One hundred certified trainers from the six regions of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) gathered at the 21st National Trainers Conference themed “Shifting Gears: Better Training Results” last December 11 to 13 at the Ating Tahanan National Program and Training Center (AT NPTC) in Baguio City.
The three-day conference aimed to develop 21st century-caliber trainers who move with the changing times and use new technologies and approaches in training.
Keynote Speaker Prof. Virgel C. Binghay, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies Program of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of the Philippines-Diliman discussed “changing gears” in training by using new trends, methods and techniques that will produce better training results.
The training team members were Dr. Fe Violeta B. Taring, GSP National Training Committee Vice-Chairperson, Dr. Alda Perlita S. Polestico and Juliet V. Gumpal, GSP National Training Committee Members, Myra Contessa D. Sarmenta, GSP Assistant National Executive Director for Program, and, Ma. Carmen B. Gerundio, GSP Training Director. Present also to share her insights was Southern Luzon Regional Executive Director Rebecca T. Basañes who is concurrently the GSP Acting Assistant National Executive Director for Human Resource and Administration.
GSP National President Salud A. Bagalso, M.D. and GSP National Executive Director Ma. Dolores T. Santiago gave full support to the training event. They participated in the sessions and attended the opening ceremonies to give the welcome greetings and introduce the keynote speaker, respectively.
To strengthen camaraderie among the participants and celebrate the yuletide season, a Christmas “Glam and Glitter” Party was held on the second day of the conference. A half-day tour of Ben Cab Museum and some places of interest in Baguio City was held on the last day.
The closing ceremony was graced by Judge Marybelle D. Mariñas, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)-Asia Pacific Regional Committee Member. In her closing message, she challenged the participants not to rest on their laurels by incessantly attending training programs and striving hard to attain the highest trainer certification in the GSP.