15 scouts from Bukidnon receive ‘GSP highest award’

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News.Net/ 29 November) Bukidnon boasts of 15 girl scouts who have received a prestigious award from the Girl Scout of the Philippines (GSP) this year.

Among 589 Girl Scout awardees all over the country, 15 came from Bukidnon who were awarded with the most prestigious award of the Girl Scout of the Philippines, the Chief Girl Scout Medal.

Third and fourth year high school students aged 14 to 16 received the highest honor of the GSP on November 22 in Metro Manila in time for the celebration of the GSP 36th anniversary.

These students used innovative ideas in order to contribute positive change in their respective communities.

Jhea Charmaine T. Emborgo, a fourth year student from Pangantucan National High School is one of the awardees. She helped her community through livelihood training specifically in food production. Emborgo tapped a ‘yema’ maker and invited mothers in the area to attend the free actual demonstration of yema making.

Lina Agnes O. Eduave, GSP Bukidnon Council president said that the students from different schools initiated different projects. Some targeted conservation of natural resources and reforestation which is under the ecology. There were students who focused on health like assessing Safe Water and Sanitation Facilities and livelihood seminars for food processing.

“The students tapped the local government unit in their area in able to realize their proposed plans. Although, there were instances that the support is lacking, they still pursue what they already started,” Eduave added.

GSP Bukidnon Council executive Christy B. Damasco said to Bukidnon News that these young girls are active in community building and are born leaders even with their young ages.

“Some are GSP troop leaders but all of them made a change for the betterment of their concerned areas,” said Damasco.

The GSP-Bukidnon Council continues in searching GSP role models among the students of different schools in the province through giving them opportunities in actively participating the annual GSP week.

“Schools will endorse senior girl scout and cadets who made their projects possible. We will choose who among them will proceed to the national level and the national office will choose the awardees,” Eduave added.

GSP National President Dr. Salud Bagalso and ballet dancer Lisa Macuja-Elizalde handed the awards to the 15 students along with the GSP-Bukidnon Council officers.

Eduave said that the medal is not only a prestigious award but it provides opportunities among Senior Girl Scouts and Cadets aged in their role in nation building.

Awardees of the Chief Girl Scout Medal were Princess Ivy Jayme, Heavenly Kris Amor Dumayao, Diana Ruby Jean Acope, and Rachelle Bonane (Dalirig NHS); Jhea Charmaine Emborgo and Eiffel Rose Yap (Pangantucan NHS); Mariel Tairos, Princess Epiffany Arienza, Jessalyn Kelsey Travilla, Mary Angellou Pagaray, Christine Datayan, Vera Viola Annabel Vera Javier, Cherry Ann Butal, Kimberly Domingo and Shaira Monique Cogay (Manolo Fortich NHS).  (Rogielane C. Arombo/Bukidnon News.Net)