Post-Pablo Rehabilitation Projects in Baganga Okayed

Simultaneous with the conduct of the Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP) from 25th March-7th April 2013 in the municipality of Baganga, Davao Oriental (DavOr), the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office [SICO]) proposed to the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) post-Pablo rehabilitation and reconstruction projects that would address immediate and essentials needs of its partner communities.  These projects are intended for the following communities in Baganga: Sitio Marquez in Brgy. Campawan, Upper Mikit in Brgy. Mikit, Brgy. Ban-aw, and Brgy. Lambajon.  These communities are chosen based on Arrupe’s area scanning of possible partner communities/institutions that would assist not just in implementing the ASEP, but more importantly in providing the overall formative experience of the program participants as they immersed in these areas.

With the final approval of the Office of the President on 23rd April 2013, the proposed projects to be implemented in these four areas are the following: Rehabilitation and reconstruction of selected classrooms and day-care centers, as well as distribution of school-kit items for day-care pupils and teaching materials for day-care teachers in Brgy. Mikit, Brgy. Campawan and Brgy. Ban-ao, in time for the opening of School Year 2013-2014; provision of solar charging facilities in Brgy. Mikit and Brgy. Campawan; and the rehabilitation of wet and dry market in Brgy. Lambajon. These projects are identified as essential to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of these communities—in areas that took a heavy pounding from Tropical Storm (TS) Pablo in December of 2012. Continue reading

ALC and OSA Gather Student Leaders in a Leadership Camp at Eden

A total of fifty-eight (58) newly constituted leaders of the SAMAHAN Central Board, student leaders representing the interim Campus Club Organizations (CCO) and the interim General Assembly of Class Presidents (GACP), gather together in a special leadership camp at Eden Nature Park, starting today, 23rd April until Friday, 25th April 2013. This activity is initiated by the Ateneo Leadership Center (ALC), through its director Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena (also the concurrent director of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation), and the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), through its director Ms. Theresa S. Eliab.

This summer leadership camp has been carefully planned to provide invited student leaders a thorough orientation on leadership formation sui generis through a series of interactive discussions, conversations, workshops/seminars, and discourses as creative learning strategies for values appreciation and values clarification. This summer camp likewise intends to provide more space for further articulation and appreciation of the demands of leadership formation that the bears the Ateneo “brand,” as articulated in one of the key result areas (KRAs) of the University Strategic Planning last April 2012.  Through this three-day convocation, ADDU student leaders in general, and ADDU students specializing in leadership in particular, will be more oriented to the leadership call of faith and the promotion of social justice for the common good, the sue generis leadership principle that has since been actively and aggressively promoted in the university commencing the term of Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ as university president. 

This important activity is an appropriate follow-up of the first gathering of student leaders convened by Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ on 29th July 2012, which resulted, among others, in an interactive seminar/workshop on ADDU leadership sui generis. At the end of the three-day leadership camp, it is hoped that the student leaders will be guided appropriately as they craft and formulate long-range plans for their own respective organizations in preparation for the incoming School Year 2013-2014.

         The leadership camp will proceed with the following mechanics: There will be invited speakers for each specific topic to guide the participants as they go through the different activities of the three-day sessions.  In between the inputs given by invited resource speakers, there will be a series of reflections, small group sharings, round table discussions (RTDs), case analyses, to be capped by journaling and consciousness examen at the end of each day’s session.  In-between these selected strategies for individual and group learning process, there will also be team-building exercises to go by as the leadership camp can also be one opportune occasion for different groups of student leaders to get to know one another.

          The leadership camp is expected to be participated in fully and actively by invited student leaders in the collegiate level, and is expected to be one fruitful learning opportunity for all participants, as they situate their important role/function one important stakeholder of the university that will promote its vision-mission-goals (VMG). (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy and Ateneo Leadership Center)

ADDU Retrieves Solar Charging Facilities from 24 Communities in ComVal and DavOr

The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), through the Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology (CREATE) of the School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA), has finally retrieved all the solar charging facilities deployed in a total of twenty-four (24) communities and institutions in the provinces of Compostela Valley (ComVal) and Davao Oriental (DavOr), areas that were heavily ravaged by Tropical Storm (TS) Pablo in December of 2012. These solar facilities were primarily used for charging mobiles phones necessary for communications, electronic devices such as desktops and laptops, lamps, emergency lights, flashlights, as well as providing light to small and well-contained areas.

Areas of Deployment

These solar panels were deployed in the following identified communities and institutions covering the two provinces, to wit: Maryknoll School of Manay, St. Mary’s Academy of Caraga, St. Mary’s College of Baganga, Sacred Heart Parish of Brgy. Lambajon, and the Maryknoll Academy of Cateel; Assumption Academy of Monkayo and Assumption Academy of Compostela; Brgy. Awao in Monkayo and the Grandstand in New Bataan in ComVal; Magsaysay Elementary School and Andap National High School in New Bataan; Compostela Municipality Gym, Andap Brgy. Hall, San Miguel Brgy. Hall in ComVal, Poblacion Monkayo Brgy. Hall, Poblacion Monkayo Gymnasium, Brgy. Casoon community in Monkayo, Panag Barangay Hall in New Bataan and Purok 2 Cabinuangan Evacuation Center in New Bataan; and, San Isidro Brgy. Hall, Babag Brgy. Hall, Tubo-Tubo Brgy. Hall, Mamonga Brgy. Hall, and Ngan Brgy. Hall, all in Monkayo.

The solar facilities were used in these areas for a period of one month, three months, to four months, and were endorsed to heads of schools, parishes, people’s organizations (POs), and local government units (LGUs) who acted as property custodians for the whole duration of the deployment.

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