Notre Dame of Midsayap College

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Notre Dame of Midsayap College
Dalubhasaang Notre Dame ng Midsayap
Kolehiyong Notre Dame ng Midsayap
NDMC Seal.png
Former names
Notre Dame Academy
(1941–World War II Period)
Notre Dame of Midsayap College
Motto Vita Æterna
Motto in English
Eternal Life (in reference to the Oblate motto in their apostolate of evangelizing the poor)
Type Private, Roman Catholic
Established 13 June 1941
President Fr. Rogelio C. Tabuada, OMI
Location Quezon Avenue, Poblacion 5, Midsayap, Cotabato, Philippines
Hymn Notre Dame, Our Mother
Notre Dame March
Nickname Notre Dameans, NDMC Rams
Affiliations NDEA, PAASCU, CEAP

Notre Dame of Midsayap College (Tagalog: Dalubhasaang Notre Dame ng Midsayap or Kolehiyong Notre Dame ng Midsayap) (colloquially known as NDMC or simply Notre Dame) is a private, Catholic academic institution run by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Midsayap, Cotabato. Established on 13 June 1941 making it as the First Notre Dame School in Asia and in the Philippines, it was the first link in the long chain of Notre Dame Schools in the Philippines that form the Notre Dame Educational Association under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the school Patroness and St. Eugene De Mazenod as the school's patron saint.


When the Missionary Fathers came to Mindanao in 1939, Fr. Gerard Mongeau, OMI and his Oblate brothers decided to open the first high school in Midsayap because the system of highways at that time made Midsayap the crossroads of the province. The "experiment" was at the same time intended to test the reaction of the people to the idea of a Catholic school.

It was Fr. Joseph Boyd, OMI, who suggested the name NOTRE DAME in honor of Our Lady. Hence, in July 1941, the NOTRE DAME ACADEMY in Midsayap opened its doors. It was the first link in the long chain of Notre Dame schools which today number 194 and form the Notre Dame Educational Association.

Fr. Edward Gordon, OMI was appointed the first Director and Mother Ma. Isabel Purification, RVM was the first principal. The school opened two first year and two second year sections in a four-room building of wood, sawali and bamboo. Fr. Gil Beaudoin, OMI, Mrs. Rosario Medina and Mrs. Milagros Penson completed the teaching staff. The outbreak of World War II on December 8, 1941 put an end to this project.

Notre Dame of Midsayap was reopened in 1946 with Father Robert Sullivan, OMI as Director and Mother Belen Tolentino, RVM as the Principal. Hence, Notre Dame of Midsayap College has the distinction of being the Mother of all Notre Dame schools throughout the Philippines.

A big leap forward was taken on June 13, 1960 with the opening of the collegiate department with Father Charles Prass, OMI, as the first Rector. On June 11, 1961, the Elementary Training Department started operation as the laboratory school of the college. Another milestone was the offering of high school classes at night on July 1, 1966 to serve those who work in the day. This was the contribution of OMI Fathers Thomas Lenert and Ernest Sylvestre. In 1966–1967, the Notre Dame High School for Girls known now as St. Mary's Academy of Midsayap was turned over to the RVM Sisters.

School Year 1990–1991 was the Golden Year. The Jubilee Endowment Fund called GIFTS (Golden Investment Fund for Teachers, Staff and Students) came into being. The two-fold purpose was to improve personnel salaries and to minimize tuition fee increases.

During the School Year 1991–1992, the College undertook the Strategic Planning Workshop (SPW). The SPW was a thorough process which surfaced the following targets: Organizational Stability, Quality Education and Financial Viability. In the implementation of SPW recommendations, the College was at the same engaged in more preparations for the next accreditation level.

On August 6, 1989, Notre Dame of Midsayap College was granted Level I accreditation for its three programs, namely, Liberal Arts, Teachers College and Commerce. This was the result of the long preparation which started in School-Year 1983–1984 with the Preliminary Visit of a team of Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) accreditors headed by Fr. Bellarmine Baltazar, OSB. This was followed by the First Formal Visit of February, 1989 with Ms. Concepcion Rosales as the team leader. The PAASCU second visit was on February 10–11, 1994 and the Level Accreditation was granted on March 25, 1996.

School Year 1996–1997 found Notre Dame of Midsayap College launching into computerization. Modular Training Programs were offered to personnel and external clientele. Computer units were also acquired for the computer laboratory of the Elementary and High School Units.

In response to the changing trends and demands of time, in school year 2001–2002 the School had opened the Community College now known as De Mazenod School of Science and Technology (DMSST) offering formal and non-formal programs accredited by Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The PAASCU resurvey visit on February 17–18, 2005 resulted favorable in re-accrediting the college until May 2010

The College has put emphasis on activities that seek to enhance the appreciation, preservation and enrichment of the students' Filipino heritage and to encourage the development of other potentials to enable them to do their part in the task of nation-building.[1]


Graduate School[edit]

  • Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) major in Educational Management
  • Master in Public Administration (MPA) thesis and non-thesis programs
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA) thesis and non-thesis programs

College of Business & Accountancy[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology (BSAcT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship (BS Entrep)
  • Bachelor of Science in Hotel & Restaurant Management (BSHRM)

College of Information Technology & Engineering[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering (BSECE)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering (BSCpE)
  • Bachelor in Electronics & Communicating Engineering (BSECE)
  • Associate in Computer Technology (ACT)

College of Criminal Justice Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology (BS Crim)

College of Nursing[edit]

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

College of Education[edit]

  • Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd)
  • Bachelor of Elementary Education major in Pre-School education
  • Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) major in Biological Science, English, Mathematics, MAPEH, Filipino and Social Studies

College of Arts & Sciences[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics (AB Economics)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Community Extension (AB Comm)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication
  • Bachelor in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work

De Mazenod School of Science & Technology[edit]

  • Automotive Servicing NC II
  • Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II
  • Computer Hardware Servicing NC II
  • Food & Beverage Services NC II
  • Health Care Services NC II
  • Cookery NC II
  • Front Office Services NC II
  • Housekeeping NC II

Notre Dame of Midsayap High School[edit]

  • VII-X High School Weekdays
  • VII-X High School Weekends

Notre Dame of Midsayap Elementary Training Department[edit]

  • Grades I-VI
  • Kindergarten
  • Preparatory
  • Early Childhood Creative Education (ECCE)

Other Notre Dame Schools in the Philippines[edit]