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BSP-Manila Council has a new home

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Mayor Honey Lacuna led the inauguration of the new BSP-Manila Council's home in Quiapo. With her were (from right) BSP Council Chairman Rodel Sampang, Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto, division of city school Superintendent Magdalena Lim, City Engineer Armand Andres and architect Pepito Balmoris. Behind Andres is City Electrician Randy Sadac. (JERRY S. TAN)

THE Manila Council Scouting Center of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (MCSC-BSP) has a new home.

Located in the premises of the Apolinario Mabini Elementary School in Quiapo, Manila, the new site of the MCSC-BSP was inaugurated by Mayor Honey Lacuna, joined by Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto, Division of City Schools Superintendent Magdalena Lim, BSP Council Chairman Rodel Sampang, City Engineer Armand Andres, City Architect Pepito Balmoris and City Electrician Randy Sadac, as well as the council officials and local council executive board members of the Manila Boy Scout.

“Ngayong may sarili na kayong bahay at lugar, natitiyak kong lalo pang magiging masigasig at aktibo ang BSP Manila sa paghihikayat sa marami pang kabataang Manilenyo na sumali sa scouting,” Lacuna said during the event.

The lady mayor added: “Ang Boy Scout bilang isang matibay na katuwang ng mga pangunahing institusyon ng lipunan tulad ng pamilya at paaralan, ay tunay namang nakakatulong sa paghuhubog ng pagkatao, pagpapalakas ng kakayahan, paglinang ng talento at paggabay sa ating mga kabataan na sila ay maging tunay na kapaki-pakinabang at responsableng mamamayan.”

In her message, Lacuna also cited the role of the BSP in shaping the future of future generations and its contribution to the progress of Manila and the country in general.

The mayor acknowledged the help of former Department of Budget and Management Secretary Wendel Avisado and city administrator Bernie Ang which paved the way for the budgetary support for the project; Engr. Andres for his supervision and Dr. Lim for allowing the use of the A. Mabini Elementary School for the purpose.

“Di lang ito magsisilbing tanggapan, bagkus, mayroon na rin kayong Training Hall, Museum at Multipurpose Hall. Sa pamamagitan ng inyong mga camping activities, marami kayong maibabahaging kaalaman, karunungan at kasanayan sa mga kabataan. Alam kong marami pa kayong ibang mga proyekto at mga programang isasagawa para sa mga kasapi ng Boy Scouts at hangad ko ang tagumpay ng lahat ng inyong mga pinaplano,” Lacuna said.

The new BSP building is a four-storey structure that comes complete with a board room, control room, toilet, main office, chairman’s office, scout executive’s office, finance office, pantry, toilet, open deck, training hall and a multi-purpose hall. It sits on a 205-square-meter lot.

Meanwhile, Sampang thanked the city government of Manila under the leadership of Lacuna, for its utmost support in the scouting community amid the pandemic that the city faced.

“Rest assured that the Manila Council will never stop in preparing our scout, mga Batang Maynila, as agents of change in the communities guided by their scouters and the law,” he said.

Sampang also pledged that future generation of scouts would “develop values and acquire competencies to become responsibilities of Manila and our country and become capable leaders who are self-reliant and resilient in fulling duties.”

The mayor assured the BSP of the city government’s full support in all their present and future endeavors.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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