FYDP Reintroduces Exposure in Its Day of Engagement

IMG_0786 IMG_0866 IMG_0886 IMG_0977 IMG_0995 IMG_0967 IMG_1114In the current module of the First Year Development Program (FYDP), it reintroduces exposure as an integral component of social formation especially that the program is now lodged under the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (AOSF).  It may well be remembered that this external engagement component (i.e., exposure and outreach) was removed at a certain point in the program’s evolution (i.e., the program undergoing different name changes from Behavioural Development [BD], to Freshman Christian Formation [FCF], to First Year Christian Formation [FYCF], then to its current name, the FYDP).

Thus, on 28 February 2015, the FYDP under the coordinatorship of Ms. Gina Villagonzalo conducted an Exposure Day/Day of Engagement in several marginalized areas in the city.  The module for the half-day exposure was designed to emphasize the use of the five senses by seeing, noticing, smelling, hearing, tasting and feeling concrete life situations/realities as application of  the topics/themes which the students learned in FYDP sessions, as well as to awaken social consciousness by way of exposing them  to the multiple realities of life.

IMG_1024 IMG_1040 IMG_0984The conduct of this simple half-day exposure, in a way, serves as the culminating activity of students’ learnings in their FYDP classes during the second semester. Through this initial contact with identified communities—the university’s external partners in its various outreach and engagement programs—it is hoped that the students will be better prepared in their formation when they take the National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) class on their second year.

Using the spiral Pastoral Cycle of See-Judge-Act (i.e., experience, analysis, reflection and praxis), the student who participated in the exposure then went through processing and reflection sessions in the classroom through the assistance of their FYDP guides.

IMG_1038 IMG_0939 IMG_1033 IMG_1041The communities in Davao where the exposure took place are the following: GK Samahan ng may Iba’t Ibang Kakayahan sa Dabaw (SAKADAB) in Los Amigos, Tugbok District, as well as in Barangay Mintal proper.  The conduct of the exposure was through the assistance and coordination of Mintal’s Punong Barangay, the Hon. Ramon Bargamento. Mr. Karl Anthony Ebol, AOSF’s Community Engagement Office (CEO), facilitated the preparation for the conduct of the exposure. (By Arrupe Communications and First Year Development Program)

FYDP Guides Engage in Community Exposure

IMG_5531 IMG_5551 IMG_5620      As a fitting move to fully embrace the process of integrating social engagement in its formation track, the First Year Development Program (FYDP), now aligned under the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, initiated two days of community exposure for its guides in the different areas in the city.  This new development is part of the rethinking and restructuring on how best the FYDP as a program, under the Arrupe Office, could integrate social formation in its module, in accordance with the key result areas (KRAs) embraced by the entire formation cluster of the university, headed by the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO).  The two-day exposure covered several communities in Davao City.  On 11th January 2014,  the guides visited the community at the Correctional Facility for Women under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, as well as the Ray of Hope (a Gawad Kalinga [GK] community), all in barangay Ma-a.  They also stopped by barangay Mintal inorder to meet with its local government officials, then proceeded to the Home for Persons with Disabilities, in the GK of Los Amigos in Tugbok District.  The following Saturday, 18th January, the guides were engaged in the community at GK Pueblo Antonio in barangay Catigan in Toril District.  Following this two-day community engagement period was a group processing activity held at La Storta Retreat House in Shrine Hills in Matina.

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