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