Capitol saves P1.5M from purchase of 5 ambulances-A A +A
Monday, September 5, 2011
THE Iloilo Provincial Government has saved P1.5 million from the purchase of new ambulances for the five district hospitals recently.
Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. said the savings incurred by the province could be attributed to the competitive bidding being practiced by the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC).
Lawyer Dennis Ventilacion, BAC vice chairman, said the approved budget for the contract for the purchase of brand new ambulances amounted to P1.5 million each, but the winning contract price only amounted to some P1.2 million each.
In other words, Ventilacion said, the province saved P300,000 for each ambulance purchased or a total of P1.5 million savings, which is enough to buy another ambulance.
Nissan Iloilo (S&J Motors) was the winning supplier for the five brand new ambulances.
The ambulances were turned over Monday after the flag-raising ceremony at the Capitol grounds to the chiefs of Dr. Ricardo Provido Memorial District Hospital in Calinog, Federico Roman Tirador Memorial District Hospital in Janiuay, Don Valerio Palmares Memorial District Hospital in Passi City, Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital in Cabatuan, and Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan.
Defensor said the procurement of new ambulances is part of his administration’s thrust to improve health services in the province.
Since he assumed office in July 2010, the province already allotted P110 million for the improvement of hospital facilities and acquisition of medical equipment for the 12 provincial government-run hospitals.
The province is also planning to loan P300 million from Land Bank of the Philippines for the upgrading and expansion of catchment hospitals, namely Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan, Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital in Cabatuan, Rep. Pedro G. Trono Memorial District Hospital in Guimbal and Sara District Hospital in Sara.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Government, upon the request of Defensor, already gave a go signal for the consignment of medicines in the 12 district hospitals.
It is said that the move will enhance the availability of low cost, high quality drugs and medicines in hospital pharmacies without entailing additional cost or investment on the part of the government.
Defensor also directed the BAC to speed up the procurement of medicines and supplies for the hospitals. ((ECG/Capitol News)