President Rodrigo Duterte said the Philippines is willing to help Papua New Guinea in its education and livelihood development.
Speaking before the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting, Duterte stated that he will help establish schools in the Pacific nation. Duterte said, “We can establish schools and if you want a university. And we are good at that. We will try to help you.”
The President vowed his support, “We need to develop and develop well Papua New Guinea. We are willing to help.”
Duterte lauded Papua New Guinea’s excellent treatment of Overseas Filipino Workers in their country. He stated that Papua New Guinea can greatly benefit from the industrious Filipino workers there.
Duterte said, “I really thank you, Governor and the Prime Minister [of Papua New Guinea], that you have accommodated us and I’ve heard that you have treated us very well. I tell you the Filipinos who are here are really very industrious and the bright ones. You can take advantage of the expertise.”
In return, he said the Philippines can help in Papua New Guinea’s education efforts. “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, “ the President added.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Papua New Guinea is home to some 40,000 OFWs.