Aklan to hold Alay Lakad 2009 with'Hataw'
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (13 October) -- After last year having been conducted successfully through Alay Linis, Aklan's Alay Lakad this year will be observed through another novel manner - Alay Lakad with a'Hataw' twist.
The decision to incorporate 'Hataw' or aerobics exercise in the yearly observance of Alay Lakad was agreed upon during meetings held by the Provincial and Municipal Alay Lakad committees.
Last year, because of Typhoon Frank that dumped tons of mud and garbage in Kalibo, the Alay Lakad Executive Committee decided to do away with the dawn walk and instead conducted clean-up and beautification activities in various areas in Kalibo still found with left-over debris brought by the typhoon.
This year's activity, to be called ALAY LAKAD NA, MAY HATAW PA, will be held on November 6 at the Kalibo Pastrana Park, where the three groups of walkers composed of provincial officials, national government, provincial and municipal employees, civic clubs and non-government organizations will converge coming from three starting points in Kalibo.
Evangelina Gallega of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office here, who presided during most of the meetings, said this year's activity theme is "LAKAD KABATAAN, ITULOY ANG KAUNLARAN'.
A short program will be held at the Pastrana Park before the'Hataw' with messages to be delivered by Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez, Vice Governor Gabrielle C. Quimpo, Congressman Florencio T. Miraflores and Kalibo Mayor Raymar A. Rebaldo.
Mr. Nestor Bartolome, President of Rotary Club of Metro Kalibo and Overall Chairperson of Provincial Alay Lakad 2009, will give the welcome message.
Governor Marquez is the Provincial Honorary Chairperson while Kalibo Mayor Raymar Rebaldo is the Municipal Honorary Chairperson.
The activity at the Pastrana Park will be capped with Distribution of Special Awards and Certificates of Participation.
As with the past joint Alay Lakad activities of the province and the municipality of Kalibo, contributions from the participants will be collected. Heads of offices are required to contribute P200.00; assistant heads, P100.00 and rank and file, P25.00. Civic clubs will contribute P1,500.00. (PIA) [top]