The City Government of Davao will set aside P54 million to construct an annex buildings of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) in Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District to get more children from poor families to proceed to higher education, Mayor Sara Duterte said.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte that the City Government of Davao will allocate 54M pesos for the construction of annex buildings of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) in Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District in this city.
The move aims to enable children from poor families from nearby areas to proceed with their college education.
The amount for the said project will be sourced from the 2020 budget of the City Government and is targeted to be completed on 2022.
Upon the assessment of the Task Force Peace 911, a body created to take the lead in the implementation of a comprehensive peace-building program of the local government for conflict-affected areas of the city, a need for access to college education by the youth in Paquibato area is highly necessary.
The presence of a college institution in the said area would encourage more students who have completed their senior high school education to pursue higher education without having to travel more than 50 kilometers and spend a lot to study at downtown Davao City.
She added Paquibato was chosen to host the USEP-Annex as it aligns with the university’s mandate to reach out to the students in conflict-affected areas.
“It’s on track, and this project – the USEP-Annex- is already moving,” Duterte said.
The Peace 911, previously Davao Peace Committee, the local peace panel created to hold localized peace initiative with the New People’s Army operating in the hinterlands of the city.
Mayor Duterte requested the Duterte Administration on December 2019 to exclude Davao City from the coverage of the GRP-NDFP peace talks as these may derail the gains achieved by the Peace 911 in 14 barangays of Paquibato and Calinan districts.
“To be covered by the ceasefire or the peace negotiations will only disrupt and threaten the gains of our process of peace and development in these communities formerly controlled by the terrorists,” she added.
She claimed that Peace 911, had successfully removed the remaining communist guerrillas operating in Paquibato District and Barangay Dominga. It also capacitated the Lumad farmers on farming and marketing their products as they are directly linked to buyers of their produce through the so-called “Peace Economy”.