By Imelda C. Rivero, PIA 1, Ilocos Sur
VIGAN CITY – The ‘Bayanihan’ (cooperation of the community members) spirit among the 2,000 members of Metro Vigan community continues to uplift the lives of the out-of-school youth (OSYs) of this city, as announced during the 2015 Alay Lakad (Walk for a Cause) held recently in this city.
Vice Mayor Maria Lourdes Baquiran said the record-breaking number of walkers in the yearly event overwhelmed the city government.
“The honest advocacy of the walkers to help the beneficiaries inspires the city government to work more to train the out-of-school youth in various livelihood projects and help in the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education in the city,” Baquiran said.
Walkers this year were from the academe, government, non-government organizations, business enterprises, the 39 barangays of the city and the local media. Escorted by marshals and marching bands, they walked from five starting points namely the villages of Beddeng Laud, Tamag, Ayusan Sur, Pantay Fatima and Rugsuanan. Leading to the city proper.
To raise funds for the activity, government agency heads contributed one percent of their salaries and five percent for the rank and file employees. Non-government groups and business owners gave voluntary amounts.
Last year, the 69 groups of walkers donated P320,283.00, making the total Alay Lakad fund as of September 28 as P668,915.00. The top three donors are the provincial government with P149,436; the city government with P42,252.00; the DepEd Vigan City division with P36,279; and Ilocos Sur National High School with P23,921.00.#