AdDU Librarians return home after 1-month of volunteer service in Myanmar

June 4, 2018- Ms. Lorgina Samson and Mr. Dennis Moldes, two (2) of Ateneo de Davao University Higher Education Unit library staff, arrived today at Francisco Bangoy International Airport after a one (1) month volunteer deployment at St. Aloysius Gonzaga (SAG) Institute of Higher Studies in Taunggyi, Myanmar. 

The Cardoner Volunteer Program under the Arrupe Office of Social formation recently organized a team of Auxiliary Volunteers to assist SAG in preparing and starting up their library operations. The scope of work ranges from (a) setting up a basic library system appropriate for SAG to (b) capacitating their staff and working students to run their library operations. Within a month, Ms. Samson and Mr. Moldes were able to install and activate a Koha Library Management System in SAG and conduct series of training on Basic Library Operations with topics on Encoding, Cataloging, Circulation, OPAC and reporting. With approximately 8,000 books and other reading materials, the SAG School Library now operates with almost the same system as what the AdDU Library is currently using.

This short-term project and volunteer deployment is in partnership and collaboration with the Office of the President, Office of the Academic Vice President, AdDU Libraries and Audio Visual Center, University Information Technology Office, Arrupe Office of Social Formation and St. Aloysius Gonzaga (SAG) Institute of Higher Studies



Cardoner Volunteers Program Deploys 3rd Batch of Volunteers

Ateneo de Davao University’s Cardoner Volunteers deployed its third pool of volunteers to its partner institutions. After the announcement of their respective area assignments during the Pre-deployment Training, Formation and Discernment held last April 23-29, 2018; seven(7) brave souls namely,  Tessa Mae Alison(AB-Psychology, 2009), Epimarie Arsenic Daño(BEEd-Elementary Education,2017), Johnedel Laciapag(AdDU-Junior High School Faculty), Ferdinand Aalrome Pagdilao IV(BSED-English,2016), Ivy Jane Torregosa(AB-International Studies Major in Asian Studies,2016), Ezar Uy(BS-Marketing, 2017), and Aivy Rose Villarba(AB-Mass Communication, 2016) decided to embark on a year-long journey.

On May 19, 2018, Karl Anthony Ebol, the Program Coordinator of Cardoner Volunteers departed from Davao with Ms. Daño, Mr. Pagdilao, Ms. Torregosa, and Ms. Villarba for their deployment to Myanmar and Thailand. The Xavier Learning Community in Chiang Rai, Thailand headed by the school director, Fr. Peter Pichet Saengthien SJ welcomed Mr. Ebol, Ms. Torregosa, and Ms. Villarba. Mr. Ebol attended meetings intended to orient the volunteers and the program about XLC which Mr. Ebol in return orient XLC about Cardoner Volunteers, Arrupe Office of Social Formation and Ateneo de Davao University. Mr. Laciapag will soon join Ms. Torregosa and Ms. Villarba in Chiang Rai, Thailand this coming August.

As soon as the deployment procedures finished, Mr. Ebol then accompanied Ms. Daño and Mr. Pagdilao last May 24, 2018, to Taunggyi, Myanmar where St. Aloysius Gonzaga Institute of Higher Studies headed by its school director, Fr. Paul Dass, SJ welcomed them together with Batch 1 and Batch 2 Cardoner Volunteers who are in the final stretch of their volunteer journey. Soon after arriving SAG, they then witnessed the Commencement Exercises for the diploma program of SAG wherein Dr. Anabelle Casumpa, AdDU’s dean of the School of Education represented Dr. Gina Montalan,  AdDU’s Academic Vice President gave an inspirational message to the graduates of SAG as the guest of honor for the ceremony.

On June 3, 2018, Madaris Volunteer Program sent-off all the Madaris Volunteers including Ms. Alison and Mr. Uy at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Center in Cotabato City. Two days after, on June 5, 2018, the Madaris Volunteers including Ms. Alison and Mr. Uy assigned in the island provinces of Basilan and Tawi Tawi arrived in Zamboanga City. Both Cardoner Volunteers were immediately deployed to Lamitan City, Basilan where their foster families welcomed them to their homes and Madaris.

This year-long journey aims to give the volunteers a transformative experience as they share their talents as teachers to address the specific set of needs of the respective partner institutions and building peace and understanding through the dialogue of witnessing.

This avenue for volunteering is made possible through the efforts of the Office of the President, Madaris Volunteer Program, Cardoner Volunteers, St. Aloysius Gonzaga (SAG) Institute of Higher Studies, Xavier Learning Community, Madaris Partners of Madaris Volunteer Program, and Arrupe Office of Social Formation.

AdDU Football Team conducts Sports Clinic in Miarayon, Bukidnon

On June 1-3, 2018, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation in partnership with the University Athletics Office through its Football Varsity Team conducted a three-day sports clinic for aspiring athletes in St. Therese School of Miarayon. This was a response to a need to establish their football team in the said school.

