In response to the complex challenges of our time, Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) hosted an engaging dialogue, “Pakighinabi with Fr. Karel San Juan,” centered around the theme “3Ps, 3Ds, 3Ls: A Framework for ADDU Mission.” The event took place on November 15, 2023, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the SanVitores – Calungsod Dialogue Center on the 11th floor of the Community Center of the university in the Jacinto Campus.

The imperative for deep reflection, discernment, and comprehensive leadership in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) global landscape set the stage for this profound conversation. The framework, encapsulated in 3Ps (Perception, Performance, and Purpose), 3Ds (Discernment, Democracy, and Dialogue), and 3Ls (Leadership, Listening, and Love), seeks to guide the Ateneo community in navigating the intricate complexities of the modern world.

Fr. Karel S. San Juan, SJ, President of ADDU, delivered a compelling address on the theme. He emphasized the need for discerning leadership, which goes beyond decision-making and involves a keen sense of timing, effective communication, and a passionate commitment to core values.

The dialogue acknowledged the challenges of our present context, including post-truth narratives, the rise of populism, and societal polarization. Aligning with recent pronouncements from the Catholic Church, the framework advocates for responsible leadership, love as a guiding principle, and a receptive ear in the face of these challenges.

The event featured exchanges with panelists from various university sectors, including members of research, instruction, engagement, formation, and administration. The discussions delved into how discerning leadership can address current issues and promote responsible action.

The Pakighinabi aimed at three main objectives: nurturing discerning leadership skills, fostering constructive dialogue on pressing challenges, and inspiring synodal formation and graceful collaboration within the ADDU community.

The program included various activities, from the talk of Fr. President to exchanges with panelists, a Q&A session, and key takeaways with responses to calls for action from student leaders, the College Faculty Club, and the NTP Union.

The event concluded with a closing and synthesis from Atty. Romeo Cabarde Jr., Assistant to the President for Advocacy & Legal Affairs.

This dialogue serves as a testament to ADDU’s commitment to addressing the challenges of our time with discernment, democracy, dialogue, and, above all, love, reflecting the essence of comprehensive leadership in an ever-evolving world.

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