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).IMG_9320 IMG_9323 IMG_9366 IMG_9435 IMG_9520 IMG_9541 IMG_9543 IMG_9563

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)