The Senate of the Philippines has acquired a brand new ambulance unit donated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) through the efforts of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
The donation was formalized today (May 15, 2013) with the signing of the Deed of Donation by Drs. Mariano Blancia, Cristeta Cocjin and Renato Sison, representing the Senate Medical and Dental Bureau, and PCSO general manager Ferdinand Rojas, with Marcos affixing his signature to the document as witness.
The simple signing ceremony was conducted at the PCSO GM’s office at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.
After the signing, Marcos received in behalf of the Senate the symbolic key of the new ambulance from GM Rojas.
Marcos said that with the new ambulance, the senators, Senate officials and employees are now assured of a ready and reliable ambulance to bring patients, when needed, to a medical facility or hospital outside the Senate.
The ambulance would also be used to transport to the nearest medical center any guest invited to the Senate proceeding or visitors to the Upper Chamber experiencing medical emergency.
The senator had sought the help of the PCSO after he learned that the ambulance (KIA-Besta) the Senate is currently using is already 18 years in service since the PCSO had donated it in 1995.
Marcos had endorsed the letter of Blancia to Rojas requesting a new ambulance. To facilitate the processing of the request, the senator assigned a member of his staff to coordinate with the PCSO and the Senate Medical and Dental Bureau.