PCSO con­tin­ues do­nat­ing am­bu­lances

Business Mirror - - OPINION - Atty. Jose Fer­di­nand M. Ro­jas II

ONE of the Philip­pine Charity Sweep­stakes Of­fice’s (PCSO)most pop­u­lar and help­ful pro­grams is the Ambulance Do­na­tion Pro­gram that pro­vides a free brand-new ambulance unit to qual­i­fied lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) and char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tions.

Un­der the pro­gram, run by PCSO As­sets and Sup­ply Man­age­ment De­part­ment Man­ager lawyer Reena Ya­son, cities, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, pub­lic and pri­vate hos­pi­tals, char­i­ta­ble in­sti­tu­tions, gov­ern­ment agen­cies, and state col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, among others, may be granted a new ambulance ev­ery five years.

The am­bu­lances are the LGUs’ life­lines to the near­est hos­pi­tals, and are es­pe­cially needed in re­mote ar­eas with lit­tle pri­vate or pub­lic trans­port.

Fourth- to sixth- class mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties re­ceive their am­bu­lances as out­right do­na­tions, while first- to third- class mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties shoul­der 40 per­cent of the unit cost, with PCSO hand­ing the rest of the amount.

Re­cently, the PCSO granted new am­bu­lances to Albuquerque, An­te­quera, Balil­i­han, Bi­lar, Bue­nav­ista, In­a­banga, Mari­bo­joc, Pi­lar, San Miguel, Sierra Bul­lones, Tal­i­bon, Trinidad and Va­len­cia, all in Bo­hol prov­ince, on April 21.

Like­wise, the re­cip­i­ents of new units were Car­ranglan, Nueva Ecija, on April 29; the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Ba­ca­cay, Jovel­lar, Malilipot, Pio Du­ran, Rapu- Rapu and Tiwi; Li­gao City; and Jose­fina Bel­monte Du­ran Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal and Pan­tao Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal, all in Al­bay, on May 5;

Gal­imuyod, Ilo­cos Norte; Bautista, Pan­gasi­nan; and Pri­eto Diaz, Sor­so­gon, on May 6; South Cota­bato Provin­cial Hos­pi­tal on May 19; the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Glo­ria and Mansalay, Ori­en­tal Min­doro, also on May 19; and Di­naig Mu­nic­i­pal Hos­pi­tal in Sin­suan,

As can be gath­ered from the list of re­cip­i­ents, am­bu­lances are granted all over the coun­try, from Lu­zon to Min­danao, in line with PCSO’s goal to pro­vide an ambulance to all cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties na­tion­wide in sup­port of the med­i­cal pro­grams in those ar­eas.

Maguin­danao, on May 23.

Also granted am­bu­lances were the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Baler, Casig­u­ran, Di­lasag, Di­nalu­gan, Din­galan and Di­pac­u­lao; Sa­bang Eco Tourism Area As­so­ci­a­tion, Maria Aurora Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal and the Aurora Provin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice, on May 16.

All the turnover cer­e­monies were held at the PCSO head of­fice in Man­daluy­ong City, ex­cept for the Aurora turnover, which was held in Baler upon the oc­ca­sion of the open­ing there of PCSO’s 53rd and new­est branch, and the Bo­hol turnover, which was held in Tag­bi­la­ran City.

As can be gath­ered from the list of re­cip­i­ents, am­bu­lances are granted all over the coun­try, from Lu­zon to Min­danao, in line with the PCSO’s goal to pro­vide an am- bu­lance to all cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties na­tion­wide in sup­port of the med­i­cal pro­grams in those ar­eas.

Not only are they used to trans­port ail­ing pa­tients to hos­pi­tals, the am­bu­lances are also used as res­cue ve­hi­cles dur­ing times of nat­u­ral dis­as­ter, such as floods, ac­cord­ing to re­ports from many LGUs. As such, PCSO am­bu­lances are truly use­ful in more ways than one.

The PCSO Ambulance Do­na­tion Pro­gram, and all PCSO’s other med­i­cal- and health care- re­lated so­cial-wel­fare pro­grams, are funded by rev­enues from the agency’s Lotto and other num­ber games.

We thank the pub­lic for their con­stant sup­port for Lotto games, which gives ev­ery­one who buys a ticket the chance to be a multi- mil­lion­aire while, at the same time, help­ing their kababayan in need. Lotto play­ers can con­sider that in a way, they had a hand in plac­ing all those am­bu­lances bear­ing PCSO stick­ers na­tion­wide, where the ve­hi­cles are of im­mense ser­vice and use­ful­ness in those com­mu­ni­ties.

PCSO con­tin­ues to award am­bu­lances to qual­i­fied en­ti­ties. For the check­list of re­quire­ments, please visit pcso. gov. ph.

Atty. Ro­jas is vice chair­man and gen­eral man­ager of the Philip­pine Charity Sweep­stakes Of­fice.

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