PCSO continues donating ambulances
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.