Monday, November 28, 2011

ICN Congress 2013: Website and Call for Abstracts Launched

25th Quadrennial Congress will be held in one of the world‘s `most liveable` cities,- Melbourne, Australia, 18-23 May 2013

GenevaSwitzerland 28 November, 2011. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is pleased to release the Call for Abstracts and launch the website for its 25th Quadrennial Congress and CNR. Headlined with the theme Equity and Access to Health Care, Congress will take place in MelbourneAustralia from 18-23 May 2013.  Instructions for submitting abstracts for the scientific programme and details on the themes to be addressed can be accessed at The deadline for abstract submission is 14 September 2012.

Inspiring plenary sessions will be dedicated to exploring the Congress theme, with particular focus on gender equity, the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases and the tension between personal and societal responsibility for health. Featured main sessions will offer the most recent expertise on wellness and prevention, the nursing workforce, ethics/human rights, clinical care and patient safety. Themes for abstract submissions (concurrent sessions, symposia and posters) will address these issues plus developments in nursing education, disasters and conflict, care systems and access, eHealth, regulation and the history of nursing. The Congress will also be the venue for ICN Network meetings.

To share your ideas and expertise you are invited to submit an abstract for a concurrent session, a symposium or a poster. The abstract submission guidelines are now available on the Congress website: online abstract submission system will be live as of 16 April 2012.

The Council of National Representatives, ICN’s global governing body, will also convene in Melbourne just prior to the Congress, from 16-19 May 2013. Congress participants who are members of ICN member associations will be able to observe global nursing leaders identify the profession’s priorities and future directions.

To keep up with all the latest information on the Congress programme and related events, visit the Congress website at

Friday, November 25, 2011

Carlos Celdran To Hold “Rock Hard For RH” On Saturday

RH Advocate Carlos Celdran has released a public invitation today for “Rock Hard for RH”, to be held on Saturday at the Occupy for RH camp at SB Park across the South Wing Gate of Congress, as a reaction to the recent anti-RH delay tactics by Representatives Raul Daza, Pablo P. Garcia, Sergio Apostol and Amado Bagatsing.

“It is long past time that we called these people out on the harm they are doing to the Filipino family,” said Celdran, calling their tactics “underhanded, shameless and beyond reproach.”

Rep. Daza last Tuesday spent an hour discussing boxing rules in his privilege speech, and Cong. Bagatsing interpellated.

“Come to the Occupy for RH camp for a weekend of RH games, trivia, music and demanding more from our government. It’ll be a night of fun games, intelligent discussions and a webshow,” added Celdran. He also invited pro-RH advocates to visit the Occupy for RH camp themselves.

Occupy for RH is a campaign of the Reproductive Health Advocacy Network and other RH advocates to camp out at SB Park and hold daily demonstrations at the South Wing Gate of Congress calling on legislators to vote on the RH Bill within the year.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The 2011 Annual Manila Pride March

The 2011 Annual Manila Pride March will be this December 3, 2011!

Task Force Pride, a non-profit network of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) groups will organize the 17th Annual Pride March in Manila. The aim of the march is to gather different LGBT groups, allies and individuals in solidarity, as well as provide positive visibility to the community.

This year's theme, "Pride of the Orient", recalls the community's achievements with regard to advancing LGBT human rights, such as... organizing the first pride march in Asia in 1994 and the formation of Ladlad party list, the only LGBT-oriented party list in the world, and extensive HIV/AIDS Awareness campaigns nationwide .

"Pride of the Orient" calls on LGBT Filipinos to reclaim these milestones and look forward to more victories they've yet to achieve.

For Organizations, please confirm in this link:

If you have difficulties with the links provided, please reply to this email with your Name, Organization's Name, and Contact Number.
Please take note of the following dates:
November 26, 2011
General Assembly
3/F 56 Mindanao Avenue, Project 6, Quezon City
December 3, 2011
Pride March
Meeting Place: Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila
Registration: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Parade: 4:15pm
Program: 5:00pm
Routes, Program, and Pre-Parade Venue will be discussed on the General Assembly. We would be needing volunteers as well for the registration and marshalls.
Please check the TFP page regularly for updates on the program line-up and the venue. Thanks, and see you all on December 3, 2011 at the Pride March!

For more information you can visit this FB Event Page:

Visit the official website:

or SMS us at 09163089903 (Globe), 09333049795 (Sun) to Raffy Aquino.

