The Assumption College of Davao Community welcomedthe historic State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo RoaDuterte on Monday, July 25, with a short program in the morning to show its support to the country’s first President from Mindanao who is fondly called Mayor President in this city.
Speaking about the rationale of the event, ACD Research and Planning Officer, Mr. JoprizBueno, said that the short institutional program mirrored the renewed hope of many Filipinos in the new Chief Executive to bring about necessary social changes.
Converging in the school’s gymnasium, pupils and students from the grade school, junior high school, senior high school, and college departments together with faculty members and non-teaching personnel including those from Assumption Technical-Vocational Institute, chanted their calls and aspirations for change.
Sigaw, sigaw, sigawngkabataan…Kapayapaan! Agenda ngbayan, suportahan, suportahan!
These yells reverberated throughout the campus during the program. The Bernice class of grade eleven also rendered their interpretation of the youth agenda and the Duterte effect through a speech choir.
To reiterate the Community’s strong support for the resumption of the formal Peace Talks, the children posted on a board their symbols of peace—dove, swan, butterfly, flowers—onto which were written their calls and messages of hope addressed to President Duterte.
After the school program, Mr. Aldrin Dais, the Community Extension Services Coordinator, led ACD’s contingent to the march-rally organized by progressive organizations in support of President Duterte’s pro-people pronouncements. Under the pouring rain, the ACD contingent marched from Freedom Park to Rizal Park carrying the placards and streamers they made,bearing calls for the immediate resumption of peace talks, protection of the environment and national patrimony, demilitarization of Lumad schools and communities, among others.
This is the second time that ACD conducted an institutional event to make public its vote of confidence to Duterte in pushing for a government that listens and heeds to the people; the first was during the president’s inauguration on June 30. The Assumption College of Davao, together with the Sisters of the Missionaries of the Assumption,commits to be a partner for change with the Duterte government as we continue on with our conscientization in our academic and socio-civic engagement.