UP and the Young Men’s Christian Association of the Philippines-Los Baños (YMCA-LB) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which would secure their good neighbors relationship of 93 years for another 20 years, on January 30, 2017 at the office of outgoing UP president, Alfredo Pascual.
The parties agreed to continue their symbiotic relationship in the use of YMCA-LB properties on campus, in accordance with the objectives and mandates they share. Both agreed to look after the welfare of UP Los Baños (UPLB) students and the general UPLB community, to whom YMCA-LB has provided temporary housing; and the academic character of the UPLB campus.
YMCA-LB has operated a dormitory on its campus lot for more than 63 years and plans to construct another one. The MOA prevents the properties from being used as permanent dwelling places or from being leased by concessionaires not directly connected to UP and its partner institutions.
UP outgoing president, Alfredo Pascual, UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, and YMCA-LB President Rodolfo Tolentino signed the MOA. UP Vice President for Development Elvira Zamora and YMCA-LB Corporate Secretary Sally Tumambing and General Secretary Rolito Bacalangco signed as witnesses.
UP Los Baños Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Serlie Barroga-Jamias facilitated the MOA signing ceremony, along with OIC Florinida Blanca of the UPLB Legal Office, who oversaw the finalization of the contract.
A joint oversight committee will be formed by the parties to oversee the implementation of the MOA and regularly report on its progress to the UP president, the UPLB chancellor, and to the YMCA Philippines.