Maligdong Month Launched

The Atenista Ako! Maligdong, a campaign that promotes integrity, was launched by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation at the Thibault Atrium on 2nd February 2015 during the activity period.

At the launching, the corps of Arrupe Vols put up a simple exhibit that featured a few noteworthy persons (mostly alumni of the Ateneo system of education) who are recognized as exemplars in their own respective profession and advocacy in the area of good governance, environment, arts and culture, education, peace, social entrepreneurship, and medicine.

For the next two weeks during the activity period, the Arrupe Vols will facilitate the showing of a video/film on good governance at the exhibit area, including an advocacy video clip filmed by an Arrupe Volunteer and Mass Communications student, Anju De Vera.  Later in the month, the Arrupe office will partner with some Theo 131 classes (Christian Morality & Spirituality) for the rollout of the module on Ehem! Anticorruption Sensitivity Workshop to be facilitated by selected Arrupe Vols. Continue reading

Bangsamoro Basic Law to be tackled in today’s Forum

Today at Finster Auditorium, the Ateneo de Davao University, through the Arrupe Office of Social Formation’s Communications and Advocacy Program, will once again feature the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on center stage when it conducts a forum on important updates, issues and concerns pertaining to the BBL.  The Arrupe Office has invited no less than the government’s chief negotiator with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Prof. Miriam Coronel Ferrer, as its resource speaker who will provide the university community an update on where the BBL is at now since it has been submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to the Office of the President, and eventually to the Philippine Congress for further public scrutiny.  Owing to unmitigating circumstances related to the schedule of Prof. Ferrer, she is sending a member of the legal team of the Government Peace Negotiating Panel (GPNP), Atty. Mohammad Al-Amin Julkipli, in her stead.  The forum is set at the Finster Auditorium during the activity period at 3:40 p.m.

While it sits in the hands of congress for further study—anticipating more public debates and discussions traversing all sides of the congressional divide—the BBL has already been receiving a lot of attention within the university and even beyond it, such as, for example, the Davao Association of Colleges and Schools (DACS) even the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).  Through the primary efforts of the office of the university president, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, more avenues for discussions pertaining to the BBL have already been provided by Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) in the course of months since the creation of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) in 2012, and eventually the historic signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in the later part of March 2014.

In its observance of this year’s Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP), the university is again leaving no stones unturned by offering another round of discourses where the university community will be informed on recent discussions on the BBL by bringing over a resource person from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).  In late July of this year, the Arrupe Office has invited the youngest commissioner of the BTC in the person of a young brilliant lawyer, Atty. Johaira Wahab, for a modified round-table discussion (RTD).  In that venue, she discussed the difficult process in the crafting of the BBL draft, as well as the continuing debates which accompanied the draft’s final form prior to its submission to Pres. Benigno Aquino III.

This afternoon’s forum promises to be a stimulating one, as it draws participation from students from the college, as well as faculty from all units. This forum is part of the coordinated efforts of the university to observe this year’s Mindanao Week of Peace which bears the theme “We Pray for Long Lasting Peace in Mindanao: Give, Share, Live and Proclaim Peace.” (by M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications and Advocacy)

NSTP Gears Up for Fieldwork this 2nd Semester

The National Service Training Program (NSTP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation is now laying the groundwork for the deployment of students in their fieldwork covering a total of nine (9) Saturdays.  In preparation for this semestral long activity, an orientation was conducted for the NSTP team leaders and the student volunteers on 10th November 2014 at Finster Auditorium from 3:40 p.m. onwards.  A total number of 179 team leaders coming from fifty-two (52) NSTP classes attended the orientation.  Some fifty-two (52) members of the corps of Arrupe Vols were also present.  The Arrupe Vols play a crucial role in assisting the deployment of classes during fieldwork, and they provide the needed support for the NSTP formators in accompanying classes in the different areas in the city.

The NSTP-Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS) coordinator Ms. Agnes Sagaral and Arrupe’s Community Engagement Officer (CEO) Mr. Karl Anthony Ebol facilitated the orientation program, together with other Arrupe personnel such NSTP Field Officer Ms. Elcy Keith Debildos and Student Servant Leadership Program (NSTP) coordinator Mr. Noriel R. Rogon.

