The Arrupe Office of Social Formation (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office [SICO]), through its Service Learning Program (SLP) headed by Ms. Eufemia Faller, forges partnerships with the Computer Engineering Department of the School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA), the Finance Department of the School of Business and Governance (SBG) and the Theology Department of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) for service learning programs/projects. These partnerships are designed according to the needs of students pursuing their field of specialization.
In a more specific way, the SLP in the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), especially the one being adapted and implemented by the Arrupe, is influenced by the “See-Judge-Act” cycle of the Catholic Social Teachings (CST) [cf. Pacem in Terris], and even more specifically follows the dynamics of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) which considers the (a) context, then proceeds with the (b) experience, (c) reflection of the experience, then (d) action, with a constant process of (e) evaluation during the course of the experience. The main objective of Arrupe’s SLP (which it calls the “Pagtataya Program”) is to provide an avenue for students enrolled in the 3rd year–5th year to see the relevance of their academic learning to the call for social justice and the common good, and to find the connections with what they experienced in their designated areas of exposure/immersion to the pervading unjust structures in society, thereby awakening in them a sense of mission and a call to action.
To formally terminate the Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP) and the Inductee Exposure Program (IndEx), as well as the first phase of the Ateneo de Davao University’s (ADDU’s) post-Pablo rehabilitation and reconstruction projects which the Arrupe Office of Social Formation all implemented in Baganga, Davao Oriental, between March-April 2013 and June-July 2013 respectively, the latter conducted a Stakeholder’s Evaluation Meeting in the Sacred Heart Parish in Lambajon, Baganga, on Wednesday, 31st July 2013.
Attended by Arrupe’s different partner communities and institutions (Fr. Darwey P. Clark, DCM, parish priest of Sacred Heart of Lambajon; representatives of Barangay Upper Mikit, Barangay Campawan, Sitio Magtunod of Barangay Mikit; members of the Talipapa Vendor’s Association of Barangay Lambajon; some student volunteers and faculty who participated in the ASEP and IndEx, respectively, as well as the personnel and staff of the Arrupe), the evaluation session not only covered the two exposure programs designed for both students and faculty, but also Arrupe’s implementation of the three ADDU-funded infrastructure projects in Baganga. Continue reading
A national survey on the Catholic youth is launched by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and the Episcopal Commission on the Youth (ECY) of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) this 2013. Called the National Filipino Catholic Youth Survey (NFCYS) 2013, this national survey is currently being fielded commencing 30th July until 15th August 2013 by participating universities all over the Philippines tapped to administer the survey among identified dioceses in the National Capital Region (NCR), Luzon, Visayan and Mindanao.
Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) is one of the partner institutions requested by CEAP and ECL-CBCP to manage the survey in the Mindanao region. Dr. Christine Diaz of the Political Science and History Department and M. Isabel S. Actub of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, the lead persons representing ADDU, will run the survey in the Diocese of Tagum (covering the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley). They will closely coordinate with the University Research Council (URC) during the survey administration.