‘Bring back the fire­flies’– TOF exec

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REY­NALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CLARK FREEPORT — An of­fi­cial of the Tour of the Fire­flies, an en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and cy­cling ad­vo­cacy group, has un­der­scored the need to “bring back the fire­flies.”

Pio For­tuno Jr., vice pres­i­dent of the Fire­flies Bri­gade, stressed this dur­ing a press brief­ing at the Asia’s China Boy here the other day.

The Fire­flies Bri­gade re­cently or­ga­nized a lo­cal com­mit­tee, con­sist­ing of some 70 vol­un­teers from An­ge­les City, to han­dle the 18th Tour of the Fire­flies bike car­a­van on Novem­ber 18 in­side the Freeport and nearby An­ge­les City.

Fire­flies dis­ap­peared in Metro Manila be­cause of pol­lu­tion, ac­cord­ing to For­tuno.

“When I was a kid, in Que­zon City, I used to catch fire­flies in our back­yard and our church at the U.P. It’s beau­ti­ful, but now there are no more fire­flies in Metro Manila,” For­tuno said.

“Fire­flies, it turns out, are in­di­ca­tors of good and clean air. If the air is clean around, you will see fire­flies,” he added.

For­tuno at the same time cited the qual­i­ties of Clark and An­ge­les City as a bik­ing area.

“I look at An­ge­les City, I bike here and I love it here. Dito kasi sa Clark may fire­flies pa e. Let us all work to re­tain those fire­flies here in An­ge­les City. We do not want An­ge­les to turn into some­thing like Metro Manila which is con­gested and pol­luted. We are here to pro­mote con­scious­ness of cy­cling,” For­tuno said.

Edna De Jesus Eufemio, a mem­ber of the TOF Clark or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and pro­pri­etor of Ad Cen­tral, said that they are ex­pect­ing 600 bik­ers dur­ing the event .

“Our ad­vo­cacy is for bi­cy­cle pro­mo­tion as well as clean air and sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion. We are lob­by­ing for leg­is­la­tion es­pe­cially for cities like An­ge­les to come up with leg­is­la­tion to cre­ate and es­tab­lish bike lanes. The idea is share the road,” Eufemio said.

She said that they will be giv­ing away bikes for sev­eral lucky raf­fle win­ners dur­ing the fun ride.

Eufemio re­minded the par­tic­i­pants to bring their pro­tec­tive gears and il­lu­mi­na­tions dur­ing the night ride.

The TOF Clark com­mit­tee ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Clark De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, North Lu­zon Ex­press­way (NLEX) Cor­po­ra­tion, Euro­tel Ho­tel, Pam­panga Directory, Joy Ride Bike Shop, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of An­ge­les City, and oth­ers.

Eufemio also thanked Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan who ex­pressed sup­port to the cy­cling event.

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