CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The provincial government led by Governor Lilia “Nanay Baby” Pineda received over the weekend eight ambulances from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.

The lady governor conveyed her appreciation to PCSO officials and members of the Board of Directors headed by lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II, Directors Mabel Mamba, lawyer Francisco Joaquin III and Benny Nantes.

“Ibabalita ko lang po sa inyo may remittance po ang PCSO sa kapitolyo ng P176-million at ang naitulong nya sa lahat ng mga may sakit sa Maynila at sa Pampanga umabot na po ng mahigit isang daang milyon. At bilang utang na loob po ng kapitolyo, ni Gov. Pineda, Vice-governor Dennis Pineda at ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan, humingi po ako ng sampung milyon para hindi na kayo pumila sa Maynila, lalaki ang opisina sa Pampanga, pagagawa po natin sila ng opisina sa San Fernando,” the governor said.

Provincial Administrator Andres Pangilinan, Jr. also expressed his admiration to the PCSO.

“Our people along with our district hospitals will highly appreciate this charitable act. We want to assure the honorable General Manager of the PCSO Ferdinand Rojas as well as the board of directors, that these ambulances will be taken care of,” Pangilinan said.

According to Rojas, their partnership with local government units (LGUs) is manifested under the PCSO’s Ambulance Division Program. He said every LGU can request for an ambulance every five years.

First to third class municipalities could have a 60 percent-40 percent cost sharing scheme, while fourth to sixth class municipalities can get an outright 100 percent donation, it was learned.

Rojas also stressed that all PCSO funds come from number games such as lotto, STL, sweepstakes and other number games.

“Wala pong natatanggap na pondo ang aming opisina mula sa national government. Kami po ay isang revenue generating agency. Lahat ng ipinamamahagi ng PCSO para sa ambulansya, medical assistance, hospital endowment fund, gamot, calamity assistance, medical equipment at napakarami pang social welfare programs ng PCSO ay galing po sa number digit games,” he added.

Mamba, meanwhile, proudly announced that the PCSO’s medical assistance nationwide went up to P18 million a day from its previous P4-million a day stature.

Mamba said this became possible since they’re determined to totally eradicate corruption in their institution.

Joaquin, for his part, vowed that all municipalities and district hospitals would be provided an ambulance each.

The event coincided with the blessing of the vehicles and the Orientation of Infectious Diseases project of the Department of Health, together with the provincial government, Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).

The orientation addressed the causes and prevention of infectious diseases like TB, Dengue, HIV, MERS-Cov and Ebola alongside with the different Philhealth Benefit Packages.

Meanwhile, the eight district hospital recipients of the ambulances include Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial General Hospital; Romana Pangan District Hospital; Ricardo P. Rodriguez Hospital in Bulaon and its annex in Bacolor; Escolastica Romero District Hospital; Domingo B. