DENR Gives Citation to ADDU NSTP

             In recognition of Ateneo de Davao University’s (ADDU) active participation in the Department of Environment & Natural Resources’ (DENR- XI) Adopt-an-Estero/Watershed Program, courtesy of its National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, the former was given special recognition during the DENR’s Partner’s Forum held at the Grand Regal Hotel in Lanang, Davao City, on 9th December 2013.

            The recognition ceremony was facilitated by Regional Director Ester A. Olavides, and attended by DENR’s partner implementers, both educational institutions and local government units (LGUs).  As for the university’s NSTP-CWTS, it was specifically cited for actively conducting eco-friendly activities in support of the sub-activity called “Greening the Blue – Students Save Our Waters” under the Adopt-an-Estero/Watershed Program.  Ms. Agnes Sagaral, RSW, NSTP-CWTS coordinator, received the recognition certificate on behalf of the university.

           The university’s NSTP-CWTS has been actively involved in this endeavour of DENR and often fields its corps of students and student volunteers for this purpose.  Through the university’s commitment in preserving and protecting the environment, as codified in its vision-mission statement, it has proactively engaged in promoting eco-friendly initiatives and has constantly supported activities of the government and the private sector in pushing for a balanced and ecologically friendly city, in general.  In particular, the university’s ECOTENEO program banners this same concern in the promotion of an eco-friendly and green campus. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

A New Book on Fr. Tabora’s Writings

            Fr. Joel E. Tabora’s collection of recent writings are put together in a new book entitled Coming Together, Moving Forward, published by the University Publications Office (UPO) in coordination with the Office of the President.

        The book compiles, in 234 pages, the selected writings of Fr. President from the time he assumed office as President of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) in 2011 until the present.  The writings are categorized in three major sub-headings: Speeches, Personal Reflections and Homilies.

            The collection captures a rich tapestry of the personal musings and thoughts of a university president over a period of three years – infancy years, relatively speaking, which witnessed the vibrant engagements of Fr. Tabora not only in his capacity as a dynamic president of ADDU but also as the indefatigable leader of many educational associations, both local, national, and even international. Continue reading

Arrupe’s SLP Evaluates Pagtataya Practicum Program with Holy Family Parish

The Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office [SICO]) evaluates today the implementation of its Pagtataya Practicum Program with its major community partner, the Holy Family Parish in Baliok, Toril.  Arrupe’s SLP, in partnership with the Theology Department, engaged in the deployment of some Theo 141 classes in the first semester of School Year (SY) 2013-2014 in the different basic ecclesial communities (BECs), or Gagmayng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK), covered by the Holy Family Parish.  These classes were deployed during the implementation of the practicum phase of Theo 141 which covers the whole of the midterm of the first semester.  A total of seven Theo 141 classes participated in this partnership, including the classes of Mr. Lunar Fayloga, Mr. Noriel Rogon, M. Isabel S. Actub, and Mr. Bernard Buela. 

Ms. Eufemia Faller, Arrupe’s SLP coordinator, facilitated the partnership with some Theo 141 classes of the Theology Department, as well as the partnership with Fr. Ricky Penalosa, the parish priest of the Holy Family Parish.  The parish became the receptacle of more than 300 4th year students who performed their immersion in different GKKs in Baliok and Talomo for three to four full Sundays commencing August to September 2013.  Theo 141, being the last class offered by Theology Department in the tertiary level, has a built-in practicum component which usually begins in the midterm of the first semester. Continue reading

NSTP Conducts Symposium on Community Structures

           To empower students of the National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) in the conduct of their group projects in different areas in Davao City, a symposium on community structures was conducted by the NSTP-CWTS Program of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation on 23rd November 2013.  Entitled “Understanding Community Structures,” the symposium gathered together all sophomore students enrolled in NSTP-CWTS 2, totalling 48 classes, in two different venues: The Finster Auditorium, and the Function Room of the Philippine Red Cross Millennium Building along Roxas Avenue.  Students were oriented on the intricacies of community structures and learned from the inputs of leaders in the barangay level, as well as in the parish and basic ecclesial communities (BEC) level. 

          Hon. Ramon Bargamento II, the Punong Barangay of Mintal, and Hon. Artemio Jimenez, the Punong Barangay of Talomo, gave the students input on understanding the structures of the Barangay Development Council.  Ms. Liza R. Lao, the Assistant Headmaster for Formation in the Ateneo de Davao University Grade School (ADDU GS), herself an active officer of the Parish Pastoral Council in the Holy Family Parish in Baliok, Toril, walked the students through the dynamic structure of the Parish Pastoral Council and the BEC or the Gagmayng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK). 

           The symposium aimed at helping student appreciate and understand the dynamics of these existing structures of governance, especially so that these are often what they have to deal with when they start proposing and implementing their community projects in the second semester of this school year.

The NSTP fieldwork is expected to begin in late January until the whole of February 2014. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy).