The city government of General Santos has launched a community-based scouting program and signed its internal rules and regulations Thursday, February 13.
The program is pursuant to Ordinance No. 03, series of 2019, authored by Councilor John Salvador Demdam.
The Ordinance aims to provide avenue for the Children-in-conflict with Law (CICL) to refocus their energy and attention to more productive things.
The program woud give the CICL the opportunity to exercise their social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual faculties which shall eventually provide them correct mindset and physical discipline away from their usual laid-back and undisciplined environment, the city government said.
Demdam said that the formation of the youth through the scouting movement is the potent way to address the existing social malady caused by drugs and vices that corrupt many young individuals.
Under the program, the 26 barangays should institutionalize at least one troop and should be duly registered either at the local council of the Boy Scouts of the Philipines or Girl Scouts of the Philippines.
The Local Youth Development Council, Boy Scouts of the Philippines General Santos City Council, Girl Scouts of the Philippines General Santos City Council, Sangguniang Kabataan, Youth, and Affairs Office, other government agencies, private sectors, and non-governmental organizations will be working together for the effective implementation of the program.