Allyn Ravanes, Carlos Tagudin II, Aren Ramas, and Emmanuel Jose Collado were the volunteer athletes headed by their coach Will Ares Gonzales. Rick Inting, who is an Arrupe volunteer and a football athlete also joined the team in honing students’ basic football skills such as ball mastery/control, passing, basic 1 vs 1 attack and defense, and group play. In the closing program, they have donated football shoes and ten (10) balls from the University Athletics Office.

Apart from the sports clinic, the scholarship fund, from all the fund-raising activities of Arrupe volunteers, SAMAHAN, School of Engineering Student’ Executive Council, and donations from University Publication Office, Entrepreneurship Department, University Athletics Office, Ignatian Spirituality Office, University Clinics, Finance Office, Office of the Academic Vice President-Special Projects, students, faculty and staff, amounting to Php 45, 000.00 was officially turned over to the principal, Ms. Ligaya Samontao of St. Therese School of Miarayon. This will hopefully benefit 17 Lumad scholars for the academic year 2018-2019.

The Ateneo de Davao Grade School Unit headed by its headmaster, Ms. Geraldin Libron, together with Ms. Eucelyn Ortiz and Mr. Ruben Mondejar Jr. , also officially turned over ten (10) karaoke sets, and boxes full of school supplies, water bottles, and clothes on June 2, 2018.

“Never give up and always be the best that you can be”, Ms. Libron exclaims as she gives a message to the faculty, staff, and students especially the scholars of the Jesuit mission school.

Last February 17-18, 2018, various student executive council members from Accountancy department, Humanities and Letters, and some Arrupe volunteers also worked together for the conduct of various students’ capacity building activities and sessions on Basic First-Aid, Basic Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Campus Journalism, Financial Literacy, Theatre Arts, Solid Waste Management, Laboratory Experiments.

All these are part of the year-long engagement of the Ateneo de Davao University for and with St. Therese School of Miarayon. The Arrupe Office of Social Formation continues to work and collaborate with different offices across all units of the university. PAGBABAHAGI will continue through the upcoming capacity building seminar/workshop for teachers and leadership training for students in the coming months.




For those who are interested to support this cause, or sponsor a Lumad scholar for only Php 3,000.00, donors may directly deposit their cash donation to the Finance Office through the account: DCB Pagbabahagi 7501-8147.




Article and Photos by: Precious Kyrie P. Undag

NSTP Culminates School Year 2014-15 during Graduation Ceremony

IMG_2612IMG_2594IMG_2422IMG_2456IMG_2459IMG_2535The National Service Training Program (NSTP) under the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF) of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) held its graduation ceremony on Saturday, 21 March 2015, at Martinez Sport Complex in the Matina Campus.  The program graduated a total of 1,972 students who fulfilled the requirements of the Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS), one NSTP component implemented by ADDU, for the school year 2014-2015.

This year’s NSTP commencement exercise carried the theme “NSTP-CWTS: Renewing its Commitment to Respond to the Needs of Communities in the Peripheries” and was graced by no less than ADDU Academic Vice President, Fr. Jose Gabriel T. Gonzalez, SJ, accompanied by the Director of the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO) which directly governs Arrupe-NSTP, Mr. Elvi C. Tamayo; the Director of Arrupe-NSTP herself, Ms. Lilibeth L. Arcena; and, the director of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), Atty. Romeo T. Cabarde.  Aside from the students and formators, the NSTP partner communities-institutions also attended the special event.

This is the third “formal” graduation ceremony conducted under AOSF (as compared to the previous year’s conduct of an “informal” culminating activity).  This is also the third year that the NSTP-CWTS conferred graduation awards to exemplary class team leaders, student volunteers, NSTP formators, partner communities-institutions, and community projects.

IMG_2506IMG_2516IMG_2549For this school year, the program recognized and conferred the Blue Knight Sui Generis Award to 3 (out of 208) team leaders, in a total 52 NSTP classes. The Blue Knight Sui Generis Award, also called the Outstanding NSTP-CWTS Team Leader Award, is a special award named as such to help promote the ideals of the Ateneo de Davao University leader sui generis, a leadership principle based on the characteristics of Ignatian leadership and spirituality.  The recipients of this award are Mary Rose E. Catalbas of Section Bio 2A under the class of Annabel Bauzon, Mariel Mae E. Maculbe of Section Che/COE, under the class of Julius Placer, and to Louis F. Palma Gil of Section AMS 2/ASS2, under the class of Gina Villagonzalo. Ms. Palma Gil delivered a response on behalf of the awardees and the NSTP graduates.

The program also conferred the Richie Fernando Award (so named in honor of one of the Jesuits’ 20th century young heroes: Richie Fernando) to an outstanding NSTP-CWTS volunteer who approximates the dedication and service of Bro. Richie to the marginalized sector.  He was a young Filipino Jesuit missionary in Buddhist Cambodia where he worked as a teacher in a Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) technical school for the handicapped. He died while preventing a student from throwing a hand grenade to a room full of students.  In his life and unto his death, Richie Fernando has exemplified how it is to live a person for and with others, a life of selfless commitment to those whose lives are being rehabilitated after a prolonged period of war and violence. The recipients of this award for this school year are Jesse M. Alcaraz under the class of Elvira Tabamo, and Ashreabai K. Sinarimbo under the class of Mailah Demonteverde. Both are also members of the roster of Arrupe volunteers.

