LEGAZPI CITY: The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) recently turned over nine ambulances intended for far-flung areas in seven municipalities of Albay.
The nine ambulances were given by PCSO a few weeks before Albay governor Joey Salceda steps down from his post after nine years as father of the Albayanos.
In July 1, Salceda will be the peoples’ representative in the second congressional district, replacing outgoing solon Al Francis Bichara. Bichara will also replace Salceda as the comebacking governor of Albay.
Salceda said the nine ambulances were acquired by the provincial government from PCSO Charity on Wheels. The recipients of the PCSO new ambulances were Ligao City, Tiwi, Malilipot, Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu, Jovellar, Pio Duran and Libon-Pantao District Hospitals and Ligao-Josefina Belmonte Duran Memorial District Hospital.
The vehicles were acquired through a 60-40 cost sharing agreement between the PCSO and the provincial government of Albay.
Nathaniel Rempillo, Albay provincial public health chief, said the province is given new ambulances every two years which are intended for government hospitals here.
Rempillo added that aside from the nine new ambulances, the province is aiming to buy additional vehicles to be used for medical services specifically in times of emergencies here.
RHAYDZ B. BARCIA