DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio volunteered to lose 10 pounds for the Fit Filipino Million Pounds Weight Loss Challenge.
Duterte-Carpio, during the flag-raising ceremony on Monday, September 25, made the pledge to contribute 10 pounds to the challenge and at the same time expressed that the City Government of Davao will donate 12,000 pounds.
"Nag-apil ang Davao City Government for the Fit Filipino one million pounds weight loss challenge and gina-awhag nako ang lain-lain na organizations diri sa Davao na muapil pud. (The Davao City Government joined for the Fit Filipino one million pounds weight loss challenge and I also ask other organizations within Davao city to join.) This is one way of supporting the campaign of the city health office for a healthy lifestyle," she said.
Celebrity coach Toni Saret, among the organizers of Fit Filipinos (Fit-Fils) movement, said they are hoping that other local government units (LGUs) will join the campaign now that the city government made its pledge.
"With Davao, we're heading the campaign to the LGUs," she said.
Toni also said they have already tapped the Philippine Medical Association and the Philippine National Police for the same challenge.
Sports Development Division-City Mayors Office office-in-charge Michael Aportadera said the mayor's commitment to the weight loss challenge inspires the local government.
"That is our leader. We will also be inspired to do so with everybody here," he said.
Coach Jim Saret, also organizer of the challenge, found the commitment exciting and he hopes that all the members of different departments down to barangay health workers will participate.
Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao Region Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan said PRO-Davao Region eyed to lose 11,000 pounds as a unit.
"As of this day, 25 percent na ang na-lose ng PRO-Davao Region kasi meron kaming (PRO-Davao Region lost 25 percent because we have) weekly weigh in and submission of updates twice a month," he said.
Police officers on Monday joined the weekly flag ceremony and did a four-minute exercise together with City Hall employees, city department heads, and the city mayor.