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PWDs gather for a day of fun, games

| by: Lee De la Cerna

In celebration of the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) Month in July, a total of 400 runners flocked the Cebu Business Park road to participate the PWD Run and Roll last July 19.

Featured during the event were a 600-meter race for PWDs in wheelchairs for both men and women and another 600-meter race for those in crutches.

PWDs were free of charge. They presented their medical certificates as their entry to join the event.

The event also featured two categories for non-PWDs: a 3k and a 6k race in which the participants paid Php 500 as registration fees. The entry fee came with a bib number, singlets and meals. The proceeds will go to Cebu Provincial Federation of PWDs.

The fun run started early in the morning with the first start at 5 a.m. It ended at 6:30am after all participants had returned.

Danilo Apa crossed the finish line at the Ayala Center Cebu in five minutes and 18 seconds to rule the 600-meter Men PWD Run (crutches). Leah Baño did the same in the women’s race as she finished eight minutes and 39 seconds.

Kieh Reguero and Rosello Puebcos topped the 600-meter PWD Roll (wheelchair). Reguero finished seven minutes and 47 seconds while Puebcos clocked nine minutes and 47 seconds to take the men’s and women’s titles.

To formally culminate the activity, a short program and awarding ceremony was held at The Terraces in Ayala Center Cebu. It was graced by the presence of Provincial Board Member Arleigh C. Sitoy, Provincial Administrator and Acting Provincial Social Welfare Development Officer (PSWDO) Atty. Mark Tolentino, PSWDO Assistant Rose Jao, and Ayala Center Cebu Top Management.

The PWD Run and Roll was initiated by the Cebu Provincial Government through PSWDO in cooperation with the office of Provincial Board Member Arleigh C. Sitoy and in partnership with Ayala Center Cebu and Gualandi Volunteer Service Program in line with the celebration of the PWD Month with the theme “Talino, Panindigan ang Taong May Kapansanan, Pasaporte sa Kaunlaran.”

The event aims to empower the PWD community and promote and ensure the full and equal enjoyment and fundamental freedom of PWDs.