The Boy Scouts of the Philippines recorded a total of 2,673 new awardees of the World Scout Environment Badge as of 15 March 2017.
With the enhanced implementation of the World Scout Environment Programme (WSEP) in the Philippines, the BSP recorded a total of 2,673 new awardees of the World Scout Environment Badge for the first quarter of 2017, hitting its target for the year by 53.46%.
The growing number of WSEB awardees is attributed primarily to the simplified process in earning the badge, utilizing the WSEP Passport issued by the Program Unit of the BSP National Office, coupled with the hard work and dedication of the various Local WSEP Coordinators in implementing the program at regional and local level.
“We are bringing these world programmes [WSEP, SW Award Programme, MOP] closer to more young people. In fact, the Program Committee of the National Executive Board, the National Program Task Group and our Program Unit have been working day in and day out towards fully integrating all these world programmes in our Advancement Program,” said Engr. Rogelio S. Villa, Jr., Secretary General of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. He added further, “Before the end of the second quarter of 2017, all these programs will be integrated in our Advancement Program; hence, when a Scout earns a specific merit badge and works for his or her requirements for a specific rank, the requirements of each of these world programs are being fulfilled. These are exciting times for the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.”
As of 15 March 2017, the BSP already boasts a total of 3,322 awardees of the World Scout Environment Badge.
Earlier in 2016, the BSP recorded 649 awardees in the first year of its active implementation.
Currently, Central Luzon Region has the highest number of WSEB awardees with 1,385. This was followed by Eastern Visayas Region with 904 and Ilocos Region with 760.