Philippines upholds safe Scouting
True to its commitment to safe Scouting, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines organized its 1st Risk and Safety Management Workshop in Davao City, Philippines from 21st to 24th February 2012, participated by 120 Scout Leaders from different parts of the country.
The group of participants who came was a good blend of professional Scout executives and volunteers working directly in the areas of programme and training who actually tried the high adventure-based activities of the 5th National Scout Venture, an event coinciding with the workshop to have an actual risk identification by themselves.
At the end of the workshop, participants understood how a risk management policy is an integral part of the National Scout Organization’s culture, practices and processes.
The Guideline on Risk Management Policy created at the regional level was shared during the workshop as a reference document. Regional and national leaders present at the workshop were APR Membership Growth Sub-Committee member and BSP Senior Vice-President Wendel Avisado, APR Programme Sub-Committee Vice-Chairman Mr Rajalingam Ramasamy and BSP Secretary General Mr JR Pangilinan who delivered the message on behalf of Regional Scout Committee Chairman and BSP National President Jejomar C Binay.
Field Operations Director Rogelio S Villa, Jr. was the Workshop Director, assisted by Program and Adult Resources Development Executive Yasser F Sarona and other BSP’s top leader trainers.
Major topics covered were young people’s rights, child protection, keeping Scouts safe from harm and risk management process. BSP plans to hold the similar workshop in other parts of the country in April and May before finalizing BSP national risk management policy in Scouting second quarter of this year.