A Pahinungod volunteer lives up to the spirit of The Oblation. (Photo courtesy of UPLB Ugnayan ng Pahinungod)

Seeing signs of diminishing social responsibility among students in the early 1990s, UP instituted a program to encourage volunteer service to underserved communities. The underlying belief was that UP’s soul resided in connecting to the people, i.e., public service that went beyond mere fulfillment of requirements to something more integral and committed.