The Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) spearheaded a fun walk on October 1 to honor elderly Filipinos while the entire country observes the “Elderly Filipino Week’ every first week of October with the theme “Pagmamahal at Respecto ng Nakababata, Nagpapaligaya sa Nakatatanda.”
Dubbed as “Walk for Life” the activity started with as fun walk, followed by a Zumba and program at the SM City grounds. Elderly participants likewise received medical services like anti-flu vaccines and blood testing for glucose and more.
The activity aims to promote health and wellness amongst senior citizens as well as raise awareness on programs and benefits accorded to them by the government.
The same event was done simultaneously in all key cities across the region as well as in other parts of the country.
“Through this activity we seek to enhance cooperation with agencies especially those directly implementing the expanded senior citizens act,” DOH Chief Administrative Officer Edward Acta said. (JCV/PIA-10)