Local News: Alay Lakad 2013 Breaks Record
A successful Alay Lakad 2013 culminated on Sunday (Dec. 1) at the Bacolod City Public Plaza where an estimated 18,000 "walkers" participated in the yearly walk-for-a-cause for the education and livelihood of the out of school youth.
The headcount was made by the Philippine National Police and was coursed through Community Relations Officer SPO2 Rey Jereos and is said to be the biggest in the last 5 years and even went on to surpass last year’s crowd of around 10,000.
More than 1,200 scholarship grants were also collected by the committee, said Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) head Linda Ablanque and was made through the effort of city Mayor MOnico Puentevella and support from the Sang-guniang Panlungsod.
Among those who delegated scholarship slots were the Star of Asia Human Resource Training and Development, Inc., the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, VMA Global College, Asia Business Institute of e-Technology (ABE) and Megumi Information Technology Center (MITC).
High School graduates who are 18 years old and above are encouraged to apply for a seats at the DSSD office of the Bacolod Government Center. Initial screening with Alay Lakad 2013 Chairman and Rotary Club of Bacolod North president Harish Nandwani will also start this week, Ablanque added.
Group 1 team leader and City Mayor Monico Puente-vella, together with honorary Vice-Chairperson Greg Gasataya pledged to donate a minimum of P500, 000.00 to the Alay Lakad Foundation "in behalf of the City Council of Bacolod and its employees". Vice Mayor Gasataya also assured that allocated budget will be approved by the SP this week. 2012 Chairman and JCI president Pacifico Maghari, III also relayed that this is the first time in many years that the Mayor, Vice Mayor and Congressman attended the Alay Lakad, and went on to laud the officials of their participation. Similarly, Maghari told the crowd that their attendance is not only a form of physical activity, but also as a sign of their support to promote education.
"Alay lakad is not just a walk; it is an expression of support for scholarships for out of school youth and a manifestation as a city that we are supporting education which is critical for the city of Bacolod to move forward."
Special citations were also awarded during the program: the oldest participant went to 87-year old Alberta Lumogdang of Barangay Singcang Airport while the youngest was given to Denise Marie Dungog, at 1 year and 7 months.
The Most Colorful group was awarded to Domingo Lacson National High School; Most Disciplined to the Bacolod City National High School and the Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School as having the most number of participants.* (CMO-PIO)