DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The annual biking event dubbed as ‘Flight of the Eagles’ (FOTE) is set to raise funds for the protection of the city’s watersheds, an official announced on Thursday, October 19.
Dexter Maxino of SIKAD Davao, one of the organizing groups of the event told reporters they are eyeing to gather over 200 participants in the 14th edition of FOTE slated on November 12.
The collected fund is aimed to benefit the Panigan-Tamugan, Talomo-Lipadas and Malagos watersheds and other sites of the Davao City Water District’s Adopt-a-site reforestation project.
This year’s fun ride will have two routes: the 15-kilometer Kalayaan route from and back to the People’s Park, traversing through Quirino-J.P. Laurel- Lanang- R.Castillo- Leon Garcia- Boulevard- San Pedro; and the 40-kilometer Pag-asa symbolic solidarity fun ride from People’s Park to Malagos Watershed Park.
The registration is open until November 4 at SIKAD Davao office located in Corner N. Torres St. Barrio Obrero, Davao City. Registration forms are available at the Office of Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella at Sangguniang Panlungsd and can also be downloaded from FOTE Facebook page.
Chinkie Golle, executive director of the Interface for Development Interventions Inc. (IDIS), said watersheds should be well-monitored and the Watershed Code should be strictly imposed to ensure the safety and quality of water.
Golle also mentioned that apart from protection of the watersheds, they are also eyeing on other projects such as intensifying the biking campaign.
She said the event is a continuing initiative started by the late Councilor Leo Avila III back in 2001. Since then, different green initiatives of the city and environmental groups have been promoted such as climate change
rehabilitation, sustainable transportation and green urban spaces. (davaotoday.com)