Malaybalay City regulates fun runs

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News/20 October) Fun runs, trail runs and
other similar activities have gained popularity among residents here
but the city government of Malaybalay invoking public safety has
decided to regulate it.

In an executive order signed this week, Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri have
required organizers of fun runs and similar activities in the city to
obtain a permit from Office the City Mayor “guarantee the safety of
all the participants, motorists, pedestrians, motorists, pedestrians.”

The mayor cited in his executive order that the city is choosing to
regulate because the races use city roads, streets, and other areas in
its jurisdiction.

Zubiri invoked the Local government Code of 1991 (R.A. 7160), which he
said “expressly empowers the City Mayor to require and issue permits
for the holding of activities for charitable and welfare purpose.”

The order also cover the submission, at least 15 days before the
scheduled activity, of documentary requirements including application
letter, proposed schedule of activity, an undertaking that medical and
emergency personnel will be present in the activity, and a copy of the
agreement between sponsoring organization and the beneficiary
organization in case the races were held for charitable or social
welfare purposes.

Zubiri designated the city’s sports coordinator to implement and
monitor the order.

Niko Aldeguer, city sports coordinator, announced this in a meeting
with Malaybalay’s race organizers Thursday at the City People’s Hall
attended by seven organizers of fun runs and other races.
Aldeguer said they wanted to make sure the fun runs do not overlap in
schedule, which caused a concern among the city’s emergency and
medical staff, which was usually called to be present in those races.
He said the city’s emergency response unit is a front line group,
which should be put on standby in case of medical emergencies. If the
races overlap or are too frequent, he added, it might, spread the
energy of the team too thinly.

He cited a recent situation where the city’s emergency unit had to
move from one event to another in one day because of no events
coordination.

Aldeguer cited that the races are welcomed in the city but it is no
longer healthy if they are two clogged in certain schedules. The city
government, Aldeguer said, has encourage only one race per day for the
weekend so races “will be better appreciated and participate.”
They have required organizers to book with the office of the City
Sports Coordinator and to submit the documentary requirements.
Booking, Aldeguer said, will be on “first to complete requirements
basis”.

He added that those races organized for a cause may have to show proof
that indeed their proceeds go to the intended beneficiaries.
Otherwise, he added, it might be covered among those taxable
endeavors.

Rommel Abao, representing High Torque Bikers and Origen, among the
race organizers present in the meeting, welcomed the regulation.

He said the move can make local races more organized and systematic.

He clarified that prior to the issuance of the executive order,
Aldeguer’s office met with the organizers twice to consult them about
the city’s decision to regulate. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)

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