This summer, TAO-Pilipinas accepted three student-interns from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Architecture and Fine Arts (PUP-CAFA). The interns were Erika Jane Sabas, Wilma Sy, and Mary Mae Jeremias who applied to the YP Summer Internship Program to fulfill the on-the-job training requirement in PUP-CAFA. Their internship work, which began last April 7, is part of the continuing partnership between PUPCAFA and TAO’s YP Program.
Despite most of the technical staff of TAO doing fieldwork in Tacloban City, the interns were still mentored by a technical staff thru Arch. Beryl Baybay who has rejoined TAO for part-time work engagements. The interns did various work ranging from research to drafting to preparing cost estimates and specification documents. They also assisted the TAO staff in preparing the workshop tools needed for the community action planning process that was conducted in Tacloban City. Particular tasks were also assigned to the interns. Erika did illustrations for a bamboo construction manual; Wilma prepared technical drawings, cost estimates and specification documents; and Mary Mae was assigned to do research on socialized housing projects and land research. The performance of the three student-interns was regularly evaluated by Arch. Baybay and their final evaluation was given upon the completion of the required 200 working hours last May 20. YP Program Deputy Director likewise gave each of the interns a one-of-one assessment of their internship work and issued their certificates of completion.