685 Girl Scouts receive Chief Girl Scout Medal Award

685 Girl Scouts from 72 councils all over the country: 204 from Northern Luzon, 103 from Central Luzon, 171 from Southern Luzon, 76 from Visayas, 92 from Eastern Mindanao, and 39 from Western Mindanao received the award in the Chief Girl Scout Medal (CGSM) Presentation Ceremony on October 24, 2013 at the Aliw Theater, Pasay City.

Kara David, documentarist and Founder of the Malasakit Foundation Inc., graced the event as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. She shared heart-wrenching stories about children that served as her inspiration to her advocacy on children’s welfare.

Kara, together with Salud Bagalso,M.D.,  GSP National President, presented the Chief Girl Scout medals and certificates to the girls and pins for the awardees’ mothers. Dr. Cristina Yuson, 1st National Vice President; Susan Locsin, 2nd National Vice President; Ma. Dolores Santiago, National Executive Director; and Dr. Febe Marl Paat, Program Committee member also joined them on stage.

The award is every Girl Scout’s personal achievement as she performs her role in nation building through perseverance and dedication.

The program was formally started by the entrance of colors of the Pasig Council Girl Scouts followed by the rededication to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

Fatima Soriano, singer, led a prayer followed by a very touching song “Your Heart Today.”

Noel Cabangon, a singer and songwriter, performed his originally composed song “Ako ay Isang Mabuting Pilipino.” Also there to share their talents were the Lucban Pahiyas Community Rondalla from Quezon who performed folk songs and Ballet Manila who gracefully danced to the tune of “Dalagang Pilipina.”

CGSM Audio Visual Presentations were also shown to present success stories of different CGSM projects and to highlight career women who are proud Girl Scouts.

The response from a Chief Girl Scout Medalist was delivered by Senior Girl Scout Raquel Rose David from Angeles City Council.

Senior Girl Scout Demie Jan Flor B. Fresco, Western Mindanao Girl Representative to the Central Board, led the singing of “Roar” together with the Medalists.

Kara David Urges Children to Continue Bringing Hope to the Community

Documentarist and Founder of Malasakit Foundation Inc., Kara David graced the Chief Girl Scout Medal (CGSM) Presentation Ceremony as Guest of Honor and Speaker.

685 Girl Scouts from 72 councils of the six GSP Regions recently received their Chief Girl Scout Medals in fitting ceremonies at the Aliw Theater, Pasay City.

The Chief Girl Scout Medal is the highest award that a Senior Girl Scout or a Cadet Girl Scout can receive after completing a community development project in the areas of Ecology, Health, Livelihood, or Cultural Heritage. The project should take a full year to undertake with complete implementation within the community for at least eight months.

David admired how the Girl Scouts even at a young age were able to help other children from less privileged areas of the society. She applauded the Girl Scouts for being able to help the community and for continuously believing that success can be achieved if people show their concern for each other.

“Children are the most vulnerable in the society but they are also the strength giver. They may have the smallest voices in the society but they speak the truth,” David said.

David stressed her belief that children are society’s barometer. “One can evaluate a society through the status of the youth,” she said.

David was joined on stage by  Salud Bagalso, M.D.,  GSP National President, Dr. Cristina Yuson, 1st National Vice President; Susan Locsin, 2nd National Vice President; Ma. Dolores Satiago, National Executive Director; and Dr. Febe Marl Paat, Program Committee member to award the medals to the 685 Girl Scout achievers.

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines showed its gratitude to David for her presence during the ceremonies through a plaque of appreciation. GSP also donated school supplies for David’s Malasakit Foundation scholars.

More Girl Scouts receive the Chief Girl Scout Medal Award

Chief Girl Scout Medal (CGSM) awardees this year numbered 685 compared to 589 who received the CGS Medals last year.

Girl Scouts from 72 councils of the 6 GSP Regions—204 from Northern Luzon, 103 from Central Luzon, 171 from Southern Luzon, 76 from Visayas, 92 from Eastern Mindanao, and 39 from Western Mindanao received their CGS Medals at the CGSM Presentation Ceremony on October 24, 2013, at the Aliw Theater, Pasay City.

Senior and Cadet Girl Scouts worked on the CGSM Scheme for a full year and implemented their community development projects for at least eight months in any of the following program areas: Ecology, Health, Livelihood, and Cultural Heritage.

On Ecology, 316 girls worked on waste management; tree planting; reforestation; beautification projects in parks, centers, children’s playgrounds, and highways; utilization of blighted areas; construction of waiting sheds; and clean up of canals and streams.

On Health, 293 girls helped 8,790 children and 7,472 families in 293 barangays through mass feeding and health care monitoring; medical and dental services; personal hygiene education; putting up of herbal gardens; construction of comfort rooms and water pumps; and organizing mothers’ classes for the promotion of proper nutrition.

On Livelihood, 58 girls focused on skills training in cosmetology; physical therapy; weaving; sewing; chocolate and candy making; baking; food preservation; recycling; putting up of vegetable gardens; and hog and poultry raising.

On Cultural Heritage, 18 girls achieved excellence in the promotion of Filipino culture and traditions through researches and sharing of Philippine folk dances, songs, games, stories, and poems; visits to museums; and preservation of historical markers.

Evaluation Teams were formed and deployed nationwide to assess the projects of the Girl Scouts. Evaluators focused not only on the girl’s project but also, and more importantly, on her performance and personal development as well as the community’s transformation because of the project.