MINERVA BC NEWMAN
LAPULAPU CITY – The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) holds the “Healthy Harvest Festival” from July 28 to August 1 at the Terminal 1 Pre-terminal Lobby and Airport Village to promote health and wellness to ensure a sound body and mind especially at this time of pandemic.
The festival will feature a farmer’s market, a bloodletting drive, free basic health checkup, and discounts and freebies for vaccinated customers against COVID-19.
“There are many ways to protect our health during the pandemic, and we have combined these into the Healthy Harvest Festival, which is intended to entice the public to become healthier,” according to Louie Ferrer, president, GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), the private operator of MCIA.
A variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy ready-to-eat meals, essentials oils, and other products and services are available during the duration of the Festival to promote healthy eating and living.
MCIAA general manager Julius Jay Neri reiterated that there are three ways to prevent from getting COVID-19. One, practice all required safety protocols such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds, washing hands, and keeping a safe distance away from others. Two, get vaccinated as soon as possible and three, maintain a healthy lifestyle to build up your immune system.
“These are good activities because they promote awareness and help people promote this healthy lifestyle and encourage everyone to get vaccinated,” Neri said.
MCIA also joined the commemoration of the National Blood Donor’s Month this July with a blood donation drive on July 28 and 30; August 4, 10 an 11 and “we encourage everyone to participate in the activity provided that they pass the assessment prior to donation,” Neri added.
The activity is in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas – National Voluntary Blood Services Program, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Aviation Security Unit (AVSEU) 7, and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) Airport Police Division.
Meanwhile, a free basic health checkup of blood pressure, blood sugar, and eyes will also be conducted on August 2 to 6 by Prime Care Cebu.
Vaccinated customers, whether first or second dose, will also get freebies and discounts of up to 15% OFF from participating food and service shops by presenting their vaccination card and valid ID.
Strict health and safety protocols will be implemented such as wearing of face mask and full-face shield and practicing physical distancing.