LGU begins steps to set up community college in city

The City Government is conducting the pre-qualification bidding for companies that will conduct the study on the sustainability of a community college for the city.

The study follows the release of a P4 million budget coming from a 2017 supplemental budget, which aims to study the possibility of having a community college funded by the local government.

According to a source, the pre-qualification bidding for the study begins this week, with interested parties to be briefed on the terms of reference of the study.

The study would determine the feasibility of the establishment of the college. Bidders are asked to provide a project proposal for the establishment of the facility.

The city government already spends millions of pesos for the scholarship funds for deserving poor Davao City students.

The programs include the Scholarship on Tertiary Education Program (STEP), Financial Assistance Program for Lumads, Medical and Law School Educational Assistance Program for Lumads, Technical and Vocational Skills Training Program, and other educational assistance projects.

The proposed establishment of the community college also coincides with the passing of the Republic Act 10931 or the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. The law provides access to funding for students studying in state universities.

There are three state universities in Davao, namely the University of the Philippines – Mindanao, University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), and University of Southeastern Philippines – Mintal.

The TOR document revealed that there was a need to improve the skills of the graduates of the city, with a job mismatch not connecting the number of jobs available and the potential employees.

The feasibility study would include a five-year business plan that would sustain the community college using government and private-sector funding, including the provision of concessionaires as a source of income for the institution.

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