MP to hold au­ton­omy re­lay marathon

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BONTOC, Moun­tain Prov­ince – Of­fi­cials in the prov­ince has come up with a creative and unique ap­proach to get the at­ten­tion of the pub­lic and cam­paign for au­ton­omy to­wards fed­er­al­ism.

Through the “Sports for Au­ton­omy to­wards Fed­er­al­ism Re­lay Marathon,” seven male par­tic­i­pants in each mu­nic­i­pal­ity garbed with G-string or “wanes” paired with a T-Shirt printed with “Sport for Au­ton­omy” shall run pass­ing through the route of the 10 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Moun­tain Prov­ince on March 2227. The re­lay marathon will kick-off at Paracelis in March 22, go­ing to Na­tonin in the morn­ing of March 23 and to Barlig in the af­ter­noon. In the morn­ing of March 24, the run­ners will con­tinue the re­lay marathon go

ing to the cap­i­tal town Bontoc, and to Sadanga in the af­ter­noon. In the morn­ing of March 25, from Sadanga, the par­tic­i­pants will run pass­ing through Bontoc go­ing up to Sa­gada and will con­tinue to run go­ing to Be­sao in the af­ter­noon. The team will stay for the night in Be­sao and will pro­ceed to Ta­dian in the morn­ing of March 26 and then to Bauko in the af­ter­noon of the same day. The team wiil stay in Bauko in or­der to rest for the run in the morn­ing of March 27 go­ing to Sa­ban­gan and go back to Bontoc in the af­ter­noon of the same day.

Ar­naldo Pet­ten of the Pro­vin­cial Sports De­vel­op­ment Of­fice said this in­no­va­tion to in­form and ed­u­cate the pub­lic at the same time to rally sup­port on the quest for re­gional au­ton­omy was re­al­ized with the pro­nounce­ment of Gov­er­nor Boni­fa­cio Lacwasan, Jr. the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will do its share to en­sure the in­for­ma­tion ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign (IEC) will reach down to the grass­roots.

Thus, this sport ac­tiv­ity to be spear­headed by the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment through its Pro­vin­cial Sports De­vel­op­ment Of­fice (PSDO) in part­ner­ship with the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil through the Na­tional Eco­nomic and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity – Cordillera Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion (NEDA – CAR) and in co­or­di­na­tion with the Indige­nous Peo­ples (IPs) rep­re­sen­ta­tives, PTA of­fi­cers and mem­bers and mu­nic­i­pal lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (MLGUs).

Pet­ten be­lieves there are dif­fer­ent ways and means for every­one to get in­volved and do its share to rally sup­port from the pub­lic.

“Ev­ery Cordilleran should do their share to cam­paign for au­ton­omy. Thus, we are invit­ing male run­ning en­thu­si­asts to reg­is­ter in their re­spec­tive mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and join us,” Pet­ten added.

Pet­ten ex­plained that in ev­ery lap, each team will have two reg­u­lar run­ners while one will be des­ig­nated as an al­ter­nate run­ner who is only al­lowed to sub­sti­tute a team mate who can no longer con­tinue to run by what­ever cause. The col­lec­tive time of all run­ners will be com­puted to de­ter­mine the fastest team and their rank. The name of the two run­ners and the al­ter­nate run­ner shall be sub­mit­ted to the man­age­ment in ev­ery lap.

Dur­ing the du­ra­tion of the marathon, all run­ners, IPs, PTA of­fi­cers and mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees must as­sem­ble at ev­ery stop- mu­nic­i­pal­ity to meet with the re­spec­tive may­ors and con­duct a fo­rum on au­ton­omy. The speak­ers will be from the IEC Pro­vin­cial Task Force on Au­ton­omy and Fed­er­al­ism of Moun­tain Prov­ince and from the trained speak­ers com­ing from the MLGUs.

Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Amador Batayan, ex­pressed high hopes the new in­no­va­tions in reach­ing out to in­form the pub­lic with re­gards to the salient fea­tures of au­ton­omy will be ef­fec­tive.

Batay-an added the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment wel­comes new creative ideas on how to rally sup­port from the pub­lic to cam­paign on au­ton­omy, thus the con­duct of the re­lay marathon.

Fur­ther, he men­tioned that this ac­tiv­ity will not only cam­paign for au­ton­omy to­wards fed­er­al­ism, but also, it will cam­paign for health and well­ness through sports.

Thru the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort of all stake­hold­ers, the NEDACAR re­cently ap­proved the pro­posal of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to shoul­der the meals, tshirts and fla­glets of the par­tic­i­pants amount­ing to P301, 145; the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to pro­vide the cash prizes to­talling to P137,000, three man­age­ment ve­hi­cles, fuel for the am­bu­lance and po­lice car while the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties will pro­vide the ve­hi­cle, fuel and driver for their re­spec­tive team and re­fresh­ments dur­ing meals.

The team- mu­nic­i­pal­ity who will be the cham­pion in the re­lay marathon will re­ceive P25,000 in cash prize. The sec­ond place will re­ceive P20,000 while P15,000 will be given for the third place. A con­so­la­tion prize of P11, 000.00 each will be given to the par­tic­i­pat­ing mu­nic­i­pal­ity who will not make it to the top three. Alpine Killa/Mt. Prov­ince PIO

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