The government will help build necessary facilities for the Quezon Coconut Research and Extension Center, which aims to address the challenges facing the coconut industry here, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said Thursday.
“Mayroongnilagayna Quezon Coconut Research and Extension Center para mas mapalagoangindustriya ng pagniniyogsalalawigan (The Quezon Coconut Research and Extension Center was established to expand the coconut industry in the province),” Go said during the groundbreaking ceremony of the new full campus of the Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) and the Quezon Coconut Research and Extension Center in this province.
The building of facilities is a joint effort of the provincial government of Quezon and the Philippine Coconut Authority.
The presidential aide said the government is actively implementing its “Build, Build, Build” program in Quezon province.
“Sangayon, agresiboangatinggobyernosamga ‘Build, Build, Build’ program. Mayroontayong Quezon-Bicol Expressway nakakasimula pa lang, and ‘yungKaliwa Dam, at ‘yung South Luzon Expressway extension (Our government is aggressively pushing the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program. We have the Quezon-Bicol Expressway which started recently, the Kaliwa Dam, and the South Luzon Expressway extension),” Go added.
He also mentioned the government’s plan to establish an improved railway system to make it more convenient for people to travel goods to and from Southern Luzon.
Go added that he will communicate with Quezon Province Governor David Suarez regarding the establishment of infrastructure and the improvement of facilities in SLSU and in the province.
“Ditosa Research Center, mag-uusap kami ni Governor [sa kung saan man kami makakatulong]. Ditosaeskwelahan, sabikopo, kung anopoangmaitutulongnaminditosa buildings, facilities po, ay tutulongang national government (For the research center, I will talk to the governor regarding the help we can provide. For the school, the government will help put up buildings and other facilities),” Go said.
The Southern Luzon State University is the premier higher education institution in Quezon Province. It has nine campuses in the province, with its main campus located in Lucban.
“Education is one of the top priorities of President Rodrigo Duterte. He knows that it is only by providing training and education to Filipinos that we can develop to our full potential as a nation,” Go said in his speech.
On March 15, 2018, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act that covers the tuition and fees of students enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs), and all technical-vocation education and training (TVET) programs that are under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). (PNA)