BAGUIO CITY (Sept. 27) — The city council last week approved the request of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) and Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) for financial assistance of P200,000 to cover some of the expenses of the Scout Officials For-A-Day (SOFAD) in October.
Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr., through a letter to Vice-mayor Daniel Fariñas and the city councilors also requested the release of funds considering the benefits the SOFAD gives to young scouts.
Fariñas said “the city council supports the SOFAD because it helps the youth acquire experiences and skills and prepares them to be responsible leaders.”
The SOFAD activity of the BSP, GSP and in coordination with the Department of Education-CAR and the City Government of Baguio aims to provide the scouts the opportunities for self-development and to become effective leaders.
The SOFAD is part of the annual celebration of national scouting month.
The young scouts of last year’s SOFAD submitted measures such as the garbage disposal and anti-littering campaign, the need for clean-up activities of the Sangguniang Kabataan and other youth groups within the barangays, and for the market vendors and stall owners to likewise conduct regular clean-up drives.
Other proposals of the scouts included the need for free purified drinking water at all food establishments in the city, the lighting of all barangays and repair of traffic lights at the central business district and the beautification of all city parks.
This year’s national scouting month will be launched on Oct. 1 while the SOFAD turn-over and oath taking ceremonies will be held during the city hall’s flag-raising ceremony on Oct.15. # Dan Ricky Ong/PIO