ATOK, Benguet – The municipality recently received a donation composed of wheelchairs and medical supplies from a prestigious foundation that had been extending assistance to the municipal government over the past sixteen years.
Mayor Franklin Smith expressed his gratitude to the Children International Philippines Foundation for its latest wave of donations to the municipality which will surely go a long way in extending assistance to the members of the marginalized sectors.
“We are grateful to the Children International Philippines Foundation for their continuous support and assistance to the municipality over the past sixteen years because through them, we were able to provide for some of the needs of the members of the marginalized sectors. We hope that our partnership will be sustained through the coming years for us to help in easing the burden of our less fortunate brothers and sisters from the barangays,” Mayor Smith stressed.
He disclosed that the latest wave of donation is composed of some 25 wheelchairs, four mechanical beds, assorted medical supplies and multi-vitamins and 20,000 pieces of hand soap.
Smith also expressed his gratitude to municipal human resource management officer Ronan Eslao, the focal person of the municipality, for sustaining the linkage with the prestigious foundation that paved the way for the municipality to continue receiving substantial donations that contribute to improving the delivery of quality health care services to the people.
According to him, two mechanical beds will be given to the newly constructed super health center while the two other beds will be given to the Atok District Hospital.
He added that the wheelchairs will be distributed to those who have been assessed and evaluated to need the assistive devices to enable them to conveniently move around and perform certain tasks.
The municipality hosts the Atok District Hospital which is one of the five district hospitals being administered, managed and operated by the provincial government. The other district hospitals are the Northern Benguet District Hospital based in Buguias, the Dennis Molintas Memorial Hospital based in Daclan, Bokod, the Itogon District Hospital based in Tinongdan, Itogon and the Kapangan Medicare Hospital based in Kapangan town.
Mayor Smith vowed to continue working out partnerships between the municipal government and various foundations, locally and internationally, among others, to access assistance that will benefit the needy considering that the municipality does not have the adequate resources to sustain the provision of the assistance needed by the residents.
He underscored that the establishment of well-rounded partnerships with willing partners inside and outside the province is a way for low-income local governments to at least extend assistance needed by their constituents considering the limited resources of local governments.