MMSU gets Php 2-M for LUDIP project

By Daniel P. Tapaoan, Jr.


The Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) is gaining headway in preparing its Land Use Development and Infrastructure Plan (LUDIP) this year through a Php 2 million fund from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).


The allocation of the fund was formalized through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) entered into by MMSU President Shirley C. Agrupis and CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III last year.


The funding was upon the initiative of MMSU Board of Regents Chair Lilian Delas Llagas, in full support of the University's LUDIP dubbed as SIRMATA 2040.


Dr. Agrupis thanked CHED for choosing MMSU as one of the first state universities and colleges (SUCs) in the country that received the financial grant for the LUDIP project. 


The LUDIP is envisioned for long-term development projects involving structures and other land improvements which are expected to usher in economic and social progress.


"It will serve as the university’s blueprint in setting and mobilizing its land resources and infrastructure for the next 20 years,” President Agrupis explained. 


“Through this project, we will update, revise, and align the MMSU’s present land use and infrastructure plan according to the requirements and prescription of Republic Act 11396 or the SUC LUDIP Act of 2019,” she added. 


The LUDIP covers the future land use and infrastructure plans of the four MMSU campuses in Batac, Laoag, Currimao, and Dingras, and the university’s reserve areas in Nagbacsan, Payao, Lubbot, and Sarnap in Batac. It will also include the feasibility and impact of the projects to the stakeholders. 


The LUDIP project includes the benchmarking and preparation of start-up working paper; development of survey materials; consultation with concerned stakeholders; conduct of sectoral studies; hiring of consultants; data assessment and analytics; projection, planning and preparation of LUDIP documents; designing and re-designing of building perspectives; validation and finalization. Afterwhich, the final MMSU LUDIP will be submitted to CHED. 


A popularized version of MMSU LUDIP will also be created for dissemination to the university’s stakeholders. 


RA 11396 requires SUCs to prepare and implement their LUDIP which is a requirement for the approval of their future infrastructure projects. (StratCom)

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