Monday, March 27, 2017

80 Bohol bikers pedaled 
for peace, environment

TAGBILARAN CITY, March 18 (PIA)-- Close to 80 bikers from bike groups, police, the army and individuals sympathetic for the army's cause pumped their legs earlier than everyone would wake, to make a head start for peace and the environment. 

Some mangrove propagules to be planted await for them in Panggangan Island, Calape, some 43 kilometers away. 

But that does not happen until they can get to the site, biking from Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran to the fish landing site in Panggangan, at the pavilion located in the middle of the country's longest cause way. 

"We wish to get the bikers on location in Pangangan at 6:00 when it is low tide but we have also prepared some people to help us plant 5,000 mangrove propagules," Civil Military Operations Officer Capt. Rigor Borja said. 

"We intend to promote a united community for peace, progress and prosperity and to support the National Greening Program of the government," the CMO officer explained.

The bike ride coincides with the 36th founding anniversary of the 47 Infantry (katapatan) Battalion which adopts the theme "47IB, Tapat at Patuloy ng Maglilingkod Para sa Mamamayan ng Sentral Bisayas, says Civil Military Operations Officer Capt. Rigor Borja. 

After a slightly delayed start which was supposed to happen at 5:00 am, the bikers pedaled off in a column of twos along the scenic coastal Tagbilaran North Road, making two water breaks and regroup in PuntaCruz and Calape town proper. 

By 8:00 AM, the bike groups started to arrive to complete the long ride. Incidentally however, strained muscles and high water do not work well, and the 5,000 mangroves have all been planted.

This too as soldiers assigned in Bohol face a new kind of battle: against enemy so massive they will need everyone's help in keeping this at bay. 

The new mission: mitigate the ill effects of climate change, promote healthy lifestyle and make the 47IB a byword in Bohol communities . 

By strengthening its community relations, the Army Special Forces invited environmentalists and bike enthusiasts to join them in the Bike Ride for Peace and Mangrove Planting last Wednesday, March 15 and to commemorate their 36th founding anniversary. 

In Bohol, the army Special Operations Teams are now partnering with the provincial Government in the Countryside Development Program: Purok Power Movement to bring in empowerment to communities to allow the environment of development to thrive. 

Here, the army is getting less use of their fire-arms over shovels and hammer, army operatives who are into community organizing have said. 

It is more of building communities more resilient to their identified threats: information network for issues that matter to their safety and security, helping communities mitigate the effects of climate change, disaster and risk reduction management and livelihood, 47IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col Jose Dodjie Belloga Jr. also told communities. 

Other than the bike for peace, the 47IB also organized a post anniversary 7-aside under 12 soccer tournament for March 18-19, at the Tubigon Central Elementary School Grounds. They have also invited town based teams to get in. 

Moreover, the peace keepers had a blood-letting activity as well as a feeding program for a barangay in Alicia town, according to Capt Borja. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
The army, government and bike groups at the water stop in Punta Cruz exchange banter and pleasantries. the army also handed plaques of apprciation to bike groups, this time with Bohol government employees joining the ride. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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