As part of the celebration of Drug Abuse Prevention Month, Tupi Municipal Police Station headed by PSUPT Marvin A. Fontalva along with the members of Municipal Anti-Drug Abuse Council held the first-ever 5K Fun Run dubbed as ‘Run for a Drug-free Community” along the National highway on the crack of dawn of November 19, Tuesday here.
Nearly 400 runners, composed mostly of the youth, have joined and positively responded to the call of the lead agencies for a resilient and immune society, free of any form of drug abuses.
“This activity is our one way, a healthy and enjoyable one, of involving everyone specially our youth and somehow educating them on our endeavor on combating drug abuses since young people are the ones most vulnerable to such”, said by PNP Chief Fontalva in the opening program.
Meanwhile, Municipal Councilor Rubi Hatulan Navarro, in her message, has encouraged the youth to play their significant role in shaping up a drug-free community.
The highlight of the event was the awarding of prizes to the winners of Elementary, High School and Open categories which was conferred by Municipal Social and Welfare Officer Anastacia Hatulan and assisted by Municipal Councilor Noel Escobillo.
Further, participants from 27th Infantry Batallion PA, Tupi Central School, Tupi National High School, Matutum View Academy College and Institute Technology (MVA), South East Asian Institute Technology (SEAIT), Local Government and National Government Employees and other out-of-school youth were given out certificates and free snacks after the successful completion of the 5K run.
The said fun run is in support to the Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council initiative in which the rest of the 10 municipalities and 1 city of South Cotabato Province have likewise simultaneously conducted the same.
Dressed in filipiniana and barong tagalogs, the 120 elected barangay officials of the 15 barangays in the municipality took their oath before Tupi Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr., during the mass oathtaking ceremony held last Monday, November 18, 2 PM at Tupi Sports and Cultural Center.
Gracing the oath-taking of the 15 punong barangays and 105 barangay kagawads were South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes along with some of the provincial board members.
In his message, Mayor Tamayo conveyed that political party must be set aside and unity, among others, should manifests among elected officials, either he is in the administration or in the opposition side.
“Kasama ko kayo sa lahat ng lakad natin patungo sa matuwid na daan..patungo sa progreso at kaunlaran ng ating bayan”, Tamayo said.
Provincial Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes, in her message, challenged the officials of the basic unit of the society to be the effective vehicles of carrying out municipal and even provincial programs.
Governor Fuentes was accompanied by Hon. Romeo Tamayo and Hon Gly Trabado, board members of District 1, and Hon Vic de Jesus of and (Ret Gen) Hon Agustin Demaala, board members of District 2.
Congressman Pedro Acharon, who attended an equally important matter in Manila, was represented by his Chief of Staff Atty. Paolo Acharon, Jr.
Further, DILG Provincial Director Josephine Leysa stated that elected officials will assume responsibilities but likewise liabilities and issues left by the outgoing officials. “This is the opportunity to prove your worth”, she encouraged.
The said ceremony was also graced by Municipal Councilors Hon Glen B. Hatulan and Rubi Hatulan-Navarro.
The barangay chiefs and councilors shall assume position noon time of November 30 of this year.
Five purok communities at the foot of Mt. Matutum have become the first recipients of the 2013 search for Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Healthy Environment Purok (WHC-HEP) organized by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Tupi, and Endangered Species International (ESI).
This program was conceptualized when the first batch of SWIRE Volunteers came and cleaned a certain river within Barangay Linan and erected some posters regarding proper garbage disposal. The second and third batch did the same but the litters became fewer each time.
The group, together with MENRO personnel, decided to initiate a program that would motivate puroks to participate more in taking cae of the environment and at the same time prepare the area prior to opening of Barangay Linan to Eco-tourism. The Program has three key components: environmental protection (local forest and/or riparian program); solid waste management, and; disaster preparedness. Barangay Linan was chosen to be banner site and eventually, the program will be institutionalized and introduced to other barangays covered within the proposed Biodiversity Corridor and if possible, to the whole municipality.
The Local Government of Tupi, led by MENRO, in cooperation with the MDRRMO, ESI, SWIRE Pacific Offshore Company, RD Foundation, Dole Philippines Inc., DENR XII, PEMO, and CENRO awarded the top 5 participating puroks of Barangay Linan.