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

Davaoeños Take on the Anticipated Papal Visit in Early 2015

Pope FrancisIn the wake of the frenzied preparations for the much anticipated visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines commencing 15th January 2015, the residents of Davao already posted their reaction to it in a survey conducted by the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), through the Social Research, Training and Development Office (SRTDO), in the later part of 2014.

Davaoeños in the three districts of metropolitan Davao were asked about the level of importance of Pope Francis’ visit: Slightly above half (51.9%) of the residents of District 2 expressed that the visit is extremely important, while only slightly below half (48.6%) of the residents of District 3 thought so.  The residents along the city’s urban center (that is, the downtown area and its vicinities constituting District 1), posted only slightly above a third (39.8%) of their response to this question.  Meanwhile, both District 2 and District 3 agreed that the visit is important (32% and 28.8%, respectively); however, the same percentage (39.8%) of urban dwellers in District 1 thought of the visit as such.

slide_390394_4734748_freeIn a practical manner of speaking, it could be said that one in every three residents of Davao considers Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the Philippines as generally important.

Given the frenetic preparations that have already started all over the country in eagerness of this pastoral visit which, for all intents and purposes, was precipitated by the horrible impact of the massive devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Yolanda on the eastern part of the Visayas, the respondents were then asked whether or not Davaoeños are prepared for the coming of this most charismatic of popes in modern contemporary era. The responses of the residents in the three districts (close to 80% of whom claimed to be Catholics) posted a slightly higher answer to this second question than the first one.  This time, District 3 residents believed that they are prepared, registering a percentage of 65.4%, as compared to the residents of District 2 with only 53.4%. Unsurprising perhaps (if the first question is anything to go by), urban dwellers of District 1 answered rather conservatively—only slightly below half (45.8%) of them said that they are prepared. Continue reading