To ensure that education will not be neglected particularly in Davao City’s conflict-torn area, the city government will build a tertiary level school in Paquibato District in partnership with Peace 911 and the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP).
Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio told media that the city government has allocated P54 million for the construction of the three-storey building of USEP annex campus that will be constructed in Barangay Malabog.
“Naa nata budget na P54 million for three- storey building USEP annex campus in Brgy. Malabog. Ug naa na sa annual budget for 2020. Gisugdan lang nato ug ingon ana kay diri man gud sa gobyerno medyo dugay ang process naay pre-bidding, bidding, suppliers, ug contractor,” she said.
Mayor Sara said USEP has committed to build an annex in Brgy. Malabog. She also said the parties are also set to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). USEP reportedly has also started processing their documents.
“The city government of Davao, USEP, and Peace 911 sat down and discussed na puwede na sugdan. Gipadagan na sa USEP ilang papeles so ang kinahanglan na lang is an MOU nga ginapatuyok na sa tanan parties. Naga- move na ang project,” she said.
Mayor Sara added that the city also allocated P1.5 million budget for the Feasibility Study (FS) of the school. She said the school is expected to be completed next year or early part of 2022.
The establishment of USEP annex was brought up after the discussion of Task Force Peace 911 in Paquibato area found out that there is a need to set up a college school in the said area to cater the Lumad senior high school graduates as well as for those that do not have the financial capacity to continue their studies in downtown area.
“So that students don’t need to go down to the Poblacion to study. The school also aims to help those students that do not have the financial capacity na magpadayon mag-eskwela ug college diri sa downtown,” she said.
Peace 911 is a peace and development initiative of the city government of Davao for Paquibato District.