Typhoon Pablo: Please help in relief efforts! Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J. (7 December 2012)

Many young people at ADDU have told me that Typhoon Pablo was the first time they’d ever experienced a typhoon. It was Signal 2 in Davao City and Signal 3 in Samal. Bottom line, however, is: most in Davao City were left unscathed.

The media however has carried heart-rending images of suffering and devastation in the wake of Typhoon Pablo in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. I uploaded some pics taken by Vinci Bueza, Nikki Ayubo and Brent Jimenez from Comval in Facebook. A video is in the making. Yesterday, already in Carmen, Davao del Norte, people could be seen in makeshift tents on the side of the highway. They were escaping floods which had inundated their rice fields and their homes – and crocodiles, which their area is known for.

Passing Tagum, our media team noted its river had overflowed its banks. Huge banana plantations were flattened.

Entering Compostela Valley, they saw uprooted trees and houses bereft of their roofs. Hundreds of families are in evacuation centers or simple tents. In Mawab, Sr. Lolita Llaso, OP, pointed to the lost rooftops of Assumption Academy of Mawab. But even she said the team should not waste time there, since the damage was far greater in the Municipality of Compostela. Their fear, however, was the embankments of Lake Leonard in Maco would burst, causing its waters to swell the Hijo and Mawab rivers, to bring unimaginable flooding.

Entering the Municipality of Compostela was like entering a warzone, its hectares and hectares of banana and fruit trees flattened. Even concrete houses were demolished. The GI-sheets of a warehouse for rice were strewn over the fields, its trusses and beams twisted grotesquely. The Assumption Academy of Compostela was 80% destroyed. Its newly built-gymnasium lost its roof. Library books were totally obliterated. Computers and sewing machines had been inundated by waist-high floods. All the school’s administrative records are gone. The convent of Sr. Erlinda Factura, FMA, was similarly destroyed. There, the floods were neck high. Only rooms on the second floor could still be used to provide emergency shelter for teachers. CRs however were not functioning. People there have no food. No potable water. No signal. Electricity is expected to return after at least two months.

The sisters showed that in the surrounding community a block of houses of poor dwellers had just disappeared. Adjacent to a school was a chapel with five dead.

I posted the images the team took in my FB account. They will also be posted in the DACS webpage (www.dacsph.org).

Our social worker/ field worker of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation, Karl Ebol, has just returned from ComVal and Davao del Norte. He reports that the main problem is to get relief goods to the people in Boston, Cateel, Baganga, and Caraga, where destroyed roads and bridges have cut people and communities off from normal transportation. Choppers cannot land. Airdrops are too dangerous. At the moment, efforts are being exerted to reach them with small boats coming from Mati southwards of them. Our Center of Psychological Extention and Research Services (COPERS) people and our social workers however are already present there, with Dr. Gail Ilagan and her team doing disaster debriefing work.

Reports from DACS is that there is very heavy damage to schools in these areas.

Of great concern is that many from our own ADDU community who come from these areas have not yet heard from their relatives.

In this context, in the service of our suffering Mindanaoans and in response to the need of our own DACS schools, UCEAC and its volunteers have been doing all they can to provide assistance. I wish to thank them for this.

Our Fr. General, on his own initiative, has donated Euros 20,000 to this effort, and Ateneo de Manila has sent us PHP 500,000. Others have already been sending us money.

Perhaps, from among our friends and supporters who are still privileged to experience bounty in this Christmas Season, it might be possible to share of their bounty with those who are in genuine need.

For donations to victims of Typhoon Pablo in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, send your donations to the following dedicated accounts:

Account Name:
Ateneo de Davao University – PABLO RELIEF
BPI (Bank of Philippine Islands) Acct. No. 2513-00185-4

Account Name: 
Ateneo de Davao University – PABLO RELIEF

BDO (Banco de Oro) Acct No. 2700-227-278

Atty. Romeo Cabarde, Jr.
University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council
Ateneo de Davao University
Tel +63 (82) 221.2411 local 8262
Fax +63 (82) 224 2955
Email: uceac@addu.edu.ph

Mr. Jeremy S. Eliab
Assistant to the President
Ateneo de Davao University
Tel +63 (82) 221 2411 local 8201 (8am-5pm, weekdays)
Fax +63 (82) 226 4116
Mobile +63 928 652 6475 (off hours/ field)

Email: jseliab@addu.edu.ph cc: jseliab@me.com
US Mobile Phone +1 (415) 251 3704
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The 12th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities – Asia Pacific (AJCUAP) in FuJen University, Taipei, Taiwan, 21-22 August, 2012. (Brief Report)

The 12th Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities – Asia Pacific (AJCUAP) was held in Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei Taiwan, from August 21-22, 2012.

The meeting began with a sumptuous welcome banquet at the Hotel de Chine.  Fr. Luis Gendron, S.J., President of the FuJen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Provincial of China.  Prof. Vincent Han-Sun Chiang, President of FuJen University, welcomed the guests on behalf of FuJen Catholic University.  Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J, President of Ateneo de Davao University and Chair of AJCU-AP, also welcomed the guests, and gave an overview of the Annual Meeting.  He noted that of the 12 charter members, 11 were represented, and 9 were voting CEOs; of the 6 regular members, 3 were represented, and two were voting CEOs.  He acknowledged particularly the participation of the new Delegate for the Jesuit Apostolate in Fu Jen Catholic University, Fr. David Yen.

