DIGOS CITY—President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday handed over P10 million to the provincial government of Davao del Sur to rebuild communities affected by earthquakes.
“Let me take this occasion to extend our assistance in the rebuilding of Mindanao. It pains me to hear that more than 80,000 families were devastated by the recent earthquakes that struck Matanao, Davao del Sur,” said President Duterte during the 60th Founding Anniversary of Cor Jesu College and turnover of checks for earthquake survivors.
“As such, I gave marching orders to hasten the repair and rehabilitation efforts so that we may help those affected resume their normal lives and bring them renewed hope in the coming year.”
The President said his administration is “working conscientiously” to foster a safer and more resilient Philippines.
“Let us all look forward to the new year with renewed optimism and vigor as we all work together to guarantee an equitable and prosperous future for the Filipino people,” he added.
Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Ra Cagas thanked President Duterte for the financial assistance, saying the money would be used to acquire land and build homes for the earthquake survivors in the province.
Before going to Davao del Sur, the Chief Executive extended similar assistance to families affected by earthquakes in M’lang, Cotabato. He plans to visit the municipalities of Malalag and Padada in Davao del Sur, which also suffered damage from the earthquakes.
Meanwhile, the President extended his greetings to Cor Jesu College as it celebrates 60th founding anniversary, praising the institution for producing outstanding graduates who went on to become distinguished leaders and innovators in their respective fields and professions.
“More importantly, it has imbued upon its alumni the wisdom, faith and values, that have enabled us to become productive, and upright and well-rounded Filipinos,” he said.
The administration’s foremost priority is to allocate the biggest part of the government’s budget to ensure that all Filipino students will receive quality and accessible education to meet the needs of the present time, according to the President.
He expressed optimism that Cor Jesu College will continue to support this thrust by uplifting the standards of its academic instruction and by pursuing relevant research in response to the growing needs of the people and the economy.
“As you begin another chapter in the school’s history, may this celebration unite and inspire my fellow alumni to actively engage in noteworthy causes for the improved welfare of the community,” he added. PND