RCI Rodriguez hosts SWA Discovery workshop
By Karl Lyel B. Lim and John Carlo I. San Pascual
On February 24–26, 2017, the Roosevelt College Rodriguez Scout Movement, composed of the Senior Scout Outfit 289 and Rover Scout Circle 01, participated in the Scouts of the World Award (SWA) Discovery workshop held in the Roosevelt College Rodriguez campus. A total of 66 scouts (39 Senior scouts and 27 Rover scouts) successfully completed the workshop. The SWA is a recognition given to scouts who epitomize exemplary performance in the field of volunteerism to attain betterment of the world.
The workshop was facilitated by Sctr. Bernando G. de Leon, deputy national program commissioner for community-based scouting of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), together with his team—Sctr. Dexter C. Villa, from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Sctr. Carmelo B. Francia, country coordinator for Messengers of Peace and BSP National Office program research development officer; Sctr. Roy Christian A. Inciong, from Globe Telecom, Inc.; and Sct. Allizandra Janina F. Gulapa and Sct. Carl Jeff Andrew F. Angeles, both from Brighton Venturers 1012 of Manila Council-BSP.
The workshop consisted of modules on peace, development, and environment.
Sctr. Francia talked about peace. He said that peace can only be achieved if two or more people, who already have peace in themselves, will work together to diffuse it to the world.
The development module was discussed by Sct. Angeles, an SWA awardee. He presented the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which primarily aim to eradicate poverty, to safeguard the planet, and to guarantee impartiality and success to all.
Sctr. Villa talked about the environment. He highlighted the urgent need to stop climate change for it was destroying the environment. He encouraged the youth to advocate the preservation of the planet through proper waste segregation and waste disposal.
In preparation for their community service, the scouts also conducted a field visit to Sitio Wawa, one of the remote places in the Municipality of Rodriguez. They inspected the area and interviewed several residents to hear their views on important concerns that needed to be addressed.
Sctr. Inciong facilitated the development of action plans and tested the scouts’ decision-making skills through an interactive activity.
Ultimately, the scouts were awarded their SWA Passports which marked the start of their journey to help bring about world peace and development and to save the environment.
RCI Rodriguez campus head Carmencita Alcantara served as the workshop consultant. MAPEH teacher Lim was the workshop coordinator and Sctr. de Leon was the workshop director and head facilitator.