Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Legazpenos bike, plant trees on Labor Day
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, May 1 (PNA) -- The City Government of Legazpi, in partnership with the Albay Bicycle Center and NR Trading, on Friday, Labor Day, held the “1st Bike, Plant a Tree for your Life” activity as part of promoting a healthy lifestyle and environmental protection and reforestation awareness campaign among the Legazpenos to fight the adverse impact of any form of natural calamity.

At least a thousand participants -- most of them bikers and personnel of the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Air Force Technical Operation Group 5, Bureau Fire Protection as well as barangay officials and students, among others -- joined the biking and tree-planting activity.

City Mayor Noel E. Rosal, councilors Rolly Rosal and Melissa Abadeza and former councilor Celoy Chan led the six-kilometer biking event which started at the stretch of the concrete city boulevard in Barangay Puro, passing through the commercial complex of Embarcadero de Legazpi, going to the city’s airport and up to northern section of this city in Barangay Pawa where the tree planting was conducted.

Rosal said he was impressed by the huge number of participants in the activity, saying more and more Legazpenos are getting aware of the importance of physical fitness and planting trees to the environment.

He revealed that biking is not only part of physical fitness activity but also considered as an alternative means of transportation in order to reduce the greenhouse gases from smoke-belching vehicles that cause pollutants in the air and further result in global warming and climate change.

The city chief executive urged the participants to regularly plant more trees at their own backyards and protect the woodlands as part of promoting a healthier ecosystem for the people as well as to minimize the perennial flooding.

“Let’s maintain our city as a landslide-free zone and environmental friendly community,” he said, adding, “Let us continue to work hand in hand for the reforestation and environmental program of the city administration as part of sustaining our agricultural productivity and enhancing the livelihood activities in the community.”

Rosal was joined also by his youngest daughter, Gilian, and wife, Geraldine.

Gilian said her parents advised her to always participate in physical fitness activities and have regular exercise to maintain her good health condition.

She said she was also encouraged by her parents to engage in any form of environmental activity and be aware that “planting trees today will enable us to preserve our natural resources for a better tomorrow.”

At 5, Gilian is the youngest participant in the activity.

After the tree-planting activity, there was a raffle of two mountain bikes, four BMX bikes and other accessories and t-shirts.

Corazon Aquino, a PNP trainee and namesake of the late Edsa Revolution heroine, and biker Ferdinand Ramos won the two mountain bikes. (PNA) FFC/FGS/EPS/CBD/SGP