TESDA Tarlac Holds 5K FunD Run
TARLAC CITY, Tarlac – The Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Tarlac and PAHETI Tarlac held a 5K Fund Run para sa Kalikasan with the theme, “Luntiang Kapaligaran para sa Tuloy-tuloy na Kaunlaran,” on September 17, 2016 in celebration of the 22nd Anniversary of the Authority.
The event was participated by Tarlac Technical Vocational Institution (TVI) and TESDA Technical Institution (TTI) Administrators, Instructors, Trainees, and invited guests.
Residents and stall owners around the Tarlac City Plazuela were awakened at around 4:00 O’clock A.M. by the festive noise emanating from the place when around 1,800 enthusiastic participants started trickling in for the event.
After the program preliminaries, TESDA Tarlac Provincial Director Ben-Hur B. Baniqued gave a brief background on how the idea of caring for the newly planted seedlings after tree planting activities came about when he was still the TESDA Pampanga Provincial Director.
City Councilor Vlad S. Rodriguez elaborated on his first impression when he received the request for assistance to hold the event.
In his speech, Councilor Rodriguez said that he was pleasantly surprised and intrigue by the idea of raising funds not just for tree planting, but for the maintenance to ensure the survival of the seedlings as opposed to the old practice of leaving it to the mercy of the elements.
The representative of Office of the City Mayor congratulated the organizers for the impressive attendance and assured the crowd of the preparations done by the Tarlac City Government to ensure the safety of the participants and the success of the event.
The ever impressive and energetic Concepcion Vocational School Faculty and Staff led the warm-up session which started slowly and finished with a “Tatlong Bibe” shake it all to send the runners on their way warm and glowing.
The 5K Fund Run started in front of the Plazuela to Ninoy Aquino Boulevard, all the way to Romulo Boulevard and back.
Overall, the top finishers were: Renato Patriaca, FTTI; Neil Kenneth Santos, Man to Man; Norwin Niegos, AIT; John Paul Castro, FTTI; and Joseph Dinong, FTTI; respectively.