Cor Jesu College and the Local Government Unit of Hagonoy formalized their partnership through the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last October 6, 2017 at Prangel’s Conference Room, Digos City.
Signatories during the signing were Mayor Conrado E. Laza, MM, MBA, Bro. Ernesto A. Quidet, Jr, SC, DBA, VP for Finance and Administration and Kirt Anthony R. Diaz, PhD, Director for Institutional Affairs.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Marlon C. Brabat, MDMG, MPA, Municipal Administrator, was very optimistic of the partnership which he believed would propel development in Hagonoy.
“This partnership for development, when carefully planned and implemented, can help our LGU to improve the quality and to expand coverage of our services, ” he said.
Mayor Laza also extended his appreciation to Cor Jesu College and looked forward to a productive partnership. “This event could be the spark to start a fiery fire,” he said referring to the historic signing for the two organizations.
Banking on the different expertise from Cor Jesu College, the mayor was hopeful that the partnership would be a significant component for the development of the LGU. “As long as I am the mayor, we will continue soliciting your help,” he added.
In response, Dr. Diaz, in relaying the message of the president- Bro. Ellakim P. Sosmeña, SC, PhD, said, “The president told me to tell everyone that Cor Jesu College is very excited and we are looking forward to this partnership. He also told me to emphasize that today the only way for us to grow is to work together as one.”
Present also in the signing were the heads and representatives from different department and agencies. Municipal councilors were also there. On the part of Cor Jesu College, deans and office heads from different departments and offices were in full-force to witness the event.
The formalization of the said partnership was made possible through the initiative of Mr. Teodorico Dofiles II, consulant of LGU Hagonoy and the former director of Alumni and External Affairs of Cor Jesu College.
Initially, Cor Jesu College was already helping on two projects for Indigenous Peoples in Hagonoy. Other engagements were already in the brainstorming stage. More formal engagements are expected to be finalized in the coming days