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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012


30,000 Davaoeños to run for education

by Carina L. Cayon

DAVAO CITY, Jan. 06 (PIA) – Some 30,000 runners in the city and from other parts of the region are expected to join on January 22 a nationwide unity run dubbed as “Kahit Isang Araw Lang” in a bid to gather help and support for education.

The runners from the Davao Region will be part of the 300,000 who are projected to participate in the one-day unity run which will be held simultaneously on said date at seven key cities in the country.

The “Kahit Isang Araw Lang” unity run was launched today January 6 in Davao City being one of the identified event sites in Mindanao. The starting point of the fun run in the city will be at SM City Mall of Davao.

The UNTV television network in partnership with event organizer Avant Garde Creatives, Inc. initiated this first synchronized fun run in their advocacy to aid the government in providing the best education for the Filipino children.

Avant Garde chief operating officer Ryan Ramos said the proceeds of the event are intended for computer classrooms packaged with high-end computer and aircondition units for public schools from all over the country.

Ramos said that the Department of Education through its Adopt-A-School Program will recommend its priority schools that are in dire need of computer facilities.

The city government of Davao and DepEd Region XI responded positively to the unity run advocacy for education, and expressed support to the event on January 22.

Vice-mayor Rodrigo Duterte expressed his support through a message delivered by Councilor April Dayap, saying that the highest priority of the city government include the infrastructure needs of public schools in Davao City.

The participating runners in each key point will get a chance of winning in three categories such as the three-kilometer, five-kilometer and ten-kilometer run.

The three top winners for female and another three top champs for male will each be awarded with a medal and cash prizes ranging from P15,000 to P35,000.

Those who will finish the ceremonial run and the race will also be entitled to a raffle draw after the race, with prizes to include brand new car, motorcycle laptops and cellphones for Metro Manila.

For all other locations, finishers will have the chance to win from the raffle draw motorcycle, laptops and cellphones.

The first 20,000 registrants will be provided with free official unity run singlet and canvass bag. The registration period ends on January 16, 2012, with registration fee of P200 (3K), P250 (5K) and P330 (10K) for Davao City.

The registration hubs in the city include Chris Sports at Abreeza Mall, Reebok at Gaisano Mall of Davao and Holiday Fitness Gym and Spa.

Aside from Davao City and Metro Manila, the other five key cities for the unity run are Butuan, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban and Bacolod.

Ramos said that holding the unity run took inspiration from the first fun run dubbed as “Takbo Para sa Libreng Kolehiyo” which gathered more than 50,000 runners in Manila.

The said event collected about P20 million proceeds that were made to put up the free college the La Verdad Christian School in Caloocan City, he told the local media here in a press conference during the launching at the Davao City Recreation Center.

He said that the school has opened doors to 200 scholars who were provided with free tuition fees, free books, uniforms and including free meals.

Aside from this, the collected funding was also able to build a complete two-storey computer classrooms for Apalit National High School in Pampanga, said UNTV Mindanao bureau chief Dino Hilario.

Hilario disclosed that Vicente Hizon Elementary School in Davao City was also a recipient of ten computer units and one aircondition unit, while a school in Taguig was provided a speech laboratory.

Ramos said the run for education advocacy was initiated by broadcast journalist Daniel Razon, chair and chief executive officer of Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International, Inc. (BMPI) that operates and manages UNTV. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

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