Australian official pleased with Davao del Norte projects

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DAVAO CITY: Australian Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Dr. David Dutton expressed his satisfaction over the different Australian government-funded projects which his team assessed during a visit in Davao del Norte.

Among the projects being implemented are the P40-million provincial road management facility (PRMF), Philippine Response to Indigenous People and Muslim Education (Prime), Basic Education Sector Transformation (BEST)  and the Philippine Business Sector Partnership (PBSP) program.

“I’m absolutely satisfied with the projects,” said Dutton. “I think PRMF is going well here and our schools program is also doing well here. It’s wonderful to actually see how several of our different projects are all working together.”

Australia gives the Philippines AUS $120 million for various projects.


The Prime project attended to the basic needs of Muslim families whose children. Through the project, the Department of Education was able to develop learning materials, trained teachers and paved the way for the adaption of the curriculum that allowed teachinAg and learning culturally sensitive and relevant to indigenous and Muslim school children.

“It’s wonderful to hear from the people affected by the projects. Those are important to us. We want to know if the projects are followed and if they are serving the needs of the community,” he said.

“You can certainly be assured that the Australian government will continue to be a partner to the Philippines. We hope to make progress in education, infrastructure, and supporting public administration in the years ahead,” he added.

Davao del Norte Gov. Ro-dolfo Del Rosario said the assistance from the Australian government helped in the reforms in the province.

“The arrival of these facilities has brought unprecedented reforms here in Davao del Norte. Most noteworthy is the reduction of our IRA dependency from 2011 to 2013 and the 41 percent growth in total revenue we generated in 2012,” he said.

Del Rosario assured that the province will continue its     partnership with the Austra-lian government.

“We wish to make it sustainable with climate change adaptive and risk-resilient communities. This is our vision which we put together with AusAid,” he said.

JEFRY M. TUPAS

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