City gets ambulance from PCSO, Tzu Chi PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 04 December 2011 17:42

Tzu Chi Foudation, a global humanitarian organization, has partnered with the city government in the implementation medical programs specifically outreach activities by turning over a mobile clinic it secured from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The P5million medical van was formally turned over to Mayor Celso Lobregat and City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos by Tzu Chi Foundation-Zamboanga head Dr. Anton Lim and PCSO Regional Manager Raul Regondola in the presence of District I Congresswoman Beng Climaco and Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar yesterday morning in City Hall.
The van is an air conditioned facility and is intended not only for the conduct of medical missions but even for other special events in the far flung barangays. It is equipped with an X-ray machine, a portable EKG, a dental chair and facility for eye examination.

“It is really a mobile clinic but in times of emergency we can use this van as a command post and can be used during special events”, Dr. Lim said, as he emphasized that the foundation secured donation of the van from the PCSO and that the group thought it best to turn over the facility to the city government in cognizance of its earnest efforts in the field of medical outreach.

Mayor Lobregat thanked the PCSO and the Tzu Chi Foundation as he instructed Dr. Agbulos to take care of the van and to put it to maximum use.

With its huge land area and growing population, Zamboanga City has a lot of health needs and that the mobile van is a very welcome development for the city.
“We need facilities like mobile vans to reach out to far flung barangays”, he said stressing that the van will help the city’s doctors and midwives and nurses to give better health services to the constituents.

For his part, Dr. Agbulos vowed to  make full use of the mobile van and expressed optimism that the delivery of medical/ health services to the people will be further improved.

Cong. Climaco likewise thanked the PCSO and Tzu Chi Foundation for the donation as she emphasized the need for a stronger government-NGO  partnership in the delivery of medical services to the marginalized sector.

Regondola said the mobile van is one way of saying thank you to the City. “True to its mandate, the mission of the PCSO is to provide medical services to all municipalities and cities Zamboanga Peninsula and ARMM particularly the Basulta until the year 2015. “This one way of reaching out to all areas ad this will start in Zamboanga City through the Tzu Chi foundation “.

The simple ceremony highlighted by the ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement between the PCSO and the Tzu Chi Foundation took place at the City Hall conference room. The van was later blessed with Fr. William Quiamjot leading the rites.

Tzu Chi Foundation is a global humanitarian organization and has assisted thousands of medical patients not only in Zamboanga but entire country and the world. It demonstrates first hand that they overcome obstacles in politics, religion, racial differences, and geographical distance to provide relief and hope to the victims of sickness, war, disasters and poverty. — Sheila Covarrubias