The Negros Oriental-Siquijor Council of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and its council executive were ranked as outstanding among the GSP councils in Visayas for this year, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.
The council covering Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces, for the third time, topped the other 15 GSP councils in regions 6, 7 and 8 during the annual Council Performance Appraisal Report done July 22 this year by Mayor Paz Radaza of Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, who sits as GSP regional chairman, and Aida Saromines, Visayas regional executive director.
Local GSP Council executive officer Rosario Rosales, herself a three-time consecutive Outstanding Council Executive awardee since 2008, said that one of the factors that led to the council's top achievement is its increased membership, the press release said.
The council's roster of members rose significantly between 2010 and 2011 after several local government units in Negros Oriental in 2009 started allocating funds to sponsor the scouting movement's registration fees of 25 percent of the “girl potentials” in their districts.
Its membership is currently at 39,771 as of June 30, 2011.
Rosales explained that the council suffered a decrease in membership following the “no-collection” rule imposed by the Department of Education in all public schools across the country.
GSP is one of the organizations authorized to annually collect voluntary contributions from students.
With the help of then Provincial Schools Division Supt. Licerio Napao, Rosales met with the mayors and budget officers in the province seeking their assistance in addressing the council's declining membership.
The Negros Oriental-Siquijor council, with current Council President Dr. Profetiza Lim, is assisted by its implementing arm, the district field advisors and DepEd superintendents and supervisors in carrying out GSP programs in the two provinces, the press release added.*
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