Two Sillimanians, together with over 400 students from across the country, occupied the Senate halls last Sept. 13-14 for the Philippine Model Congress (PMC), a two-day simulation of the affairs of the legislative branch of government.
Student leaders Cedric Louis Antiquina, a sophomore medical technology student, and Wilson Cadalso, a junior agriculture student, joined the PMC, an annual student-run and student-participated conference patterned after similar initiatives in topnotch universities abroad.
Cadalso said that like a real Congress, they drafted bills which underwent committee hearings and simulated congressional debates. They also engaged in workshops and “learned from transformative guest speakers.”
“This is an opportunity for young people to experience being in the shoes of the country’s legislators,” Cadalso said.
Aside from learning new things, Cadalso said that PMC has increased his awareness on national issues and commitment to nation-building.
PMC is modeled after conferences hosted by Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other international universities. It is a collaborative effort by Filipino college students from various universities, and has earned the accreditation and sponsorship of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
By Nova Veraley V. Grafe