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PhilHealth Run in NCR to Benefit the Elderly November 12, 2014

In celebration of its 20th year, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will once again hold a running event dubbed “PhilHealth: Ready, TSeKaP, Go!” on February 15, 2015 in Quezon City.

It was in 2013 when PhilHealth organized its first simultaneous run in 18+ sites nationwide in support to mother and child health protection. This time, PhilHealth particularly in the National Capital Region, is running for the vulnerable sector of the society - the elderly.

Aside from promoting public awareness on PhilHealth benefits particularly its primary care, preventive and diagnostic services through “Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya” or TSeKaP, the 2015 PhilHealth Run highlights the value of generosity by providing a helping hand to those who need them the most.

The Golden Reception and Action Center for the Elderly and other Special Cases or simply called GRACES was chosen as the beneficiary of the PhilHealth Run in NCR. The facility is located at the back of one of the biggest malls in Quezon City and serves as temporary shelter to the elderly. GRACES is being managed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development – NCR. It was then called the Golden Acres.

GRACES also offers various services to the elderly to relieve their loneliness of being away from their families. Occupational and recreational activities are being conducted to enhance the resident’s vocational skills and their capacity to earn. Health and medical services are also provided including treatment and referral for psychiatric examination to promote their psychological and mental well-being.

Currently, the Center houses 148 residents, mostly females who were endorsed by the Local Government Units, some abandoned in the hospitals, others rescued from the streets and some left by their own families.

“We want our elderly to experience genuine care from real people. As we run together, we can somehow ease their pain, emotionally and physically until the remaining days of their twilight years,” says PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander A. Padilla.

For those who want to help and make a difference, have your running shoes ready and join the PhilHealth: Ready, TSeKaP, Go! on February 15, 2015. For details, log on to (END)

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