The Rotary Club of Downtown Manila (RCDM), through one of its most distinguished scholarship grantees and now PhilHealth Group Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Ruben John A. Basa, has invited PhilHealth to join them in paying tribute to high school students, from both the public and private schools, in the National Capital Region (NCR) graduating at the top of their classes. The invitation was to set up an information desk during the event which was held in Century Park Hotel in Manila last April 18, 2011.
This "Service to the Youth" project of the RCDM has always been a successful affair in terms of motivation, inspiration, and challenges to the youth. The club also offers a chance for deserving graduates to apply for a Rotary College Scholarship Grant by the Rotary Foundation.
The PhilHealth info desk was visited mostly by parents with their children in tow, either inquiring about how to be a member or just wanting more information regarding the program.
As one of the sponsors of the event, PhilHealth turned over 20 green jackets provided by the Public Affairs Department to be raffled off to lucky participants.
Participants/attendees to the event numbered at about 400 to 500 including parents, teachers and other guests.
Other sponsors of the event included Asia Pacific College, Treston International College and the Manila Tytana College, formerly Manila Doctors College (which offered scholarships to deserving valedictorians), Security Bank, Tom's World Phils (which gave away games and entertainment packages), and Zest-O Corporation. (Amelita L. Buted, Emelita M. Retuta and Jonathan M. Yao, Public Affairs Department)