THE DAVAO City government will build two colleges, one is partnership with the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) and the other a city college, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced. The USEP campus will be located in the upland Paquibato District, where the city government has been pursuing various projects in line with its anti-insurgency program dubbed Peace 911. “We already have a budget of P54 million for the three- storey building USEP annex campus in Barangay Malabog,” Ms. Carpio said last week, noting that the whole process could take a while given the documentary and bidding process requirements. As a start, the city government, the Peace 911 Task Force, and USEP are preparing to sign a memorandum of understanding for the project. Ms. Carpio added that the city has also allocated a P1.5 million budget for the feasibility study of the school. The Peace 911 Task Force proposed the construction of the college to cater to high school graduates in the area, including members of indigenous communities. “So that students don’t need to go down to the Poblacion (city center) to study. The school also aims to help those students that do not have the financial capacity to pursue further studies in the downtown area,” the mayor said.
For the city college, Ms. Carpio said they are still looking at possible funding sources with the cost initially estimated at about P100 million. “As of now, the funds are still not available, as the needed budget is a bit expensive,” she said, noting that one possible source is the unspent portion of the city’s 2019 Supplemental Budget. Final approval of the proposed school is also pending, but the mayor said she is optimistic that this can be done by the second half of the year. The feasibility study of the project has been completed, including learning manuals and the required human resources. — Maya M. Padillo and Carmelito Q. Francisco