Fun walk steps up public awareness on environment protection

By Gideon C. Corgue

MAHAYAG, Zamboanga del Sur, Aug. 19 (PIA) – Member-consumers of the Zamboanga del Sur I Electric Cooperative (ZAMSURECO-I) as well as the members of Multi-Sectoral Electrification Advisory Council (MSEAC) participated in the fun walk dubbed “Baklay sa Kinaiyahan (Walk for Mother Nature)” held here Tuesday to drum up public awareness on environmental issues.

Computer-generated slogans bearing messages that call for protecting the environment were hung on their necks as they yelled “save mother earth.”

The eight-kilometer fun walk was one of the lined-up activities in commemoration of ZAMSURECO-I’s 43rd foundation anniversary come Aug. 25 with the theme, “ZAMSURECO-I @43: Good Governance + Commitment + Teamwork+ Innovation=Excellence.”

The event commenced at 6 a.m. at ZAMSURECO-I “Bayad Center” in Mahayag town to the “Bayad Center” in Molave municipality.

The participants said they joined the event to show their love and care for mother earth.
John Dedeus Alcala, 21, of Blancia, Molave town, won first place in the member-consumer (male) category, while Mariane Llagono, 21, of Pagadian City also won first place in the female category.

Alcala was a consistent first placer in the fun walk during the electric cooperative’s founding anniversary. It was his fourth time to win the event since he joined it in 2012

“Nalipay ko nga sa ika-upat nga higayon akong naangkon ang dungog sa pagka-unang mananaug ning maong fun walk. Tungod niini, akong gipasalamatan ug dako ang kadumalahan ang ZAMSURECO-I tungod kay gitugutan sa gihapon ko nila nga mosalmot ning maong kalihokan,” he said.

(I am happy that for the fourth time that I won first place in this fun walk. With this, I would like to thank the management of ZAMSURECO-I for still allowing me to join the event.)
Llagano was also happy to bag first place, saying that it was her first time to join the race.

“Ako nalipay ug garbo nga ko nga nakasalmot sa fun walk tungod kay akong nakauban ang mga empleyado sa ZAMSURECO-I ug mga member-consumers nga nagtabang pagpalapnag sa kasayuran kalabot sa pagpanalipod sa atong kinaiyahan. Nadasig ko pagsalmot ani nga event tungod kay ang tanan nga mga partisipante nagdala sa tagsa-tagsa ka mga slogans nga nag-awhag sa katawhan pagpanalipod sa atong Inahang kalikupan,” Llagono said.

(I am both happy and proud to participate in the fun walk because I am with ZAMSURECO-I employees and member-consumers who help raise public awareness on environmental protection. I am inspired to join the event because all the participants, with their slogans, are encouraging the public to preserve our mother earth.)

Both Alcala and Llagono received a cash prize of P3,000 each during the awarding ceremony held at Molave Bayad Center in Molave.

The fun walk winners said they would use their prizes to pay for their tuition fees. (FPG/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian City)

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