The Arrupe Office of Social Formation, formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO), launches the “Atenista Ako, Maligdong!” today, celebrated for the whole of month of February. The celebration of the Maligdong Month is an annual campaign to promote the culture of integrity and good governance, a drive that specifically focuses on looking at the issue of corruption as a social malady that seriously demands a thorough understanding and analysis with the hope that, through the reorientation/transformation of value systems and the nurturance of greater sensitivity to it, it can generate social and cultural renewal. The ultimate end of the celebration of the Maligdong Month is to collectively promote and nurture the value of integrity as a way of life that is permeated by a strong desire to transform and regenerate culture that has become the means by which corruption perpetuates. The Arrupe Office aligns the celebration of the Maligdong Month as a way of promoting good governance and cultural regeneration, two of the strategic agenda of the Society of Jesus Social Apostolate (SJSA).
In the vernacular, “maligdong” connotes integrity, it signifies living a life that is in accord with the principles of honesty and uprightness, a life that is lived honourably (“buhay na marangal).” This annual celebration also promotes the search for the truth and fairness in one’s relationship with oneself, with others in a social group, with the structures and institutions where one is a part of, with the material universe and its available resources that provide the nurturance for such life, and ultimately with the living God who commands us to incarnate His love by living a life of honor and integrity. Continue reading →
Fr. Albert E. Alejo, SJ will offer his reflections and insights on the Zamboanga conflict in a forum entitled “Post-Zamboanga Siege: Reflections and Lessons Learned Toward a Hopeful Future.” The forum, initiated by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF), will be held on Friday, 29th November 2013, at 3:40-5:40 p.m. at the Finster Auditorium. Fr. Alejo is a member of the Zamboanga City’s Crisis Management Committee (CMC) at the height of the Zamboanga conflict that aroused from 9th to 28th September of this year. It may well be remembered that the conflict in Zamboanga City was precipitated when the forces of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), under the faction of the then Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor, Nur Misuari, laid siege to some barangays in the city, resulting to the displacement of thousands of civilians and the eventual burning of hundreds of residential and business establishments in the wake of the MNLFs retreat. Continue reading →
In support of the celebration of the International Anticorruption Day declared by the United Nations every 9th December, a fun run is being organized this coming Sunday, December 9, 2012, by the Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao, in collaboration with the Ehem! Anticorruption Network (which the Arrupe Office of Social Formation [formerly SICO] through its Atenista Ako, Maligdong! program forms part of), the Association of Resident Ombudsmen in Government Agencies in Region XI (AROGA XI), and the People’s Action Against Corruption (PAAC). The fun run will commence and end at the Ateneo de Davao Matina Campus Oval. The assembly time is at 4:30 in the morning.
The fun run carries the theme “Takbo ng Mamamayan sa Tuwid na Daan,” where runners can participant either in the 3K race or 6K race. Expected participants in both races will be coming from different government agencies/offices, the private sector, religious, academe, and nongovernment organizations (NGOs).
Every year since 2004, the Ateneo de Davao University celebrates the Atenista Ako, Maligdong!–a month-long campaign to promote the culture of integrity, academic honesty and good governance, particularly in the life of the university. This campaign is spearheaded by the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO), the social arm of the university, through its Communications and Advocacy Program. This celebration is the university’s commitment to live out its core institutional values that put a premium on academic honesty and accountability, responsible use of human freedom, greater sensitivity towards pressing social realities and a culture of leadership that emphasizes personal discernment leading towards reflective action for justice. Through the practice of these values, as promoted by the celebration of the Maligdong month every February, the university is providing a fitting venue to build a community of men and women who–animated by a healthy spirituality that guides one’s relationship with oneself, with others, with the world and with God–are the living expressions of a life of integrity, a life of moral righteousness that is generously lived for the service of others.