Last June 23, 2015 I got the wonderful opportunity of meeting Attorney Helen Kang and spent a few hours with her, and I must say, when mentoring is as fun as that, who would not love to engage in more mentoring sessions? Definitely, not I.
Prior to meeting her, Iíve learned that Attorney Helen is an Environmental Lawyer from the United States and certainly shares the same passion as I am, and that idea set me more excited. We were supposed to conduct our mentoring session in either the vicinity of our law school or that of the hostel where she was staying, but for some reason we were not able to do so. And so instead I decided to take her to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (PWRCC) or known as the Crocodile Farm. We had a tour of the entire place and had the chance to see the different animals that are taken care of by the centerís staff and that include crocodiles, wild boars, mynas, bearcats, parrots, hornbills and cockatoos among others.
While strolling around the large area of the farm, we were able to share different views, opinions and perhaps, some possible ways to address the issues currently faced by the province of Palawan. We started to have our mentoring, but this time it is not the typical approach wherein the teacher or the mentor is generally the one who teaches or imparts knowledge. What Atty. Helen and I had was a more interactive and dynamic one because we had exchanges of knowledge and ideas. However, I certainly must acknowledge that have learned so much from her not just on the issues of animal conservation and protection but almost of everything, especially how the United States through the consolidated efforts of other concerned agencies and organizations promote the usage of renewable energy. And this is something we are now of great concern, hence very timely and relative to our current provincial environmental status.
The hours that I have spent with Atty. Helen thought me that mentoring is neither limited to the four corners of a room, nor to one single person doing the entire sharing or imparting of knowledge. Mentoring can be a dynamic way of learning and can be spelled as F-U-N.
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