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Tagbilaran City spreads positive vibes with painted lanes

/ 04:35 AM October 24, 2022
HAPPY COLORS The painted pedestrian lane in Tagbilaran City, in this photo taken on Oct. 6, serves to brighten the city and uplift Boholanos’ morale as the province recovers from the physical and financial losses brought by Supertyphoon “Odette” (international name: Rai) in December 2021. —LEO UDTOHAN

HAPPY COLORS | The painted pedestrian lane in Tagbilaran City, in this photo taken on Oct. 6, serves to brighten the city and uplift Boholanos’ morale as the province recovers from the physical and financial losses brought by Supertyphoon “Odette” (international name: Rai) in December 2021. (Photo by LEO UDTOHAN / Inquirer Visayas)

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Philippines — A global provider of outsourced digital services recently gave three frequently used pedestrian lanes in this capital city of Bohol province a much-needed “refreshing” revamp to create positive vibes while promoting road courtesy.

The artworks remind motorists to slow down while approaching the pedestrian lanes and to stop when people are crossing these paths.

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The artworks were undertaken by Pahid Murals, a local arts group, and commissioned by TaskUs, a business process outsourcing company that has a branch in this city. The painting of the lanes was started last August and completed in September.

The painted lanes are located near JLU Building and the Island City Mall on Rajah Sikatuna Avenue as well as in front of St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral on Plaza Rizal. These lanes were chosen by TaskUs as these were among the most frequently used by Bol-anons.

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Each of the painted pedestrian lanes boasts of dynamic, vibrant, and inspiring combination of colors with green and blue predominating the design, said Anna Victoria Alcachupas, TaskUs division vice president of integrated marketing.

“Bohol is a very special place for us as it is one of the first sites that we opened during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have always been inspired by the resiliency of the Bol-anons, and we hope that, through this project, we can give them back that inspiration and hope especially during these trying times, “ Alcachupas said.

There’s hope

Tagbilaran City Mayor Jane Yap expressed delight over the colorful pedestrian lanes, “which give hope to our locals as well as welcome the talents who are coming from and outside of the island.”

“These pedestrian lanes add color to the continuously developing city of Tagbilaran, which is now considered one of the Philippines’ 20 most competitive cities with a burgeoning business process outsourcing workforce,” she said.

The project serves to brighten the city and uplift Bol-anons’ morale as the province recovers from the devastation brought by Super Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) in December 2021.

These hardships, according to TaskUs, were made doubly challenging by the rising prices of gas and basic commodities coupled with an unprecedented national inflation rate.

—LEO UDTOHAN

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