THE FLAGSHIP project of the Australian Foundation for Fostering Learning in the Philippines (AFFLIP) has spent up to P10 million for its education program in Davao City’s Talomo District, according to its officials. AFFLIP is a non-government organization based in South Australia, which contributes to the educational development of young people living in some of the poorest areas of the Philippines. Foundation officers have expressed their commitment to continue, and even expand its flagship program to other areas. “We started our partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) several years ago and have received strong support from Mayor Sara Duterte(-Carpio),” said AFFLIP Deputy Chairman Ali Douglas. “The project has so far benefitted 21,000 students, 500 teachers and 15 elementary schools,” he said. The program includes scholarships, literacy and curriculum development, health and nutrition through vegetable garden and aquaculture supplies, feeding, outdoor learning, and sending of teachers to Australia for further studies. — Carmencita A. Carillo