A path to peace one pedal at a time. Joint Task Force Basilan together with the Regional Government of the ARMM, and Provincial Government of Basilan, successfully conducted the first Tour De Basilan, a 120-kilometer Bike for Honest, Orderly, and Peaceful Election (HOPE) in the Province relative to the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Election (BSKE) last May 18, 2017.
More than 250 avid bikers from different provinces and municipalities in the Philippines joined the biking tournament. The activity was organized by the 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Montano B. Almodovar, with the guidance and supervision of the Joint Task Force Basilan, in coordination and with the support of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Hon. Mujiv S Hataman and Basilan Province Governor Hon Jim S Hataman Salliman, and with the participation of the local government units of Basilan, Provincial Commission on Elections headed by Atty. Roberto Dela Peña, and the Provincial Police Office of Basilan. The said event was a kick off for the forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections conducted last May 14 2018.
The cycling tournament is also aimed at showcasing that Basilan is safe and anyone can visit and tour the province.
In his statement, Colonel Fernando M. Reyeg encouraged the Basileños to actively support the program of the government for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts and to help in redefining Basilan.