Filipino youth celebrate volunteerism on GYSD
26 April 2006
Young Pinoys joined the rest of the world in celebrating volunteerism and the altruism of youth during the annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City on 21 April.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Philippines was the national lead agency in organizing the GYSD 2006 launch entitled, “Millennium Development goals (MDGs): Laban Natin Ito!”(MDGs: This is our Fight!). The theme of this year’s youth fair is “Lingkod Kabataan Tungo sa Katuparan ng MDGs.”
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Kyo Naka lauded young Filipinos for their willingness and determination to “be part of the MDG movement and to have taken on the challenge to fight poverty in whatever way they can.”
“From all walks of life, young Filipinos have been volunteering their time, talent and resources to more meaningful activities. From building homes for the poor, to teaching young children to read in school, to planting trees to regenerate the forests - all of these are a testimony that our future is safe in their hands provided that we continue to nurture their hearts and minds,” he added.
Naka handed out awards to the winners of the UNDP-supported MDG National Essay Writing Contest organized by the UN Association of the Philippines in partnership with the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and the National Youth Commission.
The celebration of GYSD 2006 saw the participation of various youth organizations such as the Voice of the Youth Network, Youth Power against Drugs, Gift Foundation, College of Saint Benilde’s (CLSU’s) Gintong Ani Dance Troupe, CLSU’s Benildanze Dance Theatre, and various non-government organizations, foundations and civic organizations.
The fair was followed by a concert, Kalampag!, featuring live bands and performers that support the fight against drug addiction. The concert incorporated the MDGs through artistic rendition of songs from the MDG album released by UNDP.