Tawi-Tawi ‘Run for Zamboanga’ a big success PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 October 2013 11:02

As the rain falls, we think of the thousands of evacuees in Zamboanga City whose tents had been flooded.

The Run for Zamboanga, dubbed as “DAGAN KALNA’ SAMBUWANGAN” aimed to mobilize organizations and individuals to run for the cause of Zamboanga and to raise funds for the coordinating committees addressing the needs of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Zamboanga City was a resounding success.

Held last October 6, 2013 in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, the Run was smooth and orderly as it started early on time and the streets were cleared and the people were cooperative.

It was participated by Tawi-Tawians from different stakeholders, non-government organizations, peoples organization like WWF, Tawi-Tawi Life Foundation, Eco-Fish Project, Provincial government, Office of the Congresswoman of the Lone District of Tawi-Tawi, local government units (LGUs), national line agencies like PCGA, Bongao Water District, PhilHealth, BFAR, Task Force 62, BIR, DSWD, DILG, LandBank, RPMA, DENR, IPHO, NFA, DPWH, PAF, BFP, Bureau of Immigration, PNP Maritime, Office of Civil Defense, TAWELCO, Phil. Marines, Phil. Red Cross, PNP Tawi-Tawi, and CSC. From business sectors like PNB, LandBank, SMARTEL, Zenar Telecoms, EMC Center, Beachside Inn & Restaurant, Cebu Pacific Air, DanMar Resort, Aqualine Purified Water, Bongao Doctors Hospital. Civil Society groups also participated, the NFAEA, United Successors for Change, DARPO, Bud Bongao Lodge 288, United Muslim Christians, Tawi-Tawi Divers club Inc., D’ALERT Network, D’SMART network, K of C, Couples for Christ Household, Alpha Sigma Phi, Upsilon Phi Sigma, Rotary Club, and REACT Phils Inc.. Active participation also in the promotion from local media like DXGD Radio, RadyoNatin, Radio Kasannangan, and Powermix FM, as well as  from individuals and all walks of life, oldies to the young boys and girls.

It was able to raise hundreds of thousand pesos coming from registrations of more 1,700 plus runners and sponsors here and abroad. Those donations are expected to come, from previous pledges and out-right registrants, the “run now, pay later” whose yet to pay, as the banks are still short of cash due to cancelled airline flights and ship voyages from Zamboanga City to Tawi-Tawi – a manifestation of the effects of the Zamboanga standoff in the Province of Tawi-Tawi.

Now, the sympathy and support of the Tawi-Tawians is pouring. It may not be that much but surely, it will make the living of our brothers and sisters in the tents of Zamboanga a lot better. We dared heed the call and responded because we care! We salute you, peace-loving Tawi-Tawians!

MSUAA Tawi-Tawi President Engr. Rosendo R. Reyes expressed his wholehearted thanks to all participants and supporters of “DAGAN KALNA’ SAMBUWANGAN”,  both local and abroad for the resounding success. The project did not only generate funds for the IDPs of Zamboanga siege, but created a drive to educate and inform the public that the Zamboanga standoff is a significant crisis to learn that in war there is no victors. And also that Tawi-Tawians can respond in unity in helping others in need.

Gov. Nurbert Sahali, who himself joined the run, congratulated the MSU alumni association Tawi-Tawi for initiating and organizing the “ Dagan Kalna’ Sambuwangan”

Gov. Sahali said: “The provinciall government responded positively to show the world that Tawi Tawians are united and peace-loving people.”

From the academe sector, The highest number of registered runners came from MSU Tawi-Tawi with a total of 290 followed by Notre Dame of Bongao, Mahardika Institute of Technology, Tawi-Tawi School of Midwifery, DepEd, & TRAC.  In a text message received by this writer from Atty. Lorenzo R. Reyes ,he said: “As Chancellor of MSU Tawi-Tawi, I am elated and proud of what the MSU Alumni Association has done for our brothers and sisters, Christians and Muslims alike in Zamboanga. True to their training by a world-class University as scholars for the communities not only in Mindanao but also the entire country. It is my hope that MSU graduates will continue to play their role not only as builders for the development of Mindanao, but also as a bridge for unity, love, reconciliation, tranquility, and peace in the entire nation and the world”.

Atty. Lorenzo Reyes  is a Harvardian and a 10-kilometer Milo Marathon finisher in Manila. 00 Jerry A. Mercader, PIO, MSUAA Tawi-Tawi/Bongao, Tawi-Tawi