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Fun runs are no fun for this Baguio politiko

Oct 5, 2015 @ 5:58

Baguio City councilor Michael Lawana is proposing a stricter set of guidelines for fun runs and other foot races to be held in the city.

In a proposed ordinance he filed before the city council, Lawana underscored the need for stricter rules because these events, he said, affect the city’s traffic and sanitation.

“There is also a need to inform in advance people joining races whether an event will be cancelled because of bad weather,” the councilor was quoted as saying in Sunstar.

Under Lawana’s proposal, fun runs shall be limited on Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays, but the city council can decide if there can be races on other days.

Race organizers must first secure a written permit from the Sports and Recreation Division, City Administrator’s Office with a recommendation from the Baguio police’s Traffic Management Unit.

The city government shall also be charged organizers with a non-refundable regulatory fee of P7,000 for races covering a distance of 10 kilometers or less and P10,000 for races longer than 10 km but less than 21 km.

This if the participants are charged a registration fee, Lawana pointed out.

In case the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declares Baguio to be under storm signal no. 1 or higher, the event is automatically cancelled and re-scheduled, the proposed ordinance stated.

Last July, Lawana initiated an investigation in the holding of the 39th Milo Marathon Baguio qualifying leg which organizers pushed through on July 5 despite the onslaught of tropical storm “Egay”.

Lawana acted on the matter after several participants raised the issue on social media, many of them complaining why it was not postponed because of bad weather.

As a result, some participants in the marathon, particularly the young, figured in accidents during the run with some of them slipping and falling down because the roads were wet and slippery.

Lawana also raised the concern that during the marathon there was almost zero visibility and most of the roads were flooded, exposing participants to grave danger.

Baguio City was placed under signal no. 1 that day.

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