The planned evening sharing of CEOs was dispensed with as participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire concerning the progress of participants universities or works in the light of past AJCUAP resolutions.

The more formal sessions commenced the following morning in the First Conference Room of Fu Jen’s Cardinal Yu Pin Administration Building.

All participants were invited to participate in the CEO sharing. Those who shared were: Fr. David Yen, S.J., of the Jesuit Apostolate in Fu Jen Catholic University;  Fr. Paulus Wiryono Priyotamtama, S.J., Rector of Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Fr. Ramon Jose “Jett” Villarin, S.J., President of the Ateneo de Manila University in Manila, Philippines; Prof. Yuji Kawano, President, Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan;  Fr. Julio Guiletti, S.J., Director of the Loyola Vietnam Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Prof. Jae Ho Roe, permanent representative of Sogang University in Seoul, Korea; Fr. Gerald Healy, S.J., representing the Intellectual Apostolate and Higher Education in Australia; Fr. Antonio Moreno, S.J., President of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University in Zamboanga City, Philippines; Fr. Masashi Masuda, S.J., Vice President for Student and General Affairs and permanent representative of Sophia University; and Fr. Clay Pareira, S.J., Vice Director of Politeknik ATMI Surakarta in Indonesia. Our guest, Mr. Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of Sta. Clara University, shared how his center promotes ethics in various fields and how he wished to be advised on how significant funding might be used to educators of Jesuit institutions in promoting ethical leadership.  The sharing was rich and informative.

Fr. Gerard Blaszczak, S.J., new secretary to Jesuit General Superior Adolfo Nicolas for Faith and Spirituality, delivered his keynote address on: Faith and Jesuit Higher Education.  He spoke of the shared service of the Faith in our universities qua universities, and of the intimate relationship between the service of the faith, the promotion of justice, cultural transformation and inter-religious dialogue based on John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae and letters and addresses esp. of Frs. General Kolvenbach and Nicolas.  A spirited discussion followed.

In the afternoon session, the various schools reported on progress or lack of it in the AJCUAP consortia on Faith and Culture  (led by Sogang University); on Atheism, Secularism, Fundamentalism  and Inter-Religious Dialogue (led by Sanata Dharma University): on Poverty, Migration and Injustice (led by Ateneo de Manila University); and on Environment and Climate Change (led by Sophia Univesity).  Fr. Tabora relayed the invitation by Fr. Mark Raper to AJCUAP to collaborate in the educational development of Myanmar through St. Aloysius Gonzaga English Language Institute in Taunggyi and Campion Institute in Yangon.  The members of the four consortia met together in order to push the consortia agenda together.

Concerning the shared resolve of the members of the AJCUAP to develop programs in leadership based on inputs coming from the Center of International Business Ethics (CIBE), the members reiterated their resolve to implement this, as varying types of leadership development in various universities was noted.  Fr. Stephan Rothlin of the CIBE and Mr. Kirk Hanson of the Markkula Institute of Applied Ethics of Sta. Clara University reiterated ongoing support for these efforts.  Meanwhile, they recommended use of www.globethics.net as a rich source for business ethics research.

Similarly, the resolve of the members of the AJCUAP “to grow green campuses” was reiterated, even though difficulty was expressed by ADDU and ATMI for the proposal of Fr. Pedro Walpole, S.J., to develop an inter-university higher education  capability to train sustainability officers.  There ensued sharing on what various universities in AJCUAP are now doing to grow green campuses.  Mr. Kirk Hanson also shared the experience of American universities in evolving their “green campuses.”  It was decided that what was shared would be compiled and distributed as possible “best practices,” and that in the next meeting  there would be further sharing on the universities’ experiences in growing green campuses.  In this process, shared standards might then be evolved.

A video report on the Service Learning Program hosted by Ateneo de Davao University was shown.

As the CEO’s met for the Business Meeting, the International Networking Officers (INOs) of the schools present met separately.  Co-chaired by Dr. Jae Ho Roe of Sogang University and Mr. Glenn de Leon of ADMU, the INOs agreed on their agenda for the forthcoming meeting of INOs in Cagayan de Oro this coming November.

In the Business Meeting, Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J, of ADDU and Fr. Paulus Wiryono Priyotamtama were re-elected as AJCUAP chair and vice-chair respectively for another three-year term.

The Fu Jen Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine was accepted as a new member of AJCUAP.

The heretofore regular members, Driyarkara School of Philosophy and the Lay and the Jesuit Partners in Campus Ministry, were dropped as members for inactivity.

It was resolved that the next meeting would be hosted by Sogang University in Seoul, 20-21 August 2013.

Finally, a resolution of thanks to Fu Jen Catholic University, esp. the International Education Office, for hosting the AJCUAP Annual Meeting with such friendliness and helpfulness.

