The celebration this year was launched on August 4, 2013 with the annual “Walk for Sight”, an 8-km walk from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Vito Cruz, Pasay City to the Rizal monument in Rizal Park, Manila participated by more than 3,000 eye health proponents led by the Department of Health (DOH), the National Committee for Sight Preservation (NCSP) member organizations, Dept. of Education, Lions Clubs International, Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology, Integrated Philippine Association of Optometrists, Tanggal Katarata Foundation, University of the Philippines Institute of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Departments of Selected Hospitals, some drug companies, students and the Optometric Association of the Philippines (OAP) with representatives from Batangas, Bulacan, Caloocan Malabon Navotas, Cavite, Cebu, Makati, Marikina, Palawan, Pasay Paranaque Las Pinas,Vigan Chapters.
The "walk" was followed by the wreath laying at the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park. The activity was headed by the DOH, represented by Sec. Teodoro Herbosa & A. Sec. Enrique Tayag, NCSP Chairperson Dr. Noel Chua, OAP President Dr. Cora Sipin with other heads of NCSP member organizations and other foreign & local partners.
The event was a success despite a poor weather condition. OAP Officers, Dr. Cora Sipin and Dr. Net Soltura attended the laying out of DOH’s five-year blueprint for the eye health objective which is "the reduction of avoidable blindness". Dr. Noel Chua of NCSP encouraged all the supporters of the advocacy to align their efforts in support of the DOH strategic plan and directions to achieve the outcome as set forth.
In response to that call, the OAP through the leadership of the incumbent Board of Trustees, is now strategically planning for the association's collective efforts through organized activities geared towards the attainment of that specified objective.