Thursday, February 4, 2010

Utopian Dream

Dreams need not be utopias, but can come close to them, depending on who dreams, his courage, determination and faith.

The Book of Exodus narrates the escape of the children of Israel from the land of Egypt, and their wanderings in the wilderness for forty years. God frees the 600,000 Israelites from bondage in Egypt to the promised Land through with the leadership of Moses in 1445 B.C.

I have dreamed that the providential hand of God will send His modern day Messiah from the rank of OFWs to lead His Filipino diasporas out of bondage in foreign lands, the OFWs who have have crossed borders in a bitter consequence of hopelessness to our Government.

For the last 40 years, the Global Filipinos have embraced migration to foreign land as a bitter pill solution to the growing poverty in our country. Yet no politician or policy maker listens to the aspirations of a man who wants to survive decently by working hard even almost parallel to slavery.

When was the last time that the voice of the Migrant Workers has been heard in the hallways of Congress, in Senate and in the great walls of Malacanang?

As the Global Filipinos flourished to 12 Million OFWs, it is dispiriting to note that only 589.830 overseas Voters  have registered for the coming 2010 election. With this discouraging figures, my utopian dream  of a savior rising among the votes of Global Filipinos seems to become a fantasy.

I agree with Nebz of Isla de Nebz comment in my recent post Come Fellow OFWs, Vote With Us! (which is a PEBA/Kablogs collective post) -

...We can't collectively be a voting force in 2010 (dahil sa kakaunti lang ang absentee voters na bomoboto) but we can be an effective influence to our family para bumoto ng tama.
This will not deter us from dreaming - WE WILL NOT STOP ON DREAMING  and WE WILL NEVER STOP AT DREAMING.

Let us be proud to be an OFWs, but more than that let's be honored to be a registered Overseas Absentee Voters with the power to invoke change even outside our  country, that we are exercising this right as our forebearers have fought and died for.

This May 2010 election, WE, the few registered OFWs may be regarded as minority voters but it can still make a major impact on 2010's electoral landscape. We will discern, support, campaign and solicit votes from the families of the 12 Million Filipinos back home, and with God's guidance, we will bring into the halls of Senate and Congress and in the facades of Malacanang the ideal leaders of our land.

The choices we face on May are momentous, and the results will be felt not only for the next 6 years, but perhaps for decades to come by Filipinos across the world. In this season of desperation, let's pray in a united and fervent way, that the individuals of God’s choosing would be elected to every office.

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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  1. Though in reality utopia does not exist, a thing that comes closer to it is the knowledge that we endeavor to make this world a better place to live in(sounds very cliche).

    Malungkot tingnan na madami sa ating OFWs ang parang wala ng pakialam sa election. Totoo yung sinabi ni Nebz na pano tayo magkaroon ng impact para sa pagbabago kung ayaw nating makialam, parang que sera sera.

    I am glad that I was able to register na kahit isang boto lang I will be able to make a difference para sa pagbabago; and I can also prod my relatives to vote for the right candidates. Let's give change a chance!

  2. amen to that...
    im proud and very glad that i was able to register to vote for 2010 election...

    AKO ang SIMULA.....

  3. I will pray, hindi mangyari sa Pinas ang tag gutom sa ibang bansa ng Africa. Salamat sa mga OFWs;

    I feel hindi sa pagboto lang nakasalalay ang buhay ng isang bansa.

    Sino ba yung me sabi na presidente ng USA ng ganito,
    Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.

    yun na.

  4. Galing ng post mo! sana nga makaboto ang mga OFWs at sana hindi na tayo muling magkamali sa pagpili....sana matupad na rin ang pangarap natin ang maiahon ang bansang Pilipinas sa kahirapan. I hope....and I wish,,,,

  5. Meron bang representative ang mga OFW sa Kongreso?yung Party List? Sana ngayong eleksyon para meron tayong boses sa Kongreso



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