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BSP supports Bayanihan To Heal As One Act, lends quarantine facility to LGU Los Banos

By Joy Gabrido
April 23, 2020



BAY, Laguna – The Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) expressed their support to the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act during the Laging Handa Network Briefing of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on April 18, 2020.

The BSP showed support to the Bayanihan through its countless efforts which include lending the Lancauan Hall of the Makiling National Scout Reservation Camp to the Local Government of Los Baños in the province of Laguna.

According to BSP, the Lancauan Hall shall be used as a back-up quarantine facility for persons-under-investigation (PUIs) and persons-under-monitoring (PUMs) in case public schools of the town will not be enough as quarantine areas.

As of April 22, 2020, Los Baños has 50 suspected cases, 27 confirmed cases, three deaths and three recoveries from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

Other BSP initiatives

Moreover, BSP’s Scout Camp Abuyod in the province of Rizal is presently used as a municipal quarantine facility for the town of Teresa and was already set-up in the first week of April 2020.

The BSP also offered free accommodation to the healthcare workers and staff of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in the BP International Hotel Manila during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

“The Boy Scouts of the Philippines, in doing its part at onslaught of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, announces that healthcare workers and hospital staff of the Philippine General Hospital can be accommodated at the BP International Hotel Manila for free during the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon,” National President Roberto M. Pagdanganan said in a statement released by BSP last March 26.

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In his recent interview with the Laging Handa Network Briefing he said that the 120-room hotel owned by the Boy Scout of the Philippines, the BP International Manila, had been a home to the doctors, nurses and health workers of PGH for five weeks now.

Aside from the initiative of BSP to allow the use of their properties to support the efforts of the government in the fight against COVID-19, they also expressed their support to the "Scouts Stay At Home Campaign."

In a statement by the BSP shared to Philippine Information Agency Calabarzon, they emphasized that “Although Scouting activities in the international, national, regional, and local council level were suspended due to the current health issue, Scouting Never Stops. We promote Scouting inside the safety of their homes wherein they can still enjoy Scouting.”

The BSP has also produced a total of 2,000 improvised PPEs particularly face shields created by their Scouts which are donated to hospitals in Metro Manila.

“It is a continuous process, and we are still open for donations if any, especially materials such as acetate, double adhesive tapes, garters which will greatly help us produce more improvised PPEs or face shields.”

BSP has encouraged their Scouts to promote the call for sustainable food production while following the stay at home protocol.

“We are looking to the possibility of Scouts in growing vegetable gardens in their backyard, green revolution 2020, together with GSP and Department of Agriculture, in relation to one of the flagship project of the BSP: Scout Plants and Nurture Trees.” (Joy Gabrido with reports from BSP)

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