PMFTC Inc. Leadership CampWritten by IVD Team
PMFTC Inc. Leadership Camp Heroes are made, not born. In the face of a challenging business environment and changing landscape, PMFTC needs more people who truly embody the company’s culture and leadership traits that will sustain the company’s future. With this in mind, PMFTC President Paul Riley, External Affairs Director Bayen Elero and Human Resource Director Alex Scekic brewed a one-of-a-kind Leadership Camp for chosen employees to further hone their leadership skills. They would also like to ensure a lasting impact to the community which was affected by one of the most devastiting earthquakes that ever hit the Philippines. The Leadership Camp is an activity that focuses on strengthening the leadership, impact and influence of our chosen participants. They are given a special mission that will challenge their mental ability and leadership mettle. For the Camp’s initial offering, they are tasked to build transitional classrooms in Bohol. 44 volunteers (employees and local residents) were sent to Antequera, Bohol and tasked to build three transitional classrooms in five days, July 21-25, with their bare hands and basic carpentry tools. It may be recalled that Bohol was devastated by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake in October, 2013. After 10 months, plenty of Bohol’s infrastructure remain damaged and unrepaired. A couple of months ago, Paul and Bayen went to Bohol for the official turnover of transitional classrooms which PMFTC donated through the American Chamber (AmCham) Foundation Philippines. These classrooms are the students’ temporary roof while waiting for the renovation or construction of their concrete school buildings. However, they noticed that construction takes time as most people have their own housing problems. Paul and Bayen then decided to engage our own people and build the classrooms. In coordination with the Human Resources Team – namely, Alex, Lourdes Velecina, Liza Nebrida, Joan Cuevas, Agnes Cordero and Jay Ramos, an intensive five-day Leadership Camp was organized – a leadership development exposure that will enable participants to develop and share their leadership traits beyond their comfort zone. On July 20, the participants arrived in Bohol and were immediately brought to Sto. Rosario, Antequera, Bohol. They are welcomed by heavy rains, thick mud, and the sight of an overwhelming construction challenge. Ten Boholano panday (carpenters) greeted them with hard lessons and strict instructions. Each day henceforth, everyone stepped up as they raced to beat the deadline, battling against the forces of nature, fatigue, and injuries. For some of the employees, it was a first to actually hold carpentry tools, to mix cement, to hold lumber, or to climb the roof. They reviewed and revised their strategies many times. When plans failed, they go into a team huddle. There were three teams when they arrived but became one towards the end. True leaders are able to better lead when they fully grasp the impact of what they do to an organization. In the case of the Leadership Camp, this was the Sto. Rosario community. Three community-focused activities were organized that will provide an opportunity to get to know the children, the carpenters, and the teachers. The first community work happened on July 23 during the homeroom class. Six participants interacted with the students and played with them, shared stories and provided inspiration. The second and third community work happened on July 24, seven participants spending time with the children of the carpenters through games and group singing while another group composed of seven participants joined the Nutrition Month parade as part of the official delegation of the Sto. Rosario Elementary school. In the eyes of those kids, it’s not just classrooms that our volunteers gave but also a lifetime memory of happiness, hope, and joy. On their fourth day, at exactly 3:05 PM. The last nail was hammered into place. Three classrooms were up and ready. On the fifth day, all the students, teachers, and some parents witnessed the turnover of the classrooms. “Kung may mas malalim pa na salita kaysa sa ‘Salamat”, iyon yung ibig kong sabihin” (If there is a deeper word for “thank you” that is what I would like to say), said teary-eyed Ismiro Garsota, Barangay Captain of Sto. Rosario. “Iilang bagay lang naman ang kaya kong ituro sa kanila – kung paano maglagare, gumamit ng iskwala, magpantay ng yero. Pero mas malaki ang naibigay nila sa amin dito sa barangay Sto. Rosario,” (I can only teach them a few things – how to saw, use a carpenter’s square, how to fasten galvanized iron – however, they gave us, so much more.) Ismiro added. With three new transitional classrooms, a swing, a basketball ring and ball, school bags, school supplies, and a Jollibee treat, kids smiled from ear to ear.