DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The local city council approved on Tuesday the establishment of the City College of Davao (CCD) to cater to the less privileged which is targeted to open in August.
The council approved the resolution under suspended rules which was certified as urgent by City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, and as compliance with the requirements set by the Department of Education.
The City College’s location will be at the Alternative Learning Center building at the back of Teodoro Palma Gil Elementary School along Quirino Avenue.
It offers five courses: 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.
The college targeted 1,000 working students in four senior high schools such as the Davao City National High School, Sta. Ana National High School, Crossing Bayabas National High School, and Bangoy National High School.
But the CCD still needs to source its budget outlay of P100 million.
Councilor Pilar Braga, the proponent of the resolution, said the approval of the resolution did not make it on time for the Council’s deliberation of its supplemental budget last year.
“The supplemental budget is crafted September to October therefore, the consideration for the CCD’s budget was not included,” said Councilor Braga.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio certified the resolution as urgent in December.
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.
The councilor added that they can still include the budget in the next Supplemental Budget this year. (davaotoday.com)