Monday, November 07, 2011

[Vital Signs Column] Nurses & RH

October 16-31, 2011 Issue
Vital Signs, is the FIRST newspaper for the medical community. It caters to doctors, health workers and other healthcare professionals, bringing them the latest health news, scientific updates, as well as opinions, and commentaries on current issues impacting healthcare delivery in the country. You can read Alvin Dakis' columns on nursing & social issues in every Vital Signs newspaper published every 1st & 15th of the month. 

The 2nd Millennium Convention of nurses hosted by the Alliance of Young Nurse Leaders & Advocates International was concluded this October 8-9, 2011 at Great Eastern Hotel in Quezon City that talked about the role of nurses in reproductive & sexual health. Reproductive & sexual health nursing is an old practice of nurses but was not given proper attention nor elevated in specialty practice. The convention gave that emphasis & opened a more promising field of expertise for Filipino nurses.

Nurses have been quiet in the issue of reproductive & sexual health here in Philippines but having to witness a lot of inequity in accessing to such services, early & unplanned pregnancies, contracting of sexually-transmitted diseases such as HIV & AIDS and even on seeing clients with many inaccurate information regarding their reproductive & sexual health. 

The convention talked about how nurses can practice in reproductive & sexual health and the impact each nurse makes in the community if he or she educates. But how can nurses really work in this field?

Service Providers nurses are service providers having to provide family planning & reproductive health services to individuals & couples. Nurses can provide FP services like injectables and to some extent, prescription of medicines related to their patient's conditions. Nurses in the US operate their own nurse-led clinics and prescribe medications to their patients.

Educators - one of the expertise of nurses is to become health educators in many areas such as schools, communities and clinical settings. In providing health education covering reproductive & sexual health, it is necessary that nurses should be trained in handling very sensitive information of their clients, provide gender-sensitive and rights-based responses. In this aspect, I believe that nurses should undergo a post-graduate training on gender, population & development.

Counselling - now this avenue is good only when nurses are trained how to communicate well with their clients especially talking to young people. Nurses handling clients undergoing special counselling needs such as those newly-diagnosed with HIV should also receive peer education and pre & post test counselling training. Nurses handling such cases should also be able to provide an enabling environment for their clients to trust them and for nurses to maintain their integrity in their professional relationships with their clients.

Research - nurses in reproductive & sexual health would need to venture into research as well since many of the fields in this need scientific data gathering to monitor the progress of each individual's case. 

Many conservative nurses might find providing these services unethical or some might refuse giving these services. Ethical standards in nursing practice have been delineated by the Code of Ethics for Filipino Nurses by the Philippine Board of Nursing. 

The Code of Ethics Article 2 Section 4 states that nurses should respect individual's values, customs and spiritual beliefs and that individual freedom to make rational and unconstrained decisions shall also be respected by nurses. For an individual to make sound, rational, and unconstrained decisions, the nurse should provide unbiased and complete information about what the patient will undergo and what the patient should know about his/her condition. It is the role of the nurse to provide age-appropriate & taking into consideration the level of comprehension of his/her client to optimize transfer of information.

Nurses may venture into organizing RH clinics/centers where they are the ones managing and rendering services. Nurses may also form counselling centers for clients that needed it. Nurses may become health educators in schools and companies. There are avenues for nurses in reproductive & sexual health practice. 

There are a lot of women dying from childbirth complications, many early & unplanned pregnancies, many people needing appropriate sexuality education especially to young people, many people getting sick and contracts HIV without them knowing it, many people do not know how to space their children and how to plan for their families, many young people do now know their sexuality & remain confuse, and many people are still thinking like they are in the dark ages. There are many rooms for nurses to do in the communities.

By the way, I would like to thank all our beloved speakers who shared their time & expertise in the convention. I would like to thank Drs. Esperanza Cabral and Sylvia Claudio, Rep. Risa Hontiveros, Ms. Elizabeth Angsioco and Ms. Grace Stanley who selflessly shared their knowledge and helped cleared questions about nurses giving reproductive & sexual health services. Thank you, thank you!

