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Youth Volunteer Program

When Mayon Volcano erupted again in July 26, 2001, AUL through the Center for Research and Extension Services (CRES) and Student Personnel Services (SPS) mobilized university organizations for emergency response. The call paved the way for the students to render service selflessly. They immediately set tasks such as evacuation center visitation and damage needs assessment. The experience of witnessing the plight of the community spurred the students to organize themselves, thus the birth of Anduyog Youth Volunteers Movement. The movement was able to raise relief goods and cash through classroom to classroom campaigns, solicitations from student organizations, using the Dominican Network, University of Sto. Tomas, Senate Oragon Society and AULCRES. Experience taught the movement that relief goods will not suffice. They go beyond dole outs by interacting and communicating with the community people, playing games with children and talking with adults. In the interaction student volunteers learned to understand the cares and sentiments of the poor. It was an invaluable life education.

Subsequently, Anduyog went beyond responding to the effects of natural disaster. It moved into understanding the causes of disasters. They engaged in activities involving people's issues. The movement seized the opportunity to participate in the campaign against Rapu Rapu mining. It also expressed opposition to the commercialization of the Peñaranda Park. In the observance of AUL's credo of genuine service, the movement joined hands with non-government organizations and cause-oriented groups in the fight of urban poor for home and land and other people's issues.

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