Compostela Chosen as Venue for ASEP 2014

        For this year, the Ateneo Student Exposure Program (ASEP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, lodged under the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP), will conduct the summer exposure/immersion in Brgy. Ngan, in the Municipality of Compostela, Province of Compostela Valley (ComVal).  ComVal is the obvious choice for this year’s ASEP in view of the university’s current engagement in Ngan: The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), through the Arrupe Office, and with the endorsement of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), has just finished the construction of a school building in Consuelo M. Valderrama High School.  Named “Malasmas Building” in honor of the late Fr. Rodolfo “Rudy” Malasmas, SJ, this new building was inaugurated on Saturday, 8th March 2014.  The community partnership forged between ADDU and Ngan through this infrastructure project has become a major factor in crafting this year’s ASEP design that is fitted for a disaster-stricken area.

Compostela and Jesuit Connection

         Barangay Ngan, as in the rest of ComVal and Davao Oriental (DavOr), suffered from the devastation of Typhoon Pablo in December of 2012.  In this period of rehabilitation some fifteen (15) months after the disaster struck, the community, especially the members of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of Valderrama High knocked the doors of various donor agencies, requesting that their school be rehabilitated.  It is only ADDU that responded to such request, and within the period of sixty (60) days a new building was erected.  The decision to rebuild a part of school through the construction of a high school building in Valderrama High is not just a concrete manifestation of goodwill and commitment to respond to disaster, but a very symbolic gesture considering that the high school used to be called Ateneo de Davao Compostela Branch in the early seventies when the late Fr. Rudy acted as its school administrator.  Another important fact that underlies the spirit behind this infrastructure project is that it concretely manifests ADDU’s Bicentenary Celebration of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814-2014).  This infrastructure, therefore, symbolizes the very essence of the celebration of the Jesuits’ restoration as one of the Catholic Church’s remarkable religious orders whose apostolic mission in education can be felt in six continents. Continue reading

Arrupe Vols Conduct Anticorruption Workshop in Theology Classes

Members of the corps of Arrupe volunteers comprising of batches 39, 40, 41 and 42 facilitated the conduct of the Ehem! Anticorruption Sensitivity Orientation Workshop to third and fourth year Theology classes on 24th February until 4th March 2014.  This week-long workshop among participating Theology classes in Theo 131 (Christian Morality & Spirituality) and Theo 141 (Christian Commitment & Solidarity) is part of the observance of the Atenista Ako, Maligdong! which is a month-long campaign to promote the culture of integrity and good governance in the university, particularly in the tertiary level.

This effort at curriculum integration has been part of the platform used by the Arrupe Office, formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO), to push this advocacy agenda on good governance by the Society of Jesus Social Apostolate (SJSA) which has since been embraced by the former as one of its thrusts in the furtherance of its goals and objectives in social formation.  Using the module of the Ehem Anticorruption Self-Check Manual, the Arrupe Vols (who themselves underwent the workshop as part of their formation as volunteers), walked the students through the gamut of corruption (in nature, form, practice, level and extent, both personally and socially), its causes as well as its consequences, inorder to set the stage for discussing how cultural transformation could best be addressed as a fulcrum in achieving integrity as a way of life. Using the web chart as a tool for analysing corruption, within the pedagogical paradigm of the Pastoral Cycle, the Arrupe Vols used the workshop to underscore how corruption can be imbedded in a given culture. At the end of the three-hour workshop, the Theology students were then given a simple exercise as a way of proposing personal measures on how to regain a life of integrity, as students, starting with the self.

                As in previous years, the Arrupe Office partnered with the Theology Department in running this Ehem! workshop. In a way, this is a concrete effort to integrate topics in Morality and Social Teachings within the framework of promoting good governance and integrity, more specifically using the lens of social formation. Ten (10) classes were committed by the department for this particular program partnership, handled by four faculty who voluntarily agreed to be part of this anticorruption campaign.  Headed by Lunar Fayloga, its chair, three other faculty members of the department committed their classes for this week-long workshop, to wit: Butch Samante, Rosario Gaid and Eufemia Faller.  Eleven (11) senior Arrupe Vols acted as main facilitators of the workshop namely, Jefford Ray Mamacus, Jubail Pasia, Eloisa Ramirez, Brent Harvey Jimenez, Sarah Joy Reyes, Angelie Jane Robles, Sigrid Cubil, Kristoni Go, Allen Faith Cape, Patrick John Comoda, and Jemimah Pearl D’lonsod.  They were assisted by fourteen (14) younger Arrupe Vols, such as Jonamae Eusebio, Christylbert Neri, Jesse Roy Alcaraz, Jhana Lynne Ligue, Maryin Feliz Yap, Kahlil Denise Alcomendras, Alvin Sajulga, Lyneth Egonio, Jazzmin Enfectana, Erika Aira De Peralta, Kyle Elvin Calica, Christine Grace Ruta, Michelle Marie Ungab and Jul Rashid Kasid.

              The Atenista Ako, Maligdong! campaign, under the purview of the Commucations & Advocacy Program (CAP) of the Arrupe Office, was launched on 12th February 2014 at the Thibault Grounds, showcasing exhibits on specific articulations on integrity by the different socio-civic clubs. As a fitting follow through of this campaign, the Arrupe Office will be conducting a forum on Wednesday, 19th March 2014, at 3:40 p.m.-5:40 p.m., F-213, where the issue of corruption in the legislature, the senate, is up for discussion. Fr. Xavier “Javy” Alpasa, SJ, executive director of the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, is being invited as the resource speaker.  The Arrupe Office invites the university community to this upcoming forum. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

K-12 and Social Formation

               The K-12 law, known as the Republic Act 10533 (The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013), the university’s initiatives in response to this law, its many simultaneous and ongoing preparations impacting on the curriculum, programs and faculty loading, as well as some emerging concerns cutting across the overall formation programs of the university were presented to the personnel and staff of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation by Dr. Gina Lapaza-Montalan, dean of the School of Education (SOE) of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU).  In a special meeting called for by the Arrupe Office on 10th February 2014, Dr. Montalan was invited to give an update on where the university is at present in view of its K-12 preparations. 

         Dr. Montalan, chair of the overall committee tasked to see through the implementation of ADDU’s K-12, gave a general presentation of RA 10533, and then zeroed in on the university’s move that laid the groundwork for the creation of structures providing for better coordination in charting the course of the university’s concrete response to this law. The university is committed to take an active engagement in educational reform in this region, as codified in its vision-mission (VM) and as widely articulated in the various political commitments made by University President, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ. And through its K-12 initiatives, it actively lobbies for the crafting and implementation of changes in the educational system that promotes transformative education. Continue reading

Post-Pagbabahagi Food Packs Reach Yolanda Survivors

The staff and student volunteers the Arrupe Office of Social Formation met with some Yolanda survivors on 3rd February 2014 inorder to distribute noche buena packages that were left unclaimed after the Culminating Program of the Pagbabahagi 2013: Sinag sa Karimlan last December. The Arrupe Office coordinated with the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSO) in Talomo (District 3) and Buhangin (District 2) for a possible meeting with some survivors who were not able to attend the Christmas activity held at the Jacinto Campus Annex on the afternoon of 22nd December 2013.

It may well be remembered that the Arrupe Office mounted a Christmas food package drive specifically intended for Yolanda survivors who are seeking refuge in Davao City.  The month-long university-wide campaign was widely supported by the university community through various offices, councils, units, and programs, as well as some corporate sponsors and external partners who extended assistance by providing food, entertainment, and logistical support during the special program conducted for the Yolanda survivors. Continue reading