A TOTAL of 45 new ambulance units were turned over yesterday by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to government hospitals and facilities nationwide to help enhance the delivery of emergency health services to the public.
PCSO General Manager Royina M. Garma led the ceremonial turnover rites of the ambulance units in a simple ceremony held at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame.
The keys of the 45 brand-new Nissan NV350 Urban type-2 advance life support ambulance units were given to representative of government hospitals and facilities.
“The PCSO has always been a firm advocate of efficient health services to the Filipino people, especially those who have little resources to spend for their medical and health care. We will never waver from this commitment as we reaffirm our dedication in providing free but quality assistance to the public,” GM Garma said.
In line with this, GM Garma assured the PCSO’s accessibility for families and individuals who require medical and social assistance from the government.
“The PCSO is on standby 24/7 to help those who need assistance, especially indigent families who rely on their government for financial relief,” GM Garma said.
Health USec. Roger P. Tong-An represented Secretary Francisco T. Duque III as guest of honor and speaker.
GM Garma explained that the Medical Transport Vehicle Donation Program is one of the key programs of the PCSO which seeks to equip local government units, government hospitals, municipal health offices, and other health institutions/facilities all over the country with medical transport vehicles to immediately respond to the needs of patients especially from poverty-stricken areas.
Garma said the program underscores the importance of a reliable and functional ambulance for the emergency transport of sick patients and stresses the value of quick access to health care.