The Sama children of Adecor Elementary School, an indigenous school in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), received Christmas gift packages consisting of toys, school supplies and food stuffs from the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) on 14th December 2014 through the Pagbabahagi Pasko 2014 project. Totaling around 300, including those given to school’s teachers, the gift packages were given in a special ceremony conducted during the Community Program.
The Community Program was attended by the members of the community of Adecor Elementary School headed by Mr. Benito Manguiob, the school principal, who gave an opening message; by the personnel, staff and student volunteers of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, headed by Ms. Lilibeth Arcena; by the chair of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), Atty. Romeo Cabarde; the faculty of the ADDU Grade School, headed by Asst. Headmaster for Formation Ms. Liza R. Lao; and the representatives of other offices and student organizations that partnered in this year’s implementation of the Pagbabahagi, such as the First Year Development Program (FYDP), the National Service Training Program (NSTP), the Arrupe Community Engagement team, the Campus Club Organizations (CCO), the Social Work Department, the SAMAHAN Central Board, and the Engineering and Architecture Students Executive Council (EASEC).
After the short welcome program, the children were then asked to proceed to their respective classrooms where, in the presence of their class adviser, the actual giving of toys and school supplies took place, facilitated by selected Arrupe Vols. Immediately afterwards, gift packages consisting of food stuffs were also distributed to the families of the children.
The program ended with a table fellowship, with packed lunch boxes provided by Jollibee Corp., Pagbabahagi 2014’s external project partner.
The Pagbabahagi is a special year-ender project of the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP), headed by Mr. Noriel Rogon and Ms. Janice Camañan. (by Arrupe Communications)
The Arrupe Office of Social Formation, through its Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP), is down the homestretch preparing the Christmas goodies for the children and teachers of Adecor Elementary School in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACoS). Starting 1st December 2014, the Arrupe Office launched the Pagbabahagi Pasko 2014, an annual Christmas package drive, in the Open Field of Jacinto campus. The launching officially kicked off the campaign season to gather monetary donations for a cause that intends to assist different communities in need, especially during Christmas. This year, the Pagbabahagi Program campaigned for donations coming from the university community, alumni including, particularly from partner offices and organizations (both internal and external), the proceeds of which will be given to an identified partner community—the Adecor Elementary School, in Samal, populated mostly by Muslim children coming from the Sama tribe.
Each bag of goodies, worth PhP 500 each, consists of school supplies, toys (for the children), and some food stuffs. These will be distributed to the pupils and teachers of Adecor in a special program on Sunday, 14th December 2014. The program, which will take place until noontime, will be conducted by the corps of student volunteers, the Arrupe Vols, and will be participated in by Arrupe’s many partners in this special year-ender: The University Community Engagement & Advocacy Council (UCEAC); the Community Engagement Team, the First Year Development Program (FYDP), and the National Service Training Program (NSTP) of the Arrupe Office; Campus Clubs Organization (CCO), the SAMAHAN Central Board, the Social Work Department, the Grade School Unit, and the Engineering and Architecture Student Executive Committee (EASEC). Jollibee Corporation will provide the meals during the program; the Jollibee mascot(s) will also be on hand to entertain the pupils and their families. Continue reading
This coming Monday, 15th December at 3:40 p.m., Fr. Roberto “Bert” Layson, OMI and Mr. Mike P. Alon will be the lead discussants in a conversation on grassroots peacebuilding entitled “Padayon sa Pakig-ambitay para sa Kalinaw sa Mindanaw” (Part 2) at the “Pakighinabi Room” of the Community Center. Both Fr. Bert Layson and Mr. Alon are recognized as staunch advocates of grassroots peacebuilding. Their initiatives and involvement in creating zones of peace in the municipality of Pikit in North Cotabato left an indelible mark in pushing the boundaries of serious peacemaking among communities that are often affected by the impact of war and conflict.
Fr. Bert was a former priest in Pikit whose parish took a lead in organizing activities pertinent to interfaith dialogue among surrounding Muslim, Christian and Lumad villages. The parish in Pikit also served as some sort of a refugee center for people who were displaced during outbreaks of sporadic violence, especially during the encounters between the military and rebels troops in 2003. Both Fr. Bert and Mr. Alon were heavily involved in the conduct of interreligious activities in Pikit and in neighbouring communities. Continue reading