2005 YP Fellows

2005 YP FELLOWS

  • Stage 2 YP Volunteer-Trainees
  • Reflections of a YP Fellow
  • Stage 1 Workshop Participants

Stage 2 YP Volunteer-Trainees

Marie Edraline B. Belga

yp volunteer

Edra Belga is a 22-year old BS Architecture graduate who applied as a volunteer during the preparatory activities of YP-OTP Stage 1. This involvement allowed her to gain some initial experience in working with community leaders and profiling the immersion areas even before the culmination of the Stage 2 process. The initiative and commitment she showed in community development work as a career path have been impressive enough for her to be absorbed into the regular staff of TAO-Pilipinas. Edra now holds a staff position in TAO’s Human Settlements & Environment Program and has since been assigned as team leader for the project SANAGMANA Subdivision Planning.

Rhocelle C. Reyes

yp volunteer

Osan Reyes is a 23-year old BS Geodetic Engineering graduate from UP-Diliman who has had several volunteer experiences in pastoral work as a student. She has however not been involved in technical-oriented community work and she applied for the internship position primarily to be able to apply the technical knowledge learned in BS Geodetic Engineering. Osan was able to work for the duration of two (2) months as an YP trainee especially in projects that required the involvement of geodetic engineering tasks. These included

  • SANAGMANA Housing Project (Subdivision Planning); and
  • DAMPA-ALMA LUPA Land Survey Assistance.

Maria Veronica A. Hernando

yp volunteer

Enika Hernando is a 24-year old licensed Interior Designer who has been employed in private design firms after graduating from Assumption College. However, she has opted to become a full-time student of Master of Community Development in UP-Diliman to pursue an alternative career path as a development worker. She considers her involvement in the YP program as an opportunity to apply in practical terms the theories learned in her masteral studies. Enika has been involved in the following TAO projects for the full six (6) months integration period:

  • SANAGMANA Housing Project (Subdivision Planning);
  • SANAGMANA Solid Waste Management (SWM) Trainings; and
  • Technical Assistance to PACOMNA.

Reflection of a YP Fellow

On her YP experience, Enika writes:

Interior Design has been associated for a long time as a profession for the elite and never as one with a social concern. It has always been a misconception that Interior Designers only design homes for those who are rich, five-star hotels, high-end buildings. Many think that hiring interior designers only mean lavish furnishings, expensive materials and grand interiors. As a college student in Assumption College, we were made to realize our social responsibility towards our society especially to those who are less fortunate whatever our chosen profession may be.

My experience during the Young Professionals Workshop last August 2005 further enlightened me that as an Interior Designer or any other profession you have chosen, you can help our less fortunate fellow citizens uplift their lives and move towards a society that will recognize the needs of this sector.

The workshop provides an overview of the current scenario of human settlements issue in the Philippines and in the world. It provides a lot of insights regarding how Technical Professionals can help the sector that belongs to the “bottom of the pyramid”. We can provide technical help for the communities to enable them to formulate a community development plan. To layout a subdivision plan can also help the communities lobby for their rights for security of land tenure. The highlight of the workshop was the immersion in various communities. I must say it was a fun-filled experience despite being surrounded by the harsh realities of life. In the community where I stayed, their favorite pass time was videoke. I do not know how to sing but it didn’t matter, we all sang anyway which was part of the whole experience. The community will welcome you with such warmth and cheerfulness that you forget that Tondo is a place marked as dangerous. It only proves that it is unfair to stereotype all of the people living there as “bad” people. When you experience living with them, even if it was only for two nights, you realize they are just the same as we are – they work hard, they laugh, they cry, they have dreams. However their living conditions will make you also realize how harder life is for them. Witnessing how they live will make you appreciate how lucky you are to have basic necessities such as water. In the community where I stayed, they do not have any water supply so they have to buy water in containers. Every drop counted. But one of my realizations is we should not feel sorry for them but rather recognize that they have their own potentials just waiting to be tapped. They just need to be given equal opportunities for a better life. Their voices just need to be heard. We come to help them learn to help themselves. We do not go there as if to save them. We must also make them realize that they are the key factor towards their own development. We only serve as a catalyst.

To end my reflections, I would like to share a question posed by one of the participants. He asked, “Up to where do we extend our help?” There will always be a “battle of emotions” between wanting to make a name for yourself, earning lots of money and the desire in your heart to be of service especially to those who are poor. Is there any chance you’ll be able to do both as a young professional? The answer might not come your way right after the workshop but it’s a step forward towards realizing what you really want and what is important to you.

Stage 1 Workshop Participants

Rodrigo N. Aragon
21
5th year Geodetic Eng’g student
University of the Philippines-Diliman

yp volunteer

Marie Edraline B. Belga
21
BS Architecture graduate
University of the Philippines-Diliman

yp volunteer

Anthony Vincent S. Bicenio
20
5th year Civil Eng’g student
University of Sto. Tomas

yp volunteer

Dyan Kristinne V. Bobier
21
5th year Geodetic Eng’g student
University of the Philippines-Diliman

yp volunteer

Karisse C. Faelnar
22
5th year Civil Eng’g student
University of Sto. Tomas

yp volunteer

Maria Veronica A. Hernando
24
BS Interior Design graduate
Assumption College

yp volunteer

Avenger Michelle A. Maslog
24
5th year Geodetic Eng’g. student
University of the Philippines-Diliman

yp volunteer

Lew Anthony A. Quincena
21
5th year Civil Eng’g. student
University of Sto. Tomas

yp volunteer

Rhocelle C. Reyes
23
5th year Geodetic Eng’g. student
University of the Philippines-Diliman

yp volunteer

Ronna Jane A. Sanchez
21
5th year Civil Eng’g. student
University of Sto. Tomas

yp volunteer

Lech John C. Sarmiento
21
5th year Civil Eng’g. student
University of Sto. Tomas

yp volunteer

Kayoko Sushitani
23
4th year Landscape Architecture student
University of the Philippines-Diliman

yp volunteer

Aissa Zeenah A. Tan Seng
21
5th year Architecture student
Adamson University

yp volunteer

Geraldine M. Venzon
24
4th year Architecture student
Adamson University
BS Civil Eng’g. graduate
University of Southern Mindanao

yp volunteer

John P. Caro
22
3rd year Architecture student
Central Colleges of the Philippines

yp volunteer

Riza Grace T. Bini
JF Ledesma Foundation, Inc.
BS Architecture graduate
Negros Oriental State University

yp volunteer

Cris Salvador Tellermo
JF Ledesma Foundation, Inc.
BS Computer Science graduate
Colegio de Sta. Rosa – San Carlos City

yp volunteer

Felipe Y. Lim
JF Ledesma Foundation, Inc.
BS Mechanical Eng’g. graduate
University of San Carlos – Cebu City

yp volunteer

Cheryl B. Moron
23
3rd year Computer Science student
Technical Institute of the Philippines

Brando G. Despi
JF Ledesma Foundation, Inc.
BS Accountancy graduate
Colegio de Sta. Rosa – San Carlos City