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PhilHealth turns over proceeds of Tacloban leg of running event to local beneficiary July 17, 2013

PALO, Leyte – PhilHealth Regional Office 8 formally turned over the proceeds of the first PhilHealth-DOH Run conducted last February 2013 to its local beneficiary, the Regional Haven of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The turnover was done at the Regional Haven Multi-purpose Center in Palo, Leyte last June 26, 2013. RVP Bacareza handed-over a P465,000 check to the Regional Haven head Ms. Luz Davis and DSWD Assistant Regional Director Virginia Edano. The same amount was also given to the run’s national beneficiary, the Philippine Childrens’ Medical Center. A representative of one of the major sponsors of the PhilHealth-DOH Run, Sister Gertrude Batan of the Divine Word Hospital, was on hand to witness the turnover.

In her acceptance speech, DSWD Assistant Regional Director Ms. Virginia Edano expressed her heartfelt gratitude to PhilHealth for the much needed support. According to her, the funds will be used to purchase medical equipment such as portable oxygen tank and glocumeter. They will also hire the services of an Ob-Gyne to regularly check on the health of their pregnant wards. A portion of the funds will also be used to pay for the PhilHealth premium of their residents without PhilHealth coverage.

It may be recalled that the PhilHealth DOH-Run was a nationwide activity held simultaneously in 18 cities, to commemorate PhilHealth’s 18th anniversary. It was one of the biggest running events ever held in Tacloban. Almost 6,000 runners from the different parts of the region participated. It also garnered the support of the City Government of Tacloban, other local government units, private establishments, government agencies, PhilHealth-accredited facilities, schools and the Philippine Azkals who sent five of their players to join the run in Tacloban.

According to RVP Bacareza, "it was more than just a running event but more of a statement, that PhilHealth is indeed determined to achieve universal health care in Eastern Visayas with the support of all stakeholders." Bacareza further said that "women and children were chosen as beneficiaries as their welfare is close to our heart as we raced towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that also championed their welfare."

The Regional Haven is a temporary shelter for abused women and orphaned/abandoned/abused children and is under the management of the DSWD. Currently, they have 18 women and 11 children in their care.

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