[Vital Signs Column] The New Face of Volunteerism

Issue 8 Vol. 1 |  October 01-15, 2011 Issue
Vital Signs, is the FIRST newspaper for the medical community. It caters to doctors, health workers and other healthcare professionals, bringing them the latest health news, scientific updates, as well as opinions, and commentaries on current issues impacting healthcare delivery in the country. You can read Alvin Dakis' columns on nursing & social issues in every Vital Signs newspaper published every 1st & 15th of the month. 

It has been 10 years since I have been volunteering my services, time, and resources to the community. I remembered how I toiled hard to defend the things I advocated and having to experience grave poverty, threats and character assassination. Ten years, and still in the running.

I volunteered my services for free to people living with HIV and to those who have been newly diagnosed. I also have offered my services to help youth organizations manage & run their organizations. Having to have these things done, one would think "what has gotten into you?" But time and again I also ask that question. Why do we volunteer?

Volunteerism seemed to be a very benevolent act and an individual would need to decide for him or her self since it would require you great time, effort, talent, time and resources. But a volunteer may lend his or her time & resources either part-time or full-time. And the range of voluntary service may vary according to the advocacy.

Volunteerism is a selfless act to help those who are in need. However I think the nursing profession has started to use the term wrongly. Recently, new nurses would approach hospitals and render their free services - sounds benevolent isn't it? Wait till what happens next.
These nurses assume the name "volunteer nurses" since by the nature of their work in the hospitals. To add to it, some of these nurses have offered their payment in exchange for this 'volunteer act'. Seeing the opportunities of augmenting their staffing needs and at the same time receive additional pay from these desperate nurses, some hospitals now charge nurses fee for their services & to others cloak these schemes into "training programs" to justify their charges or fees. 

But I won't talk about the training fees nor the volunteer programs of the hospitals. I would like focus my column to the nurses who continue to patronage these kinds of programs, which by the way I find very exploitative. Let me elaborate on this.

Many of the nurses I asked, who volunteer their services in these hospitals, told me that the reasons why they volunteer are to:

1. Gain clinical experience. Because many of these newly registered nurses felt their evident lack of experience in clinical practice during their college years. Upon graduation & passing of the nursing boards, these nurses still felt their lack of confidence in performing basic nursing care skills. This tells us one thing, there is a problem in our current nursing education that produces these nurses.

2. Increase individual marketability. Engaging in this 'volunteer' practice would gain them not just the experience but also that paper certificate. And oh boy you'd die to get one of those. These paper certificates saying that you have given voluntary service to these institutions are thought to be their green passes to gain local employment and even work abroad. Little did these nurses know, that it has little effect to increasing one's 
"employability" and marketability. 

3. The hopes of being favored for employment. These 'volunteer' nurses also thought that volunteering to these hospitals would give them an extra boost compared to other nurses who did not volunteer in that hospital when there will be vacancy only to find out that this, similar to number 2 above would account to only such a small fraction for consideration. 

But with all these things how come the term "forced volunteerism" has been coined? Since this issue, a lot of terms have been used and this "forced volunteerism" tells us that since many hospitals implement "volunteer" programs or pseudo-"training" programs nationwide, our newly-registered nurses are left with only one choice: to grab the program and go with the flow - if not, you can't work in the hospital.

Time and again I've been telling my colleagues, my fellow nurses, to do not patronize this kind of practice so that we can demand the hospitals to employ nurses instead of allowing them to continue implementing these programs and get nurses for their free services, and to some even ask for fees.

Volunteer nurses, aside from the gain on increased confidence in bedside skills, will not gain any other advantages. Volunteer nurses work and function closely similar to paid and employed staff nurses. They do not earn anything from their work, and they are also not considered employed by these hospitals. Any mishandling of patients on the part of the volunteer nurse will not be shouldered by the hospital since they are not legally liable to them. However, nurses under this program can be legally charged, sued and when proven guilty, may be imprisoned and have his or her license revoked.

Also, when volunteer nurses get sick or become infected from their current workplace, the hospitals will also not shoulder expenses for medications nor hospitalizations. Nurses patronizing this practice do not see these huge disadvantages and only focus on such a small glimpse of false hope. 

I still fervently hope that my colleagues will see that this kind of practice, may it be not deemed illegal, but is exploitative in nature. I hope that they start to see the bigger picture and consider the integrity of the profession in a bigger spectrum and not be blinded only with a falsely cloaked "advantage" in gaining clinical experience. 

