by maya m. padillo
DMCI Homes, the country’s first Quadruple A real estate developer, has partnered with Cure Philip-pines in putting 10 to 15 children with disabilities into surgery through a fun run.
The event aims to raise funds for the Tebow Cure hospital in Davao City to finance the medical surge-ries for physically-disabled children.
DMCI Homes’ first development in Mindanao, Verdon Parc in Ecoland, expressed support to the annual fun run of Junior Chamber International (JCI) and Cure Philippines, which will be held on May 28 for the benefit of chil-dren with treatable condi-tions such as clubfoot, cleft lip and palate, and spinal deformities.
In an interview, Verdon Parc project sales manager Joie John Baquero said their partnership with Tebow and JCI is part of their Corporate Social Res-ponsibility (CSR). Already one year in Davao, DMCI Homes took over the pro-jects of DMCI-UPDI with Verdon Parc as their first project.
“Children are very near to our hearts. That is why our project has a lot of open spaces like Verdon Park for children to play, for families to grow. Every time we do our projects (we think) not only profit but also respon-sibility,” Baquero said.
DMCI’s CSR is also anchored on the company’s “Kaakbay ng Pamaya-nan” program aiming to uphold the well-being of Filipinos. Among the prog-ram’s objectives is to bene-fit residents of the com-pany’s surrounding commu-nities especially children.
Cure Philippines re-vealed there are over two million children living with treatable physical disabili-ties nationwide. Its deve-lopment and sustainability officer, Vincent Bitana, said there is an overwhelming need to help disabled children. According to the United Nations (UN) and the United Nation’s Chil-dren Fun (Unicef), from 42,000 disabled chidlren two years ago, the data has now ballooned to 92,000 in Region 11 alone.
Bitana also said the cost of the surgeries nor-mally varies: club foot case is normally from P70,000 to P120,000; spine surgery is P500,000.
Carrying this year’s theme “Putting the FUN in Run” participants of the JCI-CURE Color Fun Run 2017 will race around the three hectare Verdon Parc. The run aims to enlist 1,000 runners from the 3K, 5K, and 10K race categories.
Tebow’s second fun run with SM Lanang last year raised P440,000 and put four to five children under surgeries.