What is COA - M?

The Council of Organizations of the Ateneo - Manila (COA-M) is the sole, autonomous, confederation of all fifty-six (56) duly-accredited student organizations in the Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Schools.

COA-M is united in developing Ateneans to become active, competent, and holistically formed leaders who contribute to nation-building through the Ignatian tradition of service and excellence.

Vision

The Council of Organizations of the Ateneo - Manila envisions itself as an empowered and collaborative community of competent organizations and holistically formed students ready to proactively respond to the challenges of their time and initiate positive changes within the Ateneo community and in the greater society through the Ignatian tradition of service and excellence.

Mission

As the Council of Organizations of the Ateneo - Manila, we develop organizations as formative spaces, thereby providing Ateneans venues for critical socio-political discourse, integrated business engagement, actualized Spiritual growth, environmental action, physical, mental, and social health, cultural rootedness and exploration, creative communication, artistic expression, social immersion to uphold human dignity, and a greater appreciation and innovation through science and technology by empowering organizations to be united, effective, collaborative, and sustainable through proper guidance, dialogue, and support.

Offices & Clusters

COA-M works to promote a vibrant and flourishing organization life in the Ateneo through its roles in being a representative, administrative, formative, collaborative, and unitive body for student organizations in the Loyola Schools.

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The Office of the President (OP) handles most of the executive procedures of the Council and ensures that all officers, ExTeam members, projects, and initiatives are aligned with the mission, vision, and goals of COA-M. Comprised of the Executive Arm and the Commission on Organizational Strategies for Mental Health (COSMH), the office has the primary role of assessing and responding to the urgent needs of the Council’s constituents. Moreover, the office mainly focuses on representation, enforcement of the provision of the Constitution and Codes, constant reporting of the status of the Council through various transparency efforts, coordinating with other offices and cluster boards, and managing council-wide efforts initiated by the office.

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The Office of the Chief-of-Staff (COS) handles the execution of all personnel management efforts under COA-M which aim to assess and improve both the performance and the welfare of all members and constituents of the Council. Being the primary human resource management arm of COA-M, the department aims to use these efforts in cultivating a better sense of community within the Council. The office works to provide the necessary spaces for growth and development through initiatives that allow for the proper fostering of each member’s skills as well as surveying and responding to the needs of the organizations.

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As the chief administrative office of the Council, the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG) holds the crucial role of managing the Council’s key administrative affairs. The office creates, implements, and manages systems to ensure the accuracy, completeness, and organization of the Council's records, and the effective dissemination of information to all its members and constituents. The office aims to make work more efficient by keeping its facilities well-maintained as well as offering its services to other departments and projects.

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The Office of the Finance Officer caters to council-wide endeavors such as Recruitment Week, COA Awards, and the different cluster projects by allocating funds given by the Office of Student Activities (OSA). The office also serves as the student representative for all finance matters and concerns brought up to the school administration. The office also caters to the different needs of all accredited COA-M organizations and acts as a consultative body with regards to finance and in several areas of marketing, specifically in collaboration efforts with other organizations.

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The Office of the Vice President for Creative Communications (OVPCC) holds the responsibility of handling COA-M’s visual identity and branding. Spearheaded by the VP for Creative Communications, this office is tasked to conceptualize and create publication materials for the council, uphold the branding manual, initiate efforts and changes regarding the visual identity of the council, and handle all social media platforms of COA-M. Additionally, OVPCC is also in charge of screening and approving all submitted publication materials to be posted on COA-M's accounts, as well as making necessary edits and adjustments prior to posting.

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The Office of the Vice President for Organizational Strategies and Research (OVPOSR) oversees the creation of a conducive environment for organizations to grow and develop by utilizing business research, organizational assessments, and strategy creation. These will be accomplished through the execution of different projects such as extensive organizational studies and various assistance efforts for COA-M organizations. The office aims to promote strategic management within COA-M organizations through a data-driven approach of assessing the current systems and structures of the COA-M community. Additionally, the office hopes to conduct studies and implement crafted organizational strategies that the AdMU LS community can benefit from.

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The Office of the Vice President for Special Projects (OVPSP) is in charge of ideating, implementing, and executing all Council-wide projects. The OVPSP also serves as the Council’s consultative firm for project management-related matters. The Office finds ways to assist organizations through PM-related challenges through its various projects and initiatives.

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The Office of the Vice President for Training and Development is responsible for identifying and providing the organization community with resources and services focused on formation and development. Ultimately, the office aims to ensure that the Atenean organization experience forms students to be better people and leaders.