[Vital Signs Column] Of Dengue and Nursing

Issue 6 Vol. 1 |  September 1-15, 2011 Issue
Vital Signs, is the FIRST newspaper for the medical community. It caters to doctors, health workers and other healthcare professionals, bringing them the latest health news, scientific updates, as well as opinions, and commentaries on current issues impacting healthcare delivery in the country. You can read Alvin Dakis' columns on nursing & social issues in every Vital Signs newspaper published every 1st & 15th of the month. 

Dengue is a seasonal disease in the country which happens during the rainy season. But it seems that there are still a lot of things to be done to have a 'dengue-free' country. This year, some dengue hotspots still made it to the top list, some even went double. Where did we go wrong? And what do we lack?

Every year we lose many lives of our fellowmen because of this disease and even though we have lower cases this year, we still got thousands of fellowmen dying from something we can do something about. From January 1 to August 6 of this year, DOH have reported more than 45,000 with 34,652 in Luzon, 5,091 in Visayas and 5,590 in Mindanao. From the data last year, we have around 33.5% lower on dengue cases. 

However, according to the report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council or NDRRMC, some other parts of the country experienced a spiking increase in cases such as the Ilocos Region. Moreover, the National Capital Region also had an increase of 1,258 new dengue cases from July 23-August 06. And in comparison from 2010 data, Metro Manila increased a half more in 2011.

I had my first dengue when I was in college. I didn't know that it was dengue for I thought it was just a serious case of fever. I was confined for more than a week because the doctors kept ruling out for other diseases like typhoid fever. I was being tested and days passed by without me knowing what's happening. I could just imagine what others have to go through.

Looking closely to many of the cases of dengue in the country and where there are outbreaks, these are from the impoverished communities and where health services are hard to access. The Department of Health needs to work more on prevention strategies and educate people how to avoid the disease. This phenomenon is seasonal and can be altered by preventing it to re-occur so that we can see a steady decline of new cases happening every year.

As nurses, it is very vital for us to know the scope of our practice in preventive healthcare. Our health teachings to the communities matter so much since many of the people suffering from this disease are from the communities with little to no health information. Our continued primary & preventive healthcare approaches should be maximized matched with an active & meaningful community participation. 

It is also important for us to take notice how people in the community takes care of their environment. Proper maintenance of water reservoirs and having a cleaner environment decreases risks of contracting dengue. But these knowledge need to be reinforced to the people. That is why I am urging the government to employ more nurses to serve the localities especially the more underserved areas.

Congrats to New Nurses

I would like to congratulate the recent 37,513 passers of the Nursing Licensure Exams out of the 78,135 takers. I congratulate the recent passers and welcomes you all to the nursing profession but I also take concern on the increasing number of unemployment & underemployment within our ranks. Still, with great hope & enthusiasm, I urge the government and all stakeholders to work together to help us achieve a better healthcare through the protection of our health professionals.


[Vital Signs Column] Filipino Nurses: Scarcity in Abundance

Issue 5 Vol. 1 |  August 2011 Issue
Vital Signs, is the FIRST newspaper for the medical community. It caters to doctors, health workers and other healthcare professionals, bringing them the latest health news, scientific updates, as well as opinions, and commentaries on current issues impacting healthcare delivery in the country. You can read Alvin Dakis' columns on nursing & social issues in every Vital Signs newspaper published every 1st & 15th of the month. 

I remember one of my friends jokingly said “Nursing is the Philippines’ national course…” and indeed looking past the Philippines’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing, it has grown to be from a silent course on healthcare to a market leader that shaped the country’s health human resource providing the international market demands. The Nursing profession suddenly was in the limelight after the international demand for nurses.

The global nursing market yearns to answer its global cry and the Philippines just instantly became a genie – its wishes are her command. From around 200 nursing schools in the country – it spurred to about 491 from 2004 despite CHED’s Memorandum Order to close down low performing schools. This sporadic increase in nursing schools milled thousands of nurse graduates that reached around half a million a year. Of these graduates around 75-85,000 of them will take the Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE) and about half of them will pass and become registered nurses.

The country milled thousands and thousands of new nurses every year to supply the demand of the foreign market especially those of the US and the UK. But the global financial crisis hit the former gravely that it ceased importing foreign nurses which includes the Philippines. This temporary closure stalled many aspiring Filipino nurses waiting for their chances of working in the US and other countries, leaving behind a ballooning 287,000 unemployed nurses. This is by far, the highest rate of unemployment of Filipino nurses in the country. This does not include the Filipino nurses who are unemployed or underemployed in other countries.

