Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts in Marinduque join fun ride for Int’l Youth Day

BOAC, Marinduque — This year’s International Youth Day and Linggo ng Kabataan was celebrated by youth, cycling enthusiasts, and environmentaists through MTB Fun Ride dubbed as ‘Ambagan Para Sa Puso ng Kalikasan 4.0’ led by the Alpha Phi Omega Marinduqueñong Nagkakaisa sa Diwa, Isip at Nasa (APO MANDIN), APO MSC Petitioning Chapter and the Ecological Justice League of Youth Leaders Mimaropa Region.

With the help and support of partner agencies and organizations such as the National Youth Commission, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Marinduque Chapter, Rotary Club of Marinduque North D3820, Moriones Padyakhaki Bikers, and Globe Telecom, the said momentous event was a huge success.

“Cycling, a non-contact sports, has early earned the nod of the Inter Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease knowing that outdoor exercises can bolster the body’s defenses against diseases and the pandemic” said PCol. Christopher D. Melchor, Marinduque Police Provincial Office Acting Provincial Director who also joined the Fun Ride.

Marinduqueños have taken a renewed interest in biking for health and leisure. For the young and young-at-heart, it has become more than just a mode of transportation.

Pedaling their way brings so many health benefits. It improves balance, keeps the heart and muscles in top shape, and helps keep depression and anxiety at bay.

Overall, bikers enjoy a stronger immune system, lung function, coordination, endurance, and stamina.

“Through this activity, we want to promote cycling as an alternative mode of transportation and to give environmental awareness to Marinduqueños. We want them also to engage in tree planting activities as part of our responsibility to mother earth,” APO COAST Mimaropa Regional Director Melvin Gabayno uttered.

It has been a practice since then during environmental events where structured and dynamic leisure bike rides were included in the activities promoting Clean Air and Clean Environment, among others.

“It’s always the local communities who are the receiving end of environmental destruction. We say time’s up. We are here to show our solidarity to the call to end the toxic environmental pollution and to rally for climate change mitigation and adaptation programs,” OIC PENR Officer Imelda M. Diaz said.

The coming together of green groups in Marinduque is a remarkable proof that the frontline communities are vital to defending the people and the planet. —

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