Earlier this sem I wrote a blog post entitled “Well there go my Monday mornings…and I’m cool with that“. I talked about my experience in the NGO.
Needless to say, I really did enjoy the experience. Sure, it was a bit of a hassle, but overall, I think it was beneficial to me. The experience made me realize that there’s a whole lot more to the Akbayan partylist than just the name.
Before this entire experience, I just saw Akbayan as just another partylist. I thought that it was just a group of people running for office. Heck, I didn’t even know what Akbayan meant until I started working for it.
From the inside, I began to see what “Akbayan” truly meant. In tagalog, it means “putting one’s arm over the shoulders of another”, usually a gesture of friendship or of comforting another. In essence, this is what the party stood for.
My experience involved mostly helping sort out cases and researching about government programs. All of these involves the party helping people in need. The party offered legal help to local government officials and helped farmers gain access to farming aid. It was all about service and aid for those in need.
Now, I no longer see Akbayan as just a partylist. I don’t just see it as a group of government people. I now see it as an organization dedicated to serving and helping others while breaking the norms of traditional politics.
And I’m glad to have been a part of it.
-Miguel “Good while it lasted” Silva, 2012-58291