Arrupe Recruits Its New Corps of Student Volunteers for 2013-2014

Recruiting for Arrupe Volunteers Batch 43

The Arrupe Office of Social Formation (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office [SICO]) is currently recruiting its new batch of student volunteers for the School Year (SY) 2013-2014.  The new corps of student volunteers is being recruited from among the students in the 2nd and 3rd year (for a four-year course) and in the 3rd and 4th year (for a five-year course).

The recruitment is spearheaded by the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) of the Arrupe Office, where the work of volunteer formation is specifically lodged under.  This is the first time the recruitment process specifically cites the name of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, whose name the previous administration of SICO decided to use as the new name of the office during the launching of its 30th Year Anniversary on 26th September 2012. 

This year’s recruitment process is being facilitated by members of the Arrupe Volunteer Core Group, in close coordination with Arrupe’s SSLP Coordinator, Mr. Noriel R. Rogon, and SSLP Officer Ms. Janice Camanan. Two weeks ago, current Arrupe Volunteers in different batches went about doing the room-to-room campaign among the classes in the National Service Training Service (NSTP).  This initial kickoff in the recruitment process is reinforced by other modes of recruiting which commenced on the week of 19th August until 28th August.  Those who passed the initial screening will be part of the shortlist that will be subjected to further evaluation through a series of interviews.  Those who passed and have earned the right to call themselves as the new recruits will constitute the Arrupe Volunteers of Batch 43.

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PSNEI Conducts Enhancement Training for NSTP Educators & Implementers

The Philippine Society of NSTP Educators and Implementers, Inc. (PSNED), the umbrella organization of all National Service Training Program (NSTP) implementing institutions in higher education, conducted the seminar/workshop entitled National Capacity Enhancement Training in the Successful Implementation of NSTP for HEIs held at the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) in Ermita, Manila, on 29th-30th July 2013.

The training/workshop was attended by NSTP directors, coordinators, trainors, faculty, and facilitators all over the Philippines. Ms. Agnes Sagaral, the Program Coordinator of the NSTP/CWTS, under the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, attended the training/workshop representing the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU).

The two-day activity was intended to update all NSTP implementing schools regarding the recent development of the NSTP Core Module and the organization of the school-based National Service Reserved Corp (NSRC).  This new development, especially regarding the NSRC, draws attention to the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act (RA) 9163 (otherwise known as the NSTP Law) which included the provision for the implementation of NSRC.

The training also included the need to enrich knowledge, capability and skills training for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), especially in view of the much needed but appropriate responses to disaster and risk incidents in the community. Corollary to this, the training also tackled laying down the foundation in the preparation of the institutional Manual of Operation (MOP) of DRRM to be used by all NSTP implementing schools.  Moreover, the training also saw the need to strengthen the existing networking among NSTP advocates to make NSTP more responsive, especially in the delivery instructional modules covering common and other topics. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

ADDU Attends Leadership Symposium by the Humanitarian Affairs Asia in PICC

         Student leaders and faculty represented Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) in the 4th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Manila on 1st-7th August 2013, organized by the Humanitarian Affairs Asia (HAA). The ADDU contingent was headed by Kahlil Denise A. Alcomendras (ABIS, 3rd Year), Mark Henry L. Barroso (BSA 3rd Year), members of the corps of Arrupe Volunteers, together with Ralph Robin C. Tongcua (BSME, 5th Year), Mr. Mark Irvir S. Dormile (BSA, 4th Year), and Adrienne Kurt P. Sabate (BSA, 3rd Year). Ms. Theresa S. Eliab, director of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena, director of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation and the Ateneo Leadership Center (ALC), accompanied the five student leaders during the weeklong event held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) along Roxas Boulevard, in the City of Manila. Continue reading

3 ADDU Students Participate in 6th SLP of AJCU-AP in Naga City

The 6th Annual Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) is currently being hosted by Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), in Naga, Camarines Sur, from 5th to 25th August 2013.

         This three-week SLP gathers together nine (9) participating Jesuit schools in the tertiary level in the Asia Pacific region, namely the host institution, ADNU, the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), Xavier University (XU, Ateneo de Cagayan), and Loyola College of Culion in Palawan, as well  as other Jesuit schools in the Asian region such as the Universitas Sanata Dharma of Jogjakarta in Indonesia, Elizabeth University of Music of Hiroshima in Japan, Sophia University of Tokyo in Japan, and Sogang University of Seoul in South Korea.   Continue reading