2,000 join PSZambo’s run vs crime PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:52

Some 2000 runners participated in one of the biggest fun run event in the city sponsored by the civil society organization group last Sunday.

The event coined as “Run, Walk, Roll Against Crime” was a response to the call of the Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, to all 98 barangays to prepare their plans to help prevent the occurrences of crimes in their respective areas of responsibility.

Eugene Estipona, Chairman of the Mindanao Field Unit Advisory Council Anti-Kidnapping Group and Coordinator of the #PSZambo Fun Run, said that crime prevention and reduction is also a social responsibility and would require the help of everyone. Hence, the conduct of the said event to spread awareness of their cause.

“If all the 98 barangays in the city will proactively help resolve criminality, we can have a safer city for all,” Estipona added.

The five-kilometer fun run started at the Paseo del Mar, pass through Veterans Avenue, turn to Gov. Chavez, proceed to Sucabon, make its way to City Hall, and then return to Paseo del Mar.

Gracing the event was Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, who represented the city mayor, along with the members of the civil society organizations.

In the event, USAID-ENGAGE Chief of Party Barry Reed  turned-over a set of IT equipment to Crime Watch Volunteers of Zamboanga.

According to the organizers of the event, the fun run is the first in a series of advocacy activities being organized by #PSZamboanga, an informal alliance of civil society organizations (CSO) which stand for Public Safety Zamboanga and are committed to work together with the City Government to reduce the incidence of crime. — Juseph Elas, WMSU-OJT