MALOLOS CITY: The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has turned over eight brand new ambulances to the provincial and municipal hospitals of Bulacan last week, which is expected to improve the delivery of health services in the province.
The new Foton ambulances were distributed to the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City, Baliwag District Hospital, Calumpit District Hospital, Rogaciano Mercado Memorial Hospital in Santa Maria, Plaridel Infirmary, Emilio Perez District Hospital in Hagonoy, and Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar District Hospital in Bulakan.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMC) of Bulacan also received an ambulance that will be used for disaster response and emergency situations, officials said.
PCSO Chairman Erineo Maliksi, Vice Chairman Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd and PCSO Board of Director Mabel Mamba led the ceremonial turnover of the ambulances at the Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center.
The project is part of the PCSO’s Ambulance Donation Program, wherein the PCSO will shoulder the 60 percent of the ambulance’s total cost for first to third class municipalities while its local government will pay for the remaining cost. For fourth to sixth class municipalities, PCSOs will shoulder the overall cost.
Bulacan is the biggest recipient of ambulances this week. Other local government units that received ambulances from PCSO include Ilocos Norte and Cebu with three ambulances each, one for the Aviation Security Group, and another one for the Philippine National Police.