AMID the pandemic, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) has never faltered in making a difference in the community.
This was evident during the recent Davao Council Eastern Mindanao Region’s Virtual Council Araw ng Parangal, where various individuals and troops were honored for their valuable contributions and achievements.
“These awards are gained through the dedication and cooperation that took place, not only within a span of months but also years. Investments were not only made through time and finances but also wisdom, talent, originality, and ingenuity,” said GSP Davao Council president Gloria Labor.
“We are very grateful to the support of the troop leaders, school administrators, parents, stakeholders like the LGU and private individuals, for without them, our Girls will not be inspired to undertake projects which are worth sustaining,” she added.
During the ceremony, Commissioner for Program Laura Elmido enthusiastically presented the evaluation results of the districts and schools’ impressive accomplishments against set goals.
Tungkalan Elementary School (Piedad District) under Troop Leader Melchora Soria landed as National Finalist in the Magic Spot Project, while Lampa Lapidan Elementary School (Barangay Mandug) Troop No. 205 under Troop Leader Gay Yvonne Argente clinched the National Finalist spot in the Pilar Hidalgo Lim (Troop) Achievement Award.
The Magic Spot Project is a laudable program for the troop to transform an eyesore area in the community into a beautiful spot. It helps every girl scout who belongs to a troop develop her planning skill and ability to work with others in carrying out a community development project.
On the other hand, through the Pilar Hidalgo Lim (PHL) Troop Achievement Award, “the GSP selects troops with outstanding community projects that genuinely reflect good planning, community involvement, financial literacy, among others.”
Meanwhile, Credentialed Trainer National Awardees included Flora May Sevilleno (Davao Central District), Princess Sybil Balansag (Davao Central District), Maria Luisa B. Rolloque (Maa District), Sarah Bonotan (Bangoy District) and Nida Cosal (Davao Council).
In addition, Kathy Suarez (Tibungco District) and Marita Bagaslao (Bangoy District) were among the Asia Pacific Appreciation Awardees by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (Waggs). It is the highest award given by the Waggs’ Asia Pacific Region “to honor individuals and organizations who have given outstanding service and contribution to the development of Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting in the Asia Pacific country and the region.”
“The Girl Scouts have danced to the music well and found ways to be involved in the movement. I am proud that you have developed resilience amidst this pandemic. I salute all of you for that!” remarked GS Council Commissioner for Administration Dr. Reynaldo Guillena, CESO V in his inspirational speech.
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