PhilHealth to hold nationwide run

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To mark the corporation’s 18th anniversary, PhilHealth holds the first ever nationwide simultaneous running event.

On February 17, 2013, supporters and enthusiasts from 18 sites all over the country are expected to hit the streets together at 5 o’clock in the morning (gun start) for the PhilHealth Run: Nationwide Run for Mother and Child Protection.

The PhilHealth Run encourages Filipinos to be aware of what the National Health Insurance Program is all about and to support the nation’s effort towards achieving Universal Health Care, particularly in improving maternal and child health.

Proceeds from this event will be distributed to chosen groups and institutions promoting the welfare of Filipino mothers and children.

Here in the Central Visayas, PhilHealth chose the Gift of Life Project of the Rotary Club of Cebu District 3860 which helps children in need of surgery due to congenital heart disease. Part of the regional proceeds will also go to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, the national Run beneficiary.

A four-category race — 3k for both kiddie and adult, 5k, 10k and 18k — the PhilHealth Run is open to members and non-members. Runners in the region will start and finish at Sumilon Road, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City.

Three female and three male runners will win cash prizes per category. Aside from the certificate, all 18K finishers will get a medal. Each registered runner will also have a chance to win raffle prizes during the event.

Registration fees are P250 for the 3k, P300 for the 5k, P350 for the 10k and P450 for the 18k. Registration rate includes the singlet, race bib, race primer, finisher’s certificate and a raffle stub.

Interested individuals or groups may register online at run2013.philhealth.gov.ph or at any PhilHealth office.

For online registrants, payments may be made at PhilHealth offices or at any of its Run collecting agents.

PhilHealth employees are also stationed at the Cebu City Sports Complex beginning last Jan. 22, 4-7 p.m., and at the Ayala Active Zone on Feb. 4 to accommodate registrants.

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