ROTA—TanHoldings executives and employees were among the more than 100 individuals who participated in the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Health Walk on Rota last Saturday morning.
The visitors walked and ran along the course, which covered a distance of nearly three miles and started at the Joaquin Mesngon Ogo Baseball Field in Sinapalo, with the turnaround point at the scenic Alaguan Bay Lookout.
“We’ve been doing fun runs and other similar activities on Saipan and this time we would like to get involved in the promotion of a healthy and active lifestyle on Rota. It’s just fortunate that we came here on the weekend they are observing the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, so we are very happy to do this activity with Rota residents and enjoy the beauty of the island,” TanHoldings president Jerry Tan said.
Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig, Rota Sen. Teresita Santos, students from Sinapalo Elementary School and Dr. Rita H. Inos Junior and Senior High School, government officials and employees, healthcare workers, and individuals with developmental disabilities joined TanHoldings executives and employees in the weekend event, which was capped with a health screening (blood and cholesterol testing and blood pressure checking).
“This is a very good activity for the people of Rota—young and old—and we’re happy to have TanHoldings employees join us in this event and see for themselves how beautiful and welcoming our island is. I hope we could hold more walking/running activities like this to encourage our residents to go out more and be active to achieve a healthier lifestyle,” the mayor added.
The walk also doubled as one of the activities for the island’s celebration of Women’s Month, according to Rota Mayor’s Office special assistant for programs and grants Aubry Hocog.
In the coming weeks, Rota’s women’s group will be going to school to introduce women who played important roles in shaping the island’s history. The group will also hold a summit later this month to discuss issues affecting women on Rota, such as healthcare, education, work, environment, culture, and leadership.
Meanwhile, TanHoldings sponsored the shirts given to participants in the walk and also donated shirts to staff members of the Rota Mayor’s Office and the island’s students. After the donation, the company’s executives and employees had cleanup drives in Sinapalo and some beaches.
“Rota is counting on its pristine beaches and clean and green surroundings to attract tourists on the island and we at TanHoldings would like to contribute to Rota’s efforts in maintaining cleanliness around the island while we are here and enjoying the resident’s exemplary hospitality,” TanHoldings vice president for corporate affairs Catherine Attao-Toves said. (PR)