Foreign missionaries put premium on education in Davao
Davao City (15 October) -- Foreign missionaries dare to spark what the present economic crises seem to undermine --- availability of affordable and quality education.
The Brothers of the Holy Family, a French missionary congregation, takes the challenge of providing quality education by putting together its resources and some donors to establish Gabriel Taborin College of Davao, Inc. (GTCD).
GTCD named after the French founder Gabriel Taborin was established in 2001 as the only Catholic technical/vocational school in the region situated in the Lasang, Davao City, has now blossomed to a tertiary institution offering Hotel and Restaurant Management as its maiden four-year degree course.
Executive Director Bro. Davide Del Barba in his message noted that GTCD is the fruit of people's common vision of helping others attain better goals in life regardless of culture and race.
"The mingling of culture here is fulfilling Christ's invitation to go to the world and bring the good news of God's love to all creations," Davide said.
Recently the school inaugurated its new building intended for the four-year HRM course.
The event was graced by the Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Luis Arias who said that helping the Philippines is one of the agenda of the Spanish government as a sign of their lasting friendship to the Filipino people.
"Education among others is our contribution in promoting peace and development in Mindanao," Arias said.
Among the biggest sponsors of the school are the Manos Unidas of Spain, The American Women's Club in the Philippines, Assisi Foundation and other private donors and agencies in the country and abroad.
Manos Unidas which supported the construction of the new building is a Catholic Non-government organization (NGO) of Spain which implements development projects in Asia, Africa and South America.
Fatima Velez, a volunteer worker of Manos Unidas, commended the Brothers of the Holy Family and the entire GTCD staff for their dedication and diligence in complying the necessary requirements for the project's approval.
"Bro. Davide (del Barba) and his staff are very responsive, that's why it's easy for any organization particular Manos Unidas to work out projects with them," Velez said.
The NGO also sponsored the construction of the GTCD dormitory for ladies in 2004.
In Mindanao, Velez said the organization has implemented the reconstruction of the St. Mary's Academy in Caraga, Davao Oriental, health education, the schooling of kids and the culture preservation project of the Bajaos in Zamboanga and Basilan.
On its infant years, GTCD has amassed a number of accolades to its name. Among which are the various medals from the Mindanao Culinary Festival and the distinction of being consecutive champion in Durian Festival culinary arts competition in Tagum City.
True to its mission, the school remains a leading Catholic institution in promoting solidarity and fraternal relationships in the world and forming young men and women to be productive citizens on Gospel-based values. (SBManual-PIA XI) [top]