ESPINA CAMPUS – A BRIEF HISTORY
On January 13, 1993, Mr Roberto V. Urgelio of Agri Corporation donated a five-hectare piece of land to Notre Dame of Dadiangas College and after three years, the initial construction of Notre Dame of Dadiangas College-Espina Campus began. On March 27, 1996, the ground breaking ceremony took place and finally in June 1996, the Espina Campus opened and began accepting Grade 1 to Grade 3 pupils. A socialized tuition scheme was adopted for the purpose of making Marist Education accessible to all. The school was placed under the supervision of Dr Alma S. Hordista, the Principal of the Elementary Training Department. The first commencement exercise for the Elementary was held in March of the year 2000. The High School Department was opened in School Year 2000-2001 as an extension of the Lagao Campus. Kapilya San Marcelino was constructed in 1999 and in the same year, the second storey building was constructed.
In 2002, the application for separate recognitions for both elementary and high school was granted and so during school year 2002-2003, the Espina Campus was re-named “Notre Dame of Dadiangas College – Integrated Basic Education Department, Espina Campus” then in June 24, 2006 Notre Dame of Dadiangas College become Notre Dame of Dadiangas University.
At present, the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University – Integrated Basic Education Department, Espina Campus looks forward for ore innovation to uphold its commitment for Quality Education.
Notre Dame of Dadiangas University is a Catholic, Filipino Institution of Academic Excellence established by the Marist Brothers of the Schools (F.M.S.- Fratres Maristae a Scholis) characterized by St. Marcellin Champagnat’s ideals of simplicity, humility and quiet zeal for God’s work as inspired by the Blessed Virgin Mary. The school is dedicated to the formation of persons in all levels of learning, who, as Christian leaders, Competent professionals, Community-Oriented Citizens and Culture-Sensitive individuals will actively participate in building a peaceful and progressive nation.
As a Catholic Educational Institution, NDDU shares in the Church’s mission of evangelization by integrating life and faith;
As a Filipino Institution, NDDU seeks to preserve Filipino Culture and propagate love of country and its people;
As an Institution of Quality Education, NDDU aims leadership in Curricular Programs, Multi-Disciplinary Programs, Research, and Community Service;
As a Marist Institution, NDDU promotes the core values of Family Spirit, Marian Spirit, Simplicity, Presence, Preference for the Least-favoured, Love of Work, and Integrity of Creation; and
As a Community-Oriented Institution NDDU aims to respond to the challenges of the locality it is serving: South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani Province and, General Santos City (SOCSKSARGEN Area)
- Family Spirit
- Presence and Participation
- Preference for the least-favoured
- Love of Work
- Integrity of Creation
- Quality Education