LINGAYEN—Vice President Jejomar Binay lauded the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, the various BSP councils and officials and all the 3, 000 high school scouts for the overwhelming success of the 6th National Scout Venture Camp held at the Lingayen Beachfront from May 5 to 10.
In his speech during the closing ceremonies on May 9, the Vice President expressed deep gratitude to the Pangasinan-San Carlos BSP council especially to the province of Pangasinan who played host to the national encampment for the all out support it has provided to make the event a success.
Binay said the people of Pangasinan, most especially, the provincial leadership has given all the possible support to ensure another milestone in the history of boy scouting giving every participant a meaningful experience.
The Vice President who is also the national President for BSP said their stint here reminds the scouts to better fulfill their roles as stewards of the earth with environmental consciousness as the main advocacy of the scouting movement as he stressed that “there is no backdrop that could be more perfect than Lingayen.”
“I have every bit of courage to say that you helped build a better country by giving the scouts all the benefits of this venture camp,” Binay said.
Binay said that knowing what Pangasinan has become under Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr.’s watch, he noted that the governor is a true leader.
The high school scout participants had similar accounts of the province.
Andrew Brandon Ong, a high school scout from the National Capital Region impressed: “I am awed by the freshness of the air emanating from the gulf.” The young scout said he wished he could go and visit more natural places and enjoy nature in Pangasinan.
Another scout from the Mindanao region, Rex Meinard Cervales, noted the kindness and hospitality of Pangasinenses , the cleanliness of the environment and the beautiful beach which he said is very alluring and amazing.
Gov. Espino, on the other hand, was equally overwhelmed with the successful turn-out of the national encampment.
Elated with all the encouraging impressions and testimonies about the province, he told the scouts that he was not mistaken in saying that the best organization he had become part of is the scouting movement.
The provincial chief executive hoped that the scouts who had the opportunity to take a glimpse of Pangasinan through their week-long encampment can bring home the beautiful memories and experiences and the beauty of the province itself with its beautiful tourism sites, the hospitality of the people, and the rich cultural heritage and history which Pangasinan takes pride of.