It is a usual sight in the world of Scouting to see young people exploring, learning about and caring for the environment.
However, this time it is the turn of the Philippine Vice-President and Regional Scout Committee Chairman Jejomar C. Binay who adopted a Philippine eagle which is now named “Scout Binay.” The Philippine eagle is one of the world’s largest, powerful and rarest eagles.
“I am very much honored to be given the opportunity to adopt a Philippine eagle,” Binay said in his short message at the Office of the Vice President on 3rd December 2010. “Today, we take a simple step in protecting one of our national symbols.”
Under the youth programme of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, which Binay is the National President, the Eagle Scout is the highest award a Scout can receive in his/her Scout life. It just appropriate and patriotic for Scouts in the Philippines to help in protecting this national symbol.
As his environmental advocacy, Chairman Binay vowed that he will not only adopt “Scout Binay” during his term as Vice President but committed to take care of the Philippine eagle from this time on. He added, he will also be making his family responsible for taking good care of it and encouraged Filipinos to give their share in protecting the environment.
“I hope that as Filipinos, we will all do our share in protecting not only the Philippine eagle, but the environment as well," Binay said during the turnover of the donation to the foundation which will be used for the food and veterinary care of Scout Binay for a year.
Philippine Eagle Foundation president, retired Philippine Air Force Lt. Gen. William Hotchkiss III, said that Binay support to the foundation will go a long way and admitted that the Foundation gets much of its support from private individuals.
“Scout Binay” is now housed at the Philippine Eagle Foundation centre in Davao City, in the southern part of the country. The Foundation is committed to save the Philippine Eagles and the forest for future generations.
Image 1: © Office of the Vice-President