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)

ADDU Granted FPIC for T’boli Ethno Research

IMG_0985 IMG_098910389597_10204656329468939_4374711253958434441_n 10658795_10204656772160006_695621100138765311_o The Ateneo de Davao University’s (ADDU) Indigenous Peoples Education Project in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato (SoCot) officially kicked off with the signing of the community-solicited Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for the conduct of an ethnographic research, the T’boli Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP). This research is essential because this forms the foundation in developing a culturally responsive T’boli Senior High School curriculum.

The signing of the FPIC took place on 13th September 2014 at El Galong Resort in Lake Sebu, during the second community consultation facilitated by the representatives of the National Commission on the Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). It was a well-attended assembly with representations coming from 18 (out of 19) barangays in the Municipality of Lake Sebu. Among those who graced the occasion were the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) from each barangay, representatives from the youth, women and education sectors, the Municipal Tribal Council (MTC) headed by Datu Benito Blonto, and the ADDU indigenous peoples (IP) education team composed of Ms. Donnabelle Celebrado and Ms. Marlouzel Mabunga of the Anthropology Department, Ms. Eufemia A. Faller of the School of Education (SoE), and Mr. Romulo Vinci Bueza with Mr. Bernie Jereza, of the Office of the President. Continue reading

Arrupe Facilitates SLP Prep for Eng’g & Arch

After the implementation of a collaborative immersion program (“Pagtataya”) with ten (10) Theo 141 classes of the Theology Department for the whole month of August 2014, the Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation currently facilitates the preparation of service-learning initiatives of other departments, namely Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering and Architecture, of the School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA).

The Arrupe Office, through its SLP coordinator Ms. Eufemia A. Faller and program officer Mr. Marcelino Severino III, now prepares different concept papers that will tailor fit the serving-learning designs of each of these participating departments. Arrupe’s modified SLP integrates the framework of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) inorder to retain and promote its Jesuit flavor of service-learning.

Concurrently, the Arrupe Office has been conducting community visits to prepare identified communities for possible partnership in these service-learning projects. One of the things that the program also plans to implement is to invite possible faculty volunteers who will be able to assist the program in the supervision of these SLP projects in different areas. In the recently concluded Theo 141 immersion, some faculty volunteers were tapped inorder to accompany student immerses in their respective area assignments.  It is hoped that this practice will continue to be employed in the conduct of SLPs among participating departments.

Orientation sessions for student participants are being implemented at present.  Meanwhile, preparations are ongoing to craft social analysis and reflection modules which the Arrupe Office will use in processing the students’ experience after SLP.  (By Eufemia A. Faller, Service Learning Program, Arrupe Office of Social Formation)

ADDU Participates in AJCU-AP’s Service Learning 2014

IMG_20140825_183243 IMG_20140827_124153 IMG_20140824_133607As in previous years, the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) has been sending student and faculty participants to the Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the Asia Pacific region (AJCU-AP).  On its 7th year of implementation, this year’s SLP was hosted by Xavier University (XU) in Cagayan de Oro City (CDOC) participated in by a total of 23 students and 7 faculty coming from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The participating schools were Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan (with a total of 9 delegates), Sogang University in Seoul, Korea (5), Universitas Sanata Dharma in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (6), as well as Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) in Naga City (2), Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) in Zamboanga City (1), ADDU in Davao City (6), and host school XU in CDOC (1). This year’s SLP theme was “Jesuit Education in the Frontiers of Greater Societal Engagement,” broken down into five (5) impact areas where the participants will be engaged in namely, environment, health, peace, governance, and food security. This is the second time that XU played host to AJCU-AP’s SLP.

This program has been implemented inorder to promote a “Jesuit” brand of participative and collaborative learning paradigm, propagating the service of the faith and the promotion of justice, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, and appreciation of culture, since its member schools are coming from the different Jesuit higher educational institutions in Asia and the Pacific region.  It specifically designs its method of SLP using the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP). Currently, AJCU-AP is chaired by ADDU President, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ. Continue reading