Arrupe Finalizes Plans for this Summer’s ASEP

Preparations for this year’s Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP), an annual summer exposure conducted by the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF), are well under way. The Arrupe team, headed by its Community Engagement Officer (CEO) Karl Anthony Ebol and SSLP coordinator Noriel Rogon, started the spadework as early as January 2015 to prepare for the implementation of this summer’s ASEP.

On 29-30 January, the team travelled to Cabanglasan, Zamboanguita and Bendum for an area scanning. They did a courtesy call and close coordination with the local Jesuit priests who are assigned in the parishes of Cabanglasan and Zamboanguita. Another trip to Bukidnon (this time including Miarayon) on 26-27 February was also conducted inorder to do a community profiling of the possible areas where the ASEP participants will be deployed. The team then interviewed probable foster families who consented to participate in the program by agreeing to house ASEP participants for the whole duration of the implementation.

The Arrupe team will again travel to Bukidnon on 18-19 March 2015 to facilitate the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) and Fr. Francisco “Koko” Parilla, SJ, the parish priest of Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Graces in Zamboanguita, and Fr. Jomari Manzano, SJ, the parish priest of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Cabanglasan.  Both Jesuit priests act as ADDU’s primary partners in this year’s ASEP implementation to be done in Sitio San Vicente of Brgy. Poblacion in Cabanglasan, Brgy. Zamboanguita proper, Brgy. St. Peter, as well as Sitio Bendum in Brgy. Busdi, areas which formed part of the Jesuit mission stations in the Province of Bukidnon. These locations are specifically chosen inorder to align the program’s thrust in observance of the bicentenary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814-2014).  Aside from the MOA signing, the team will also meet with local stakeholders to provide briefing and orientation regarding ASEP, such as the City Mayor of Malaybalay, the Municipal Mayor of Cabanglasan, the local government units (LGUs) of Zamboanguita, St. Peter and Cabanglasan, the 403rd Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army (PA), and the Malaybalay City Police Office.

Prior to the actual deployment of ASEP participants in Bukidnon, the team will head back to the abovementioned identified areas on 26-27 March to conduct an orientation among participating families.  Two to three participants will stay in the house of foster families (some of whom are Lumad) for the whole duration of their exposure

Earlier this month, the AOSF conducted a well-attended Parent’s Meeting on 1 March 2015.  In that meeting, the office headed by its director Lilibeth L. Arcena explained to the parents (of those who have expressed interest to join ASEP) the nature of the program, its history, its design for this year’s implementation, as well as its objectives, by way of locating them to ADDU’s overall social formation thrust.

This summer program is designed to provide the new corps of Arrupe volunteers and other invited student leaders an experience of immersion by staying with some Lumad families for a period of ten (10) days between 30 March until 8 April.  So far, around thirty (30) Arrupe volunteers constituting batches 43 and 44, and invited student leaders from different student organizations, have expressed interest in joining the program. The final clearance of their participation will depend on their procurement of parents’ consent and medical clearance. (By Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

FYDP Reintroduces Exposure in Its Day of Engagement

IMG_0786 IMG_0866 IMG_0886 IMG_0977 IMG_0995 IMG_0967 IMG_1114In the current module of the First Year Development Program (FYDP), it reintroduces exposure as an integral component of social formation especially that the program is now lodged under the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF).  It may well be remembered that this external engagement component (i.e., exposure and outreach) was removed at a certain point in the program’s evolution (i.e., the program undergoing different name changes from Behavioural Development [BD], to Freshman Christian Formation [FCF], to First Year Christian Formation [FYCF], then to its current name, the FYDP).

Thus, on 28 February 2015, the FYDP under the coordinatorship of Ms. Gina Villagonzalo conducted an Exposure Day/Day of Engagement in several marginalized areas in the city.  The module for the half-day exposure was designed to emphasize the use of the five senses by seeing, noticing, smelling, hearing, tasting and feeling concrete life situations/realities as application of  the topics/themes which the students learned in FYDP sessions, as well as to awaken social consciousness by way of exposing them  to the multiple realities of life.

