Fifty years after a year-long consortium between Holy Cross of Davao College and San Pedro College in 1972, another agreement was established.
On February 18, 2022, the Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) and San Pedro College (SPC), two higher educational institutions located alongside Sta. Ana Avenue and C. De Guzman street, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in high hopes of strengthening their proximity not only in space but also in terms of committing to a close professional relationship based on their shared commitments in promoting internationalization activities as a means of providing diverse and innovative teaching and learning experiences.
This historic event was made possible by the Presidents of the two Catholic educational institutions, Br. Noelvic H. Deloria, S.C. (HCDC) and Sr. Aida T. Frencillo, O.P. (SPC), Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Teresa P. Fabiania (HCDC), Dean of Academics Dr. Ana Julia Enero (SPC), Head of the Center for Linkages, Internationalization and Language Studies Ms. Sheryl J. Urdaneta (HCDC), and the Director of the International Linkages Office Dr. Edwin Faller (SPC).
Br. Deloria expressed his utmost gratitude to SPC for opening doors and giving HCDC an opportunity to grow more and learn better from them. SPC is one of the academic institutions that received the first Philippine Higher Education in Internationalization Award given by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in 2021.
Dr. Enero, in her opening remarks, said the award has given them confidence in engaging with partner institutions to share their practices and experiences.
“The MOA is more than just a commitment document. Together we have to work so that it would be translated to actual actions to serve our stakeholders, especially our students,” Dr. Enero said, while expressing that this agreement with HCDC made one of their institutional goals of building partnerships and linkages come to reality.
The two Catholic institutions share a mutual interest of offering quality Catholic education to the students entrusted to them, make a collective commitment to be able to reach new heights and explore new horizons in the fields of academics, research, community engagement, faculty development, and quality instruction.
“At the end of the day, this relationship is not really just for us [schools], but it’s really to be able to help more people out there and most especially our students under our care, and our teachers and administrators under our care,” Br. Deloria said, as he talked about how more people could benefit when two institutions would start helping each other, utilize their resources together, and complement one another.
This historic event signifies the start of something new, a fresh step forward in developing a stronger, significant and a more active and beneficial partnership between HCDC and SPC, with the sole aim of providing quality Catholic education to today’s generation.
“If we want to go fast, we go alone. But if we want to go far, we travel together,” Dr. Fabiania quoted in her closing remarks. (Marya Angon, BA Comm Intern)