If there’s one sector in the government I know little to nothing about, it would probably be the mining sector. Mining has always sounded so foreign to me growing up in the city. However, it all changed when me and my group encountered Alyansa Tigil Mina.
I was honestly initially apprehensive about going to ATM because for one, their office is outside the campus and we have to travel far to get there. It’s an additional burden for me since I only commute, and I commute all the way from the south. Second, ATM sounded too liberal for me. I didn’t want to be forced into doing something I wasn’t comfortable about or be made to believe in something I wasn’t completely sure of. Thankfully, ATM wasn’t any of those. I immediately learned so many things even just on our first day. They conditioned us that they won’t turn us into anti-mining activists but into socially aware citizens- something I was very happy about. They gave us booklets about their organization and the current situation in the mining industry. They briefly informed us their views on various issues regarding mining and how they addressed/planning to address it.
Alyansa Tigil Mina also catered to our needs in the sense that they understood the fact that we are students with demanding schedules and requirements. They consulted us in every activity they would assign us and would constantly seek our opinion about it. They made it clear that our time with them shouldn’t be a burden, but an amazing learning experience. Our satisfaction is their utmost concern. Next week, we will be going to Zambales to fulfill our major requirement for the course: a field work. As for our group, we were said to be interviewing a group of farmers in the area, and though quite nervous, we are still excited for what’s in store for us.
Beatrice Ramona S. Toledo