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Sarangani gets 4 ambulances from PCSO

ALABEL, Sarangani (May 19, 2017) – Four provincial government-run hospitals in Sarangani received ambulance vans on May 18 from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) with its general manager Alexander Balutan leading the turnover.

Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon and officials from the recipient towns of Malungon, Maitum, Kiamba and Glan accepted the vehicles.

Balutan said that over the years the PCSO has been extending charity services nationwide. Among these is the provision of ambulances that ease patient transfer “lalo na yung kababayan natin from far-flung areas na may sakit na maihatid sa hospital.”

The PCSO, Balutan said, is dedicated to its obligation to generate funds which is its source for charity medical services and health programs for the Filipino people.

Balutan noted that in 2015, the income generated by PCSO was P37.4-billion. When he assumed office in September last year, the PCSO income increased to P40 billion.

For Governor Solon, the PCSO has undoubtedly been the local government units’ “true partner for development.”

The four Foton View 4x2 ambulance vans cost a total of P3.4 million. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Arvin Alejandro said these would “definitely speed up and alleviate the quality of transport of our patients from our hospitals to our referral hospitals.”

After the turn over, the governor sat down with the PCSO party for the P50-million grant via the Integrated Health for Overall Productivity and Empowerment (I-HOPE) program for the equipment upgrade of the provincial hospital which is about 85% done.

The I-HOPE program of PCSO is an integrated program that assists four poor provinces identified by the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

Balutan said the provinces of Sulu, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Sarangani will each get P50 million for medical equipment to help improve their delivery of medical services to the people.

Alejandro said, the I-HOPE is limited to equipment, medical assistance program, nutrition and hospital services.

“However because of the provincial hospital to be operational soon, we have agreed with the governor that the P50-million shall solely be utilized for purchase of equipment for the provincial hospital for us to be able to have it functional probably by October,” Alejandro said.

The PHO is pushing for the upgrading of Glan Medicare Hospital and Malungon Hospital into level 1. While he reported that Dr. Cornelio T. Martinez Sr. Memorial Hospital in Kiamba is already operating as level 1 hospital and would be ISO accredited this year. (Beverly C. Paoyon /SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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