Elderly Filipino Week to celebrate simultaneous walk for life

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Department of Health (DOH) will hold a simultaneous Walk For Life on 01 October 2016 at 6 am in the MOA Arena, as kick-off celebration of the Elderly Week 2016.

More than 11, 000 senior citizens will join the Walk For Life nationwide, as it will also be held in: SM City Cauayan-Isabela, SM Lucena, SM City San Fernando-Pampanga, SM Batangas, SM City Iloilo, SM Seaside-Cebu, SM Ecoland-Davao, SM Cagayan de Oro, the Ayala Mall in Legaspi City, San Fernando City Plaza in La Union, Almont Inland Resort in Butuan City, Plaza Cabili Banggolo in Marawi City, SM Baguio to PFVR Gym in Baguio City and SMRAA Sports complex, City of Koronadal. They will participate in the 30-minute walk covering 1 to 1.5 kilometers aiming to promote healthy lifestyle and wellness among the elderly.

After the walk, medical services such as consultations, random blood sugar screening, cholesterol screening, bone scanning, blood pressure measurement and vaccination shall be provided to selected participants. In addition, PhilHealth will also put up service desks to answer queries, accept member data amendment requests and distribute the new PhilHealth ID to senior citizens.

Other government agencies will also set up booth to provide services or information to elderly participants. Registration is absolutely free.

The celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week or EFW started 22 years ago when Presidential Proclamation No. 470, s-1994 declared the first week of October as the "Linggo ng Katandaang Filipino" or Elderly Filipino Week. Activities that cater to elderly Filipinos are organized by government agencies like the DSWD, DOH, DTI, DOJ, DILG, non-government organizations and LGUs during the entire week.

The elderly is one of the population segments prioritized for coverage by social protection programs. Keeping them abreast of government initiatives intended for their health and welfare are objectives of both PhilHealth and the DOH. The simultaneous Walk For Life in key cities of the Philippines shall not only highlight these advocacies for the elderly, but will also accord EFW celebrations with more significance.

For further details please contact the Dept. of Health's Disease Prevention and Control Bureau at 732-2494, 651-7800 locals 1750 to 1752.

Source: Philippine Information Agency