DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro during the press conference.
With the theme, “Every runner a finisher. Every finisher a winner. No one left behind,” DepEd is holding a fun run that will happen on June 19, 5AM at the Quirino Grandstand. The goal of this fun run is two things: to celebrate the 150th birth of Dr. Jose Rizal and to seek support from the public to upgrade the standard of education in public schools.
There will be no registration fees, instead, runners will have to bring something that can help improve our public schools here in the Philippines like pencils, ball pens, ruled paper, notebooks, crayons, chalk, chairs, tables, cabinets, fax machine, computers, printers, electric fans, etc.
Participants have a choice of 1-, 2-, or 3 kilometer walk or run.
“We all know how our national hero pushed for the education of the Filipinos and I am sure that a century after his death that remains his aspiration,” said DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro. He added that “This is a good physical exertion and at the same time an expression of compassion for our young learners who need our full support,”
DepEd is targeting more than 150,000 runners in the National Capital Region. The fun run will be spearheaded by all DepEd Division Offices (DOs) nationwide. All participating DOs will handle the preparatory work which shall include the organization of different committees to promote the activity as well as coordination with volunteers, sponsors and media.
Participants to the Fun Run will be asked to accomplish a pledge form to signify support to schools. Completed forms will be submitted to the Local Registration Committee. The pledges / actual donations will be accounted for and turned over to the schools.