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Duterte vows to build schools, provide training in Papua New Guinea

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has committed to assisting in the education of Papua New Guineans.

“We need to develop and develop well Papua New Guinea. We are willing to help establish schools. We will send vocational skills training o TESDA. Governor, we are willing to help your livelihood projects here,” Duterte said in a speech during his meeting with the Filipino community in Port Moresby Friday.

“Maybe the next generation would be at least receptive of improvement. But I commit to you that I have heard that most of our countrymen are treated well and respected, in return, we are ready to build schools, ask teachers to come here, and help in the education of your young people,” he added.

There are around 40,000 Filipinos working or living in Papua New Guinea, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

On November 17, Duterte is expected to attend the APEC Business Advisory Council Dialogue with APEC leaders, and APEC Leaders’ Dialogue with Pacific Islands Leaders. He will also attend the AELM Gala Dinner and cultural performance.

The President will also join fellow leaders in an official APEC leaders’ family photo and participate in the IMF Informal Dialogue with Leaders, Leaders’ Retreat, and the Leaders’ Working Lunch on Sunday.