Turnover of Computer Units to GK Sibol Schools

On 15th June 2014, the Service-Learning Program (SLP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, in collaboration with the Computer Engineering (CoE) Department of the School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA), and the University Information Technology Office (UITO), turned over two sets of five computer units, equipped with computer-aided software, to the Gawad Kalinga (GK)-Sibol schools in Gravahan, Matina, as well as in San Nicolas, Matina Aplaya. The computers were donated by the UITO headed by its director, Fr. Ramon Prudencio “Denny” Toledo, SJ.

The turnover is the final phase of the SLP partnership between the Arrupe Office and the CoE department of School Year (SY) 2013-2014.  The software installed in these computers is an interactive program developed by the CoE students who underwent service-learning through the Arrupe Office.  This software is designed as a tool to be used in the teaching materials for the GK-Sibol schools.

The turnover ceremony was attended by Ms. Femie Faller and Mr. Marcelino Severino III of SLP, and Mr. Karl Anthony Ebol, the Community Engagement Office (CEO), all from the Arrupe Office, as well as Engr. Ed Faller and Engr. Ed Descalsota of CoE. (by Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

40 Students Gear Up for ASEP 2014

ASEP 2014 Tarp (3x5ft)          The Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office [SICO]) announces the participation of forty (40) students who are definitely joining the Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP) to be held in Compostela, in the Province of Compostela Valley (ComVal), between the dates of 31st March until 8th April 2014.  The participants comprise of the corps of Arrupe Volunteers (Batch 41, 42 and 43), the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Volunteers, the incoming officers of the SAMAHAN Central Board, and the representative of the Ateneo Religious Organization (ARO).  This summer exposure program will be conducted in Brgy. Ngan, where the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) recently constructed and inaugurated a two-classroom building (“Malasmas Building”) in Consuelo M. Valderrama High School (CMVHS) this early March.

The participants who are given the final clearance (including medical) are the following: for Arrupe Volunteers, Batch 41 – Sigrid Cubil (BSA 4); for Arrupe Volunteers, Batch 42 – Khalil Denise Alcomendras (ABIS 3), Trixy Amor Balansag (BSA 3), Kyle Elvin Calica (ABMC 3), Erika Aira De Peralta (AB Eng 3), Lyneth Egonio (ABIS–ASST 3), Jazzmin Enfectana (AB Philo 3), Jhana Lynne Ligue (ABIS–ASST 3), Jennilyn Nacorda (BSA 3), Christylbert Neri (BSA 4), Kristina Vade Santos (BS Bio 3), Christine Grace Ruta (BSHRM 3) and Michelle Marie Ungab (ABIS-AMST 3); and for Arrupe Volunteers, Batch 43 – Elizah Adalin (BSIE 2), Rexor Amancio (ABMC 2), Rina Ampoloquio (ABMC 2), Lorraine Joyce Ang (BS Bio 2), Herz Ann Apostol (BSA 2), Eunice Sweet Vinn Barro (AB PolSci 2), John Chin (BSIE 2), Leorelee Anne Dahan (BSA 2), Mary Joy De Castro (ABMC 2), Jecon Vance Fabila (BSIE 2), Julie Ann Gawat (BSIE 2), Cyra Iris Gentindatu (BS Bio 2), Regina Guino (BSA 2), Darlene Joy Jayectin (BSHRM 2), Erika Pearl Java (BSA 2), Mary Antoinette Limen (BS EnviSci 2), Lawrence Marañon (BSIE 2), Johnmar Monato (BSA 2), Shaira Lynn Morales (BSM 2), Princess Claire Palitoc (BSA 2), Reevens Aster Rizada (BSIE 2), and Ashreabai Sinarimbo (BSA 2).

Similar to last year’s ASEP, the Arrupe Office also extended its invitation to other student volunteers and student leaders.  Those who made the final cut are the following: Representing the NSTP Volunteers are Regina Alyssa Regidor (ABIS-ASST 3) and Zinia Rafaelle Estores (ABIS-ASST 3); representing the SAMAHAN Central Board are Regel Kent Asuero (AB PolSci 3), the incoming SAMAHAN President, and Troy Stephen Vergara (ABMC 2), the incoming representative of the Humanities and Letters Cluster; and finally, representing ARO is Razel Pencerga (BS Bio 2) of the Campus Lay Ministers (CLM). Continue reading

NSTP Caps SY with Graduation Ceremony for 1,694 Students

                     Now on its 12th year of program implementation, the National Service Training Program – Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) of Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) held it Graduation Ceremony for 1,694 students enrolled in NSTP-CWTS for School Year (SY) 2013-2014.   Held on 22nd March 2014 at the Martinez Sports Complex in Matina Campus, this SY’s ceremony culminates a year of social formation for sophomore student.  The Arrupe Office of Social Formation administers the NSTP-CWTS program in ADDU.

         The ceremony opened with a mass, officiated by Fr. David John delos Reyes, SJ, the Executive Secretary of the University Research Council (URC).  It was immediately followed by the graduation proper attended by no less than ADDU’s Academic Vice President Fr. Gabriel Jose T. Gonzalez, SJ, who delivered his message to the NSTP graduates.  He was joined on stage by the chair of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC) Atty. Romeo Cabarde, Jr.; the assistant to the director of the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO) Ms. Melanie Garino (representing Mr. Elvi C. Tamayo); and Arrupe-NSTP director Ms. Lilibeth Arcena and CWTS coordinator Ms. Agnes Sagaral, RSW, representing the administration of the ADDU NSTP-CWTS program.  The members of NSTP graduating class, together with their formators, the corps of student volunteers, and the representatives of the different partner communities and institutions attended the three-and-a-half hour ceremony.IMG_0018 IMG_0037 IMG_0063 IMG_0081 IMG_0112 IMG_0165 IMG_0216 IMG_0225

