TRUE to form and substance, our program lanes this October is over crowded with a chain of programs focusing on the youth, the senior citizens as well as our city’s cosmopolitan residents. Simultaneously, on Oct. 1st, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and the Filipino Elderly Month honoring respectfully the youth and the elderlies in particular will start their commemorative endeavors. This year, marks the 81st anniversary of the BSP as created by Commonwealth Act No.111 on Oct. 31, 1936, the independent from its mother organization, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It was in 1923 when Scouting came to life in the country through the initiative of the Rotary Club of Manila who organized the first official Boy Scout Troop here. Actually, Scouting was first introduced by an Army Officer, Lt. Spencer who organized the troop composed of Muslim boys in the South way back in 1914. The troop was not affiliated with the BSA.
The Scouting Month in the city will kick off with a Grand Opening Day program and parade on Oct.1, spearheaded by the BSP Baguio City Council. The bonanza event will be held at the Baguio Convention Center starting at 8 a.m. The grand parade follows after the program. Over 6,000 Scouts composed of Cab Scouts, Boy Scouts, Senior Scouts and Rover Scouts and their Scout Leaders will be at the forefront of the activity. Several thousands of Girl Scouts from the GSP Baguio City Council are joining the big event. On Oct.9, a select group of Boy and Girl Scout will be on centerstage for the annual Scout Officials for a Day (SCOFAD) sked at the City Hall.
On the other hand, The Baguio Elderly Assembly (BEA) 2017 OCTOBERBEST Celebration in partnership with the CSWDO and OSCA, honouring our city’s elderly population pursuant to a Presidential Proclamation, a city Resolution by the Sangguaniang Panglunsod ng Baguio and a BEA Covenant of Unity forged in 2003 by Senior Citizens organizations in the Bea will usher in the monthlong rites with the Senior Citizens Officials for a day (SCOFAD) program set on Oct. 2. A core of 58 elderlies from BEA member organizations will take over the key city and CAR leadership regional posts after the simple induction of officers ceremony during the Monday flag at the City Hall grounds. City Mayor Mauricio Domogan will officiate in the installation of officers. This year’s SCOFAD is led by three Board of Trustee members from the BARP Foundation. Rodolfo Abella will serve as Congressman, Juanita Gabaen as City Mayor and Victorio Afalla, Vice Mayor. The City Councilors are Alfredo Palado, Ruby Agpapaoa, Felix Betayen, Emelia Jarata, Erlinda Bueno, Namnama Lopez, Eduardo Reyes, Elesio Baldovino, Pacita Resurrection, Luz Abella, Alexander Wasian and Antonio Jr. Cortes.
The department heads are Lorito Calderon City Administrator; Emilio Bumanlag, City Accountant; Rogelio Urbanozo, City Treasurer; Josefina Dalatin, City Assesor, Victoria Tubera, City Auditor; Jaime Villanueva, City Budget Officer; Luis Brillantes, City Building and Architecture Officer; Bernardo Vilasco, City Civil Registrar; Maraia Fatima Pacis, Dep-Ed Superintendent; Ernesto Ruiz, City Director DILG; James Gomez, City Engineer; Dindo Undas, City Environment and Parks Management Office; Felomena Baldas, General Services Officer; Catherine Codnita, City Health Officer; Erlinda Cortez, City Planning and Development Officer; Clarita Soriano, City Secretary; Crispina Liwanen, City Social Welfare and Development Officer; and Delia Ellinger, City Vetenerarian.
The SCOFAD Regional Directors are Clarita Climacosa, Bureau of Immigration; Benjamin Tiaco, COMELEC-CAR; Cristino Sacayan, COMELEC-Baguio; Celesta Besitan, CSC-CAR; Regina Mangangey, DENR-CAR; Jesus Luzadas, Mines and Geo Science; Erlinda Fuertes, DILG-CAR; Leonora Safoket, DOLE-CAR; Jaime Martin, DOTC-CAR; Erlinda Balmocena, DOT-CAR; Daniel Lee, DPWH District Office; Herminia Pascua, DPWH-CAR Cynthia Taguba, DSWD-CAR; Rosviminda Orig, DTI-CAR; Maria Tagudar, NBI; Cristina Estipona, Philhealth-CAR; Cynthia Feliciano, PIA-CAR; Violeta Garcia, TESDA; Margaret Tolero, SSS Loreta Umali, National Nutrition Council.
On Oct. 3 the second BEA OCTOBERBEST program will be held at the Baguio Convention Center with Congresswoman Milagros A. Magsaysay of the Coalition of Senior Citizens Committee in the House Congress. A street parade will follow after the sked to end at the Melvin Jones Grandstand at Harrison Road for BEA-CSWDO-OSCA Green is Life beautification and nature conservation project.
Meanwhile, the Shrine of the Brown Madonna at Km.7, Asin Road will celebrate its 31st year anniversary as a blessed place of worship on Oct. 8. The Shrines was, purposely inaugurated in the month of October to give more meaning and significance especially to Mama Mary devotees and to remind Roman Catholics that October is the Rosary Month for all of us to observe prayerfully with love and joy. A Holy Mass at the Shrine is scheduled at 10 a.m. A simple salo-salo courtesy of the Shrine’s Project Committee and friends will be held after the Holy Eucharist to be concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Joey and Rev. Fr. Alejandro. Together, let us make the occasion another wonderful day for our treasure chest.