Sep 29, 2020

DOH donates sea ambulance to Balabac

(Photo courtesy of Congressman Frederick Abueg)

The Department of Health (DOH) recenty donated a sea ambulance to the island town of Balabac.

House Rep. Frederick Abueg (2nd district), who facilitated the donation, said Monday that the sea ambulance will be used for medical emergencies of the province’s southernmost town.

“Nasa Balabac na ngayon ito. Ni-request natin ‘yan sa speaker then binigay sa DBM (Department of Budget Management), then binigay ang pondo sa DOH. Talagang inayos ito ng DOH para maging kumpleto lahat ng equipment. Makakatulong ito lalo na sa mga kababayan natin sa Balabac,” Abueg said.

The sea craft costs P5 million, including all its equipment. It is 29 feet long and has a speed of around 20 knots with a capacity to transport eight persons and space enough for one patient.

Earlier, Abueg said the DOH also gave an ambulance for each of the towns in   southern Palawan.

“In addition lang po ito doon sa mga nauna natin na na-distribute sa mga munisipyo. Bale isa lang ang sea ambulance para sa Balabac, the rest [na mga munisipyo] ay land ambulance,” he said.

The formal turn over of the sea ambulance is still being finalized.

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