                 The NSTP-CWTS program (created under Republic Act 9163) of ADDU carries a distinct feature in the sense that while it fulfils the curriculum requirement as mandated by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), it also appropriates the social formation thrust of the university in accordance with its own rearticulated vision-mission (VM). This it does by integrating the formative core values which accompany the general framework of engaged citizenship for nation-building. The various community projects implemented by students in several partner communities and institutions in Davao City and beyond provide them with concrete experiences of service-learning as a pedagogical tool, processed in the classroom through multiple modes of reflection sessions that highlight the promotion of social justice for the common good, interreligious and inter-cultural dialogue, environmental preservation, good governance, leadership formation, community organizing, and program assessment and evaluation, to complement NSTP’s mandated curricular requirement of civic welfare in the area of disaster risk reduction and management, drug education, literary, values formation, among others.

            The graduation highlighted special awards which the program conferred on exemplary students, volunteers, formators, community partners, and community projects that were implemented in the course of the year.  This being its second year of conferring special citations, ADDU’s NSTP-CWTS continues to recognize stakeholders who have contributed to the program’s overall success in the greater cause of service to various communities covered by the program. The following awards and awardees are the following: The Blue Knight Sui Generis Award conferred to team leader Gladys Sarah Costillas (under Acc. 2D of NSTP formator Ms. Jenny Amaneo); the Richie Fernando Award conferred to NSTP volunteers Jefford Ray Mamacus (assigned in IE/ME2 under Ms. Myradz Daytic) and Marvin Te (assigned in CE2B, still under Ms. Daytic); the Bishop Francisco Claver Award conferred to NSTP formator Wilfredo M. Samante (Acc. 2G); the Exemplary Community Partner Award conferred to Gawad Kalinga Riverdrive (Brgy. Catalunan Grande), Purok 4 (Brgy. Magtuod), Gagmayng Kristohanong Katilingban (GKK) Nuestra Señora Salvacion of Purok 15 (SAHA, Brgy. Lubogan), Bagong Pag-asa Homeowners Association (BAPHOA, Brgy. Catalunan Grande), Gawad Kalinga (GK) Canada-MEDSA (Brgy. Tibungco); and the Outstanding Community Project(s) Award (implemented in SY 2012-2013) conferred to the following: The Rehabilitation of Day Care Center in Purok 21 – Smallville, Brgy. Mintal by Team Love of BM2C under formator Ms. Anabel Bauzon, and Proyektong Kapilya alang sa mga Taga-Catalunan in Bagong Pag-asa, Catalunan Grande by Team Forever of Mktg. 2B/C under formator Ms. Elvira Tabamo.

                The program also paid special tribute to around thirty-two (32) senior NSTP volunteers, out of a total of ninety-eight (98), who are graduating this SY.  They were given special certificates for their significant participation through rendering time and service during fieldwork, accompanying the different clusters (class teams) in their designated areas of assignment.  Likewise, NSTP’s important partners that helped in fulfilling its curricular requirements were also duly recognized, such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the Philippine National Red Cross – Davao City Chapter.

                Arrupe-NSTP director Ms. Arcena presented the program’s accomplishments for SY 2013-2014, highlighting important achievements, partnerships, milestones, among others, as well as important statistical data regarding the summary of projects implemented by graduating students and their actual cost, to wit:

NSTP-CWTS Project Summary 2013-2014

 Project Categories

Total Cost

1.       Infrastructure

Php 443,002.10

2.       Beautification

Php 199,346.30

3.       Environment

Php 43,250.00

4.       Emergency and Safety

PhP 17,700.00

5.       Livelihood

Php 23,655.63

6.       Sports and Recreation

Php 22,267.00

7.       Education and Training

Php 58,588.80

8.       Children or Families

Php 11,641.00

9.       Health and Wellbeing

Php 2,200.00


Php 821,650.83

Community Counterpart: Php 122,523.68

Student Counterpart: Php 699,127.15

                 The Arrupe Office wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the members of the Ateneo community and its roster of external partners for their unfailing support to the different initiatives and projects of NSTP-CWTS.  (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

SLB’s Fr. Alpasa to Tackle Corruption in the Senate in a Forum

Forum on Corruption in the Senate Tarp 3x5ft         Fr. Xavier “Javy” Alpasa, SJ, the executive director of the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), a non-partisan, church-based, Jesuit-led organization that focuses on the promotion of good governance and disaster preparedness, will tackle the topic corruption in the senate in view of this most devastating scandal ever to hound Philippine legislature in years–the anomaly concerning the illegal use of the Philippine Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).  Fr. Javy’s talk will be in a forum sponsored by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation on Wednesday, 19th March 2014, from 3:40 p.m.-5:40 p.m. at F-213 of Finster Hall.  This forum forms part of the university’s continuing observance of the “Atenista Ako, Maligdong!” which is a university-wide campaign on integrity and good governance.

Fr. Javy’s talk will basically cover updates and analysis of the scandal involving the use of the PDAF or pork barrel, contextualized in the light of recent developments that have surfaced within the last few weeks, such as the appearance of Ruby Tuason and other supposed witnesses. The implications of the pork barrel scandal in the coming 2016 national elections will also be treated by Fr. Javy, more specifically its impact on the Aquino administration’s campaign to put an end to the culture of corruption in Philippine politics as brandished in its 2010 election tagline “Daang Matuwid.”  It may well be remembered that in February of 2013, Fr. Javy was also invited by the university during the community reflection session prior to the midterm elections in May of 2013.  He introduced the Pinoy Big Voter (PBB) 2013, the electoral education program of the SLB. Continue reading