Madonna Decena and Our Brave OFWs

OFws are our nation’s modern heroes, we have heard this so many times that it seems trite and grating. But watching the stories of OFWs like Madonna Decena, a contestant on Britain’s got talent whose video is attached, and you realize how true the hero monicker is. Personally, while I appreciate their sacrifices, I wish they did not have to be heroes, meaning that perhaps if we had more options in the Philippines, we would not need our OFWs to venture out and expose themselves to abuse and exploitation. And what about the great social cost – the toll on families, the lack of father or mother figures for our youth, and the consumerism that occurs when children are given money, cellphones, gadgets, etc. instead of guidance?

– Atty. Adel Tamano

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Serving the Youth

It has been always been an honor for me to serve the youth and being a youth leader in the past, as past National President of the Junior Chamber of the Philippines or JCI-Philippines (formerly Philippine Jaycees), and as National Chairman of Kabataan ng Masang Pilipino, and other youth organizations, it has been a commitment for me to hold on with the passion to assist our youth, kahit pumuti na ang buhok ko. Although I belong to a political family, I have never let politics get in the way of my passion of serving the youth sector.

It will be a big challenge on how to convince the majority of our youth to be dedicated and take part on what is happening to our country. Based on my experience, as I have gone around the country, the youth will move as long as there would be programs and projects that would interest them. But unfortunately because of lack of effective youth programs, the majority of our youth remained apathetic.

This generation is hounded with political and economic crises, the youth should not lose hope to act and affect change for the nation. Even during the last issues concerning scandals in the current administration, the youth was at the forefront in the quest for truth. That was when I told myself, there is still hope, since the youth was now at the frontline of the communal action. It was a great feeling that the political, business, and religious personalities had to take a back seat and let the youth take the lead in the activities. May pag-asa na, sapagka’t kumilos na ang kabataan!

Gone are the days when the youth are just enthralled with gimmicks, night outs, malling, and even vices. Sana ay ang kabataan ngayon, gamitin ang pag-gigimik sa pakikihalubilo at pakikipagkaibigan sa kapwa kabataan para sa makabuluhang gawain. Ang it is also a good thing that we are blessed with the new technology that we can utilize for disseminating information, expressing our views and participating in the endeavors for the betterment of our nation.

Laman na ng mga blogs sa internet at You Tubes ang mga hinaing, mga pananaw at suhestiyon ng mga kabataan para sa ikabubuti ng ating bayan.

That is why some of the Filipinos are inspired to follow through, yung mga hindi tinatablan na kumilos at makiisa sa mga proyekto para sa bayan at nananatiling nakapiring ang mga mata, nagbibingibingihan at mistulang mga pipi na di nakapagsasalita, ay sobrang manhid na lamang talaga.

Kaya naman ang hamon ko sa ating mga kabataan ay ang mapanatili sa inyong lahat at mapatunayan na nasa kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan!

The Filipino Youth have long been recognized as achievers, intelligent, talented and success-driven.

Ang dunong ng kabataan ang siyang magpapaunlad tungo sa tunay na kalayaan ng Pilipinas, kalayaan sa kahirapan, sa pagsasamantala ng naghaharing uri, at sa anumang kaguluhan. Ang ating sama-sama at nagkakaisang pagsisikap ang magbabangon sa mga Pilipino hindi lamang para sa pansariling kasaganahan ng ating mga pamilya nguni’t para sa kaunlaran at kapayapaan ng buong bayan.

Kilos na Kabataan, Palayain ang Bayan!

Para sa Bayan,

JV EJERCITO