THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) donated anew a total of 40 ambulances to various local government units (LGUs) and government agencies in the country on Thursday, amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 ) pandemic.
PCSO General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma led the turnover ceremony of the Patient Transport Vehicles (PTVs) at the Nissan North Edsa, Quezon City.
The donation of PTVs is under the Charity Program of PCSO.
Among the recipients were Pio Duran Memorial District Hospital (Albay); Rapu-Rapu District Hospital (Albay); Iloilo Provincial Hospital; Ignacio Lacson Arroyo Sr. Memorial District Hospital; Mandaue City Hospital; Medina Hospital (Misamis Oriental); Nabilog Community Primary Hospital (Negros Oriental); Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital and Ospital ng Palawan.
Meanwhile, municipalities of Makato, Aklan; Valderrana, Antique; Binalbagan, Negros Occidental; Maslog, Eastern Samar; Albuera and San Isidro, Leyte; Impasugong, Libona, San Fernando and Lantapan, Bukidnon; Tulunan, North Cotabato; Arakan and Magpet, Cotabato; Loreto, Dinagat Island; Pilar, Surigao del Norte; Madrid and Tandag City, Surigao del Sur; Giporlos, Eastern Samar; Esperanza, Agusan del Sur; Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat; San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur; Corella, Bohol; Manjuyod and Basay, Negros Oriental; and Baungon, Bukidnon also received PTVs.
PCSO also donated ambulances to Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Regional Office 5, Albay Provincial Office; Philippine Red Cross, Oroquieta City Chapter (Misamis Occidental); Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (Davao Occidental); DOH Treatment and Rehabilitation Center (Dulag, Leyte); and Davao Oriental Provincial Health Office.
The 40 Nissan ambulances cost around P1,585,063.00 including the detachable patient bed.
Around 252 units of PTVS were donated by PCSO since early part of January 2020.
Aside from the donation of PTVs, PCSO is also relentless in its thrust to provide assistance not only to LGUs and hospitals but also to Filipinos across the country thru its Medical Access Program (MAP), Calamity Assistance Program, Medicine Donation Program, Endowment Fund Program and many more.
“PCSO continuously lives up to its mandate of raising funds to support the medical related needs of our country and the Filipino people. Through these PTVs, we want to help other LGUs, government hospitals and institution in its provision of medical service particularly of transporting patients to hospitals thereby giving our fellow Filipinos immediate access to medical service that they need. “ Garma said.
“ By doing this, we are able to enhance and make more effective and efficient the delivery of health services of our local governments to its constituents”.
Garma continued that PCSO’s charity programs are dependent on the revenues earned by the agency’s gaming products such as STL, Lotto, Keno and Sweepstakes.
PCSO urged the public to patronize all the agency’s gaming products.
“Your P20 can go a long way. You get the chance of becoming a millionaire and you are definitely sure of the opportunity to help your fellow individuals across the country through PCSOs charity programs like this Patient Transport Vehicles. “ the official added.