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)

Pagbabahagi Pasko 2014 Launched

IMG_8801 IMG_8765 IMG_8864 IMG_9006 IMG_8812 IMG_8954 pagbabahagi 2014 4This Christmas season, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office (SICO), through its Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP)—in partnership with the University Community Engagement & Advocacy Council (UCEAC), and in close coordination with partner offices and student organizations, such as the Community Engagement Team, the First Year Development Program (FYDP), and the National Service Training Program (NSTP) of the Arrupe Office; Campus Clubs Organization (CCO), the SAMAHAN Central Board, the Social Work Department, the Grade School Unit, the Engineering and Architecture Student Executive Committee (EASEC) and the Adecor Elementary School—once again launched the Pagbabahagi Pasko 2014 on 1st December 2014 at the Open Field.  The Pagbabahagi is an annual Christmas outreach project which focuses on responding to the varied concerns and needs among different sectors and communities in Davao City, and even beyond.

This year, the Pagbabahagi will be directed to the pupils and teachers of the Adecor Elementary School, in Brgy. Adecor, Kaputian, in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS).  The pupils (numbering around 298, predominantly belonging to the Muslim Sama tribe), and teachers (around 10) are identified in this project as the fitting recipients of this year’s annual Christmas gift-giving and sharing.  In the last two Christmases of 2012 and 2013, the Pagbabahagi assisted calamities-affected communities in Monkayo (due to Super Typhoon Pablo), as well as survivors from Leyte who took refuge in Davao City after the devastation wrought havoc by Super Typhoon Yolanda, respectively. Continue reading

SLB’s Fr. Alpasa to Tackle Corruption in the Senate in a Forum

Forum on Corruption in the Senate Tarp 3x5ft         Fr. Xavier “Javy” Alpasa, SJ, the executive director of the Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB), a non-partisan, church-based, Jesuit-led organization that focuses on the promotion of good governance and disaster preparedness, will tackle the topic corruption in the senate in view of this most devastating scandal ever to hound Philippine legislature in years–the anomaly concerning the illegal use of the Philippine Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).  Fr. Javy’s talk will be in a forum sponsored by the Arrupe Office of Social Formation on Wednesday, 19th March 2014, from 3:40 p.m.-5:40 p.m. at F-213 of Finster Hall.  This forum forms part of the university’s continuing observance of the “Atenista Ako, Maligdong!” which is a university-wide campaign on integrity and good governance.

Fr. Javy’s talk will basically cover updates and analysis of the scandal involving the use of the PDAF or pork barrel, contextualized in the light of recent developments that have surfaced within the last few weeks, such as the appearance of Ruby Tuason and other supposed witnesses. The implications of the pork barrel scandal in the coming 2016 national elections will also be treated by Fr. Javy, more specifically its impact on the Aquino administration’s campaign to put an end to the culture of corruption in Philippine politics as brandished in its 2010 election tagline “Daang Matuwid.”  It may well be remembered that in February of 2013, Fr. Javy was also invited by the university during the community reflection session prior to the midterm elections in May of 2013.  He introduced the Pinoy Big Voter (PBB) 2013, the electoral education program of the SLB. Continue reading