Buhay Intern: Crash Course for the Neophytes

[ Thank you Center for Policy and Executive Development, CPED for the amazing photos ❤ ]

Hi there, if you happen to see this blog post by coincidence then welcome, my dear friend! I’d like to share my escapade as an intern in the Philippine House of Representatives with a hope to let an individual out there be enlighten on the matter of internship program in the HRep.

This is my third post regarding my internship journey at the House of Representatives (HRep) and if you wish to see my previous posts, Click here to read my first post, and Click here to read my second post. 😉

In this post, I’ll share you my experience as a staff of the Crash Course for the Neophytes of the incoming 17th congress! Before I start my blog post, I would like to thank and acknowledge Center for Policy and Executive DevelopmentUP National College of Public Administration and Governance, and of course the House of Representatives for granting us this opportunity to be a staff in the Crash Course for the Neophytes.

Ang kapangyarihan ay nasa tao. – Secretary General Marilyn Yap on reminding the fundamental rule to the New Legislators

The 4-day crash course for the neophytes is a week of conferences and discussions regarding the procedures and rules of being a legislator in the House. This is to help and guide them for the incoming 17th congress. Moreover, The non-mandatory crash course is for the newly elected congressmen and women only offered by the House of Representatives. As a staff, it is a great experience to be seating on the same venue with the legislators because we are also learning from the discussions given by experts and professional lawyers and lecturers.

The powerful one defines, and the powerless is defined. – Dr. Clarita Carlos

One of the privileges to be a staff of the crash course is to have an opportunity to take pictures with the new legislators! ❤

Moving on to the last day of the crash course, the neophytes were able to witness a mock session in the plenary hall. This is to give them a moment to analyze how a session is conducted, how a motion is risen, how a privilege speech is delivered, how to be recognized, so on and so forth. Basically, everything that happens in a session was compressed and conducted during their crash course. I would like to commend the committee secretaries from the different committees who prepared the mock session, acted as a legislator, imitated different attitudes of a certain legislator, and pretended to have discussions with their co-authors. 🙂

Mr Speaker Gif

After the crash course and the mock session, I was able to seize the chance to take a video in the podium while I imitate a legislator to be recognized by the house speaker. Sana ako rin, mapansin niya. char! And after our tiring week, it seems to be a routine to hangout with my fellow interns. I believe that fellowship is important, knowing that we will all be working in the same sphere in the future; politics. So if you will have an internship soon, take this as a reminder and an advice. 😉