The Legacy of Dr. Victor Ordonez

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Friends and colleagues of Vic Ordonez were saddened to hear about the passing away of a man who had brought much honor to the country and the international community through his many extraordinary accomplishments.A man endowed with remarkable vision, he pioneered and excelled in almost every field of knowledge. Consider these feats that are unsurpassed – seven academic degrees, four summa cum laudes, one magna cum laude and one cum laude. Early this year, the De La Salle University conferred on him an honorary degree – Doctor of Humanities for his outstanding achievements in education, management, and the arts.But the measure of his achievement goes beyond impressive academic and intellectual credentials. His commitment to serve the less advantaged through reforms in education, addressing illiteracy and other social, and cultural gaps in many underdeveloped countries, puts him in the list of the truly greats.His contributions include educational innovations which he introduced during his stint as executive director of the Educational Development Projects Implementation Task Force and as Undersecretary of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, and trail-blazing initiatives in teaching, consultancy, research, and publications in private academic institutions and industry. But he considers as his most important professional achievement the management of the Global Education for All Movement. This was a program under UNESCO’s Basic Education Division of which he was director. As coordinator of the E-9 project, so called because the project was located in nine high population countries where 63% of the world’s out-of-school children lived, he traveled to various countries and mobilized support that yielded pledges which helped establish 52 million new schools. …