Tuesday, September 16, 2008

BSP launches membership campaign

LINGAYEN --- Over 40 delegates from different scout councils in Region I have participated in the Regional Scout Committee meeting which was hosted recently by the province of Pangasinan at the Capitol Resort Hotel.

Executive Assistant Ramon Morden, speaking on behalf of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., who is the chairman of the Ilocos Scout Committee, welcomed the delegates even as he assured them of the full support of the provincial government in encouraging more youth to join in the scout association.

Giving report update on the present status of membership of the BSP in the entire region, Florendo Atinyao, regional scout director, revealed a decrease of scout membership from 175,423 in year 1990 to 108,623 as of July this year.

Records showed that the province of Pangasinan, having a huge number of scout members in Region I since the organization of BSP in the province in 1949, has only 45,000 scout members as of July this year compared to more than 85,000 members way back in 1990.

Tinyao said the decrease of scout membership which affected not only scout councils of Region I but also all councils in the country, has been attributed to the scrapping of BSP and GSP in the curriculum as part of the extra-curriculum activities of young students in public schools both elementary and high school.

To overcome this problem, he said, the BSP has launched a program dubbed: “Neighboring Scouting Program.”

The program, he added, aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of the youth at the grassroot level and instill in them the values of discipline, patriotism, courage and self-reliance.

“To the LGUs especially to the SK officials, help us build and organize a neighborhood scouting in all barangays and at the same time implement youth activities in the localities,” Tinyao said.

Meanwhile, Corporate Director Danilo dela Cruz of the Asset Management Corporation of the BSP national office handed over a check amounting to P250,000 as donation to the Pangasinan-San Carlos City council.

Vivencio Vinluan, council scout executive, said the amount will be used for the construction of BSP provincial office in Maramba boulevard, Lingayen as well as to buy office supplies and equipment.

It can be recalled that their office was gutted by fire last June 4, three weeks after Typhoon Cosme wrought havoc to Pangasinan.

After the meeting, the BSP delegates coming from Manila, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Urdaneta City and Dagupan City were toured around the Capitol complex. (PIO/Merly Tibalao)

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