About SUGPAT

The SUGPAT believes in the importance of creating better experiences and opportunities for out-of-school youth during their “second decade of life” - a crucial period of opportunity, growth, exploration, and creativity and at the same time a period of greater risks and vulnerabilities.

The program, established in 2015, saw the emerging need for programs to address the concern of the growing number of out-of-school youth in Zamboanga City.  Through the initiative of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Center for Culture and the Arts, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and ING, the SUGPAT Program was born.

In its fourth iteration, SUGPAT implements ING and UNICEF’s project “Power for Youth.” The project aims to strengthen and improve the implementation of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) in Zamboanga del Norte. It also aims to create a youth alliance in the same region.

In partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and UNICEF, SUGPAT also implements the Masters In Arts In Governance And Development Major In Youth Development Work (MAGD-YDW), a program that focuses on the foundations of youth development, youth development in local government units, project and program development and implementation, emerging youth issues, political analysis and programs for marginalized youth.

What started as an arts for development project in 2015, SUGPAT has transformed into a social innovation program addressing adolescent programming through innovative strategies covering areas on policy, research, and barangay and youth leadership, while still continuing and even advancing the alternative education program all contributing to the vision of becoming a pioneer resource center for adolescents in the country.

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SUGPAT Cycles

SUGPAT 1.0 : Arts for Development Project

As a response to the 2013 Zamboanga Siege, Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) establishes the AdZU-Recovery and Assistance Program to respond to the needs of internally displaced people caused by the siege.

Newly appointed as Director of the Center for Culture and the Arts, Kiko Miranda meets Emma Brathwaite, then HIV and Adolescent Specialist for UNICEF Philippines. Their initial conversations revolved around exploring creative strategies to engage out-of-school youth in Masepla Transitory Site - the biggest transitory site for IDPs of Zamboanga City.

This conversation led ADZU entering into a Small-Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA) with UNICEF Philippines to kick-off the SUGPAT Arts for Development project.

Since then, SUGPAT has organized numerous arts for development workshops such as Photography Workshop, Puppetry Workshop, Participatory Filmmaking Workshop Visual Arts Workshop. It also organized festivals such as The MASEPLA Arts Festival and the SUGPAT Film Festival.

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SUGPAT 1.0 Team

Kiko Miranda

Kiko Miranda

Program Director
Ryan Victor Miranda

Ryan Victor Miranda

Project Manager
Rogin Christ Eribal

Rogin Christ Eribal

Assistant Project Manager
Al-Muzarrif Abdusali

Al-Muzarrif Abdusali

Community Organizer
Sherry Gloria Lim

Sherry Gloria Lim

Finance Officer
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SUGPAT 2.0 : Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts (ALSPA)

Seeing the need for a more responsive programming for out-of-school youth, the SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts was born.

The school is an alternative learning center dedicated to capacitating out-of-school youth in creativity and 21st century skills through visual arts and theater. The first batch was able to graduate 27 fellows who were awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Department of Education Alternative Learning System program.

SUGPAT 2.0 Team

Kiko Miranda

Kiko Miranda

Program Director
Lennie Nidea

Lennie Nidea

Project Manager
Rogin Christ Eribal

Rogin Christ Eribal

Assistant Project Manager
Al-Muzarrif Abdusali

Al-Muzarrif Abdusali

Admin Support Staff
Gianafae Andrion

Gianafae Andrion

Communications Officer
Jenny Morano

Jenny Morano

Finance Officer
Sid Floreta

Sid Floreta

Visual Arts Coach
Arelene Ledesma

Arlene Ledesma

Peacebuilding Course Teacher

SUGPAT 3.0 

Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts (ALSPA)

The SUGPAT ALSPA is an alternative learning center dedicated to capacitating out-of-school youth in creativity, innovation, and 21st century skills. The school envisions to form not only learners, but leaders who will be champions of adolescent development and participation in the out-of-school youth sector.

As the school puts a premium on creativity as a thinking model, the fellows are expected to become creative problem solvers who will be equipped with tools and processes to analyze social problems and find innovative solutions to address perennial and complex problems in their communities. The second batch was able to produce 28 graduates who received their Certificate of Completion from Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

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Barangay Leadership Program

Enabled by the Ateneo Center for Leadership and Governance (ACLG), the BLP is a 6-month program introducing the Bridging Leadership (BL) Framework to barangay leaders, SK officials and youth focal persons through specialized trainings and workshops on adolescent development, leadership, and participation.

Covering 20 barangays in Zamboanga City. the program seeks to respond to the fundamental question of how can local barangay leaders including the Sangguniang Kabataan be enabled to meaningfully address social inequities in their barangay, and to capacitate these local leaders in fostering a better barangay responsive to adolescents and youth through a thorough understanding of adolescent issues to inform their adolescent programs.

Resource Center for Adolescent Development, Leadership, and Participation

The ADAP Resource Center will be dedicated to the creation and management of knowledge resources specializing on adolescent development, leadership, and participation.

