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Victor Martinez Ordoñez, Ph.D

Dr. Victor M. Ordoñez was at various times, Dean, Interim President, or Board Chairman of several colleges and universities, Undersecretary of the Department of Education, and Chair of the Presidential Commission for Education Reform. Currently, he is Senior Education Fellow at the East West Center, where he started the “International Forum for Education 2020”, aimed at fostering new paradigms for the future..

He was a professorial lecturer at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Hawaii and was Director for Basic Education at UNESCO Headquarters and then Director of UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific office in Bangkok. As Dean of the Graduate School of Education and head of the Center of Management consultants of Asia, he developed professional educational planning and financial/enrolment systems in 28 leading universities in the Philippines and in 24 top universities in Korea and introduced the system to education consultants in Hong Kong for seven other countries.

Dr. Ordoñez was endorsed to three Philippine Presidents for the position of Secretary of Education and chaired the Presidential Commission for Education Reforms. During his term, he spearheaded the Education for All (EFA) Movement, from its launching in Jomtien in 1990, until its decade ended at the Dakar Education Summit in 2000, at which he served as spokesperson—earning him the title “Mr. EFA” from peers and government leaders.

Among the programs, laws and mandates he initiated and navigated were the following: full scholarships for Masters’ degrees in educational management for 36 selected high school principals from all regions for the Philippines, each year for ten years; two laws through Congress: RA 6615, nationalizing all public high schools and making the tuition-free, and RA 6728, opening the door to public subsidies for private education; increased scope of EDPITAF resulting in projects and programs which introduced innovative approaches to DECs; the E-9 project that brought about elicited pledges from nine heads of government for quantum leaps in basic education budgets; the Commission for Culture and the Arts, later transformed into National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

His passionate advocacy for a better Philippines has merited for him numerous awards and recognitions, most prominent of which are the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines; Outstanding Leaders of the Philippines and the Outstanding Alumnus of De La Salle University.

Aside from his numerous degrees and programs which he completed in the University, he also finished his Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in Education at the De La Salle University in 1968 and 1970, respectively.


  • TOTAL Awards 2009 Souvenir Program
    28 February 2009, UST Plaza Mayor