PARM M.O.V.E.s for the Record
June Ann R. De Vera, MD
PARM continues its advocacy for exercise awareness in the community and its fundraising drive for indigent Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) through “M.O.V.E.” (Making Ourselves Vigilant to Exercise) annual activities which started in July 2009. This year, a fitness event tagged as “PARM M.O.V.E. Fit for the Record” was held on July 17, 2016, 5:00 A.M. at the Greenhills Parking Lot 1B, San Juan. The event was part of the opening ceremonies of the weeklong celebration of the 38th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week. The activity also helped raise awareness about disability and the rights of persons with disabilities. An estimated 900 PWDs and 1200 non-PWDs from different government and non government organizations became part of that amazing record breaking moment.
The program started with an opening prayer by Dr. Frances Carlos, followed by the Opening remarks of Dr. Ramon Antonio Sarmiento, Over-all Chairman of PARM MOVE 2016. Dr. Eric Tayag, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health gave a special message and he started the Zumba competition by dancing on stage and leading the crowd. He was also one of the judges.
An intermission number was presented by Silent Steps, hearing impaired dancers from De La Salle College of St. Benilde School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies. This was followed by the logo formation and awarding of Zumba Competition winners. First place went to the participants from De La Salle Health Sciences Institute. Archdiocese of Manila Ministry for the Deaf got the 2nd place and National Council for Disability Affairs group got the 3rd place. Other participating groups came from Our Lady of Fatima University, Quezon City, San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation and East Avenue Medical Center. PARM President, Dr. Willy Gervacio gave his message to end the program.