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2,000 bikers pedal for a ‘fear-free’ elections

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IMG_4240-CAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City – Around 2,000 bikers participated in a synchronized pre-election biking activity in selected cities and municipalities in Regions lV-A, lV-B and V at 6 a.m. today, May 3, 2016. The activity was initiated by the AFP Southern Luzon Command and was aimed to send a message of  commitment of the men and women in the uniformed services together with COMELEC, partner agencies and other NGOs for a Secure and Fair Elections (SAFE) 2016.

The activity, dubbed as “Bike for SAFE 2016” was participated by SOLCOM and subordinate units, PNP, COMELEC, PPRCV, DepEd, DILG, NGOs, other stakeholders. It was simulteneously conducted in Infanta, Quezon; Binangonan and Tanay of Rizal; Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Lucena City and Calauag of Quezon; Labo and Daet of Camarines Norte; Legazpi City, Albay ; Virac, Catanduanes and Sorsogon City, Sorsogon.

In Lucena City, AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lieutenant General Ricardo R. Visaya with PNP Acting Quezon Provincial Police Director PSSupt Eugene Paguirigan, COMELEC Quezon Acting Provincial Elections Supervisor Atty Dioscoro Pajutan, COMELEC Lucena City Election Officer Atty Ana Mei Barbacena, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Celedonio B. Balderas, Jr. and Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting Coordinator Atty Alwin P. Racelis graced the event with messages of hope, unity, peace, fairness for the upcoming May 9 elections.

Only those directly involved for the conduct of SAFE and bike enthusiasts participated in the 35 km route which passed from Camp Nakar, Lucena City – Tayabas City – Pagbilao – Perez Park, Lucena City.

The AFP SOLCOM strictly abides to the non-partisan posture of the organization as well as on every member in its ranks. By doing so, we help maintain the sanctity of the ballots, votes and the entire election process.

“We just want to show the people that we are ready for the elections. We just want it to be peaceful,” said AFP Southern Luzon Command Chief Lieutenant General Ricardo R. Visaya.

For COMELEC Lucena City Election Officer Atty Ana Mei Barbacena, SOLCOM’s Bike for SAFE is one simple gesture of support and commitment that has a great effect on establishing a ‘Fear-Free’ election atmosphere in the communities. She said that the series of initiatives for SAFE would likely contribute to a high voters’ turnout. (SOLCOM-PIO)


Bayani Challenge 2016: Barangay Walang Iwanan

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Since 2006, millions of volunteers have heeded the call for massive displays of bayanihan on-ground during the Bayani Challenge, the largest volunteer event in the country which continue to inspire, plant hope and end poverty.

Bayani Challenge is a yearly summer activity where Filipinos where encouraged to build communities and foster relationships through planting trees, building homes, repairing schools, health missions, paraisong pambata activities, youth conferences, sports programs, clean-up drives and many more.

Through disasters and armed conflict, together we have rebuilt homes and multi-purpose halls, cared for the environment, empowered communities and the youth, and inspired love for country. Last April 20-24, 2016 almost 800 volunteers composed of foreigners, young professionals , students and soldiers, gathered for another Bayani Challenge in three municipalities of Nueva Ecija namely Llanera, Jaen and Cabaio.

The first three days, the activities were more on house builds and storytelling. HOPE Conference 2016 culminated on Saturday and Sunday, a simultaneous workshop that covers, photo journalism, broadcasting, Public Speaking, Music and Story Telling conducted by different groups like HOPE Inc and CNN Philippines. The 5 day event was supported by Microsoft, DirectLife, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines, National Youth Congress 2013 and HOPE Inc and other partner organizations. [IDG/Photos by Cpl Concepcion]


Third Manila rescue march challenge

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The third Rescue March (Mass Assembly for Rescue and Care for Humanity) Challenge was held last Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Rescue Squads in Metro Manila (national, local government units, volunteer and corporations) was held in four quadrants of Oplan Yakal (West to South), from Bonifacio Shrine, Manila  City to Villamor Airbase, Pasay City.

Rescue squads (7man-squad) who participated were dressed in their respective rescue uniforms with PPEs (personal protective equipment), rigged with backpacks and other life-saving gadgets.

This is a simulation response-exercise to a magnitude 7.2 earthquake scenario in Metro Manila that assumes breakdown of basic infrastructure in which rescuers have to travel on foot with their rescue equipment. This is not a competition but rather a collective assessment of the response capability (individual rescuer physical endurance/unit capability) of each rescue unit and the inter-operability of different rescue organizations in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The 3rd RESCUE MARCH CHALLENGE is organized by ORANGE HELMETS, a humanitarian and emergency response operator (HERO) force multiplier group supported by MMDA, OCD-NCR, and the Emergency Response Integration Center (ERIC). [AW2C Naga/IDG]