Catigbian ticks 2 records hosting 17th Boy's Camp
by Rey Anthony Chiu
Tagbilaran City (3 December) -- CATIGBIAN ticked two achievements when it hosted the 17th Provincial Jamborette this year: the largest participated Boy's Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) encampment and the presence of two scouts who were in the 1959 World Jamboree in Makiling, Los Baņos Laguna.
BSP National Council Executive Edgardo M. Chatto during the opening rites of the 2005 encampment confirmed a record-breaking 2682 scouts making it the largest scouts gathering in Bohol history.
Of Bohol's 47 towns and a city, only Lila, Sevilla and Alburquerque were not represented in the encampment.
10 mayors from Bohol's 3 congressional districts came to the welcome socials and dinner to show support to the scouters.
Catigbian Mayor Roberto Salinas also personally acknowledged two homecoming old scouts to relish memories of an event almost 50 years ago.
Scouts Baltazar and Vicente Salinas personally went home to attend the 17th BSP jamboree after almost 50 years when they were sent to represent Catigbian to the 10th World Jamboree.
Similarly, 20 years later, the noble family of Juan and Maximina Salinas was adjudged as model scouting family not just in the province, but the region as well.
The fact tells that Catigbian has a remarkable scouting background, which makes their hosting this year's event no surprise.
"We have 4 compelling reasons why we nodded to the challenge to host the affair", shared Mayor Salinas during the opening ceremonies held at the Central school grounds.
"We want to send a clear message that Catigbian is not a dangerous place for tourists and investors".
Founded as a resettlement site for cattle rustlers in 1939, Catigbian was at one time given the monicker as a rebel town, but not now.
Unless you can assure the investors that the town is safe and peaceful, no development sets in, Salinas said in an interview earlier.
Considered fifth class town, Catigbian still nodded to the hosting even with minimum local government counterpart.
We would like to show that despite financial needs, local cooperation among the government and the civil society can work wonders, he beamed.
Hosting the event is a brilliant chance for the town to show unity and concern, the mayor said.
Poor town with a rich heart, cites Chatto, who is also Bohols First Congressional District representative.
The town might be fifth class in finances, but its definitely first class in heart and hospitality, says Bohol representative.
The scouting event also opened the town windows as an emerging tourism destination. Catigbian has been acknowledged blessed with tigbaw (caves), carabao auction market (kabawan) and katigbi, a fashion accessory plant.
Finally, we would show to the world that we are committed to the development of youth and child care, Salinas ends. (PIA) [top]