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BSP now accepts girl scouts, admits Leyte chief scout

Tacloban City (October 30) -- There is truth to the story that the Boy Scouts of the Philippines is now accepting girls aged 13 to 17 into the BSP Senior Scout section, Mr. Antonio Cinco, Jr., executive director of the BSP Leyte Chapter said in an interview with PIA.

Mr. Cinco said the BSP National Executive Board in its August 26 meeting, approved the resolution accepting girls between the ages of 13 to 17 into the Senior Scout Section. He said he received the Memorandum Number 17 about a month ago directing all council scout executives and officers in charge to implement the BSP resolution.

Mr. Cinco revealed that he has already sent a copy of the memorandum to the different schools in Leyte. In fact, there are already pending applications for acceptance of some young girls of some schools to BSP, Mr. Cinco said, among which are the Tanauan School of Craftsmanship and Home Industries, Leyte National High School, Angelicum and Bontoc National High School of Hindang, Leyte.

Mr. Cinco informed that the implementing guidelines required that before 13-17 years old young girls are accepted to boy Scouts, they must first be registered with the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and pay the GSP fees. The girls, Mr. Cinco added, must get parental or guardian consent before they can be accepted into BSP.

Mr. Cinco added that he has just attended the National Scout Venture in Cebu and he noticed that there are already some schools in Toledo, Cebu City and other areas in Cebu which have girls as members of the Senior Boy Scouts.

Asked what prompted the BSP to issue such memorandum, Mr. Cinco said that there were four reasons for wanting to recruit girls. The recruitment is largely meant to provide equal opportunities and equal partnership to young people both within scouting and in local, national and international community.

The other reason is to provide opportunities to help young people develop their potential, respect their individual differences and go beyond traditional gender roles. The third reason is to contribute to the development of the Filipino youth by helping build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in Philippine society. The last reason is to pursue the World Organization of Scout Movementís policy encouraging female membership in the youth program. (PIA 8) [top]

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