The Network of CALABARZON Educational Institutions (NOCEI), Inc.
The Network of CLABARZON Educational Institutions (NOCEI), Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit corporation, which aims to promote cooperation and collaboration among private and public educational institutions in the Philippine provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.
The network caters to concerns at both the basic and higher levels of education. Thus, institutions, which offer either or both these levels of education are welcome to become members. The network has set upon itself the vision of collaboration instead of competition between and among member schools and mission to:
- Unify and strengthen each member, share resources, be a voice in the CALABARZON and be an instrument for the advocacy of relevant issues:
- Ensure a continuing environment of academic excellence among member schools through training programs, public fora, dialogues, seminar-workshops, lectures, and conference;
- Serve as a catalyst to bring to national attention the needs of the CALABARZON area by promoting awareness of key issues and involving all sectors of society in environmental, governance, socio-cultural, health, and educational issues;
- Address the need for communication networking through the data banking of information and by making this information accessible to schools in Region IV;
- establish mutual collaboration for research consultancy services, hold colloquia for research dissemination, and similar consortia of educational activities; and
- Source funding from all sections of society, both foreign and local, and use the same for developing worthwhile academically-oriented, socio-cultural and civic projects as well as to invest the same both locally and abroad for the purpose of the network.
NOCEI Brief History
The Network of CLABARZON Educational Institutions (NOCEI) was first formed as early as 1996 as an organization of schools with the primary objectives of forming partnerships between educational institutions in the region; fostering friendship and camaraderie between administrators, faculty, and staff of these institutions; creation of development programs to help uplift the state of education in the region; and refocus institutional goals away from competition and into collaboration and sharing of resources.
In its first incarnation, the Network was known as CASCEA, of the CALABARZON sports, Cultural and Educational Association. The fledging association continued to hold meeting with fluctuating membership.
In one meeting hosted by the University of the Philippines at Los Baṅos in August 1998, school heads decided that the name NOCEI would be more suitable in as much as this reflected the true character of the organization- a network of institutions with a flat rather than hierarchical structure, which encouraged members to participate in the development of programs in academics, culture and the arts, and athletics.
Memberships, however continued to fluctuate, and the Network’s activities continued to be limited, primarily due to the vast physical distances between member institutions. In a move to address the decline in membership, a decision was made to formally incorporate the Network in 2002.
NOCEI’s membership is open to both government and private institutions. The network also welcomes institutions, which cater to either basic or higher education. It does not discriminate between big and small schools. The only constraints to membership is that an educational institution has to be physically situated in any of the region’s five provinces, i.e. Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.
NOCEI has a flat structure by which every school is regarded as a “center” with something to contribute to the organization, be it in the area of academics, culture and the arts or athletics. As a center, each member school gets to hosts meetings and activities, invite other schools to become members, arrange for lectures, seminars and workshops, and generally answer the question “What can it do for other member schools?”
NOCEI moves away from inter-scholastic competition and instead focuses on collaboration, cooperation, exchange, and strengthening of member schools through developmental programs.
These characteristics are what make NOCEI unique as an organization and ought to be the main reason for attracting other schools to join the Network.