It was further resolved that Fr. Michael Garanzini, S.J., the new chair of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education (ICJHE) and concurrently President of Loyola University of Chicago, would be invited as the guest speaker to speak on a topic of his choice.  However, it was suggested that he consider the Bicentennial Celebration of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus.

Fr. David Yen, S.J., presided over the closing Eucharist in the small chapel of the Student Center of Fu Jen University.  It was the Feast of Mary the Queen.

The closing dinner was enjoyed by all in Dazheimen Restaurant, not far from FuJen.

2012 International Conference Report of the Research Institute for Life and Culture, Sogang University, Seoul

The Research Institute for Life and Culture at the Sogang University held International Conference concerning ‘How to define Life’ in Matthew Hall 9th floor, 12th and 13th of April. Conference themes included the views of the natural and social sciences as well as the variety of religious views on the meaning of life, its value, and the preservation of life and culture. Solutions to dehumanization and destruction of the environment threatening human life were further discussed.

This conference specially featured distinguished international executives working in Jesuit theological college of Australia, Papal seminary and religious Institute of India, and Catholic social science Institute of Germany.<read full text>

Growing a Green Campus

Growing a green campus is a new frontier for many Jesuit education institutions. From Healing A Broken World (HBW), the recommendations initially focus on Jesuit lifestyle and institutions, with the first recommendation as a good starting point that “Jesuit communities and apostolic works are invited to discern the management of our own institutions and to exchange and develop more ecologically sustainable lifestyles in our communities (HBW, Recommendation No 1).”

The Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific (JCAP) and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) resonate with this statement, and take the lead by implementing more integrated and sustained environmental management practices in Jesuit campuses. Also, the JCAP-Ecology and AJCU-AP identified the need for a training program for “campus managers” to sustain environmental campus management efforts with the hope of influencing others to do the same through levels of engagement and processes. <read full text>

Fr Matthias Chae SJ: Requiescat in pace

Fr Matthias Joon-ho Chae SJ died suddenly, aged 57, on April 1 in his hometown, Daegu, in Korea. Fr Matthias oversaw the rapid expansion of the Society in Korea during the last 20 years. On completing his PhD in counseling in the USA, he was appointed Formation Delegate for the Korean Region. He was later Superior of the Korean Region and then the first Provincial of the Korean Province in 2005. Since 2009, Fr Matthias served as the first Formation Delegate for the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific.
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Workshop of AJCU-AP Consortium Division of Environment and Climate Change was held

On March 23 and 24, Sophia University hosted a workshop of Environment and Climate Change Consortium Division from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP).

The Consortium was planned by AJCU-AP General Conference as part of Jesuit Higher Education Networking to cope with the world-wide challenges, and this is the first meeting of the Environment and Climate Change Consortium Division consisting of 8 universities and leaded by Sophia University. <read full text>

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Service Learning Program 2012 "One Earth Many Religions: Constructing Dialogue and Solidarity towards the Integrity of Creation"

August 5-25, 2012
Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta, Indonesia

SLP 2012Service Learning Program (SLP) is one of the many programs of the AJCU-AP which focuses on providing a place for Jesuit university students in their efforts in applying the Ignatian Pedagogy in their everyday life. It is in an approach to teaching in Higher Education that is consistent with the pedagogy of Jesuit education. It attempts to link the academic studies with the practical experience of community service. It is effectively facilitated through relevant partnership between higher educational institutions and various social institutions both in the private and public sectors. In this approach, community experience is purposively integrated in the scholastic formation of the students. It is considered as the center of their learning  and serves as an arena to do a share for development. In the end, it will bring about in the students a development that is geared towards a lifelong commitment to service and leadership.
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ADDU Hosts Service Learning Program among Jesuit Universities in Asia Pacific Region

The Ateneo de Davao University hosted the 4th Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) on August 7-27, 2011, participated in by students and mentors coming from the network of Jesuit institutions in the Asia Pacific region. A total of thirty two (32) participants from the Ateneo de Davao University, Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan), Ateneo de Zamboanga University and Ateneo de Naga University in the Philippines, and from Universitas Sanata Dharma of Jogjakarta in Indonesia, the Elizabeth University of Music of Hiroshima in Japan, and Sogang University of Seoul in South Korea, gathered for a three-week interactive activities which exposed them into contemporary socio-cultural issues amidst environmental challenges of Davao through a series offora, workshops, cultural encounters,exposures, immersion, community service andreflection sessions.
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The AJCU-AP Annual Meeting in Tokyo

Posted by Joel Tabora, S.J. on taborasj.wordpress.com

The Annual Meeting of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) was hosted this year by Sophia University.


It brought together representatives from 11 of the 17 active association members: St. Michael’s Technical College -Surakarta (ATMI) and Sanata Dharma Univrsitity in Indonesia, Sogang University in Korea, the Elisabeth University of Music and Sophia University in Japan, and the Ateneo de Manila University, the Ateneo de Naga University, Xavier University, the Ateneo de Davao University, the Ateneo de Zamaboanga University and Loyola Colleges of Culion. <read full text>