Run for a cause on 150th Birthday of Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippin...
An April 26, 2011 press release by the Department of Education
To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal, the Department of Education is set to hold a national fun run where instead of the participants paying registration fees, they will be given a chance to donate school materials and volunteer their time for education-related activities.
The national fun run for education will be conducted simultaneously on June 19, 2011 throughout the country with the theme “Every Runner, a Finisher; Every Finisher, a Winner.” Participants will have a choice between a 1-kilometer or 2-kilometer walk or run.
Education Secretary Brother Armin Luistro emphasized that this activity will provide an opportunity for education stakeholders in the community to unite and manifest love for country. “By directly giving resources and time for education, we are actually honoring our national hero and helping our country,” he said.
Participants of the fun run will be asked to accomplish pledge forms to signify support to schools. Completed forms will be submitted to the local registration committee one week prior to the activity.
The pledges or actual donations will be accounted for and turned over to the schools. Assistance may be in the form of donations-in-kind or volunteer man-days or labor support.
Donations-in-kind could be school supplies (pencils, ball pens, ruled paper, notebooks, crayons, chalk, etc.); classroom furniture (chairs, tables, cabinets, etc.); equipments (fax machines, computers, printers, electric fans, etc.); classrooms; or shop equipments (for Industrial Arts, Home Economics, Agri-Fishing, etc.).
Volunteer man-days or labor support could be resource person for a particular subject; tutorial assistance; peer counseling; assistance to teachers (preparing visual aids, teacher aid); school maintenance and repairs; or teaching.
The national fun run aims to raise awareness that every Filipino is a stakeholder in maintaining quality education.  This is in line with the DepEd’s Education For All (EFA) goals that the country has pledged to meet by 2015.
The fun run encourages participants, especially the students, to become a finisher not just of the activity but of their education in pursuit of learning and global competency.
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 to all stakeholders and the coordination as well as collaboration with the volunteers, sponsors and media. Fun Run Coordinators will be designated to ensure proper coordination.
To facilitate the proper flow of events, the DOs will work hand in hand with their Regional Office, local government units (LGUs), barangays and the local Philippine National Police (PNP). They shall determine the system of inviting community members, associations, students and other groups to advocate this activity.