It is a 'city within a city' that has different land uses, zones and support facilities that can attract foreign and domestic tourists and various stakeholders,' PdPI president and CEO Jose Nery Ong said in a statement.
Pueblo de Panay's township concept is proof of PDPI's growing reputation as an 'innovator' in Northern Panay.
PDPI said it was able to secure from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), a loan for the construction of Sitio Uno.
''The project is expected to contribute significantly to the development in Roxas City with gains expected from providing housing/hotel accommodation for residents/travelers and executives of BPO companies in PDPI Technopark.
However, the current efforts by Brazilian and American institutions are introducing two new elements: first, a focus on school teachers, as opposed to university professors, who were the professionals targeted by those exchange programs, and second, the scale of the PDPI. In the past, very few English language schoolteachers had the opportunity to go abroad for development.
Despite its attempt to address one of the many challenges facing the Brazilian educational system, the PDPI runs the risk of reinforcing the view that native speakers "know best" a view that goes against the idea of the importance of the empowerment of local knowledge.
A program like the PDPI tends to reinforce those boundaries since it assumes a detached view of teaching methodologies, one that can be transposed anywhere in the world.
It seems, therefore, that the PDPI works mainly to improve the self-esteem of teachers and to boost their confidence.