Ahhh, to be young and free of responsibility, with no cares in the world – unfortunately, as life really unfolds, the phase of careless abandon and risky lifestyle is short. This only means that seriously taking charge of your finances early in life has become as important as enjoying youth and the trappings that go with singlehood.
According to the PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority), approximately 70% of our OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) belong to workers not more than 40 years of age; in fact the number of young adult workers have grown over the past decade as more opportunities for employment open up even for new graduates or those merely savvy on technical courses. (click here for the PSA data on OFWs by Age Group, 2015). While cash remittances have been instrumental in getting children to college or building a dream house, only 40% of OFWs have committed to saving for the future (PSA data on OFWs savings on remittances, 2015). Hence we hear stories of ex-OFWs who have grave financial capabilities despite long years of service-contracts, even leading to an unhappy future for both the ex-worker and the family.
Seafarers are fortunate that the ISP (Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines) is steeped in advocating saving for the future with awareness campaigns. These upcoming events promise to be fun and inclusive of both seafarers and the running community. After all, all of us can benefit a lot from saving for a brighter and more secure future.
Run 4 ÜR Future (Live.Save.Give) is a race-series which will take place nationwide on July 17 (Davao People’s Park), July 31 (Cebu Business Park), August 28 (Manila SM By The Bay). The race features the following distances: 16K, 10K, 5K, and 3K categories, expected to attract an estimate of 1,000 – 3,000 participants from Maritime Schools, Training Centers, land- based and sea-based Manning Companies of OFWs and running enthusiasts.
Proceeds of this event will go to various foundations. For Davao leg, the beneficiary will be Tahanan ng Pagmamahal Children’s Home Inc. For Cebu leg, it will be the World Vision Learning Kit, and for Manila, the Jesus Christ Cares for Cancer. Each foundation has in its primary goal to support education and health of poorest of the poor.
Integrated Seafarers and Media Vessel invite you to participate in this worthwhile campaign. Early and online registration for the Manila leg starts on July 15, 2016 until August 1, 2016 and in-store regular registration from August 5, 2016 to August 22, 2916 of at the ISP office, and selected Chris Sports outlets in Metro Manila.
Early Registration fees for the available categories are PHP 750 for 16K, PHP 650 for the 10K, PHP 550 for the 5K, and PHP 450 for the 3K. While, regular registration fees are PHP 850 for 16K, PHP 750 for 10K, PHP 650 for 5K, and PHP 550 for 3K. All participants shall receive race bibs with timing, singlet, and freebies. Additionally, 16K and 10K runners will get a finisher’s medal and shirt. Cash and gift check prizes are in store for top male and female contenders of the race categories.
The Run 4 UR Future is made possible by the following sponsors: Alphera Marine Services Inc. Sealand Skills, Generika, Medpadala, Fern-C, MX3, Snowtime, Media Partners Trilife Magazine, DZIQ 990 am band Gabay ng Pamilyang Marino.
For more info and group registrations, please see their FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1800843176804173/
Media Vessel TV and Event Productions is a new and independent media productions company that has partnered with the Integrated Seafarers of the Philippines in various TV and event projects since 2014. Embedded with the same corporate values and principles in empowering the Filipinos, Run 4 ÜR Future came to life this year.
With this event, the ISP advocates unity and brotherhood via programs that support seafarers’ reintegration and explore maritme business and employment with financial literacy support thru ISP-Multi Purpose Cooperatives. This is role-modelling to the general public that regular personal savings is a smart-money way towards a more stable future and an early reintegration to have quality time with their families upon retirement from active employment.