Run for Hope in Mindanao

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is organizing a Run for Hope which will be held simultaneously in six key cities here in Mindanao.

Dubbed as the PhilHealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope is slated to be held on February 5, 2012 as part of PhilHealth’s 17th anniversary celebration next year.

The PhilHealth Run, as approved by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and PhilHealth central office, it will be held in the cities of Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Marawi and Zamboanga.

PhilHealth regional information officer Jeanilyn Halirin-Ramos said Wednesday the event aims to raise funds to provide financial assistance to its main beneficiary, the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Children’s Cancer Center and Blood Diseases Unit (Kids of Hope) based in Davao City.

SPMC is the only facility in Visayas and Mindanao that can deliver multi–disciplinary care for children with cancer.

Ramos said the fun run also hopes to raise funds for the local beneficiaries of the different participating PhilHealth offices.

Ramos said the PhilHealth Mindanao, during its 4th Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting in this city last week, has signed up the co–presentor sponsorship contract agreement with the KFI Center for Community Development Foundation, Inc. (KCCDFI).

The KCCDFI is a non–government organization (NGO) which aims to help the rural poor in Mindanao by providing micro–financial services to enterprising women and men in various municipalities and cities in Western Mindanao, including in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

As a co–presentor, Ramos said the PhilHealth Mindanao shall highlight KCCDFI as one of PhilHealth Run’s main partner in all of its marketing and promotional materials with a Mindanao-wide coverage until February 5, 2012.

The agreement was signed by PhilHealth Mindanao officers, namely, Ramon Aristoza, Jr., Area Vice-President for PhilHealth Mindanao; Romeo Alberto, PhilHealth vice-president for Zamboanga Peninsula; Mae Dizon, Area Chairperson for the PhilHealth Run; Dennis Adre, Regional Vice President for PhilHealth 11; Johnny Sychua, Regional Vice President for PhilHealth CARAGA; and, Atty. Khaliquzzaman Macabato, Regional Vice President for PhilHealth ARMM).

Mr. Rodolfo Quinday, Sr., president and chief executive officer for KCCDFI, also graced the sponsorship contract agreement signing ceremony as well as other KCCDFI officials namely Mercedes Faustino and Rhett Ray Quinday.

Alberto expressed his appreciation for the support extended by KCCDFI to PhilHealth and hopes that other government agencies, private companies and NGOs will also participate in the PhilHealth Run.

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