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                             NDU Alumni Story


         The efforts towards the revival of NDUAA were made as early as July 1983, when the VPSS wrote the president of the NDUAA and expressed his desire of making association functional. So that finally in November 24, 1984 a meeting of these persons was held resulting in subsequent meeting on December 15, 1984 and Decemner 29, 1984respectively.
         These series of meeting led to the discovery of a more accurate record of officers and responsible persons in the Alumni Association since 1976. Letters were sent to them to join the adhoc committee. Fired by the desire to strenghten the Association, the Committeedecided to schedule on homecoming February 17, 1985. A perusal of the letter of Atty. Angelito B. Cabucungan then the president, shows the highlights of the occasion. Besides reminiscing and renewing acquintances and friendship, it included (1) the recognition of Alumni Jubilarians , (2) the election of officers, and, (3) Plans for the next two years.
        What gave a new impetus to the Association was the election of a new set of officers: Mr. Necito S. Blase, Predident; Atty. Pricias Banaga, Vice President; Mrs. Charito S. Bueno, Secretaty-General; Mrs. Aurora A. Montoya, Treasurer; Atty. Leonardo J. Rendon, Auditor; and Mrs. Edita Tugbo, PRO. A very significant decision made by this set of the officers together with the Board of Directors  then and felt by the assciation today is the construction of the Alumni center. This edifice, beside the profit that it might make is more significantly a factor in bringing together and unifying all graduates of the university.

 

Story and some People

        Some peopel alumni and non-alumni figured significantly the present story, There was the first President of The assocaition Atty. Angelito B. Cabacungan who for years held unto the position remaining to be symbol of the  hundreds of graduates ahead and after his class. In 1985 on the first homecoming aftr many years. Atty. Cabacungan stepped down from presidency probably tired but satisfied he has kept it going, to hand it over a new leadership.
        Earlier in 1983, not known to many, this writer as VPSS, commissioned an old alumnus, Mr. Samuel F. Cabiles, who then just retired as University Regitrar, To start contracting alumni to get information from them and generate interest in re-strengthening a stadily declining alumni spirit . Some inroads were made. Contact person had been identified. In 1984 in  bus to kidapawan then North Cotabato, was seated a man who at that time of this writing at the helm of the Association, Mr. Necito S. Blase. Providentially, as if brought together by faith writer sat beside him. The two got to talking about NDUAA and an agreement was forged between the two bring to life the association . Later, the two were joined by Mr. Ben-Errol Aspera, Then  Administrative Assist to the VPSS in planning ways to implement this agreement. By this fiat, Fr. Ante,President of NDU and later Fr. Cariño , Executive Vice President signed letters inviting alumni to form the Ad Hoc Commitee.

 

The story and the Association



       
Some time before 1976, the alumni Association was born through the effort of some pioneering alumni but it was really stung the to the life on |February 20, 1977, the association was steered by Atty. Angeliti B. Cabacungan , President; Mr. lluminado E. Protasio , Vice Prsident; Mr. Necito S. Blase , Secretary-General; Mrs. Evelyn Tamon, Secretary ; Sr.Consuelo Billanes,RVM , Treasurer; Atty. Leonardo J. Rendon, Auditor; and  Mrs. Edits Tugbo , PRO. This executive group was supported by a policy-making group, the board of directors composed then as it currently by the president of each college: Atty. Primicias Bañaga, Law; Mrs. Fe Angeles Lopez, Arts & Science ; Mr. Guillermo Laureano; Commitee. Engr. Tu Dong Chua, Engineering; Hadj. Abdullah Andang , Teachers College; and Supt.Zainal Mlok. Imbued with the desire to help their Alma Mater recover from the ruins of the shaker they formed themselve into groups to solicit funds to rebuild the science building that collapsed . Fr. Clarence Bertelsman, OMI., Treasurer and comptroller of NDU kept an accurate accounting of what was solicited. In fact when the money was turned over to the association the funds amounted to P302,467.21 as of september 30, 1983. Interest earned was P167,156.20 with a principal of P135,311.01. Days months and years came to change destiny the associationembers of enthusuasm slowly died down as the impact of the earthquake gradually came came forgotten. Before the last ember died away and the night-marish experience forgotten, another night of reviving what was left of Notre Dame Spirit happened. A call from the leadership of the alma mate's administration resulteed in an Ad Hoc Commitee composed af a coregroup chairmaned by Mr. Necito Blase. But it did not just happen that way. It took a lot of letters to key persons , afrter the record of these persons have been retrieved.

