The second semester for our CWTS was something that I never anticipated. I really thought that after all the lectures and insightful talks during the first semester, all of us would be immersed into different places where we would be helping people build their community. To my surprise, a different set-up was waiting for all of us and I can still remember that we were all clueless as to how we would be doing our CWTS for the semester. I believe that the arrangement for the CWTS this semester was interesting and I think it brought something new to how all of us can really take part in the different endeavors that many NGOs are doing.
I was part of the group which was assigned to the NGO named EU-ASEAN Campaign Network. As the name implies, we would be working with people who are involved in discussions and agreements concerning economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the designated regions of the institutions. When I knew that we were assigned to this organization, I thought that we would be exposed to the different aspects underlying the unions. Rather, our group was specifically given a project that I think is really critical to the development of a specific area in Luzon and a possibility of embarking on a trip that will engage us into having hands-on experience of dealing with an international enterprise having investments here in the country will surely broaden our knowledge of how our NGO does its work. The kind of work our NGO does involves understanding and critically examining different trade agreements between countries under the EU-ASEAN. With the works that the NGO consolidates, it publishes and produces the resulting output for the public and especially concerned bodies to understand the trade agreements that would involve the Philippines and how such influences the economic growth and the development of the country whether in isolated regions or in the macro level.
The task given to us was for our group to research on a multinational conglomerate that had huge investments here in the Philippines specifically in Central Luzon. This certain company is one of the world’s largest animal food producers and their operations include breeding of livestock, running farming systems, and generally food production for their aquaculture businesses. Our group would have to contact government agencies inquiring about the company. Moreover, collate information regarding their compliance with certain regulations and environmental policies and also examine the effects of the company’s business operations in the community they have built their factories in. I believe that our task is very challenging and it needs great attention for us to really achieve our goal of providing the pertinent information for our NGO. The significance of this project is to understand and analyze the benefits that the business will give the local community more importantly the Philippines and the costs that will be incurred having put up the business of the company in specific regions of the country.
*Note – Disclosure about this project needs a certain amount of confidentiality as recommended to us by EU-ASEAN Campaign Network
Jeremiah N. Banzon