Mayor rallies community support for Baguio Day run-A A +A
By Ramon Dacawi
Friday, July 4, 2014
MAYOR Mauricio Domogan has began rallying community support for the Baguio Charter Anniversary Run, which fires off on September 28 to build a support fund for kidney patients who have to undergo twice or thrice-a-week hemodialysis treatment to survive.
The mayor has called on heads of government and private agencies to sign up for membership in the committee, which will manage the run that will provide a heart to the celebration of the 105thanniversary of this city’s founding on Sept. 1, 1909.
Among the first to heed the call is veteran foot race director Rosario "Che" Velasco–Alberto who accepted to serve as the race organizer in a meeting with representatives of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Dialysis Patients and Partners Association.
The association headed by Fr. Richard Justo earlier called on the city to include the Baguio Day Run as a humanitarian feature of the charter anniversary observance dedicated to easing the constant financial and emotional pressure on dialysis patients who need at least P6,600 a week to sustain their life-time treatment.
Alberto, the director and organizer of numerous races here said she will need about 50 volunteers to run the Baguio Day Run categorized into the 3, 5 and 10-kilometer brackets.
“I understand how important this run is to you and your families,” she told the patients headed by Fr. Justo. “I’ve been out of the racing scene for six months now but I’m ready to serve as race organizer for you.”
The mayor’s call for community support also drew response from the city jail whose guards and several inmates pledged to join the three-kilometer race, but around the jail quadrangle, as they did during the PhilHealth Run on Feb. 17 last year.
“As in the PhilHealth Run, we will be scouting for sponsors to shoulder the registration fees of the inmates,” explained warden, Chief Inspector Wilson Banasen.
This week, the mayor’s office will send out letters to the Rotary and Lions Clubs and other sectors of the community inviting them to be part of the race organizing committee “and make the Baguio Charter Day Run a humanitarian Publkic-Private Partnership undertaking”.
The mayor said the run will, “indeed, set a tradition and culture of caring that will mark future celebrations of the Charter Anniversary of Baguio, thereby serving as a rallying point to sustain a sense of community among this city’s residents, neighbors, friends and visitors who treasure fond memories of their visits to the Summer Capital of the Philippines”.
The urgency of the fund campaign through the run for dialysis patients is borne by statistics. As per latest count, the number of patients undergoing hemodialysis treatment at the BGHMC has risen to 192, according to Mary Grace Binay-an, a 23-year old patient and secretary of the BGHMCDPPA.
Among those who committed support to the run are members of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew under the Cathedral of the Resurrection chapter headed by Dr. Edward Dogui-is.
Other groups who would like to help may get in touch with the mayor’s office, care of its public information division, at Tel. No. 442-2502.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 05, 2014.