 

The story and the Homecomings



                 
The first big projrct of the Ad Hoc Commitee that met several times in 1984 was the grand alumni homecomiung of February 17, 1985 at the university campus . Its theme was "Ang Pagbabalik at Parangal '85". An impressive souvenir program was printed containing the directory guide book, the product of more than a year of sending information sheet form and retrieving the same , To more or less complete the directory a compuetrized in the souvenir program . The affair was considered a success. Almost a thousand or one third of the expected alumni turnout  attended the affair.  This number however was encouraging . The assembly elected a new set of offices and pushed on for anotherbigger homecoming in 1986. the clamor was to schedule the next month homecomin for two days.
                 After the new Board met several times it decided to hold it for two days as reccomended by the assembly on May 3-4 1986. the committees this time had a better preparaation after learning from the first homecoming . Expected alumni this time was twice in 1985. The first day of the two days out and and at the second day only 167 regitered . Amazing was the determination of the decreasing assembly , they voted for anew set of officers. Elected were  President; Mr. Necito Blase; Vice President , Major Mangakop Lintongan; Secretary-General , Mrs.Charito Bueno, Trasurer, Mr. Segundino Aguilar, Sr.; Auditor, Mrs.Luzvilla S. Riego de dios; and PRO ms. Luzviminda P. Machan.

 


The story and the Alumni Center


                 
The first floor of the alumni center was blessed at 9:30 am that beautiful morning of June 14, 1987. Pictorials of the blessing are printed in the NDU alumni gazette issue of April-May-June, Vol 3. No, 1 Preceded by the celebration of the Holy mass with Fr. Jose D. Ante,OMI NDU President Fr. Alfonso E. Cariño, OMI and Fr. Armando Angeles, OMI as concelebrants the blessing was officiated by Fr.Ante with the officers and members of the NDUAA, NDU  Chapter and prominent persons like Mayor Ludovico Badoy, RTC Judge Emmanuel Badoy , Atty. Angelito B. Cabacungan and other standing sponsor . Certainly inspired by the efforts invested by fellow alumni inseeing to the construction of the alumni center, the NDU Alumni Chapter generouly hosted the blessing of the center with its president, Mrs. Rebecca F. Hagad spearheadind the preparation. Behind the scenes but significant to remember are people who sat together several times to pilot snd oversee the project. Bulawan carefully scrutunized the plan and saw to it that fellow Engr. Calixto Ayson an alumnus and the contractor of the building religiously observed specification. That morning  the President Mr. Necito Blase told the story of the alumni center , tracing and relieving the problems and difficulties, he called for greater participation from all alumni. this cal for involvement was followed by timely challenge to the alumni to do so from Mayor Ludovico Badoy as he extolled the type of education each recieved from Notre Dame University.
                 Fr. Alfonso E. Cariño, OMI Executive Vice President responding to the privious talks underscored the role of the three pillars of the University in the making of the alumni the Administration , faculty and the student. The turning out of Alumni required these pillars.
                Dr.Teodoro M. Carrasco , Vice-President for student servicees with whose office the responsibility of relating with alumni resides, acknowleged in his closing remarks, the contributionof various groups leading to the construction of the alumni center and its subsequent blessing. In retrospect, the writer together with Engr, Calixto ayson spent many hour on the road leading to homes and offices of alumni. At one time with Bing Blase to tagum, then to esperanza isulan, tacurong, marbel and dadiangas. It was nice to meet graduates of many years ago holding important position in  the goverment and private offices. Some are successful entrpreneurs. In tagum , we met alumnus Col.Nelson Estares , the provincial commander of davao del norte. In davao city, we were lucky to have a generous assistance of Mr. Nick Marundan of the Foreign Affairs Passport Division. Through him, we were able to arrange a meeting with a alumni , Bayani Basilio Manager of PCIB, Rey Millan Manager of MHS , Region XI, Elmer Bartolata, Ass't. Regional Director of the Civil Service Commission , Lolita Yu now married, Wenceslao Venzon with CAP and Boy Allado engaged in businessat the shanhaiRestaurant in Sta. Ana District. We missed Atty. Ed de Vera there who was busy in the canvassing of election result being lawyer of Congressman-Elect  Dureza. Later on our return trip we saw him and his brother Atty. Francisco de Vera from Butuan City and ofcourse Mrs. Ezperanza Damaso de Vera former faculty and alumnae of NDU.
                 On our trip to General Santos bCity, Treasurer Alfredo Bacar was our host and guide . Through himn we took note of the alumni in that city. We enjoyed an evening dinner with fishing magnate Rudy Rivera on top of his plush residence in reclaimed area at Makar Beach. Back the following day, we discovered Willie Andrade to be Assistant Provincial Treasurer Adolfo Macapagal led other almuni in welcoming us. On the way home, we dropped in at Mayor Roberto Examen's residence. Conincidentally, they were celebrating their parents Golden Wedding Anniversary.
                  The response here in the city and other place seem encouraging. A very concrete gesture of support was lately recieve from Chaairman Zacaria Candao. He is donating a sizeable amount brightening the prospect of completing the second floor. This is the alumni story,  but as one cansee, it is not complete. There are characters in the plot who still have to play roles and actr their parts. The prospects of realizing this is bright.

