By: Vicente W. Villavert
SAN JOSE, Antique – Parents were urged by the new Secretary General of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) to allow their children to join the scouting movement so that they can participate in activities that promote responsible citizenship and leadership.
“If you look around, our young people are beset with so many problems like internet addiction, substance abuse, teen suicide, among others and we don’t want that to happen to our children,” said BSP Secretary General Rogelio S. Villa, Jr. who was the guest of the BSP Antique’s 69th Annual Council Meeting and Court of Honor held recently at the Tuburan San Kabuhi Center in San Jose.
Villa said that scouting is an effective program in the leadership and value formation of the youth.
“That is why let us join hands to make scouting an effective vehicle in shaping the character of our youth,” Villar said as he emphasized that more teachers and volunteers are needed to join the scouting movement in order to help prepare the youth to become great men and women of the future.
The BSP Secretary General said that he is allocating budget for all scouting events in the country.
BSP Antique Council 2nd Vice Chairman Vincent H. Piccio III thanked Secretary General Villa for gracing the annual meeting, while Council Chairman Rev. Fr. Fortunato M. Abiera reported during the activity that Antique has around 21,717 registered scouts produced 303 Eagle Scouts; and received several Achiever awards and citations from various institutions that recognized BSP Antique Council’s commitment to make scouting an avenue for the total development of the youth.
The BSP Antique presented Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao a Plaque of Appreciation for her strong support to the scouting movement in the province. (JCM/VWV/PIA Antique)