Research Proposal for Relocation - Lasallian, what is your say?
As most of you all know, our beloved Alma Mater’s Centennial Celebration is just a few blocks away (or roughly around one year from now to be precise.) As part of engaging this great celebration on 2011, a lobby group of students and alumni of which I am part of is currently making a research proposal that could replicate what the Lasallian Brothers did back in 1921: relocating DLSU-M to a bigger campus.
Now, I know this issue of transferring DLSU has already been part of a hotly debated issue since way, way back. The issue of DLS- Canlubang being the supposed new campus of DLSU-M back in the early 2000s perhaps started the debate. Well, the logical paradigm of that concept is irrational because DLSU-M’s student and staffer population is predominantly Manila-based. Transferring it to Canlubang is very impractical. The issue of relocation back then turned out to be a hoax; the DLS College in Canlubang is autonomous from DLSU-M.
The research-proposal deals with transferring DLSU-M to a sizable area within the Metro Manila Area. Wait, wait, is there still that sizable amount of land within Manila? The answer is YES! It is just a matter of looking for the right place at the right time… and the right amount of cash.
Although I can’t reveal much as of present time, the proposal deals with a ten year plan that could start this 2011 Centennial celebration and end on 2021, the centennial of the transfer of DLSU-M from Paco to its current Malate campus. The plan involves identification of the most suitable relocation site, negotiations with government agencies, funds outsourcing from Alumni and Donors, and actual construction and relocation of the university. The plan also involves turning the current DLSU-M Malate campus into a Graduate Schools and Ecclesiastical- Seminary Campus of the university. Buildings outside the current campus proper such as Andrew Building and Razon Sports Complex could be given to the DLS-College of St. Benilde. If the new relocation site ranges more than 100 hectares, the new campus could accommodate not just the current university units but also basic education and extended research units as well.
The following are possible relocation sites for DLSU-M:
Lot Land: JUSMAG Property
City Location: Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Size to be acquired: 35.5 Hectares
Accessibility: C5 Road, EDSA, McKinley Road
Description: The property used to be part of the Fort Bonifacio military base. One of the projects of the Bases Conversion and Development Agency’s (BCDA), the property is strategically situated at the heart of Central Manila. Nearby areas include Fort Bonifacio Global City, the Makati Central Business District, posh villages like Forbes Park, and major thoroughfares like EDSA and C5. The main hindrance in getting this land is that corporate real estate companies such as Megaworld (the makers of Eastwood) are already eyeing the area.
Lot Land: NOVAI Property
City Location: Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, McKinley Road
Size to be acquired: 47.5 Hectares
Accessibility: C5 Road, EDSA
Description: Another project of the Bases Conversion and Development Agency’s (BCDA), the property is also strategically situated at the heart of Central Manila. Also a former part of the Fort Bonifacio base, it is actually quite near the JUSMAG property. Like JUSMAG, nearby areas include Fort Bonifacio Global City, the Makati Central Business District, posh villages like Forbes Park, and major thoroughfares like EDSA and C5. Unlike JUSMAG, the NOVAI property is not eyed yet by any major real estate corporation (as of the moment.)
Lot Land: Food Terminals Inc. (FTI)
City Location: Taguig City
Size to be acquired: 120 Hectares
Accessibility: E-Service Road, Radial Road 3, Skyway, South Luzon Express Way
Description: This property is a former mixed agro-industrial center. The lot is surrounded by villages and industrial factories with the NAIA international Airport and the SKYWAY-South Luzon Expressway standing near the area. Located in Taguig City, this large property is already up for second bidding by the government since the first bidding process was a failure. Regardless of this, large real estate companies such as Ayala Land are already eyeing the area as well.
Lot Land: Proposed Quezon City Central Business District (East Triangle)
City Location: Quezon City
Size to be acquired: 15 Hectares (of 250 hectares)
Accessibility: EDSA, Quezon Avenue, East Avenue, MRT 3
Description: The Quezon City Government, under the leadership of Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, has decided to transform a mixed idle land-settler’s area into a center of commerce. Dubbed as the Quezon City Central Business District project or QC-CBD, the idea is to make a Makati Central Business District or Fort Bonifacio Global City like development in the area. The land encompasses the North and East Triangle Areas of Quezon City. This is the very reason why TRINOMA has been built in the Area. Besides TRINOMA, a Lucio Tan development called Eton Centris (this is the project viewable from MRT Quezon Avenue Station) is being developed in the area. Certain government offices from the area are going to be relocated while other public areas such as the Philippine Science High School, the Lung and Kidney Center, and the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife shall be further spruced up to complement the QC-CBD. Informal settlers in the area are slowly being relocated in the area. In the masterplan for the new CBD, around 15 hectares of land is up for bidding for institutional areas.
Lot Land: Taguig Lakeshore Project
City Location: Along Laguna de Bay Lake, Taguig City
Size to be acquired: 150 Hectares (of 1,200 Hectares)
Accessibility: C6 Road
Description: Perhaps the most feasible area for a relocation of the university, the Taguig Lakeshore project is a joint project by the Taguig government and the Laguna Lake Development Authority. Described as “1,200 hectares of largely untapped prime real estate alongside the tranquil waters of Laguna Lake,” the Lakeshore District is primarily composed of idle land and soon to be reclaimed land along Laguna de Bay. The area is still under development, but such status gives DLSU the chance to dialogue with the Taguig government. Such dialogue can provide the university ample space for relocation and development. Land that can be purchased by the university can be most preferably as large as 150 hectares.
Well, that is all for now. I will post more information regarding this research proposal soon. As of now, Lasallians, what do you think?