IMG_1024 IMG_1040 IMG_0984The conduct of this simple half-day exposure, in a way, serves as the culminating activity of students’ learnings in their FYDP classes during the second semester. Through this initial contact with identified communities—the university’s external partners in its various outreach and engagement programs—it is hoped that the students will be better prepared in their formation when they take the National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) class on their second year.

Using the spiral Pastoral Cycle of See-Judge-Act (i.e., experience, analysis, reflection and praxis), the student who participated in the exposure then went through processing and reflection sessions in the classroom through the assistance of their FYDP guides.

IMG_1038 IMG_0939 IMG_1033 IMG_1041The communities in Davao where the exposure took place are the following: GK Samahan ng may Iba’t Ibang Kakayahan sa Dabaw (SAKADAB) in Los Amigos, Tugbok District, as well as in Barangay Mintal proper.  The conduct of the exposure was through the assistance and coordination of Mintal’s Punong Barangay, the Hon. Ramon Bargamento. Mr. Karl Anthony Ebol, AOSF’s Community Engagement Office (CEO), facilitated the preparation for the conduct of the exposure. (By Arrupe Communications and First Year Development Program)

NSTP & CENRO Conduct Tree Planting Anew

The National Service Training Program (NSTP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF) started conducting a series of tree planting activities last weekend as part of the program’s tree planting drive in partnership and in coordination with the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO-West) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other local people’s organizations.  This most recent tree planting initiative will run for four (4) weeks which started last Saturday, 14th February, and will end on Saturday, 14th March 2015.

The sites selected for these particular tree planting activities are the same areas that were identified during the Treevolution event last 26th September 2014, such as Sitio Lumpipi in Marilog District and Crossing S in Kibalang, still in Marilog District, Davao City.

The number of participating NSTP classes for these tree planting activities total thirty-two (32), involving a total of 1,132 students. The total number of seedlings to be planted at the end of the four-week activity is estimated at 3,400.

This most recent tree planting activities will run simultaneously with the scheduled fieldwork of the NSTP classes this second semester. (By Arrupe Communications)

Jesuit Mission Stations in Bukidnon Eyed for ASEP 2015

In conjunction with the university’s observance of the Bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814-2014) which officially culminated in a mass on 8th January of this year, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF) through its Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) is eyeing on conducting the annual Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP) at the four Jesuit mission stations in Bukidnon, namely Vendum, Zamboangita, Cabanglasan, and Miarayon.

The AOSF team will conduct its second ocular inspection of these areas on 26th-28th February, with the assistance of the Jesuit priests who are assigned in these four mission outposts. This year’s ASEP is scheduled on 30th March until 8th April, at the height of the Holy Week observance.

The ASEP is a yearly intensive exposure program intended as part of the social formation of the corps of Arrupe Vols and selected student leaders.  It is a program that was started in 1982 by Fr. Gorgonio “George” Esguerra, SJ, the then dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; it provides student volunteers and leaders the opportunity to undergo a concrete experience of living with poor communities for a period of one to two weeks, or more. The student participants will be assigned to stay with a foster family who will introduce and immerse them into their community’s way of life.  The ASEP participants are also expected to render some form of service to the community as a concrete expression of their solidarity in the spirit of living the core values of preferential option for the poor, community cooperation and empowerment, peacebuilding and peacemaking and intercultural dialogue.

In this year’s ASEP, the student participants will be exposed to the community life of the indigenous peoples (IPs) who inhabit these parts of Central Bukidnon, such as the Matigsulit and Ummajamñen (those living near the Ummayan and Sulit rivers), Tapayañen, Tigwahanon and Pulangihon (those living along the serpentine areas of the Pulangi River), among others. Continue reading