MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said the Philippines is willing to build schools for Papua New Guinea, as he vowed to help develop the Pacific nation’s education and livelihood sectors.
“We can establish schools and if you want a university. And we are good at that. We will try to help you,” Duterte said in a speech before the Filipino community in the country’s capital Port Moresby, where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting.
“We need to develop and develop well Papua New Guinea. We are willing to help.”
The President said he will provide vocational skills training to citizens of the Pacific nation, as he lauded the country’s treatment of Filipino workers there.
“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,” Duterte said.
Papua New Guinea, a former Australian colony, hosts some 40,000 Filipinos, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
In May this year, Duterte welcomed Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to the Philippines.