The Palawan Provincial Board (PB) has requested Governor Jose Alvarez to allocate funds for the purchase of sea ambulances and provide two for all the 23 municipalities in the province to deliver and transport patients on time to hospitals.
In a resolution, Board Member Cherry Pie Acosta said the sea ambulances will be stationed near public beaches and tourist destinations in Palawan.
She said all municipalities should have at least two sea ambulances intended for emergency rescue operations, especially in the island barangays.
“Noong nakaraan nga, buti nalang mabilis ang respond dahil nga sa buntis na nasa isla pa. Kaya ito sana ang gusto natin na magkaroon sa bawat munisipyo. Hindi lang naman foreign tourist kundi kasama ang local tourist pati ang ating mga constituents,” she said.
Board Member Juan Antonio Alvarez said that in support of the resolution, the sea ambulances should also include hand-held radios.
“Sana maisama ito kasi papaano ang mga lugar na walang signal? Then, in case of emergency ay paano sila makaka-contact like sa Rescue 165, particularly ang mga island municipalities natin na wala pa talagang signal,” Alvarez said.
Records show that there are only two sea ambulances in Palawan and 34 land ambulances.