Established as a private educational institution 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 and TESDA, Rizal Memorial Colleges seeks to educate the Filipino in consonance with the development of a total person regardless of sex, race, age or economic status.
This philosophy of RMC is expressed by the school motto: Pro Do Et Patria which means for God and for Country.
Rizal Memorial Colleges was officially incorporated and duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 5, 1948. RMC was formed by a group of young men, mostly alumni of colleges and universities in Metro Manila. The first Board of Trustees was composed of:
- Leopoldo M. Abellera, chairman and first RMC President
- Ireneo D. Benavidez, secretary
- Jose M. Shotwell, treasurer
- And other members, Vicente Casiño, Roque Yulo, and Antonio Buenaventura.
Atty. Leopoldo M. Abellera, later became a Court of Appeal Justice and chair of the Land Transportation Office. In its first operation in 1948, RMC started with 520 students. The courses then were the first two years of commerce, first year of the Liberal Arts, Law, and a one-year Secretarial course. Later, the third and fourth years of Commerce, second year of Liberal Arts and Law were offered.
These courses were completely offered on the next succeeding years, to include a 4-year Normal and Education courses. The complete Elementary and High School programs were offered since the school started in 1948. As enrollment increased, more academic programs were offered.
- The Agricultural program in 1977
- The Graduate program in 1982
- The Distance Secondary Education Program (Sunday School) in 1983
- A 4-year Secretarial Administration course in 1985
- The Bachelor of Science in Mathematics course in 1985
- And the Criminology program in 1997
Additional majors are opened under each program, all duly recognized by the government. A 6-month Caregiver Course duly registered with TESDA and started operating in 2004 with its first batch of fifteen (15) students.
Today, RMC has its basic education programs re-accredited Level II and three Higher Education programs, Education, Liberal Arts and Commerce/Business Administration re-accredited Level II, all housed at the campus at Lopez Jaena Street, Davao City. Guided by the dreams of our National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal to make available widespread educational opportunities to all, Rizal Memorial Colleges continues to make concrete steps in developing students into becoming competent and productive members of society and in promoting the government’s program of nation-building.