The center envisions to help policy makers in passing ordinances and resolutions that will ensure that no child and young person gets left behind

With this, SUGPAT hopes that Zamboanga City will be a model city in terms of its programs and interventions for children and young people.

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SUGPAT 3.0 Team

Kiko Miranda

Kiko Miranda

Program Director
Rogin Christ Eribal

Rogin Christ Eribal

Education Officer, SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts
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Aurora Gonzalez

Project Component Head, Barangay Leadership Program
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Aurora Gonzalez

Project Component Head, Barangay Leadership Program
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Val Amiel Vestil

Advocacy and Communications Officer
FAYE

Faye Francisco

Finance Officer
NIMFA

Nimfa Maca

Administrative Officer
CLAIRE

Claire Guarino

Instructional Manager, SUGPAT Alternative School for Peacebuilding and the Arts
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Shekinah Benitez

Advocacy and Communications Assistant

SUGPAT 4.0 

Masters In Arts In Governance And Development Major In Youth Development Work (Magd-Ydw)

In partnership with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and UNICEF, MAGD-YDW is a program that consist a 45-credit units with focus on the foundations of youth development, youth development in local government units, project and program development and implementation, emerging youth issues, political analysis and programs for marginalized youth.

This coursework is envisioned to promote the professionalization of youth development work by facilitating youth development work education and training, settling competency standards, sharing good practices, encouraging research work on youth development themes, and advocating for pro-youth policies and advocacies at the national and sub-national levels. Significantly, it intends to strengthen context and literature on Filipino youth development.

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Power for Youth

A project of ING and UNICEF, implemented by SUGPAT in partnership with the Department of Education, the project focuses on strengthening the delivery of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS) and to establish a youth alliance in Zamboanga del Norte.

ING and UNICEF have been partners since 2005. Together They helped 1 million children worldwide to access quality education. And since 2015 ING and UNICEF are investing in empowering young people with knowledge and skills to be successful in life and contribute to society.

The partnership is called ‘Power for Youth’ and focuses on empowering adolescents. Adolescence is a unique phase in one’s life and a critical transition from childhood to adulthood. UNICEF and ING aim to make adolescence an age of opportunity. Our partnership is therefore based on the notion of empowerment. This concept also lies at the heart of the missions of both organizations. As a financial institution, ING empowers people, helping them to achieve their goals and stay a step ahead in life and in business. Similarly, UNICEF works to empower children, helping them to develop and reach their full potential.

SUGPAT 4.0 Team

Kiko

Kiko Miranda

Program Director
Roj

Rogin Christ Eribal

Project Officer for Education
Bam

Abmel Immid

Assistant Project Officer
Jan

Jan Aldwin Cutin

Project Officer for Youth Alliance
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Nimfa Maca

Asst. Project Officer
Shek

Shekinah Benitez

Advocacy and Communications Officer
Law

Lawrence Agustin

Asst. Advoc. and Comms Officer
Faye

Ma. Melliefer Francisco

Finance Officer
Claire

Mary Claire Guarino

Assistant Finance Officer
Reeka

Erica Marie Francisco

Admin Officer
JP

John Paul Braulio

Inventory and Procurement Officer

SUGPAT Through the Years

  • 2013

    The Zamboanga Siege happened.  More than 100,000 people mostly women and children were displaced.

  • 2014

    Ateneo establishes the ADZU-Recovery and Assistance Program to respond to the needs of internally displaced people caused by the 2013 siege.

  • 2015

    March

    The Center for Performing and Visual Arts was renamed Ateneo Center for Culture and the Arts (ACCA) and was placed under the Social Development cluster of ADZU.  This transition determined the direction of culture and arts programming of the center towards social development.

  • April

    Newly appointed as Director of the Center for Culture and the Arts, Kiko Miranda meets Emma Brathwaite, then HIV and Adolescent Specialist for UNICEF Philippines.  Their initial conversations revolved around exploring creative strategies to engage out-of-school youth in Masepla Transitory Site - the biggest transitory site for IDPs of Zamboanga City.

  • August

    ADZU entered into a Small Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA) with UNICEF Philippines to kick-off the SUGPAT Arts for Development project.

  • October

    61 out-of-school youth living in Masepla transitory site participate in a highly collaborative 5-day workshop on Photography facilitated by community-based contemporary artist Ralph Eya. Through photos, the participants were able to tell dynamic stories of resilience, hope, and life as IDP youth.

  • November

    With themes on health and hygiene, education, peace, and environment, 23 out-of-school youth from Masepla create their own puppets and performances through the mentorship of Kiko Miranda as workshop facilitator.

  • December

    Believing in the power of the creative arts to unite communities, the 1st Masepla Arts Festival is organized.  The outputs from the photography and the puppetry workshops were presented by the SUGPAT participants to the delight of the Masepla community.