Davao City—Over 500 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts gathered Sunday for the Ride for Peace caravan, which aimed to showcase the safety of Paquibato area, which is known as a conflict area here.
The bikers traveled from Panabo City to Malagos using the Paquibato Road.
Mayor Sara Duterte said the event was an eye-opener for investors and tourists that the road in Paquibato District is now open to everybody.
“This is a way to show to everybody that Paquibato is now ready for tourists and investors, now that we have a good road connectivity,” the mayor said.
Duterte also thanked the 10-O-3rd Infantry Brigade for highlighting the challenges in Paquibato District and showing to the public the area is now open for investment and development.
The event is a big opportunity for the residents of Paquibato as well, since it only means that the area already has a good road network, the mayor said.
10-O-3rd Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Ernesto Torres thanked all the participants who showed trust and confidence in the military and the city government in showing they can ride safely in Paquibato.
“I think because of what we have done we are able to send a message to the public that Paquibato District area is already ready for peace and development,” Torres said.
The Ride for Peace is a historic event, he added, since it is the first time that hundreds of people including military officials went through Paquibato area using their bikes and motorcycles, expressing confidence that the area is safe for the public.
Mayor Inday recently launched the Peace 911 in Paquibato District that will aid the social needs of the residents there and bridge the projects and programs of the city and national government to the area.
In the recent Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies XI, Serbisyo Caravan in the area, National Economic and Development Authority XI Director Maria Lourdes Lim announced that over P3 billion worth of infrastructure projects are allocated for Paquibato District alone.