Exactly 100 days before Philhealth turns twenty in 2015, Philhealth12 launched Philhealth Run at Cinco Niñas, City of Koronadal last November 7, 2014.

Said launching activity hosted sponsors and beneficiaries and served as a venue for press conference with the local media and government Public Relations and Information Officers.

PIA12 Regional Director, Olivia T. Sudaria asked DSWD12 Assistant Regional Director for Administration, Hadja Monera H. Lidasan how much was turned over and where the money was used in the previous run. “Was it spent for food, improvement of the facility; were there medical assistance provided?”

As a beneficiary of the two previous Run, Lidasan said that DSWD 12 can’t thank enough because their Regional Rehabilitation Center for Youth and Reception and Study Center for Children had been the recipients and now their Home for Girls.

“With 806,000 worth of items in the second run, we have the multicab to transport children from the center to the hospital because of the distance from Tantangan to Koronadal. It makes sense. Everything that Philhealth has given was utilized by the children from medical, educational, recreational, clothing, food and a lot more … with almost Php 400,000 in the first run, we have enhanced the facility of the center for youth in conflict with the law based in Tupi and we have purchased sporting goods, recreational facilities and kitchen appliances.”

Cotabato Bahay Maria Foundation Inc. Administrator, Jovita C. Isnani on the other hand, admitted to be speechless why their institution was identified to be the beneficiary for the run in 2015.

“This is a great divine blessing because this is our first time…I believe this is God’s will because we had been praying for sponsors to provide the needs of the abandoned, aged, sick women under our care… as of now we just survive daily from the generosity of local individuals and families. We have also tapped “eateries” to provide us their excess food everyday… I’m really thankful and I would like to congratulate the one who conceptualize this event. It’s great!”

As stated, their institution needs an isolation ward for old women with weak lungs and transportation to bring them to the hospital.

Home for the Girls on the other hand hope to have the sewing machine, musical instruments, sporting goods, aircon, electric fan and other equipment which may help abused, abandoned and neglected women cope physically, emotionally, psychologically from what they are going through.

With the target number of 6,000 runners, Philhealth is hopeful to provide all their needs.

Gold sponsors who committed to support are Sandig Medical Clinic and Hospital, Sultan Kudarat Doctors’ Hospital, Kidapawan Medical Specialist, Inc and Evangelista Medical Clinic and Hospital; Silver Sponsors are St. Elizabeth Hospital, Landero Clinic and Hospital and the Doctors’ Clinic and Hospital; Bronze Sponsors are Quijano Clinic and Hospital, Matavia-Tomines Ob-Gyne Clinic and Susie C. Gedorio OB-Gyne Clinic.

“… I am thankful for the sponsors who have signified their support. In just two weeks we have already 4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze sponsors… like COO Aristoza said, there is blessing in sharing. Please run with us and please keep supporting not only the run but National Health Insurance Program in order to attain our universal health coverage,” Philhealth 12 OIC Regional Vice President said.

Registration may be done in the Regional Office and Philhealth Local Health Insurance Offices. “…we hope that by the end of November we could already provide the singlet and other items needed for the race kits… hindi po ito basta takbo lamang like our President and CEO said. We mean to give all our hearts intended for this corporate social responsibility. Please help us promote our intention,” Regional Lead Coordinator, Lorelie G. Bonilla said.

Philhealth Chief Operating Officer, Ramon F. Aristoza Jr. said aspiring runners may also register through Phihealth’s website www.philhealth.gov.ph.

Registration fee is at 300 for 3K Kiddie; 350 for 5K; 100 for students 5K (w/o singlet) 400 for 10K; and 500 for 20K. (hanah g. naanep)

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