roman said in a program held after the groundbreaking rites on Friday.
The site is behind the Puregold Duty Free store along C. M. Recto Avenue.
The university town will serve as the “intellectual capital for the development of Central Luzon,” said UPSF director Juliet Mallari, who Roman acknowledged led the 12-year campaign for a permanent campus here.
Roman said the land grant by the CDC ended the long search for a new site since the UPSF lost its campus to Mt. Pinatubo’s lahar in October 1995. The UPSF moved to various locations at least thrice since it was established in 1979. Since 1998, it has been using a former warehouse at Clark.
UPSF offers undergraduate courses in business management, economics and psychology. Its graduate programs are in business and public and educational management. It has more than 800 students this semester. Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon