Rizal Memorial College In Palayan City: Touching Ground; Taking Root

Rizal Memorial Colleges (RMC) is an educational institution that was established in 1948 in Davao City, which is home to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the 16th president of the Republic.

RMC is non-stock corporation, non-sectarian, non-political entity whose vision is to become a premier educational institution that produces “cream of the crop” graduates who are the source of inspiration, motivation and strength as propagators the ideals of our national hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

Duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 5, 1948, the RMC seeks to educate Filipinos in keeping with the national goals and in consonance with the development of the total man regardless of sex, race, age or economic status, as expressed by the school motto: “Pro Deo Et Patria” which means “For God and Country.”

Part of RMC’s goal is to maintain and continue to produce graduates who are globally competitive and employable in their respective fields of endeavor. It is also the goal of RMC to produce people who are God fearing, professionally competent, service-oriented and peace-loving and whose lives are anchored on the teachings of our national hero.

RMC today occupies one big campus at Lopez Jaena Street and F. Torres Street in Davao City. The campus is a rolling hill with spacious ground away from the commercial hub of the city, with an 8,000 capacity gymnasium, an educational media center, buildings for the Basic Education (Elementary & High School), Education, Arts & Sciences, Commerce, Computer Technology, Criminology, Medical Clinic, Administration and the TESDA Courses.

RMC is committed to the task of upholding the laws of the Republic, in keeping with the spirit of the Philippine Constitution and with the goals and objectives of the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

The College stands as a training ground for well-balanced academic, technical and vocational education designed to promote intellectual and professional excellence of men and women as a basis to living a full life.

It is for this reason that RMC chose to branch out to Palayan City, the capital of Nueva Ecija province where the Palayan City Business Hub (PCBH) is located.

In an interview with PCBH Newsletter, Atty Ernesto Raphael V. Robillo, RMC’s vice president for administration and acting president for the RMC campus in PCBH, reveals that their vision for Palayan City is to establish a regular college offering undergraduate courses as well as post-graduate studies including law.

“The bottom line is RMC has decided to expand here in Nueva Ecija upon the invitation of Mr. Vicente Cuevas who is the chief architect of the Palayan City Business Hub. RMC has been in existence for 70 years and we are proud to say that ours is the remaining institution in Mindanao that offers agriculture courses, which is also needed here in Nueva Ecija being a major producer of rice and other crops,” said Atty. Robillo.

For RMC to touch ground in Palayan City, Atty. Robillo decided to prioritize courses that will directly benefit the residents of Palayan City. And this calls for short courses that will result in the immediate employment of students.

The pilot course in the RMC-PCBH is the Nihonggo class which was tailored-fit for those who have employment prospects in Japan. It was patterned after the language courses being given by TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority).

“Putting up TESDA courses is the easiest way to touch ground here in Palayan City. This was also the thinking of Mr. Cuevas since the short courses will have a direct impact on the community in Palayan City. It’s like a quick-to-learn, quick-to-earn educational program,” explained Atty. Robillo.

Atty. Robillo is thankful that Mayor Rianne Cuevas of Palayan City is the wife of Mr. Bong Cuevas and this is a major reason why RMC was quick to touch ground in Nueva Ecija and hopefully, the institution will also take root in the quickest time possible.

In addition to Nihonggo classes, RMC-PCBH also plans to offer Mandarin and Korean language courses, which will give a competitive advantage to Malayans who are eyeing employment in China and Korea.


Atty. Robillo believes that Palayanos planning work abroad are a lucky bunch since all the government agencies needed for overseas employment have satellite offices right inside the PCBH and that they no longer have to go to Manila.

“And this became possible because of the vision of Mr. Cuevas and his wife Rianne whose thoughts are always for the betterment of the lives of her constituents. Such positive vibes have made it easier for RMC to touch ground and take root in this beautiful city of Palayan,’ Atty. Robillo concluded.

Prudence Charlz

Internet, and computer are the daily companions of Prudence Charlz when working as a social media specialist and writer for various companies. On her free time, she cuddles her cats and crochets doll accessories.

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