VISION, MISSION AND CORE VALUES
Saint Francis of Assisi College (SFAC) is a hub for progressive and holistic education, guided by the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi that empowers learners with a solid academic foundation enriched by physical, spiritual, and cultural advancement.
In line with this vision, SFAC is fully committed to:
- Deliver relevant, well-designed quality education from the Basic Education to the Graduate level, through its corps of highly-trained faculty;
- Nurture an ideal environment that hones students for academic success, molds them in cultural awareness, and prepares them for sustained participation and leadership in sports and athletics;
- Incorporate a values system in the curriculum that promotes love of God, family, and country; and,
- Integrate time-honored Filipino values in the pursuit of personal advancement.
SFAC is guided by these core values:
- COMMITMENT – there is a commitment by each and every member of the Franciscan community to the vision set forth by the Institution;
- OPPORTUNITY – there is a constant desire to seize the opportunity to become better members and leaders of the community, as well as contributors to nation- building;
- RESPECT – there is an utmost respect for one’s self, peers, and co-stakeholders in the Franciscan community;
- EXCELLENCE – there is a drive to always make effective use of talents and skills in order to produce outputs of the highest quality.
HISTORY AND TRADITIONS
Saint Francis of Assisi College, with a corporate name of Saint Francis de Assisi Educational Foundation, Inc., had its beginnings in 1981, when the husband-and-wife team of Dr. Evangeline Oñas-Orosco and Dr. Arturo Agapito Orosco, Sr., opened a two-classroom preparatory school in Talon III, Las Piñas City to provide affordable quality education for young children. By 1983, the school’s popularity was such that a two-storey, full elementary school building had to be constructed to meet the surrounding community needs. The opening of the high school department quickly followed in 1986, assuring placements for SFAC graduates in the secondary level. At the same time, two new campuses were established, one in Taguig City, and one in Los Baños, Laguna.
In 1989, the tertiary level in SFAC came into being offering several courses both in degree and non-degree programs. New campuses have since been added: the Pamplona, Las Piñas campus in 1990, the Bacoor, Cavite campus in 1994, the Alabang, Muntinlupa campus in 1996. In the same year, 1996, Saint Anthony School of Las Piñas came under SFAC supervision and management. Dasmariñas, Cavite campus opened in 1999. The Biñan campus, in Laguna opened in 2006. In 2010, the Los Baños campus was renamed Saint Anthony School of Los Baños, named after the patron saint of the locality. The 10th campus, located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna accepts enrollees starting S.Y. 2012 – 2013. In line with corporate branding moves, the Pamplona campus, being the smallest campus, moved its operation to the main campus in 2014.
Dr. Aturo O. Orosco, Jr., succeeding his mother as school president in 2012, steered the school system into a brand where bayanihan spirit cultivates the deep heritage of the school. Bold moves and decisions are continuously being made to meet the new leadership’s branding innovations and to meet the founders’ objective of serving more communities, and societies, at large.
Today, the Saint Francis of Assisi College offers complete education from preschool up to the graduate level of education.
In its more than two decades of existence, SFAC, recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), has pursued programs of instruction grounded on academic, cultural and sports excellence and tempered by Christian and Franciscan values exemplified by its patron, Saint Francis of Assisi. The Bureau of Immigration has granted SFAC the authority to accept foreign students.
A rich and responsive curriculum, a corps of well-trained, experienced and caring teachers, dynamic administrators, and an atmosphere conducive to excellence — all make up the lifelong learning experiences at SFAC.
To keep abreast with the rapid growth and changes in the educational trends in the country and elsewhere, SFAC established its Center for Excellence in Academics, Research and Training Services (Centrex) which serves as the standard-setting entity of its academic operations. Committed in providing a value-laden, excellent education, the Centrex focuses on seven (7) areas: Curriculum Development, Textbook Evaluation, Institutional Examinations, Review of Academic Policies and Procedures, Faculty Training and Ranking, Organization/Leadership Development, and Institutional Research. The Centrex ensures that uniform standards are observed and maintained in all SFAC campuses. Aside from the Centrex, a Central Office (C.O.) and a Central Purchasing (C.P.) unit likewise guarantee the operational stability of SFAC for the benefit of its employees, suppliers, students and other stakeholders.
