Wellness and beauty retailer Watsons joined the Civil Service Commission National Capital Region (CSC NCR) in the “R.A.C.E. to Serve” fun run last Sept. 1 at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila.
A staggering 17,000 government workers joined the event on the same day that marked Civil Service Month.
With the theme “Civil Service at 119: Upholding Integrity and a High Trust Society,” the fun run aimed to raise funds for organizations supporting orphans of public servants.
Particularly, the event promoted the Pondong Pamanang Lingkod Bayani financial assistance and scholarship program.
Watsons, as CSC’s partner, offered free health services to all participating runners. At the finish line, everyone had access to blood pressure and blood sugar checks, cholesterol tests and body-fat ratio analysis.
The fun run showed Watsons’ full support of events related to health and wellness. Known for its beauty products, Watsons has added more brands that promote health and well-being.
“We decided to partner with the Civil Service Commission because we believe in the same thing, that health and wellness is important, so it’s a perfect match,” said Watsons marketing director Viki Encarnacion. “We’re expanding our line. We now have a wider selection of medicines, maintenance drugs, supplements and vitamins.”
Watsons Philippines chief operating officer Danilo Chiong added: “Health items used to be a small part of the business. But in the past six to seven years, our health section has been expanding. It’s now one of our most important lines at Watsons.”
Chiong recalled that when he tried to buy prescription medicines at a Watsons branch, only one out of four he needed was available. “Now, I’m happy to say I’m able to get all my medicines at our prescription counter. Customers want convenience, and we recognize that.”
He said that Watsons is also increasing its presence in the country with new branches opening soon. “We now have more than 700 stores nationwide. We also have our own brand of generic medicines. We are committed to improve the health of Filipinos.” —CONTRIBUTED