Pagbabahagi Pasko 2014 Launched

IMG_8801 IMG_8765 IMG_8864 IMG_9006 IMG_8812 IMG_8954 pagbabahagi 2014 4This Christmas season, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO), through its Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP)—in partnership with the University Community Engagement & Advocacy Council (UCEAC), and in close coordination with partner offices and student organizations, such as 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, the Engineering and Architecture Student Executive Committee (EASEC) and the Adecor Elementary School—once again launched the Pagbabahagi Pasko 2014 on 1st December 2014 at the Open Field.  The Pagbabahagi is an annual Christmas outreach project which focuses on responding to the varied concerns and needs among different sectors and communities in Davao City, and even beyond.

This year, the Pagbabahagi will be directed to the pupils and teachers of the Adecor Elementary School, in Brgy. Adecor, Kaputian, in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS).  The pupils (numbering around 298, predominantly belonging to the Muslim Sama tribe), and teachers (around 10) are identified in this project as the fitting recipients of this year’s annual Christmas gift-giving and sharing.  In the last two Christmases of 2012 and 2013, the Pagbabahagi assisted calamities-affected communities in Monkayo (due to Super Typhoon Pablo), as well as survivors from Leyte who took refuge in Davao City after the devastation wrought havoc by Super Typhoon Yolanda, respectively. Continue reading

Arrupe Offers “Pakig-ambitay” on Grassroots Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

In observance of the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP, which runs from 27th November to 3rd December 2014 with the theme We Pray for Long Lasting Peace in Mindanao: Give, Share, Live and Proclaim Peace), the Communications and Advocacy Program (CAP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation will be conducting the Pakig-ambitay para sa Kalinaw sa Mindanaw,  a two-part series of an afternoon conversation where two discussants share about their actual experience of peacebuilding and peacemaking in their own respective communities to a fairly small group of student leaders, faculty, and civil society groups in Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU). The “Pakig-ambitay,” therefore, is derivative of the “Pakighinabi” series which is run by the Office of the President.

For the first part, entitled Pakig-ambitay para sa Kalinaw sa Mindanaw” (Part 1), Mr. Mike Alon, a Muslim, and the Executive Director of IMAN, Inc. (Integrated Mindanaons Association for Natives, Inc.)—an organization that undertakes initiatives and programs on peace education, community building and delivery of basic social services for children in grassroots Moro communities, especially in Kabacan, North Cotabato—has been invited to be one of the discussants.  He will be joined by another discussant who knows what it’s like to take up the cudgel on peace-building and peace-making from the grassroots level, Mr. Orson Sargado, the Program Manager of Peacebuilding at Catholic Relief Services (CRS).  Mr. Sargado previously taught at ADDU. The expected audience for this small-group conversation are student leaders from the SAMAHAN Central Board, the Campus Club Organizations (CCO), student leaders from the Socio-Civic clubs, and the corps of Arrupe Vols. This will be on Wednesday, 3rd December 2014, at 3:40 p.m., at the “Pakighinabi” Room, 3rd floor of the Community Center.  This activity will serve as the culmination of the university’s observance of the MWOP.  This round-table discussion (RTD), conversation-style, and will be moderated by students.

For the second part entitled “Padayon sa Pakig-ambitay para sa Kalinaw sa Mindanaw” (Part 2), a post-MWOP offering, it will feature Fr. Roberto “Bert” Layson, OMI, the parish priest of the Sto. Niño of Kulaman, Sultan Kudarat, who is known for his pioneering work in building peace zones in war-affected areas in Pikit, North Cotabato, as one of the discussants. Fr. Bert is recognized for his pastoral ministry in peacebuilding not only locally but also internationally.  His work among those affected by internal displacement due to war and conflict in his own neighbouring communities has been highly publicized. He will be joined by (again) Mr. Mike Alon of IMAN, Inc., who will do a reprise of his role, but this time directed to a different audience. A small group of ADDU faculty and some of the university’s external partners (NGOs) and civil society groups, will be invited for this purpose.  This second part offering, which is done in coordination with the Al Qalam Institute for Islamic Identities and Dialogue in Southeast Asia, will be on Monday, 15th December 2014, at 3:40 p.m., at the “Pakighinabi” Room (3rd floor) of the Community Center.  This RTD will be moderated by faculty.

In an announcement made earlier by University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, both Fr. Bert Layson and Mr. Mike Alon will be bestowed by the university the distinction of Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, during the Commencement Exercises in March 2015.  They are being recognized for their advocacy in promoting peace-building initiatives and inter-religious/inter-cultural dialogue, as well as in initiating Spaces for Peace in their own respective communities.  (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)