Overseas Filipino Caucus for Sustainable Development: Looking forward to MDG 2015

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (a.k.a. MDG) FOR 2015

This song is the MDG Anthem composed and sung by Filipinos. You can find it here, too: UN.org.ph. 2015 is the magical year. Spread the word!

Click here to go directly to YouTube.com.

For the past four months, I have been a low-key internet personality. You see, I got involved with a group of Filipinos I had met in Utrecht, The Netherlands for a Filipino Experts Meeting and a European-Filipino Migrants Conference in late October of 2007. It had been a very busy time for me. It started with a trip to Hercules, California where Ed Balico, the mayor, honored me with a “Congratulations” recognition during a City Council meeting. The next day, I left for Washington DC where I was honored as one of the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the US” for the category of “Behind The Scenes Leadership.” My sister, Myrna de Vera, joined me for a night of festivities which reminded me of an “All Girls Night Out” affair. At the same FWN Summit, I joined my co-panelists in the “Crafting the Filipina Image” session where I explained how to craft an online campaign to take back the keyword “Filipina” from its dating and marriage SERPs entries.

While my sister packed my award inside her suitcase, I had two more days at the summit before I left for Amsterdam, then on to Utrecht, The Netherlands. Since I am more involved with Filipino American community-based organizations devoted to helping each other in the United States, bonding with 20 other people from Europe, Middle East, and the Philippines (who specialized in advocacy work benefiting migrant Filipinos) was quite overwhelming — and really, a dream come true. I didn’t even realize that my Euro-Pinoy friends were aware about the volunteer work that I do. Yet, here I was, breaking new ground in Utrecht. I even joined the IT group within the caucus. I’m still trying to figure this one out because people know I’m a non-techie.

For a detailed report about my adventures in The Netherlands, go to NaFFAAR8.com.

Here I am, deeply involved in the planning and implementation of our Caucus’s initiatives. We look forward to the 2nd Global Forum on Migration and Development that will be held in October 2008 in Manila, Philippines. Do take the time to check out what our Overseas Filipinos worldwide are doing. It ain’t easy.

What are the Millennium Development Goals?

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

Check out this video about StandAgainstPoverty.org.

Last year, 23.5 million people stood up against poverty and set a new Guinness World Record. They stood up to remind their governments to keep their promises. The promises they made seven years ago with the Millennium Development Goals.

The promise to end poverty inequality and hunger. The promise to stop children dying from preventable diseases. The promise to ensure basic education for all children, particularly girls. The promise to stop women dying during pregnancy and childbirth. The promise to provide water and sanitation and to protect the environment. The promise to provide more and better aid, fair trade and debt cancellation. The promise to achieve these goals by 2015. The promises that some of them have not kept.

Stand Up and Speak Out is the growing movement of people no longer prepared to stay seated or silent in the face of poverty and inequality. On October 16th and 17th, Stand Up and Speak Out for the Millennium Development Goals. Help us break the world record. So we can break the record of broken promises.

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THE MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS ALBUM
Sing the Songs. Find your Voice. Change the World. It’s your Choice.

The MDG Artists: Ai-Ai delas Alas, Aiza Seguerra, Bayang Barrios, Buboy of APO Hiking Society, Christian Bautista, Danny of APO Hiking Society, Fredie Aguilar, Gary Valenciano, Janno Gibbs, Jaya, Jim of APO Hiking Society, Joey Ayala, Joey G. of Side A Band Julia Abueva, Kitchie Nada, Kuh Ledesma, Lea Salonga, Martin Nievera, Papa Dom, Pops Fernandez, Rico Blanco of Rivermaya, Sarah Geronimo, Sharon Cuneta,
Spy Band

TAYO-TAYO RIN (Lyrics)

Sino pang magdadamayan kundi tayo-tayo rin
Kung may pagkakataong tumulong
Huwag palampasin

Simulan na ang magtanim
Ng mabuting gawain
Dahil sino pang aani
Kundi tayo-tayo rin

Kung dumaraing ka
Masdan mo ang musmos
Gusto sanang mag-aral
Ngunit nanlilimos

Kung nagigipit ka
Masdan mo ang dalaga
Dahil babae siya

Chorus:
Bawat tayo’y may problema
Ngunit bawat tao’y may lakas
Magsikap ka, magsama-sama
Lahat ng iya’y may lunas

Kung nalulungkot ka
Masdan ang isang ina
Di mabigyang buhay
Ang sanggol nyang dala

Kung nangungulila
Masdan ang may sakit
Hangad nya ay unawa
Ngunit walang lumalapit

(chorus)

Bridge:
Halika, kumilos na
Sabay tayo
Tara may oras pa
Tulungan tayo (less)

Thank you to Joy Puyat for sharing the Philippine MDG Anthem and the “Stand Up” video with us.

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