‘PadyaKantahan’ bikers cross Quezon Bridge on their way to PacoABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.’s Bantay Kalikasan, together with its partners, organized “PadyaKantahan Para sa Kalikasan: Celebrating a Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment.”
June 3 was declared as World Bicycle Day by the United Nations on April 12, 2018.
More than 200 bikers joined the 15-kilometer bike run from Arroceros Forest Park to Paco Market. They also donated used PET bottles, which were turned over to Bayan Mo Ipatrol Mo to be sold; the proceeds will go to Tahanang Walang Hagdanan.
Program director Jen Santos said Bantay Kalikasan promotes a plastic-free environment, especially in communities near the tributaries of the Pasig River.
“Bantay Kalikasan is also very strong in its advocacy to reduce plastic wastes. As we roam around the country, we see plastics everywhere—in mangroves, in forests, in rivers, they are always there,” Santos said.
Meanwhile, Jack Yabut, president of environmental group Firefly Brigade, said they hoped bicycles will be recognized as a “legitimate and effective part of sustainable transportation.”
“We bike so others can see that biking is a practical, clean, quiet and cost-effective mode of transportation,” he explained.
After the bike run, a recital was held in Paco Market with Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig kid ambassador Jose Faber Cabrera, Kawayan 7 and the Paco Kids Youth Ensemble.
Santos noted that Bantay Kalikasan believes in the role of the youth in preserving the environment.
“They are the next generation, so we invest in them. We implement environmental, music and art workshops…to educate them about our programs so they will be the next Earth Warriors…,” Santos said.