Such number would tell us how the Philippine government handled our nurses in the country and having to wait to gravely increase the number of unemployed and underemployed nurses. We have an overwhelming supply of new nurses – all unemployed.  Now where do these nurses go? And what are we going to do with such abundance in health human resource?

While the Philippine government plans on how to mobilize such abundance in health human resource, the country’s health system is in ruins. In the public hospitals, 1 nurse serves 40-50 patients while in the rural areas & communities 1 nurse serves around 20-50,000 residents. The nurse serving 40-50 patients is a total far out from the DOH’s ideal Nurse-Patient Ratio (NPR) of 1:10 – and this is not that even close to what we commonly see in public hospitals. How do we expect a nurse to serve 50 with the same quality of care? Evolution of species might happen right in front of our eyes, our nurses will mutate to have more than 8 hands and 4 eyes to cater to all these patients.

We have milled an excess of close to 300,000 nurses in the country while in reality we need more nurses to cater to the fast-growing Philippine populace. We need more nurses to deploy in many areas poorly served of health services or where people cannot access it. But we can’t hire them – because of as expected, lack of resources. Because of these series of unfortunate events of our nurses – they worked without pay to get clinical experiences and hope to land a job really, really soon.

Some hospitals took our desperate nurses’ line to “pay just to get clinical experience” too seriously and indeed charged fees on our nurses for volunteering their services. Many nurses, out of desperation, took this bate with the expectations of landing a job or to increase their “marketability” in the now, heavy competition to super scarce job vacancies. Some hospitals then charge them for their use of electricity & other equipment. Some hospitals scrapped the name of “volunteer” and changed it to “training” to avoid being scrutinized by nurses groups for exploiting our nurses.

To respond to this growing concern of the nurses, the government through the Arroyo Administration created a stopgap measure known as NARS or Nurses Assigned in Rural Service which deployed 10,000 nurses in unserved areas and where they get a stipend of around 8,000. These 10,000 nurses shall be deployed for a span of 6 months. Personally, I think formulating short-term programs to address the issue like this one, without medium and long term ones are doomed to fail. Shortly the program ceased after the ascendancy of a new administration – the Aquino government. Under his term, he revived the NARS program and renamed it RN HEALS or Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement And Local Service with some changes such as increasing the length of duty from 6 – 12 months with hospital exposure but the rest are identical. RN HEALS still deployed 10,000 nurses to unserved and underserved areas in the country.

The two governments created a program to address the gap needed to employ full-time nurses and the scarcity of healthcare providers in marginalized & depressed areas but only made programs that would scratch the surface of a deep-rooted tree. What we actually need is to have medium and long term programs to address the growing number of unemployed nurses, increase the number of plantilla positions, utilize and fill plantilla positions which have been unused or misused, and to close down low performing schools of nursing.

But how can the government do those things? The Department of Health’s Rationalization Plan – a five-year stalled plan is still at the parking lot of the Department of Budget & Management. This has not moved since then. The Rationalization Plan intends to increase the number of health professionals in the areas where are lacking in health human resources. If a medical ward would need 10 nurses and the actual is 5, the Rationalization Plan will supply the rest of the 5. But this is costly and therefore was put in the parking lot – slowly degrading.

A pending bill in the House of Representatives dubbed as the “Rural Health Bill” of Senator Angara which aimed to “improve the accessibility and delivery of primary health services will inevitably create employment for our health care practitioners and hone their skills in the process” needs to be passed. This bill can help address the increasing of jobs and skills level of health professionals will render more public health care & services readily accessible to the public. Even the contentious, Reproductive Health Bill pending in Congress aims to increase the number of hired nurses to cater to the public health.

The country needs to have long-term goals and not just relying on stopgap measures for this will not help our professional nurses develop. We also call for our legislators to see the need for legislation and abolition of all forms of exploitable acts in the nursing and health care professions. Let us also not see our nurses as mere commodities and export products, but rather, let us see them as worthy providers of health are caring to all Filipinos – a vital force in the Philippine’s ailing health situation and the attainment of our united vision to Universal Health Care.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Binay urges: Stop 'sordid practice' Supports DoH move to terminate nurse volunteer programs in hospitals

October 27, 2011, 5:01pm

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar C. Binay has voiced his support for halting the “sordid practice” of nurse volunteer programs in government and private hospitals.

