Student Leaders Converse with Veteran Peacebuilders on the Ground

Pakig-ambitay PNG FILEIMG_8961 IMG_9110 IMG_9106IMG_8931IMG_8986IMG_8942IMG_8954IMG_8982IMG_9007In one rare occasion, in conjunction with the university’s observance of the Mindanao Week of Peace (MWOP) 2014, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation’s Communications & Advocacy Program brought together a group of student leaders in an afternoon conversation on peace, held on 3rd December 2014 at the “Pakighinabi” Room of the Community Center. The student leaders were in the company of two prominent peacebuilders on the ground who shared their respective experiences in grassroots peacebuilding: Mr. Mike Alon of IMAN, Inc. and Mr. Orson Sargado of Peacebuilding program of Catholic Relief Service (CRS).  Entitled Pakig-ambitay para sa Kalinaw sa Mindanaw:” An Afternoon Conversation on Peace, Part 1, this modified round-table discussion (RTD), conversation style, is a derivative of the “Pakighinabi” series where discussants were asked to lead discussions on a specific topic, and where members of the audience freely interact not only by asking questions but also by offering their own reflections, sharings, insights and learnings, addressed to the lead discussants as well as to the rest of the audience.10394027_10203851695470933_4037460077669657445_n“Papa” Mike—as addressed by co-discussant Mr. Sargado—a veteran peace warrior, presented some personal insights on grassroots peacebuilding based on his experience as a Muslim working in war-torn communities in Pikit, North Cotabato.  He conveyed how he worked among Muslims, Christians and Lumads through the peace zone which he and Fr. Roberto “Bert” Layson, OMI, created in Pikit.  He highlighted the importance of respecting culture and religion among the different stakeholders that live side by side amidst a volatile situation.  He also underscored the fact that peacebuilding efforts alone are not enough if they are not accompanied by the delivery of basic social services to communities that are plagued by poverty and a lack of socio-economic opportunities. Continue reading

Blessing and Turnover Ceremony of Malasmas Bldg. in Compostela

           IMG_1463  IMG_1511 IMG_1477 IMG_1470 IMG_1547                 To pay tribute to the late Fr. Rodolfo “Rudy” Malasmas, SJ, one of the Founding Fathers of the Ateneo de Davao and an erstwhile school administrator of the former Ateneo de Davao Compostela Branch, renamed Consuelo M. Valderrama High School (CMVHS) of Brgy. Ngan, in the Municipality of Compostela, Province of Compostela Valley (ComVal), a two-classroom building was blessed, inaugurated and turned over to the administration of CMVHS on Saturday, 8th March 2014.  The ceremony was attended by the administrators of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), CMVHS, and representatives of the local government units (LGUs) of Ngan, Compostela and ComVal. The newly completed structure is named “Malasmas Building” in honour of the late Fr. Rudy.

             Atty. Romeo T. Cabarde, chair of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), Fr. Michael Pineda, SJ, principal of the ADDU High School, and Ms. Lilibeth L. Arcena, director of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, headed the ADDU delegation.  Ms. Perlita Villegas, the principal of CMVHS, was on hand to accept and receive the ceremonial key.

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