K-12 and Social Formation

               The K-12 law, known as the Republic Act 10533 (The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013), the university’s initiatives in response to this law, its many simultaneous and ongoing preparations impacting on the curriculum, programs and faculty loading, as well as some emerging concerns cutting across the overall formation programs of the university were presented to the personnel and staff of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation by Dr. Gina Lapaza-Montalan, dean of the School of Education (SOE) of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU).  In a special meeting called for by the Arrupe Office on 10th February 2014, Dr. Montalan was invited to give an update on where the university is at present in view of its K-12 preparations. 

         Dr. Montalan, chair of the overall committee tasked to see through the implementation of ADDU’s K-12, gave a general presentation of RA 10533, and then zeroed in on the university’s move that laid the groundwork for the creation of structures providing for better coordination in charting the course of the university’s concrete response to this law. The university is committed to take an active engagement in educational reform in this region, as codified in its vision-mission (VM) and as widely articulated in the various political commitments made by University President, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ. And through its K-12 initiatives, it actively lobbies for the crafting and implementation of changes in the educational system that promotes transformative education. Continue reading

Post-Pagbabahagi Food Packs Reach Yolanda Survivors

The staff and student volunteers the Arrupe Office of Social Formation met with some Yolanda survivors on 3rd February 2014 inorder to distribute noche buena packages that were left unclaimed after the Culminating Program of the Pagbabahagi 2013: Sinag sa Karimlan last December. The Arrupe Office coordinated with the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSO) in Talomo (District 3) and Buhangin (District 2) for a possible meeting with some survivors who were not able to attend the Christmas activity held at the Jacinto Campus Annex on the afternoon of 22nd December 2013.

It may well be remembered that the Arrupe Office mounted a Christmas food package drive specifically intended for Yolanda survivors who are seeking refuge in Davao City.  The month-long university-wide campaign was widely supported by the university community through various offices, councils, units, and programs, as well as some corporate sponsors and external partners who extended assistance by providing food, entertainment, and logistical support during the special program conducted for the Yolanda survivors. Continue reading

Groundbreaking of Elem. School Bldg. in Baganga

               The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) conducted a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of an elementary school building in Barangay Dapnan in the Municipality of Baganga in Davao Oriental (DavOr) on 1st February 2014.  This planned construction is the second set of infrastructure projects which are being funded by the university, as part of its efforts to contribute in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Pablo-stricken areas in DavOr and Compostela Valley (ComVal). This construction project, as well as that of a high school building in Barangay Ngan in ComVal, are funded by the university through the University Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC).  The Arrupe Office of Social Formation is the lead proponent of these two projects.  It also proposed and implemented the first set of rehabilitation projects done in Baganga in the wake of the implementation of its flagship exposure program, the Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP) in the summer of 2013.

               The ground-breaking, which followed the ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), was done on behalf of the university by Atty. Romeo Cabarde of UCEAC, Ms. Lilibeth Arcena of the Arrupe Office, Mr. Karl Anthony Ebol of the Arrupe Office who is also the project manager, and Engr. Jonas Gallego, the project’s construction supervisor.  Also present were Ms. Delilah Rivera, the school principal of Dapnan Elementary School, Mr. Wilfredo Habana, president of its Parents Teachers Association (PTA), Dr. Raymunda Apostol, supervisor of Baganga North District, Hon. Andy Monday, barangay captain of Dapnan, and Fr. Darwey Clark, DCM, parish priest of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Lambajon. Continue reading