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Incorporated in 2005, Dao Educational Foundation (DEF) is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to providing learning opportunities beyond primary school to the intellectually gifted but underprivileged children of Dao, Capiz in the Philippines. Through financial support, poverty relief and empowering young women via education are our main focus. We continue to explore and develop cost-efficient, high impact projects for the community. Helping local educators enhance classroom instruction by providing them with the necessary  teaching tools and other learning resources is one of our long-term goals. We also aim to promote community health and sporting activities.

Dao is a municipality of Capiz province in the Visayan island of Panay in the central Philippines. In 2020, its population totaled 33,842.

Hiligaynon (Ilonggo) is spoken widely and the majority of the populace identify their faith as Roman Catholic. Nearly 80% of the land area is agricultural with rice, corn, sugarcane and coconut as the main crops cultivated. A survey found that only 6% of the population have college degrees and 18% are high school graduates. Most are unskilled and perform  low-wage work as tenant farmers, laborers and domestic help. Many marry in their teens and often have large families with meager means to support themselves. Hence, generations upon generations in the community have been shackled by poverty and have very limited life options. Through education, we can offer some of these smart kids a path towards a middle-class life or better.


Poblacion Ilawod, Dao, Capiz, Philippines

Redlands, California, U.S.A.


Dr. Jun Escutin Executive Director    Corrie Yap  Operations Director-Local Coordinator


Christian Andrada  Information Technology consultant 


Dr. Jun Escutin Chair  -  Dr. John Lo  -  Dr. Marichi Lo  -  Dr. Evelyn Katigbak

FEIN 202683798          CCN C2695258

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