Background

The Community Extension Service also known as CES is a non-profit outreach program of the Notre Dame of Jolo College. The CES was formally established in 1973 to improve the conditions and the quality of life of the deprived and marginalized sectors in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. The CES is the primary office that coordinates all the extension activities of the college.

History

The history of the Community Extension Service cannot be separated from the history of the Notre Dame of Jolo College, and from the life and mission of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Sulu.

The history of Notre Dame of Jolo College can be viewed as one of response and commitment to the needs of the people of Sulu in the context of their own uniqueness and peculiarities of time and place. When the college was established by the OMI in 1954, it was initially a training institution for elementary and high school teachers, who, at that time were very much needed throughout the Province of Sulu. Since then, the college has expanded its academic programs to provide liberal arts education, and the training of people in the line of business and management, and for office work in the government sector. More recently, it has responded to the training of health science professionals and computer technicians.

During the early part of Notre Dame’s history, the College was able to re-examine the role it played for the people in the province. It was revealed that a large segment of the population which equally needed the service of the college was not adequately reached.

Hence, Notre Dame’s commitment - which also reflects the Oblate’s mission of serving the poorest of the poor, deprived, and marginalized members of society - has since extended to the wider non-academic community by way of extension service. As a result, various development programs and projects are initiated to address the educational, livelihood, housing and health needs of the communities.

In 1973, community projects of the College were systematized underthe management and supervision of one office. Thus, the CES, as what we know it today, formally came into being. More programs were also added, such as housing projects, community organization, health and nutrition programs, adult literacy, and an expanded Cottage Industry. 

Today, the CES remains enduring and steadfast in its purpose. For how can the dedication and commitment to truly serve people be destroyed? Among the organization in the College, the CES is considered to be the closest to the heart of the Oblates. It has been so-called the “baby” of the Oblates for it truly embodies the Oblate Mission of serving the poor.

Vision-Mission

  •  ·         to be catalysts of change,
  • ·         lovers of peace and
  •  ·         living witnesses of God’s love.

Our Goal

 ·         To serve and empower the poor and its many faces, and help them uplift the quality of their lives.

 Our Objectives

      To provide appropriate  and responsive programs and projects that will evoke greater participation and involvement between and among the academic community, support service personnel and Notre Damers; and

To strengthen partnership and collaboration with civil society, government and non-government organizations, and funding agencies for a dynamic and sustainable community service.

Sectors of Concern

The CES has traditionally been known to help the most deprived and marginalized sectors of society. While it has been serving people from all walks of life, regardless of faith, ethnicity, and social class, the more well-known programs of the office mainly concentrate on helping and empowering the Sama of Sulu (more popularly known as Bajau). More recently, the CES has expanded its mandate to formally include the different indigenous groups in Sulu- The Tausug and the Sama, as well as other sectors of society such as the women, the youth, and the victims of calamities and conflict.

 

NDJC-CES as service ministry has two bases-school and community. School-based programs and projects are services rendered by the college to direct clients-students, parents, alumni and faculty.

Other services extended to partner communities- fisher folks, agar-agar farmers, women and children, out-of-school youth and public school children are community-based.

 

 

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