Girl Scouts of the Philippines

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Girl Scout of the Philippines is founded by Josefa Llanes Escoda, who underwent an intensified training in Girl Scouting in the United States of America in 1939. When she came back in 1940, she began to train young women from teachers of public and private schools to become Girl Scout leaders and then proceeded to organize Girl Scout troops. Pilar Hidalgo Lim, who was then the national president of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs, worked hand in hand with Escoda to further develop the movement. [1]

History

On May 26, 1940, President Manuel L. Quezon signed the charter of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (Commonwealth Act. No. 542), recognizing its role in leadership training of girls and women. Escoda became the first National Executive of GSP. She served in this capacity until she was captured by the Japanese occupation army. [1]

Escoda gallantly served the country by working with women leaders and volunteers during the war. Some of the services that they rendered during the war were: conveying the messages of families to the war prisoners; compilation of names and addresses of Filipino prisoners-of-war who were confined at Camp O’Donnel in Capas, Tarlac; collection of food, medicines, used clothing, old leather shoes, and coconut shells for plates; and housing and feeding the stranded students in Manila. When the situation in the city worsened, Escoda and her selfless volunteers set-up community kitchens in different districts and fed the hungry and jobless residents in Manila. Eventually, the heroic underground work of Mrs. Escoda angered the Japanese Kempetai Military Police. She and her husband were arrested and both of them were thrown into the dreaded dungeons of Fort Santiago, the infamous prison during the Japanese occupation. [2]

In 1946, the GSP became a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and it received its full membership status in 1948.

When GSP celebrated its golden year in 1990, it rolled out several activities, services, and projects that were focused on economic self-sufficiency, family life, heritage, preparedness, and international understanding. [2] On the same year, Teresita Bermudez Choa was momentously elected as member of the WAGGGS World Committee. In July 1993, the organization celebrated another significant milestone when Dr. Amelita Dayrit-Go was elected as Chairman of the Asia Pacific Committee of the WAGGGS.

GSP National Officers

  • National  President: Susan R. Locsin
  • 1st National Vice President: Dr. Fe Violeta B. Taring
  • 2nd National Vice President: Dr. Cristina Lim-Yuson
  • National Secretary: Dr. Josefina M. Parentela
  • National Treasurer: Atty. Eugenia U. Fernandez

Girl Scout Law [3]

  1. A Girl Scout’s honour is to be trusted.
  2. A Girl Scout is loyal.
  3. A Girl Scout is helpful.
  4. A Girl Scout is a friend to all and a sister to every other Girl Scout.
  5. A Girl Scout is courteous.
  6. A Girl Scout respects living things.
  7. A Girl Scout is disciplined.
  8. A Girl Scout is self-reliant.
  9. A Girl Scout is thrifty.
  10. A Girl Scout is clean in thought, word and deed.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 “Girl Scouting in the Philippines.” http://msc.edu.ph/gsp/josefa.html. Accessed on January 06, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 “Girl Scouts of the Philippines History.” Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) Official Website, https://girlscouts.org.ph/?page_id=8432. Accessed on January 06, 2021.
  3. "Girl Scout Law." World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Website,  https://www.wagggs.org/en/our-world/asia-pacific-region/member-organisations/philippines/. Accessed on January 06, 2021.

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