Thousands to join INC’s walk to fight poverty

THOUSANDS of Iglesia Ni Cristo members are set to join in the “Worldwide Walk to Fight Poverty” on Sunday, from 4 a.m. to 12 noon, in the city.

Reggie Tarroja, INC representative, told reporters during the iSpeak forum in City Hall yesterday that they are expecting thousands to be at the starting point in Roxas Avenue to support the cause.

The 1.6-kilometer event will start at the pedestrian lane across Aldevinco and will end at Penong’s Restaurant in front of Victoria Plaza.

“We have seen the struggles of our brothers and sisters in Africa so we are here to help alleviate their poverty with the help of the Davaoenos though the proceeds of this worldwide walk,” Tarroja said.

The City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) will deploy 176 of its personnel to ease the expected traffic gridlock.

The affected roads are Bonifacio Street, C.M. Recto Avenue, and J.P. Laurel Avenue.

The roads going north will be affected while the southbound will remain open to two-way traffic.

“Vehicles from J.P. Laurel Avenue heading Victoria Plaza through downtown will be guided for a rerouting, particularly at Boulevard,” said INC’s Darius Relatado.

Portions of Roxas Avenue and Tionko Avenue beside Central Bank will be designated as parking lots for the event.

The INC will attempt to break its own Guinness record in 2014. That year, the Christian group landed in the record books for two categories: the Largest Charity Walk in 24 Hours and Largest Charity Walk in their effort to express solidarity with the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

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