With a truckload of relief goods packed the day before, the Ateneo de Davao University through the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) and the University Research Council (URC) mounted a relief operation in Davao Oriental, penetrating places that bore the brunt of Pablo, a tropical storm (TS) that caused massive devastation in eastern and southern Mindanao on 4th December 2012. Fr. David John “DJ” delos Reyes, SJ, the executive secretary of the URC, headed the university contingent that included college faculty, a student volunteer, and other university personnel, totalling 27. The team left Davao shortly after midnight on 8th December, the dawning of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, enroute to Cateel and Baganga and passing through some towns and barangays in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental which likewise took a heavy beating from Pablo’s unrelenting fury.
In support of the celebration of the International Anticorruption Day declared by the United Nations every 9th December, a fun run is being organized this coming Sunday, December 9, 2012, by the Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao, in collaboration with the Ehem! Anticorruption Network (which the Arrupe Office of Social Formation [formerly SICO] through its Atenista Ako, Maligdong! program forms part of), the Association of Resident Ombudsmen in Government Agencies in Region XI (AROGA XI), and the People’s Action Against Corruption (PAAC). The fun run will commence and end at the Ateneo de Davao Matina Campus Oval. The assembly time is at 4:30 in the morning.
The fun run carries the theme “Takbo ng Mamamayan sa Tuwid na Daan,” where runners can participant either in the 3K race or 6K race. Expected participants in both races will be coming from different government agencies/offices, the private sector, religious, academe, and nongovernment organizations (NGOs).
After extensive preparations by key offices spearheaded by the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO), in coordination with the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), the University Research Council (URC), the office of the Academic Vice President with the participation identified departments, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, the Al Qalam Institute and the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), the Ateneo de Davao University headed by university president Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, hosted the Forum on the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement (FAB) on 26th November 2012 at the Finster Auditorium.
The much talked-about forum on the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement (BFA) on 26th November 2012 at the Finster Auditorium was a concerted effort of many key offices in the university that pooled their resources together to implement the I-RISE Approach, a modular vehicle that attempts to integrate research, instruction and social engagement (hence, the acronym, I-RISE). Paying heed to the call of the university president, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, to provide a wider discursive space where crucial societal issues are brought to an open, fruitful, and reflective discourse among various university stakeholders, particularly among students, the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO) headed by Mr. Elvi C. Tamayo took the lead in organizing the Social Conscientization Program for the FAB. The initiative gathered together several key players such as the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) through Atty. Romeo Cabarde, Jr.; the University Research Council (URC) through Ms. Lourdesita Sobrevega-Chan; the office of the Academic Vice President, Fr. Gabriel Jose T. Gonzalez, SJ and the participation of appropriate academic departments; and the formation cluster under ISFO such as the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (Arrupe) and the Ateneo Center for Leadership (ACL) through Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena, the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) through Ms. Theresa Salaver-Eliab, and the Al Qalam Institute through Mr. Mussolini S. Lidasan. The basic and secondary education units at Matina Campus were made a privy of the planning.