 

 

Mandate

The Alumni and Continuing Education Center resulted from the merging of two units, namely the then University Center for Continuing Education (UCCE) and the Alumni and External Affairs Office, effective June 2000.

ACE Center's Mandate:  The primary objectives of the Center are:

  1. To nourish and sustain the bond between NDU and its graduates through the planning, organization and implementation of mutually beneficial programs.
  2. To help improve the quality of human resource in the region through the organization and conduct of non-degree training programs which will
    • keep professionals abreast with the latest knowledge and advances in their field.
    • develop and enhance their technical skills, and most important,
    • deepen their sense of morality and ethics in the practice of their profession.

Because of the cited mandate, the primary clients and beneficiaries of the Center's services are the university's graduating students, the university's alumni and non-NDU graduates and professionals.

Objectives

  1. To complement the efforts of the academic units in training and forming graduating students into value-driven and competent professionals who can be contributors to peace and development.
  2. To provide continuing professional education to NDU alumni through the conduct of non-degree training programs.
  3. To help deepen teachers' appreciation of their profession and ministry by offering them relevant updating trainings and continuing education opportunities.
  4. To complement the services offered, and efforts exerted by the Peace Center and the other units directly involved in peace building within the university community and its adopted communities outside.
  5. To facilitate (for and on behalf of the University), the forging of close partnerships, collaboration and alliances with
    a.   university alumni units,  the NDUAA, and the FECASAA
    b.   educational institutions, associations and systems
    c.   NGOs and POs
    d.   Foreign funding agencies whose priorities are within the ACE Center's mandate

ACE Center's Programs and Projects

The following programs have been developed and implemented by the Center in its first six years of existence:

  1. Professionalization of the production and distribution of the alumni ID
  2. Construction and completion of the Bahay ng NDU Alumni: The Bahay is a two-storey building which can provide lodging facilities to university alumni and visitors. The donations generated from providing these services caused the establishment of a scholarship program for deserving high school graduates.
  3. Assistance in linking companies or business firms and government offices with NDU graduates who seek employment or job placement.
  4. The Teaching Caravan Program: The TCP is a home-grown outreach program which provides affordable on-site, school-based training for public and private school teachers in all levels. It has become the university's vehicle to help improve the competencies of in-service teachers on the areas of classroom management, participatory  teaching strategies, oral communication in English, educational measurement and evaluation, and guidance and counseling.

Since April of 2005, the ACE Center has helped in the implementation of the Improving English Language Teaching and Learning in Mindanao (IELTLM) Project. The IELTLM is a USAID- Education Quality and Access to Learning and Livelihood Skills (EQuALLS) project which brings to Mindanao schools audio and printed materials which enrich and enhance English language teaching and learning. It is currently implemented in Central and Western Mindanao by the Real World Alliance: a public-private alliance consisting of the Department of Education,  Ateneo de Zamboanga University, the Philippine Broadcasting Service,  MSU-Tawitawi , Notre Dame University and Real World Productions.

 

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