The ADDU Board of Trustees held it regular meeting last Saturday on 13 August 2011, It was my first Board meeting at ADDU. From its proceedings, I wish to share with you the following:
I. Based on the 92-percent URC-surveyed approval by the ADDU community of the Vision-Mission Statement, the Board approved the following as the official Vision-Mission statement of ADDU:
The Ateneo de Davao University is a Catholic, Jesuit and Filipino University. As a university it is a community engaged in, excellent instruction and formation, robust research, and vibrant community service. As Catholic, it proceeds ex corde ecclesiae – from the heart of the Church. As Jesuit, it appropriates the mission of the Society of Jesus and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As Filipino, it prepares students to benefit from, contribute to and engage the global world.
The Ateneo de Davao excels in the formation of leaders for the Philippine Church and society, especially for Mindanao. It excels further in the promotion of the faith that does justice, in cultural sensitivity and transformation, and in inter-religious dialogue, particularly with the Muslim and Lumad communities of Mindanao. It promotes communities touched and transformed by the faith, communities of peace and human well-being, culturally resilient yet able to adapt to the modern world. It promotes social justice, gender equality, good governance, the creation of wealth and its equitable distribution. It engages vigorously in environmental protection, the preservation of bio-diversity, and the promotion of renewable energy. It leads in Philippine educational reform, especially for the peoples of Southern Philippines
There were only two changes introduced by the Board based on the original statement. In the approved Mission statement, “excellent research and formation” is now mentioned before “robust research”, and “benefit” is used rather than “profit.”
II. In line with the appropriation by ADDU of Ignation Spirituality, the Board also approved the establishment of the St. Ignatius Spirituality Center in Samal. This shall be a facility dedicated to the promotion of the spirituality of St. Ignatius in directed three-, five, eight, and thirty-day retreats, primarily for the ADDU Community, including its administrators, faculty staff, students, and alumni/ae. The retreat facility shall have six modules, each for six individual retreatants, a retreat director, and an assistant director. It is designed for optimum retreat conditions amidst the beautiful natural surroundings of our property in Samal.
III. The Board of Trustees of Trustees approved the construction of a Parking Facility on the Wallstrom Property to serve the Matina Campus. It will service loading and unleading and shall provide the Matina pupils access to the campus through an overpass. It will also contain a commercial area in order to service those who wait for pupils at Matina.
IV. The Board of Trustee approved the purchase of the Dakudao property, first, from the six of the seven heirs willing now to sell, then, from the heir yet unwilling to sell. We pray that the seventh heir will eventually consent to the sale of his property to ADDU.
IMPORTANT: Please note, however, that with the approval of the ADDU Board for the above three projects, according to the manner of proceeding of the Society of Jesus, permission for these three projects (II, III, IV) must now be requested from Father General Adolfo Nicolas through Fr. Provincial Jojo Magadia.
IV. The Board of Trustees approved in principle the proposed multi-storey Community Center. However, further study is required since the Dakudao property cannot be used for major construction until it is acquired fully by ADDU. It is also seen necessary to integrate into the proposal an appropriate parking facility. A re-orientation of the Community Center’s construction is possible, but shall cost major displacement on campus, especially to the Jesuit Community.
V. With regards to the request of the College of Law to change the name of its building from the Dotterwich to the Estrallado and Iñigo Building, consultation of the ADDU community is requested since the naming of the building in honor of Fr. Dotterwich was a result of an consultation process. It was also directed that a policy on naming and re-naming buildings be developed.