Our school logo is in the form of two superimposed circles, the larger outer one of a solid red field and the narrower inner circle of a white field.
The color red dominates the logo design, red symbolizing vibrance and energy, the theme color of Saint Francis of Assisi College.
The name of our school, Saint Francis of Assisi College, appears on the upper half-portion of the outer circle off the logo. Our school is named after our patron, Saint Francis of Assisi.
At the lower middle of our logo is the Cross, where our Lord Jesus Christ was nailed and died to save the sins of humanity. On the cross hangs the “stole”, a part of the garment worn by catholic priests during the celebration of the Holy Mass and during blessings.
(Saint Francis of Assisi College is a non-sectarian institution of learning, but is Catholic- oriented in its foundation, policies, and practices.)
Below the Cross are the words “Fides et Humilitas”, or Faith and Humility, two virtues exemplified by Saint Francis of Assisi and which also serve as foundation virtues of our school.
Above the Cross is an open and outstretched human hand, which signifies openness and reception to learning, as well as recognition of the dignity of human life and all things that are living – reflective of the virtues of Saint Francis of Assisi.
A dove, symbolic of peace, rests on the open and outstretched human hand.
On top of the inner circle of the logo are rays of light and energy, coming from a live and burning urn that illuminate the world and symbolize enlightenment as a result of learning.
On the edges of the inner circle, starting from the base and going upward, are laurel leaves, symbolizing excellence as a product of hard work and dedication, as was in ancient Greece, where outstanding human skills and endeavors were rewarded with crowns of laurel leaves.
The year 1981 appears at the base of the outer circle, the founding year of Saint Francis of Assisi College.
Saint Francis of Assisi College
Breeding institution of quality education
Abode of our noble youth, gemmation of our intellect
Established for our nation’s lasting growth
Saint Francis of Assisi College
Dedicated to our brave and humble Patron Saint
Inspiration to all his legacy and virtuous life
Lofty dreams which we strive to emulate
Discipline, honesty and perseverance
Probity which unite us into one
Compassionate and concern for one another
Sealed the bond of camaraderie in us
Onward beloved fellow Franciscan
Hold the colors with joy and pride
Do not waiver, come what may
Fight and conquer obstacles
Alma Mater will extend its unswerving care (2x)
Saint Francis of Assisi College!
Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where ether is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Poon, nawa’y akoy iyong tulutang
maging kasangkapan ng iyong kapayapaan.
Sa pagkamuhi, nawa’y maitanim ko ang pag-ibig,
sa sakit, pagpapatawad,
sa duda, pananalig,
sa hapis, pag asa
sa karimlan, liwanag,
sa kalungkutan, saya.
O Mabathalang Poon, nawa’y diko hangarin
ang mamanatag kaysa magpanatag,
Ang maintindihan kaysa umintindi,
Ang mahalin kaysa ang magmahal.
Sapagkat nasa pagbibigay ang mabigyan,
nasa pagpapatawad ang mapatawad,
at nasa kamatayan ang buhay na walang hanggan.
Jan – Hope
Feb – Love
Mar – Commitment
Apr – Cooperation
May – Ambition
Jun – Friendliness
Jul – Self-discipline
Aug – Respect
Sep – Aspiration
Oct – Faith and Humility
Nov – Forgiveness
Dec – Charity and Service
Saint Francis of Assisi College is committed to:
- Provide quality education in its programs in the Basic Education, College, and Graduate levels;
- Perform its tri-fold functions of teaching, research, and community extension that are responsive to recent trends and developments and relevant to the needs of industry and its surrounding areas and beyond;
- Seek continual improvements in its institutional and departmental processes and procedures, in the service and satisfaction of its students, parents and other stakeholders;
- Invest in the development and training of its workforce – faculty, staff, and administrators, as partners in the attainment of its vision-mission- core values, and its institutional targets and objectives.