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'Jogging and walking' for industrial peace held in Isabela, Basilan

MANILA, June 27 –The Isabela City Tripartite Industrial Peace Council in Basilan has successfully organized and conducted a "Jog/Walk for Industrial Peace", a unique event that promoted industrial peace in the island province.

"In our effort to maintain peace in the workplace in Basilan, the provincial government, in partnership with the Isabela City TIPC, the Joint Task Force Basilan, and other DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) sectoral partners, spearheaded the "Jog/Walk for Industrial Peace", a 3-kilometer fun-run at the Plaza Rizal in Isabela in the second week of May 2012. Almost 500 joggers from management and labor sector, government, non-government organizations, and rural workers association joined the event," said DOLE Regional Office No. 9 director Sisinio Cano.

Cano said the event was part of the DOLE regional office's effort to create a friendly environment that enhances harmonious labor-management relationship and to remove the stigma of violence and the misperception about the province

After the "jog/walk" event, a simple program followed, during which 22 outstanding private sector workers were recognized for their commendable and exemplary performances.

The awardees were rank-and-file workers employed as security guards, truck drivers, sales ladies, bakers, safety officers, and labor union officers. They were recognized for their services and significant positive contributions to enterprise productivity and competitiveness.

Paruk T. Majirul, an executive assistant to the provincial governor, urged the joggers to make the event a regular one so they can prove that peace and harmony exists in this province.

“We are reaching out and introducing the culture of peace as an integral part of the AFP's Bayanihan effort to win the peace and the hearts of Basileños”, said Col. Ricardo R. Visaya, Joint TF Basilan commander, whose men joined the "jog/walk".

The Joint TF Basilan pioneered the Basilan peace run held every last Saturday of the month.

After the "jog/walk", the participants were treated to snacks of arroz caldo, bread, coffee and egg and to a raffle of basic commodities consisting of sugar, sardines, noodles, soap, toothpaste, vinegar, soy sauce, and rice. Isabela City Mayor and TIPC Chairperson Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar presented the awards to the winners. (PNA) RMA/DOLE-PR/mec

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