The Episcopal Commission on Indigenous Peoples of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines celebrated the 35th Indigenous Peoples’ Sunday with a two-day biking event titled “Padyak sa Katutubo at Kalikasan II” (Pedal for Indigenous Peoples and for Nature 2) on October 13 and 14, 2012. Participants started off in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro and finished in the afternoon of October 14 in Brgy. Manoc-Manoc in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan.
Aimed to raise awareness on the struggles of the indigenous peoples (IPs) and threats on the environment, the two-day biking event was held in coordination with the CBCP-National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA-JP)/ Caritas Filipinas Foundation, Inc. (CFFI), Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan, Mangyan Mission, the Diocese of Kalibo, and the Atis of Boracay Island.
The occasion also intended to mobilize and encourage support for the IPs of Oriental Mindoro as they face threats of mining and other ecological destruction and the Atis of Brgy. Manoc-manoc who have been displaced from their ancestral domain in Boracay Island.
Likewise, Padyak sa Katutubo at Kalikasan promoted biking for a healthy body and a clean and sustainable environment as it advocated the use of bicycle as a means of alternative transportation.
Most Rev. Sergio L. Utleg, D.D., Chairperson of the CBCP-ECIP and Archbishop of Tuguegarao led around 150 biking enthusiasts nationwide who joined the tour for IP and nature. Among the participants were from Manila Water Cycling Club, Fire Fly Brigade, The Noble Blue Falcons Int’l, and Kalap Mountain Bikers. [SocialActionNews]
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