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Eastern Visayas University Starts PHP1.5 Billion ‘Smart’ Campus Project


Eastern Visayas University Starts PHP1.5 Billion ‘Smart’ Campus Project


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The Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU) in this city has kicked off the implementation of its PHP1.5-billion “smart” campus project meant to modernize the operation of the region’s oldest tertiary school.

In an interview Monday, EVSU president Dennis De Paz said the first of the three-phase projects awarded to Lancaster Technology and Development Philippines, Inc. will be completed next year.

Among the major components of the project are the establishment of an information and communication technology site, the three-story innovation hub, and the fabrication laboratory.

The two buildings have a combined budget requirement of PHP300 million, according to De Paz.

Other features of the project are the setting up of command-and-control facilities, tracking cameras, digital boards, and smart classrooms. The project will also utilize ID verification systems and incorporate face recognition technology for both students and staff.

“It’s not visible since most of the projects are ICT (information and communication technology)-related, but in the second and third phases, we will build more infrastructure,” De Paz told the Philippine News Agency.

He said the project is the first on a campus in Eastern Visayas, providing a “seamless and engaging learning experience for students by incorporating technology and innovative features for classroom experiences.”

De Paz admitted that the start of the project had been delayed due to changes in designs. The funds were allocated in early 2023, but the project contract was awarded in December that year.

“This is a design and build project. The winning bidder also made the design, and it is subject to approval by school officials,” he added.

For the three phases, the project will need PHP5 billion. The second and third phases of the project will also cover EVSU satellite campuses in Ormoc City, Tanauan, Burauen, Carigara and Dulag in Leyte province.

Established in 1907, EVSU is mandated to provide advanced education, higher technological, professional instruction and training in trade, fishery, agriculture, forestry, science, education, commerce, architecture, engineering, and related courses. (PNA)