The Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) held a two-day summer camp for its scholars recently in Matahum Beach, Barangay Mangingisda, Puerto Princesa City.

Bong de la Rosa, RTNMC community relations manager, said Tuesday the summer camp will be a yearly activity for the 22 scholars of Bataraza to know them very well.

“Yearly na sya, actually dati orrientation ang tawag. Ito kasi parang enhancement and magkaroon kami ng opportunity na magkaroon ng chance na mas makilala pa sila, minsan kasi may mga problema na pero hindi pa sinasabi. Kaya nagkaroon tayo ng ganong activity specifically para mas makilala sila,” he said.

Dela Rosa said the traditional activity was an orientation with the parents but this year they decided to give a time and activity for the scholars.

The summer camp was held on June 14 to 16.

He said the summer camp also helped hone scholars to become the core group of RTNMC.

The activity also gave advice and counseling to students with problems in their career.

“Marami tayong na-encounter na problem. Minsan kasi ginastusan mo na pero hindi namin alam huminto na pala, ang relationship talaga between us and scholars. Sabi ko nga sa kanila, hindi na namin sila tintuturing as beneficiary ng scholarship kundi as a partner. Kung maayos tayo ay mare-reflect ‘yon sa amin sa comrel, na hindi transactional ang relationship,” Dela Rosa said.

Meanwhile, he said there is no required course to avail their scholarship provided that they are residents of the impact area which is Bataraza.

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