With the aim of catering to the less privileged constituents of the city, the Sangguniang panlungsod (SP) has approved the establishment of the City College of Davao (CCD) to open in August of the current year.
A resolution certified as urgent by City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was approved by the city council under suspended rules to comply with the requirements set by the Department of Education.
The school will be located temporarily at the Alternative Learning Center building behind Teodoro Palma Gil Elementary School along Quirino Avenue.
Five courses will be offered initially namely, Bachelor of Special Needs Education (BSNEd), Bachelor of Technical-Vocational Teacher Education (BTVTEd), Bachelor of Physical Education (BPEd), Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BS Entrep), and Bachelor of Arts in English or Filipino.
It targets around 1,000 working students in four senior high schools, the Davao City National High School, Sta. Ana National High School, Crossing Bayabas National High School, and Bangoy National High School. The college, however, still needs to source its budget outlay of P100 million.
Resolution proponent, Councilor Pilar Braga, clarifies that the approval failed to make it on time for the council’s deliberation of its supplemental budget on October of last year. Mayor Duterte-Carpio certified the resolution as urgent in December.
“The supplemental budget is crafted September to October therefore, the consideration for the CCD’s budget was not included,” said Councilor Braga.
The mayor said that of the P100 million budget, P50 million will be allocated to the construction of the college building, while P35 million will go to the hiring and staffing of the college faculty.
Braga said the mayor will take on the facilitation of the budget, which may still be included in the next ASupplemental Budget for this year.