Monday, March 19, 2018

Ilocos Norte needs more ambulances

Staff reporter

LAOAG CITY—The Ilocos Norte government is seeking more ambulances from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

On March 2, 2018, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos to request for six units of ambulance.

Sponsored by the committee on health and sanitation, the PCSO requires Draft Provincial Resolution 2018-02- in compliance to the provisions of the Local Government Code.

According to SP member Rogelio Balbag, most of the service ambulances of all district hospitals in the province are already dilapidated and non-functional hence the need for replacement the soonest possible time.

Since the PCSO is giving out ambulance to local government units as part of its commitment to help in times of need, Mr. Balbag said they allocated at least PHP3 million from the provincial development fund as a counterpart in the purchase of six units of ambulance.

For a first-class province like Ilocos Norte, the PCSO requires 40 percent or equivalent to PHP500,000 as a counterpart from the recipient of each ambulance.

However, for third and sixth class municipalities, the PCSO provides ambulance units for free.

In December last year, the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Abra were the latest recipients of 14 units of ambulance.

For Ilocos Norte, PCSO gave at least one ambulance each to the municipalities of Dingras, Pagudpud, Bangui, Sarrat in the first district and the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac City.

Local government units here recognize the existence of a reliable and functional ambulance is important, not only to hospitals or any medical facilities, but to the whole society as they can use them to save lives during emergencies. (Leilanie G. Adriano)

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