Known for its greening initiatives and the Ecoteneo advocacy, the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) is one of the pioneering academic institutions in the Philippines on energy efficiency and renewable energy through the use of solar power technology.
Dr. Randell U. Espina, the Dean of the University’s School of Engineering and Architecture, initiated the project in 2011, given the looming power crisis in Mindanao beginning 2011.
Espina stressed that it started as a research based project and has been pushed through to implementation because of the unwavering support of the University President, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J.
Something “magical” is happening inside the Ateneo de Davao University campus, a Jesuit institution in the southern Philippines.
A patch of green nestled between towering buildings has been attracting dragonflies after every downpour. When the space is dry, students crowd around the intimate and friendly area to read or simply relax. It is called by many names — Sunken Garden, Laudato si’ Park, Laudatu si’ Lake, and Magical Garden.
The approach of the exposure was thematic and each scheduled community visit carried with it specific leitmotifs such as asset creation and equitable distribution, good governance, vulnerable groups, and environmental protection. The group processing that followed presented an avenue for discussion among the guides, as they shared their experiences in these areas, as well as reflected on how a particular program such as this (once it becomes part of the curriculum of FYDP, hopefully to be implemented in the next school year) could provide a leverage for raising the level of awareness among first year students on the social realities of the day, so that they can contribute and commit toward social transformation.