The Arrupe Office of Social Formation actively responded to the tall order of University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, who, in a speech given during the General Faculty Meeting marking the opening of the new School Year (SY), called on all the members of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) academic community to provide a wider space for discourse on the important issue(s) pertaining to the Bangsamoro. His challenge comes as a concretization of one of the key result areas (KRA) reflected in the university’s vision-mission (VM) statement—the promotion of peace in the context of interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
In this regard, the Communications and Advocacy Program (CAP) of the Arrupe Office, in coordination with its Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP), took the presidential cue and conducted on Wednesday, 30th July 2014, from 3:40-5:40 p.m. at J-301, a round-table discussion (RTD) on the recent developments pertaining to the Bangsamoro issue, especially in the light of the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). It invited Atty. Johaira C. Wahabof the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), a young woman lawyer who headed the Legal Team of the peace panel representing the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) in its negotiation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
With her experience sitting in the peace panel, Atty. Wahab provided an insider’s view of the contents of the BBL, the difficulty in putting it together after a very long and tedious process, as well as its legal/constitutional implications in and for Mindanao once it passes the scrutiny of the Philippine Congress, and once it is eventually signed into law by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III. Continue reading →
Selected groups of student volunteers of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation have been conducting the Substance Abuse Prevention Education (SAPE) in all National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) classes during Saturdays, starting 16th August 2014. Called SAPE disseminators, these seventeen (17) Arrupe Vols, joined by five (5) Red Cross Volunteers, have been assisting NSTP formators in carrying out this part of the module to a total of fifty-two (52) classes. This is a new innovation from the previous years wherein sessions on SAPE were given through a massive conference-type instruction handled by representatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) of Region XI. The conduct of SAPE in all NSTP classes is pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 9163.
It has been evaluation that, though given in one sitting running through a one-class period of three hours, the forum-type instruction is found to be less effective because of the large number of participants involved, practically leaving no room for interaction after every input. Another consideration for changing the strategy in the conduct of SAPE sessions is the palpable time constraints. The bulk of the material on drug prevention education covers a wide range of strategies, such as team teaching for example, that really demands more time—and what better and efficient way to implement it than utilizing the Peer Education Model. Having a pool of student disseminators assisting NSTP formators in all NSTP classes is one way of addressing the importance of peer facilitator-participant interaction, especially in disseminating as crucial a topic as drug prevention education. Continue reading →
The Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation is currently recruiting this year’s new batch of Arrupe volunteers (Batch 44). To qualify, kindly see Arrupe posters or online information for details, or drop by the office and talk to Mr. Noriel R. Rogon and Ms. Janice Camanan, SSLP’s program coordinator and program officer, respectively.