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Benguet hospitals to get new ambulances

by Lito Dar and MC Acmo

La Trinidad, Benguet (30 January) -- The provincial government of Benguet, in coordination with the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) and the Office of the President, through the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has acquired four new ambulances for the hospitals in the province.

According to Governor Nestor Fongwan, the said ambulances will be deployed to the Kapangan Medicare Community Hospital, Itogon Municipal Hospital, Abatan (Buguias) District Hospital and Dennis Molintas Hospital in Bokod. The provincial government is also in the process of acquiring one more ambulance for the Benguet General Hospital.

The four ambulances were acquired through the PCSO-LGU Ambulance Procurement Program wherein the provincial government also spent a counterpart of P1,424,000 or equivalent to P356,000 per ambulance.

Fongwan also gave due recognition to the contributions made by ULAP, through the initiative of its president Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos to the province of Benguet especially on its social programs and on the rehabilitation of the typhoon affected families in the province.

ULAP had contributed P500,000 for the building of a health center in La Trinidad, which is in support of the "Food for Growth", a regular social program of the provincial government that caters to the nutritional needs of the people according to Fongwan.

ULAP has also sponsored 65 indigents children from different municipalities in Benguet providing them with educational assistance (school supplies and daily allowances) until they finish their pre-school education.

ULAP also donated P1 Million to the provincial government of Benguet for the rehabilitation of affected families that were devastated during the onslaught of typhoon Pepeng. (PIA) [top]

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