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FROM BOY SCOUTS TO ROTC! 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
 

 

CHICAGO (JGL) — With re-introduction of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in the education curriculum in the back of his mind, President Rodrigo Duterte accepted Monday, April 3, his designation as the new Chief Scout of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) during the Baden Powell Day of the World Scout Organization in Malacañan Palace.

WITH DAVAO DOCTORS:

PRESIDENT RODRIGO Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Davao City-based doctors who paid a visit to the President in Malacañan Palace on April 3, 2017. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo)


According to the Presidential News Desk, the President said he was grateful and honored to have been formally installed as the Chief Scout of the BSP signifying his readiness to face challenges and responsibilities that the investiture would bring. 

CABINET MEETING:

PRESIDENT RODRIGO Roa Duterte presides over the 14th Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace on April 3, 2017. Also in the photo are (from left to right) Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar and Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo)


"We, in government, see the formation of the Filipino youth as a vital [tool] in nation-building. What becomes of today’s youth will determine what becomes of our country in the future," he said. 

He commended the BSP for teaching young boys to become proactive and law-abiding citizens. 

WITH UK SECRETARY OF STATE:

PRESIDENT RODRIGO Roa Duterte meets with United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Music Room in Malacañan Palace on April 3, 2017. (REY BANIQUET/Presidential Photo)


"The organization has taught them self-reliance, discipline and scouting movement. It is also inculcated among them the values of [civic] consciousness and courage and love for country," he added.

WITH KIDS:

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with members of the Kabataan Imumulat Diwa (KID) Scout following a photo opportunity during the Baden Powell Day of the World Scout Organization of the Scout Movement and Investiture Ceremony of the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on April 3, 2017. (REY BANIQUET/Presidential Photo)


He likewise underscored the role of the BSP in the country's fight against corruption, illegal drugs, and criminality that continue to erode the foundations of the nation.

 

INVESTITURE:

PRESIDENT RODRIGO Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Scouts during the Baden Powell Day of the World Scout Organization of the Scout Movement and Investiture Ceremony of the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on April 3, 2017. (REY BANIQUET/Presidential Photo)


 

He said the BSP helps in the youth's character formation as he expressed confidence that the organization and all its scouts would remain as partners of government for change.  

LET’S EXTEND OUR FISTS!

PRESIDENT RODRIGO Roa Duterte poses for a photo with Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) National President Atty. Wendel Avisado (left), BSP Chief National Commissioner Cedrick Train and members of the Kabataan Alay sa Bayan (KAB) Scouts during the Baden Powell Day of the World Scout Organization of the Scout Movement and Investiture Ceremony of the BSP at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on April 3, 2017. (REY BANIQUET/Presidential Photo)


 

"I call upon the members of this august organization to help uphold the Scout Oath and Law and let us continue to pursue and aspire for what is right, good and just," he said.

CARABAO SLIDE & NECKERCHIEF:

PRESIDENT RODRIGO Roa Duterte receives the carabao slide and neckerchief from Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) National President Atty. Wendel Avisado and BSP Chief National Commissioner Cedrick Train as the President was installed as Chief Scout in a ceremony during the  Baden Powell Day of the World Scout Organization of the Scout Movement at the Rizal Hall in Malacañan Palace on April 3, 2017. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./Presidential Photo)


The President also expressed his frustration over a law that let juveniles off the hook even if they committed grave offenses. He said the law has given rise to many young people growing with criminal minds. 

But he told the young scouts that he will do everything in his power to protect them from the scourge of illegal drugs for them, grow healthy and become the country's leaders in the future. 

At the same time, he said he wants ROTC be reintroduced to instill in today's youth a sense of discipline and accountability. (PM)

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