ADZU fire donation to rehab Brebeuf Gym PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 July 2016 14:35

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

It is a noble idea and sense of belonging by donating for the reconstruction of the historical and memories-filled Brebeuf Gym of the old Ateneo de Zamboanga now a university, but, it must not be an enforced donation from the Ateneo students on all levels. The exclusive private Jesuit University is one of the Zamboanga City’s if not the only school that collects the highest tuition fees plus the many contributions for projects and extra-curricular requirements. Ateneo de Zamboanga University students whose parents are not all wealthy, and are forced to save a big portion of their income, to come across ADZU tuition fees and other requirements. Any additional enforced demands means additional burden and lesser expenditures for important basic family needs. Although, one may say “ if you can’t afford Ateneo go find another school with cheaper tuition fees”. That is an absurd and arrogant statement, because on the present situation everything is fine as budgeted by parents. What makes it a burden is, if and when an additional burden is imposed like a forced donation or contribution will be demanded by the school administration.

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A noble idea can only be a noble deed if on the process you don’t injure the situation of a family. The Church believes in that and many times it preaches them to their flocks. A rich man is blessed with the hope of sharing them to those in need like the Ateneo De Zamboanga University today, whose historical Brebeuf Gymnasium was razed to the ground by an accidental fire. But, let the poor man donate whatever he can spare but don’t force the poor to bleed more, because the fact is, the poor is still seeking God’s blessings.

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Allegedly, the recent ADZU conflagration, at least P100 million in  ADZU real and school properties went up in smoke. This is indeed a big loss, but allegedly too, many rich, business organizations and companies, alumni and good Samaritans has promised pledges of donations. Knowing the charitable gestures of wealthy ADZU alumni, business organizations and companies who are known friends and supporters of the Jesuit institution, the pledges of donation might sum up over the ADZU fire losses. And what about the fire insurances it must collect from insurance companies? Perhaps, this is one noble reason to exempt parents of present ADZU students from a forced donation or contribution. Although, frankly, there is till no information on the matter of forced donations or contributions, but worried middle class families whose sons and daughters are students of ADZU, are just anticipating any eventful development.

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In another issue, complaints of misused  past ADZU donations are heard in the grapevine. The ADZU alumni association, who, from their ranks, many are very successful profesionals, businessmen here and abroad are known to be the biggest donors in any ADZU projects. The ADZU alumni association in fact, played a  big role and assistance in the new ADZU High School Campus in Barangay Tumaga, Table Talk was informed. This does not count the many projects they have given to ADZU, but mostly, sad to say, most of those assistance from the alumni association, the ADZU administration is mostly benefited and the ADZU student population still heavily rely on the administration for any development. Perhaps, it is not enough that ADZU administration relies on the parents consultation on tuition fees increases but the ADZU Alumni Association must also be given an important role and should be consulted in any ADZU tuition increases. Everyone knows that parents cannot object on any ADZU administration request.

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Scoop: Overheard:  Is it true that the ADZU graduate courses will expand to Pagadian City? This is a good idea. Pagadian City is on her way to become a highly urbanized city.  Big malls have already opened up in Pagadian City like Robinsons and Gaisano, and SM is already scouting for a lot where to put up their mall and almost all of the country’s fast food chains have already branches in Pagadian city even Pagcor’s on-line Bingo. Almost all highways from the outlying municipalities going to Pagadian City are now expanded to four lanes by the DPWH and the Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial government. Agree or disagree.