Likewise, the Bishop Francisco Claver Award is conferred to an outstanding NSTP-CWTS formator who approximates the attributes of the late Bishop Francisco Claver, SJ—whose legacy includes the empowerment of the laity through the spirit of participation, dialogue and co-responsibility as can be gleaned from his book “The Making of the Local Church.” This particular award, therefore, pays special tribute to one of the gems of the Society of Jesus: A pastor, an agent of social change, an educator and a formator.  This school year’s Bishop Francisco Claver awardee is NSTP-CWTS formator Lunar T. Fayloga of MC2A.

Another major recognition given during the graduation ceremony is the Exemplary Community Partner Award—a special award conferred to community partner that exemplifies an active well-functioning community/organization, showing active involvement through the concrete projects being implemented in the community itself, and through the active participation of its community leaders and members for the entire duration of the fieldwork. Purok 5 in Brgy. Tacunan in Davao City, assigned under the class (Che/COE) of Mr. Julius Placer, is conferred this award.

Moreover, the Outstanding Community Project Award (based on last school year’s projects [2013-2014]) is a special award presented to an NSTP-CWTS class whose actual project has exemplified excellence and substance in terms of concept, relevance and viability, as well as addressed medium-term to long-term needs of the community.  Also, the implemented project has provided a good and appropriate venue for active involvement of both students and community members. It has shown to have incurred minimal cost without sacrificing quality output and has been responsive to the felt-needs of the community. The implemented project, therefore, has not only served but has also been beneficial to the needs of the greater community while realizing the goals of student social formation. The Outstanding Community Project Award is conferred to the following namely: first, “Tukod Kapilya: Pagpalig-on sa Espirituhanong Pagtuo” of Team Faith that Does Justice (under Gina Villagonzalo) with project partner, San Isidro Labrador Chapel, Purok 18, Upper Mintal; second, “First Aid & Disaster Risk Reduction Mgt. Training” of Team Angel Bugels (under Jorge Yap), with project partner Brgy. 31-D; third, “Proper Hygiene IEC & Distribution of Hygiene Kits” of Team Justice League & Libera (under Ryan Rolf Fuentes), with project partner San Isidro Labrador Chapel, DFL Village, Dumoy, Toril.

Ms. Arcena delivered the annual Director’s Report, covering the entire achievements of NSTP-CWTS program for this school year. She highlighted in her report that the total costs of the projects implemented by NSTP students amounted to PhP 814,710.75 which benefitted nineteen (19) barangays, five (5) institutions and five (5) parishes. Whereas, the total costs of project counterparts shared by partner communities-institutions amounted to PhP 59,557.46.

An audio visual presentation (to the tune of the popular song “We Can Be Heroes” of Alesso) documenting the duration of the 9-week fieldwork was shown immediately thereafter for the audience’s appreciation.

IMG_2481IMG_2682The certificates of completion was systematically distributed to the graduates representing the different schools: For the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), Zoie Acasio from SECTION ASS2B; School of Business and Governance (SBG), Pocholo Quidangen of BSACT 2D; School of Nursing (BSN), Danielle Marie V. Samblaceña of BSN2A; School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA), Gerald Belvis of ME/IE 2; and School of Education (SOE), Camille Gianne Pasco of BEED/BSED- Math. The NSTP/Arrupe volunteers who are graduating this school year were also given special recognition for having served the program for the duration of their volunteering work as students in ADDU.

Immediately thereafter, Fr. Gonzalez delivered his message to the graduates.

Michael Zachary Leyson, incoming SAMAHAN president for school year 2015-2016 and an NSTP-Arrupe volunteer himself, led the recitation of the National Service Reserve Corps (NSRC) Pledge (based on the provisions found in Sec. 11 of the Republic Act [RA] 9163 or the NSTP law and Sec. 13 of RA 10121, also known as the Philippine Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010).

NSTP-CWTS program coordinator Ms. Agnes Sagaral was the master of ceremonies. The graduation ceremony commenced from 8:00 until 11:00 o’clock in the morning. It was preceded by a celebration of a Holy Mass presided by Fr. David John delos Reyes, SJ, the executive secretary of the University Research Council (URC) and part of the roster of Guides of the First Year Development Program (FYDP).

After the luncheon immediately following the graduation ceremony, a program evaluation with NSTP partner communities-institutions took place, facilitated by NSTP formator Ms. Sheila Jaso, and attended by Ms. Sagaral, Ms. Arcena and AOSF Community Engagement Officer (CEO), Mr. Karl Anthony Ebol.  The program evaluation, which lasted until 3:30 o’clock in the afternoon, was attended by 168 partner communities-institutions and their representatives. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)