THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has shown that it is out to address the lack of ambulances in various parts of the country, particularly in far-flung communities.
This it will do by acquiring four-wheel drive ambulances similar to the ones used by the military that can also double as “rescue vehicles” during natural and man-made calamities.
Equipped with medical kits and accessories, these “rescue vehicles” will go a long way in meeting the medical and other needs of the people, notably the poorest of the poor.
PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan, a former military general, said the agency hopes to buy the first batch of these multi-purpose “rescue vehicles” before the end of 2017.
“We are just waiting for the old stocks of ambulance to be depleted and then we’ll get 4x4 rescue vehicles…that can be used on rough roads,” said Balutan, a retired military general.
Through the use of “rescue vehicles,” the top PCSO executive said the agency hopes to provide better assistance to the people at a time when more and more Filipinos are getting sick.
At the same time, Balutan called on the public to support PCSO’s various game products to increase the agency’s revenues, which will be given back to the people through charitable services.
In the first quarter alone, the PCSO distributed a total of 166 ambulances worth P130,072,800 to hospitals, health institutions, municipalities, provinces and city health offices.
Region 10 got the most number of ambulances, with 29 worth P22.1 million followed by Region 8 and Region 5, with 22 (P17.8 million) and 18 (P14.4 million), respectively.
A welcome move, the distribution of additional PCSO “rescue vehicles” will be good for the nation and the suffering Filipino people.