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Written by Nelson S. Lacadin   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 18:14

For 65 long years, an institution of higher learning in Northern Luzon has been unselfishly dedicating itself to Christ-centered development not only among the youths that come under its wings to learn but also among the hordes of believers hungry for spiritual nurturing and enlightenment. This is the Northern Christian College (NCC) with its unique mission of turning out professionals steeped in moral and spiritual values and ministers who are dedicated to and focused on their faith and ministry.

 

After the liberation of the Philippines in 1945, a group of evangelical leaders in Ilocos Norte thought of putting up a college offering both religious and secular courses. The plan, upon presentation to the Convention of the Churches of Christ of Northern Luzon in 1946, was met with great enthusiasm and came into being on March 14, l946. On July 8, 1946, Northern Christian College opened its doors to the youths of Northern Luzon.

 

On August 19, 1946, the College was incorporated under the laws of the Philippines as a cooperative through the efforts of Rev. Silvestre Morales, Dr. Juan F. Santos and Atty. Evaristo Tagatac with the following members of the Board of Trustees: Bishop Cecilio Lorenzana as chairman; Rev. Pablo Bringas, vice chairman; Atty. Evaristo Tagatac, secretary; and Mrs. Manuela Ablan and Mr. Cesario Paguyo, members. The first administrators were: Dr. Juan F. Santos, president; Rev. Silvestre Morales, vice president; and Atty. Alfredo Batuyong, registrar-treasurer.

 

Offered during its first year of operation were the first year preparatory courses in Law, Medicine, Nursing, Business and Commerce, Education, Engineering, Junior Normal, General Course and the Ministry, all recognized by the government and with emphasis on Christian character. The graduate course leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Education was granted government recognition on July 3, 1967, Master in Public Administration on March 14, 1997, and Doctor of Education on August 12, 1994. Through the initiative of Prof. Adela N. Agnir, the College of Theology started to offer Master in Theology in 2004.

 

Dr. Juan F. Santos was NCC’s first president and served in this position for 32 years. For ten years under his leadership, the College operated as a cooperative until 1956 when it became a non-stock, non-profit corporation and a church-related educational institution.

 

Dr. Filemon Lagon was installed as the second president on July 16, 1978. Under his leadership, the College acquired accredited status in the Liberal Arts, Commerce and Teacher Education. An institutional development program was undertaken with the support of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE), the Association of Christian Schools and Colleges (ACSC), the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA), and Evangelisce Zentralstelle fur Entwicklungshilfe (EZE).

 

The third president, Dr. Rueben Batoon, was installed on September 26, 1987. The College pursued continuing accreditation of its curricular programs with the objective of having all the colleges, including the laboratory high school and elementary, achieve accredited status.

 

The fourth president, Dr. Faustino Quiocho, who was elected in a special meeting of the Board of Trustees, took over on June 1, 1992. His administration made quality education as its cornerstone.

 

The NCC’s Board of Trustees invited Dr. Caesar I. Agnir, a retired top-rate corporate manager, to become president, veering away from its established tradition of getting a professional educator or a minister to head the institution. He assumed office on September 27, 1995 to become the College’s fifth president. Under its current president, Dr. Caesar I. Agnir, NCC was transformed into the most financially stable institution of higher learning today in the northern part of the country, enjoying a prestigious position in the academe due to the excellent performance of its students in licensure examinations and its aggressive infrastructure development with up-to-date facilities and equipment.

 

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