The orientation was an opportune time discuss the fieldwork’s manner of operation. It oriented students of their role as team leaders and volunteers during actual deployment vis-à-vis the role of NSTP’s identified partner communities. The orientation also discussed the general guidelines concerning the fieldwork, as well information on the minimum required activities expected from the different teams for every fieldwork day. Continue reading

New Arrupe Vols Batch 44 Formally Welcomed During BOS

3x5 ARRUPE ADDU batch44A Basic Orientation Seminar (BOS) was conducted by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation on 9th November 2014 for its newly recruited corps of student volunteers.  The whole-day seminar, held at J-301, introduced the new recruits to the thrusts of the office in view of its mandate on social formation in the Ateneo de Davao University, in the collegiate level.  It also featured an orientation on the framework as well as the guidelines for student volunteerism, which is pertinent to Arrupe’s Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP), a program that directly supervises the student volunteers.  The SSLP is currently headed by Mr. Noriel R. Rogon and Ms. Janice Camañan, program coordinator and program officer, respectively.

And so for this school year, the Arrupe Office (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office [SIC0]) announced the new batch of Arrupe Volunteers, Batch 44, who now join the current roster of student volunteers. Known as the Arrupe Vols, these new batch of students who made the cut after a thorough screening, can now legitimately assist the office in the delivery of its social formations programs in the tertiary level.

The new batch of Arrupe Vols are the following: Alvan King P. Abayon (AB Philo 2), Chessa Wynne U. Adlao (BS Bio 2), Fiona Samanta M. Ajoc (BS EnviSci 2), Lynmark B. Altres (BS Acc 2), May Roselle Joyce Ang (BS Acc 3), James Gilbert B. Arendain (BS Acc Tech 2), Mariel E. Arro (BS Chem 2), Sunshine Marie A. Borrega (BS Acc 3), Jeson Paul B. Cabug-os (BS BM 3), John Rey N. Cañete (BS Acc 2), Camille A. Casas (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Mary Rose E. Catalbas (BS Bio 2), Mary Grace E. Chew (AB IS 2), Abegail Jaf B. Del Mar (AB SW 2), Ma. Angelica Jasmin Diaz (BS Bio 2), Lorraine B. Estor (BS EnviSci 2), Jerome Vincent S. Ferraris (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Tricia Angelika B. Firman (BS Eng Educ 2), Wilfredo A. Gabriendo, Jr. (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Melzar Galicia, Jr. (BS BM 2), Sheen Frederick M. Gatchalian (BC Acc 3), Joanna Dasul T. Jeong (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Derriza Giselle B. Laburada (BS Ind Eng’g 3), Edison Edgar B. Laure (BS Chem 2), Klein N. Magdaraog (BS Civ Eng’g 3), Ma. Tricia D. Marañon (AB Psych 2), Alhessy Jern B. Ng (AB Philo 2), Myka Julia T. Nuñez (BS Ind Eng’g 2), Neilizza May R. Salcedo (BS Ind Eng’g 3), Maria Bea F. Salvador (BS Ind Eng’g 3), Jason Cyril Tajores (BS PhySci Educ 2), Frances Ina B. Toreno (BS Chem Eng’g 2), Jaeson Leigh A. Ulangkaya (BS Acc 2), Dexter Jake M. Villarosa (BS Chem Eng,g 2), and Jessmar Viola (BS Mech Eng’g 3).  All in all, including the existing volunteers from the different batches, there are now 107 Arrupe Vols this school year.

Recruitment for the new batch of Arrupe Vols (known before as SICO Vols) started as early as July in the first semester.  Those who applied went through a series of screenings conducted by the office.  The applicants were interviewed by Arrupe’s program coordinators, and those who passed were asked to participate during the Assessment Day wherein they underwent preliminary introduction on the nature of the work performed by the office.  After another round of deliberations, thirty-five (35) applicants made it to the final list constituting the new corps of student volunteers.  They are the 44th batch of volunteers since the office established a program that trains a pool of students who will act as the office’s co-formators especially in the deployment of its various programs.

Some parents of the students came inorder to lend their support to their sons and daughters, as well as to the program itself.  They then witnessed the Commissioning Rites which formed part of the BOS, and inserted during the Eucharistic Celebration presided by Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ.

The director of the Arrupe Office, Ms. Lilibeth L. Arcena, was on hand to give a talk on the Social Apostolate of the Society of Jesus (SJSA) in the afternoon.  M. Isabel S. Actub, Communications and Advocacy Program (CAP) coordinator, also gave an input on the framework of Authentic Christian Humanism (ACH) in the morning session. Some of the senior Arrupe Vols assisted in the conduct of the whole-day seminar.   (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications and Advocacy)