MANKAYAN, Benguet – The supplier formally turned over to the municipal government Friday the brand new ambulance purchased by the municipality to enhance the delivery of health care services to the different barangays and contribute in efforts to respond to calls for emergency and disaster assistance during man-made and natural calamities.
Mayor Frenzel A. Ayong formally accepted the fully equipped ambulance from the supplier during the simple turnover rites held at the town’s satellite office in the capital town of La Trinidad where the same will be brought to the municipality the soonest to serve its purpose after undergoing the required inspection and blessing.
Earlier, the municipal government earmarked more or less P2 million this year for the purchase of the brand new ambulance to augment the old ambulance procured by the previous administration for the effective and efficient emergency and disaster response and delivery of health care services to the different barangays.
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“We have to focus on other major priorities of the municipal government aside from controlling the spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) because we cannot afford to be simply responding to the deadly virus that will cause other programs, projects and activities of the municipality to be jeopardized that will eventually affect the town’s overall performance,” Mayor Ayong stressed.
According to him, the municipal government will continue to source out funds or seek the assistance of concerned government agencies to provide the appropriate medical equipment for the town’s rural health units and existing health facilities to further enhance its delivery of health care services.
The municipal chief executive underscored that health care is one of the major programs of the government that should be provided with utmost support through the available resources to ensure that people in the remote areas can avail of such services to guarantee their protection from elements that might compromise their health or contract deadly viruses that will affect their productivity.
Mayor Ayong reiterated the municipal government had previously earlier worked on the other priority development projects of the municipality stalled by the implementation of community quarantine measures to provide additional activities.
He appealed to the residents of the municipality to understand the limitations of the municipal government in meeting their needs before, during and after the community quarantine, as a huge portion of the resources had already been used for COVID-19 response, thus, municipal officials are now working on what is readily available that could be utilized to jumpstart the robust economic activities and increase the employment opportunities of the people, and provide the other sources of livelihood as such activities had been greatly compromised at the height of the lockdown that was enforced in most parts of the country.
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