>Girl Scouts of the Philippines National Convention in Bohol

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JESLI Lapus, secretary of the Department of Education, and other highly-profile personalities will be honored at a special awards ceremony on May 25 during the opening of the three-day 21st National Council Convention of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines that GSP-Bohol Council will host at the Bohol Tropics Resort in Tagbilaran City.

      The awarding event is part of the Girl Scout tradition to pay tribute to people who have unselfishly and remarkably supported the organization in furthering its noble cause.

      To be presented with the GSP Triennial Citation (2006-2009) for advocating the Girl Scout vision-mission are: Sec. Jesli Lapus, Camarines Sur Fourth District Representative Felix Alferol, Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) Director Joselito De Vera, Senator Francis Escudero, DepEd Undersecretary Vilma Labrador, Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim, Philippines Free Press President/GM Enrique Locsin, Makati City First District Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr., Occidental Mindoro Representative Ma. Amelita Villarosa, and Manila Bulletin Chairman Emilio Yap.

      Other awardees include GSP members who have brought honor to the organization by projecting its image positively and effectively, in the country and in the global community; and a supporter who has greatly assisted in the implementation of Girl Scout programs.

      Posthumous awards will also be conferred on exemplary volunteers and on a nine-year old Girl Scout.

      Meanwhile, the GSP 21st National Council Convention on May 25-27 will have the theme “Join in, Reach out, Change lives”.

      GSP adopted the theme from the World Conference of the World Association of Girl Scouts recently held in South Africa.

      GSP-Bohol expects around 350 delegates from 95 councils all over the country expected to participate in the national event.

      Official delegates comprise of GSP Central Board members, council presidents, council executives, and young adults. Other volunteers, and staff members from national, regional and council officers will be on hand to assist in the implementation of the plan.

      During the event, GSP National president Teresita Choa will present the accomplishment report, while National Treasurer Cristina Lim Yuson will take charge of the financial status report.

      The convention will highlight the election of the members of the Central Board for the triennium 2009-2012 and amendments of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines Constitution and by-laws.

      The upcoming gab will also close Triennium 2006-2009.

      The workshop topics include conscious development of peace, making planet Earth breathe better; succession planning, adolescent reproductive health, power dressing and effective communication, living life to the fullest, cyberspace, and GSP ways of work.

      Day 2 on May 26 will be the 69th anniversary of the GSP. The celebration will open with a mass and other religious services.

      Bohol Council also offers a special tour to participants to se for themselves what the country’s top tourist destination has in store.                                  

Keynote Speaker

Negros Oriental State University (NOrSU) president, Dr. Henry Sojor, will be the keynote speaker during the opening of the conference.

      An outstanding educator and leader, Sojor has been a recipient of leadership awards from various socio-civic, religious, professional and service organizations.

      Sojor developed what was once just a trade school in Dumaguete City into Central Visayas Polytechnic College (CVPC) and now, Negros Oriental State University.

      He had also been conferred the Sta. Catalina de Alexandria Award for education leadership, Diocese of Dumaguete.

      Only two have received this award, the other was the late Bishop Epifanio Surban.

      In 2007, Sojor was presented with the Outstanding Oriental Negrense Award in the field of education.

      Sojor is a Bachelor of Science in Education graduate of Silliman University, major in English and History. He holds a masteral degree in English and a doctoral degree in educational management from the same university. He took up post-doctoral studies in management and linguistics at the Ateneo de Manila University and University of Sto. Tomas. In 1977, Sojor became the first doctor of philosophy graduate of Silliman University.

      Having drafted the university charter, Sojor earned the tag, “Father of  NOrSU”. 

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