Davao City opens P100-M library

Subscribe Now July 17, 2022 at 10:07am

DAVAO CITY: The state-of-the-art, five-story Davao City Public Library and Information Center (CLIC) was opened to the public on Friday.

CLIC Head Salome Enoc said the library at 203 C. Bangoy Street, Barangay 34-D, Poblacion is open on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is open not just to teachers and students but to people from all walks of life.

"We would like the public to know that our services are not only for the students and teachers but also for women and out-of-school youth. People from all walks of life can visit us. I hope you will avail of the services given by the government and maximize the use of this library," she said.

Enoc said that the first floor of the five-story building houses the newspaper and periodicals. A coffee shop will soon be opened in the area.

The second floor is for hybrid learning for children.

"We have new books there, for hybrid learning, we also have online reading materials, e-books. As you can see the area is provided with tablets for kids. It has educational games," Enoc said.

The third floor is an area for formal reading. It is for learners, students and those who are reviewing for exams.

The fourth floor is occupied by the Davao City Call Center, which is open 24 hours and caters to queries on various concerns. The same area is being occupied by IT and also houses the conference rooms.

The fifth floor houses the organic urban garden. They are considering using the site as an area for information dissemination on how urban gardening can be done.

Access to online services of government offices such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and other agencies is also among the services offered by the CLIC.

Enoc emphasized that visitors should have completed the registration online before they can enter.

The library card costs P30 and P100, and it is good for one year.

"This is already under an ordinance. You have the option to get the P30 card and the P100 card. The P30 card is for the non-residents of Davao City, but they cannot borrow [books]. The P100 card allows you to borrow if you have a guarantor, free use of the computer units at the IT Section, and also Wi-Fi," she said.

"It is not only the infrastructure; it includes the non-infra like computers and new furniture)," Enoc said.

On Thursday, Mayor Sebastian "Baste" Duterte led the inauguration of the building alongside other city officials and the National Library of the Philippines.

In his message, Duterte said that he is impressed with the amount of detail and effort put into the city library. He praised the people behind the completion of the project and hoped that DavaoeƱos would treat the establishment with care.

"I hope that each of us will exert effort to take care of our City Library," Mayor Duterte said.

He also expects that future infrastructure projects would be completed with the same quality as that of the City Library.

"For our future projects, I hope that we could maintain the same quality of work in the building of establishments that provide services for the public. I am very impressed. For the next projects, let's do more," he added.

Source: manilatimes.net

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