The University of the Philippines (UP) and Vista Land & Landscapes, Inc of former Senate President Manuel “Manny” Villar signed a deal to build the 5-hectare first School of Technopreneurship in the country.
Villar’s wife, Senator Cynthia announced the deal on her Facebook page on Tuesday, June 28. The school will rise at the University Town of Vista City in Dasmarinas, Cavite. UP will design the programs to be offered in campus, and Vista Land will build the initial facilities needed for the campus, hence bringing more opportunities for startup businesses to flourish in the Philippines in a technologically-advanced and supportive environment.
“The Philippines takes one step closer to making this economically progressive future a reality,” says Villar, Vista Land President and CEO.
According to a statement from UP, "This campus is intended to facilitate collaboration and develop partnerships with industries and business enterprises within CALABARZON for the promotion of education, training, and research in innovation.”
The memorandum of agreement was signed on Monday, June 27, by UP President Alfredo Pascual; Vista Land president and CEO Manuel Paolo “Manny” Villar; Cynthia Villar; Vista Land Chairman Manny; and UP Vice Presidents Gisela Concepcion and Elvira Zamora.
Manny and Cynthia are both alumni of UP-Diliman and are entrepreneurs themselves. – Serina Alonzo