2 Ateneans to Participate in Service Learning Program in Indonesia

Two students of Ateneo de Davao University are chosen to attend the 5th Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) on August 5-25, 2012 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Sanata Dharma University, ADDU’s sister Jesuit school in Indonesia, will be the host institution for this year’s SLP. This is Sanata Dharma’s second time to host the program.

After the application and screening process which began in May, the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO) has endorsed Issa Bernalin H. Maslog, 3rd year student in BS Biology and Jubail W. Pasia, 4th year student in BS Chemical Engineering, as ADDU’s official delegates. Their selection and eventual participation this coming August was duly approved by the university president.

This year’s SLP theme of “One Earth, Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation” will allow the participants a deeper experience of the interreligious dimension of faith in a place where Islam peacefully blends with other religions in that particular region in Indonesia. Their interreligious experience will hopefully provide them more opportunities for reflective action to promote faith, justice, culture and dialogue, and also make them better stewards of God’s creation.

As a preparation for their three-week participation in the program, the two delegates will undergo a pre-SLP orientation. These include an orientation on the general principles of service learning using the Ignatian pedagogy, as well as on the Islamic culture to be facilitated by the Al Qalam Institute.

ADDU students who participated in previous SLPs were Chris Anthony Limen (accompanied by Ms. Theresa S. Eliab) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2009; Jefford Mamacus (accompanied by Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena) in Cambodia in 2010; and Ianne Angel Aquino, Juslin Pulanco and Joberlyn Manaois, when the program was hosted by ADDU in 2011. (By Ian Clark Parcon, SICO)

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ADDU NSTP & PDEA Conduct Substance Abuse Prevention Education

The National Service Training Program (NSTP), under the auspices of the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO), in partnership with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), conducted a day-long substance abuse prevention education to 2nd year students enrolled in the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) 1. This weekly session was given in two batches for a period of two weeks, starting 7th July and ending on 14th July 2012. Mr. Gregorio B. Espiritu, Jr. (Administrative Officer I) and Noli Nephi D. Dimaandal (Information Officer III) of PDEA Region XI facilitated the session at Finster Auditorium.

This partnership between the university and PDEA is a concrete manifestation of the NSTP Law’s overall principle in promoting civic consciousness among its citizens. It can be noted that substance abuse prevention is recognized as one of the thrusts of fostering the citizenry’s general welfare especially among children and youth sectors that remain to be vulnerable groups in the proliferation of drug addiction.

SICO, the administrator of this government-mandated program, is fully committed to this particular way of proceeding because not only does this conform to the implementation of the NSTP Law (otherwise known as Republic Act [RA] 9163), but that this also forms part of the greater concern on social formation which the office is mandated to promote.

This session on substance abuse prevention conducted by PDEA to CWTS students is now on its 3rd year of implementation pursuant to Rule III of the Program Implementation Section (4c) of the NSTP Implementing Rules & Regulations (IRR). (By M. Isabel S. Actub, SICO)

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