ILOILO — The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office distributed on Wednesday (July 22) 26 brand new ambulances for the provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras.
Of the number, 14 were for the rural health units of Bingawan, Badiangan, Anilao, Lemery, Balasan, Maasin, Igbaras, Dingle, Estancia, Carles, Oton, San Rafael, Dueñas and Passi City.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and the respective mayors and health officials of the towns mentioned received the ambulances in a ceremony held in the Iloilo Provincial Capitol.
Guimaras Governor Samuel Gumarin, on the other hand, received the ambulances for the municipalities of San Lorenzo, Sibunag, Nueva Valencia and Buenavista.
The other recipients of the donation were:
*Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City,
*Federico Roman Tirador Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Janiuay,
*Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian,
*Dr. Ricardo V. Ladrino Memorial District Hospital in Lambunao,
*Western Visayas Sanitarium in Sta. Barbara,
*San Joaquin Mother and Child Hospital in San Joaquin,
*Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Iloilo Airport, and
*Iloilo Doctors College in Iloilo City.
If used properly, PCSO Vice Chairman and General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II said the ambulances can help save lives during emergencies.
Each ambulance is worth P870,000 and is equipped with basic rescue equipment and materials for first aid.
The first and second class municipalities and private hospitals are required to come up with 14% counterpart while those from third to fifth class and government-owned hospitals can get the ambulance for free.
Only the municipalities that have not received any ambulances from PCSO for the last five years were given the donation.
During his interview with the press, Rojas vowed to give each local government unit nationwide with ambulances.
On his part, PCSO Director Francisco Joaquin III revealed that they have distributed 53 ambulances to the provinces in Panay Island this 2015.
“Continue to support our lotto and other numbers game so we can be a better and responsive PCSO,” he stressed.
From P4-million medical aid released daily, PCSO is now disbursing P18.5-million to individuals suffering from different chronic ailments nationwide.
PCSO was also able to increase their branches from 25 to 47. It likewise improved the processing of medical assistance through its PCSO ASAP (At Source Ang Processing) Program.
“All of these innovations are indubitable proof of our commitment to good governance,” he said.