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ARMM gets P3.4-B education aid

DAVAO CITY – The Australia government will allocate some A$90, or equivalent to P3.4 billion, to support the education development in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) over the period of nine years.

This was announced by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during the launch of their new flagship program Philippines, Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (PATHWAYS) on Friday at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao.

“We are particularly focused with our development program and supporting people gain a basic education. Indeed, Australia has been indeed the largest development part of the Philippines and in Mindanao in education sector,” said Bishop.

Bishop adds they hope to assist the ARMM government improve teachers’ quality, curriculum development, and policy development as well as in other areas where they can assist in boosting education standards.

National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) director General Ernesto Pernia acknowledged the support of the Australian government.

Pernia adds PATHWAYS is essential in attaining the government’s goal of building secure, comfortable, and strongly rooted lives for all Filipino people. (Antonio L. Colina IV)