Thousands run for mother and child protection

07 Mar
Running enthusiasts join the first-ever Philhealth nationwide run.

Running enthusiasts join the first-ever Philhealth nationwide run.

By Angelyn S. Lacambra

“The prime goal of the first-ever nationwide Fun Run is the protection of the  less fortunate mothers and children who are victims of physical and emotional violence. The event also aims to give funds to organizations which cater to the needs of its intended beneficiaries,” said  Oscar Abadu, Executive Vice President of Philhealth Region 02 during the Philhealth Fun Run on February 17, 2013, held in Tuguegarao City.

The Fun Run, which was held simultaneously in 18 major cities gathered  3,000 runners who joined the 3K, 5K, 10K, and 18K categories. The participants came from national agencies, non-government oganizations, Local Government Units, academe, private sectors, and religious organizations.

“The theme, ‘A Run for Mother and Child Protection’ manifests our dedication to support the welfare of women and children. Through the proceeds of this endeavor, we will be able to launch various programs on health, nutrition, and train beneficiaries with livelihood skills to improve their way of living and to become empowered individuals. This will also help them regain self-confidence and boost their self-esteem,” Abadu mentioned.

Meanwhile, DOH Assistant Regional Director, Tita Callueng congratulated all participants of the event. She said, “this activity focuses not only on sportsmanship and camaraderie. It also shows our concern to the less privileged women and children in our society. At present, the prevalence of maternal and infant death is one of the most serious and alarming health problems. If future programs on this issues will materialize we will be able to reduce, if not, fully eradicate the mortality and morbidity of both mother and child,” she ended.

On the other hand, Abadu  awarded a check amounting to P 1M to its local beneficiary, the Reception and Study Center for Abandoned Children (RSCC) in Solana, Cagayan.   He said other proceeds will also benefit two other  national beneficiaries namely Dr. Jose  Fabella Memorial Hospital and Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Manila. “Aside from the awarded benefits, the activity will likewise give temporary shelter to the abandoned, maltreated, and victims of physical violence,” Abadu ended.

The following were the winners in the recently concluded Philhealth run 2013:

3-K (Kiddie category)
3rd place-Cyber Cartagena
2nd place- Jerome Jugar
1st  place- Roque Jugar

3-K (Male category)
3rd place- Clyton Torres
2nd place- Anthony Baquiran
1st place-Mark Antony Tumanguil

3-K (Female  Category)
3rd place-Dang Sumile
2nd place-Marie Medina
1st place-Maricel Ferrer

5-K (Male category)
3rd place-Jayson Badajos
2nd place-Rodolfo Tacabino
1st place-Alberio Tubangan

5-K (Female category)
2nd place-Joanne Domingo
1st place-Geraldine Soriano

10-K (Male category)
3rd place-Jonathan Ligutan
2nd place-Michael Esperizo
1st place-Albert Bulaclac (with travel Certificate)
10-K (Female category)
3rd place-Marife Sano
2nd place-Maricar Gammad
1st  place-Centimenchi Abayan (with Travel certificate)

18-K (Male category)
3rd place- Luis Carodan
2nd place-Elmer Sobili
1st place-Allan Galam (with travel Certificate)

18-K (Female  category)
3rd place-Annie Daquioag
2nd place-Beverly Andal
3rd  place-Geraldine Sialza (with Travel certificate)

An inter-school dance competition among high school and college students was also conducted during the event. Third place was Cagayan National High School with P3,000, cash prize; 2nd place, Cagayan State University with  P3,000     cash; and  University of Cagayan Valley bagged the 1st place with P7,000 cash.

The major cities who joined the simultaneous run were Tuguegarao, Baguio, Dagupan, Clark, Malolos, Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Legaspi, Tacloban, Iloilo, Cebu, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro City, Marawi, Davao, Zamboanga and Koronadal.

Sponsors of the fun run were Provincial Government of Cagayan, some national media entities and government agencies.

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Posted by on March 7, 2013 in NEWS


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