CITY OF MALOLOS – About 10,000 runners joined Senator Cynthia Villar and the employees of the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Governor Daniel R. Fernando in the 20 km fun run dubbed as Takbo Para sa Kalikasan 2 in support to the rehabilitation of Manila Bay and its adjacent coastal areas, which commenced at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Brgy. Bagong Bayan (Sta. Isabel) here yesterday.
“Maganda ang initiatives nitong Takbo Para sa Kalikasan dahil nagkakaroon ng awareness ang general public tungkol sa mga issues at advocacy natin. It provides us with a good opportunity to get involved and be able to contribute,” Villar said.
She also commended the purpose of the activity and emphasized the need to take action to prevent further complications in the coastal areas.
“At isa pa, tayong lahat din ang magbebenepisyo dito at tayong lahat din ang makakaranas ng perwisyo kapag hindi tayo umaksyon. Ang paunti-unting basura na ‘yan, ‘pag pinagsama-sama ay nagiging tone-tonelada na siyang nagiging problema,” the lady senator added.
Fernando also sought the help and support of Bulakenyos to achieve the desired outcome of the rehabilitation.
“Kailangan na po nating kumilos. Itong mga kailugan natin na nakakonekata sa Manila Bay, kailangan nating isalba. Sana po ay magkaisa tayo dahil ito po ay kalikasan na pinagkukunan natin ng pagkain. At kayo bilang mamamayan ng Pilipinas, kayo ang katuwang namin,” the governor said.
Furthermore, Department of the Interior and Local Government-Region 3 Director Julie J. Daquioag also launched the “Disiplina Muna” campaign in relation to maintaining a clean environment and highlighted the importance of self-discipline.
“Ang Disiplina Muna ay isang programa na makatutulong sa pag-preserve ng ating kalikasan. Kahit ang dami-dami nating mga guidelines, ordinansa at batas, wala pa ring mangyayari kung ang mga tao mismo ay walang disiplina. Magsimula tayo sa ating sarili, follow the rules, follow the waste segregation,” Daquioag said.
Meanwhile, top runners for each category were also recognized after the fun run and each winners received a trophy, medal and cash prize wherein the 3K U-turn run male winners include Jerome Comanda who landed on the first place; Jovie Villadanas on second; Alexandro Luciano on third and Aries Lucero on fourth spot while the female runners include Cherie Anne Nulledo on first spot; Kesha Maramba on second and Renelyn Oquiño on third place.
For the 5K U-turn run, the winners among the male runners were Edgar Lee Jr. on the first place; Prince Jared Santiago on second and Jericho Mendiola on third place while the female runners were Lyca Sarmiento who landed on the first spot; Analyn Miranda on second and Rhealyn Miranailla on third spot.
As for the 10K U-turn run, the top runners were Mark Anthony Oximar on first place; Christian Delos Reyes on second and Wilfred Esporma on third place while the top female runners wereThalia Garcia on first spot; Ma. Pamela Mirandilla on second spot and Yve Aclo on third place.
The Takbo Para sa Kalikasan is a project of the Department of Interior and Local Government in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Tourism, Department of Education, and National Youth Commission.