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Be environment heroes, Cagayan girl scouts told

Iguig, Cagayan (5 February) -- Mayor Teresita I. Antonio of the municipality of Alcala and the host of Girl Scout of the Philippines (GSP) Provincial Encampment, recently exhorted the 4,086 junior and senior scouts to be environment heroes by undertaking activities that could heal the environment from the damages brought by the activities of men.

Mayor Antonio who hosted this year's encampment, challenged the scouts to work together to stop human activities, such as improper waste disposal and forest destruction which led to the degradation and abuse of the Mother Earth.

"If taken in concerted efforts, we can fight global warming and climate change, the lady mayor stressed.

On the other hand, Gov. Alvaro Antonio who happened to be the ?best half' of Mayor Antonio echoed the latter's outlook saying that the scouts could be catalysts of change by effecting changes in their selves and in the community where they belong.

Governor Antonio urged the scouts to undertake activities that could heal the environment as well as help the province of Cagayan attain its fullest development.

Antonio said that the scouts can only do these if they believe and undertake the ideals of the GSP.

Meanwhile, Katherine Ann Charcos of the GSP national program committee also urged the scouts to be heroes in their own communities saying one does not need to be popular to become a hero.

"To be a hero is to be true to oneself. Believe in your potentials so that you can excel in what you do. Give others the opportunity to shine", Charcos told the scouts.

"Unlike fairy tale stories that usually depict the triumph of good over evil and end tragically with the death of the villain, we don't need to sacrifice life just to have a hero", Charcos concluded.

The GSP provincial encampment which was held at the Camp Amparito, Bayo, Iguig, Cagayan last January 28, 2010 is an annual undertaking aimed at developing desirable traits among the scout as well as equipping them with lifelong skills. (PIA 2) [top]

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