LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Residents of the towns of Kapangan and Bakun in the province will have easier access to the provincial hospital here which is about two to five hours drive with the help of the two patient transport vehicles (PTVs) donated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
“My municipality is very remote and transporting patients to the provincial hospital is a problem especially so our ambulance is unserviceable because the spare parts needed is expensive,” said Bakun Mayor Bill Raymundo during the turnover on Friday.
Bakun, with its town proper located about 100 kilometers away from Baguio City, is a third-class municipality that relies mainly on the production of highland vegetables as source of income of the residents.
Kapangan town’s poblacion is less than an hour from Baguio but with some villages and sitios still inaccessible to transportation due to the mountainous terrain.
In September, Tuba town also received a PTV from the PCSO.
Aside from the PTV which costs PHP1.6 million, PCSO also donated medicines for the towns of Buguias, La Trinidad, and Tublay.
Marie Louise Serojales, PCSO executive assistant, said through the intervention and endorsement of Benguet caretaker Rep. Eric Yap, the board through general manager Royina Garma approved the release of the vehicles without a counterpart from the local government unit (LGU).
“Dati kasi may 60-40 sharing para sa mga first to fourth class municipalities. Yung LGU kailangan magbigay ng 40 percent (There was a 60-40 sharing before for the 1st to 4th class municipalities. The concerned LGU need to give 40 percent),” she said.
She said they hope to fast-track the release of the PTV for the 10 other towns of Benguet, which have also requested the PCSO.
“A patient transport service is important at this time of pandemic. We hope to also release the other requests not only for Benguet but nationwide,” Serojales said. (PNA)