In his message for the Philippine Nurses Association’s 89th Foundation Anniversary and Annual National Convention in Cebu last Tuesday, Binay lauded the Department of Health (DoH) for terminating all volunteer programs in all DoH-retained hospitals.

“The law recognizes this and mandates the State to improve and protect this noble profession and its practitioners. In particular, there is a focus on relevant education, humane working conditions, and a dignified existence for all nurses. It was this focus that prompted the Department of Health to issue Memorandum 2011-0238 last month, terminating all volunteer programs in all DoH-retained hospitals, and I am sure this move was well received by your Association,” Binay said in a message that was read by a PNA official.

The Vice President left for Saudi Arabia that day to attend the funeral of the Kingdom's Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz al Saud.

“It saddens me to see honest people, wanting nothing but a decent chance of employment, exploited by the unscrupulous. To work extended hours in an environment of increased morbidity for minimal financial gain is already a great sacrifice. To demand that fresh graduates pay for this experience is more than unreasonable. It is an injustice that cannot be tolerated or permitted to propagate,” he said.

Binay lauded the DoH "for being the first to say, “No More!” to what he described as a “sordid practice.”

“At least within their system, nurses shall receive compensation for whatever service they render. But the DoH’s reach is only so far. Their memorandum covers only the facilities under their jurisdiction. Outside that purview, one hospital too many is all too willing to continue with this misguided practice. Making things worse, some of the training programs they offer are not even accredited by the Board of Nursing, and as such are not recognized by law,” he said.

“Naniniwala po ako na kailangan mapatigil ang ganitong gawain sa mga pribado at mga provincial hospitals. Sa adhikaing ito, magkasama po tayong lahat at bukas po ang aking tanggapan upang tulungan kayo (I believe that we have to put a stop to this practice. And you can count on my support for this advocacy),” he said.

Binay praised Filipino nurse for being “the best health care workers in the world.”

“They are some the best ambassadors of our people, and strangers who have never heard of the Philippines learn of us through the most positive examples. Our nurses have also been heroic supporters of our economy. Like so many other Global Filipinos, their continued generosity in sending money home has made our nation resilient against shifting economic tides. For all their sacrifices, we are grateful and this gratitude should be matched by our own commitment to their welfare,” he said.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

TAYO 9 Youth Leaders' Batch Speech to Philippines

Sa Pangulong Benigno Aquino III at sa lahat ng dumalo para sa makasaysayang pagtitipong ito, isang mapagpalayang umaga po sa inyong lahat.

A “storyless” generation is a pitiful generation and a generation that does not have a memory is devoid of soul. This we believe is what all of us- the 20 TAYO National Finalists- had in mind when we decided to confront the problems that threaten the very fabric that binds our society.  We would like to create our own stories and memories which we could all look back to.

In the last few days, we have been given a profoundly moving experience of sharing our stories to one another while being inspired by the power of what we and the rest of our generation could collectively achieve and, for all of these, we are hopeful that together we have just woven a memory that we could all be grateful for.

However, we recognize the fact that we owe much to the generations who came before us and who paved our way. Thus, we reckon that what we have all accomplished is still not enough. There is more to realize and a lot more to learn. Thus, teach us and by your guidance, together, let us correct the mistakes of the past.

Yes, we are the youth of this nation. Let us discover more of our place within the society.  Harness our energy, vitality, creativity, and desire for social change. We are not just individuals undergoing a period of aggressive behavior and appalling indifference toward issues concerning the society. We are catalysts of change. We still are hope of the fatherland. We are not devoid of dreams. We are not lost. We are awake.

Kami po ang dalawampung grupo ng mga kabataang pinaghiwa-hiwalay ng ibat-ibang relihiyon, kultura, at lupang pinagmulan ngunit pinagbubuklod ng iisang pusong may makabuluhang adhikain: ang pagsilbihan ang bayan at makitang bumuti ang kalagayan  ng ating lipunan.    

Hindi lang ikaw…hindi lamang ako. TAYO ang magbibigay ng pag-asa sa bayan. Harapin nating lahat ang hamong ito at sama-sama nating sulsihin ang wasak na watawat tungo sa isang bagong umaga.

Maraming salamat po at mabuhay tayong lahat..