April 15, 2008, UNO-R Presidents Hall: True to its vision as an institution that strives to be wholly in service to the community, UNO-R partnered with the Indigenous Development Coordinators Foundation (IDCF) to provide its students and clients with quality Christian education and academic excellence.
IDCF is a small foundation based in Santa Ynez Valley, California. Their main work so far has been on the islands of Negros and Panay in the Philippines. They envision to help the poor improve their lives through coordinated assistance among various organizations to help provide sustainable community development.
IDCF donated 559 Educational Audio CD’s, 282 volumes of hard-bound, fiction and non-fiction books and 17 journal issues as a symbol of gratitude that marked the start of this beneficial relationship. As agreed, IDCF will continue to donate more books to augment instructional materials in humanities and literature for UNO-Recoletos secondary and tertiary students.
In turn, UNO-R will provide a special course in learning Hiligaynon to Dr. Rick Zander, President of the Indigenous Development Coordinators Foundation, through the University Center for Cultural and Professional Development.
(Left-right:) Fr. Villaflor, OAR, Fr. Bitangjol, OAR, and Dr. Rick Zander
By: Frances Mae Sara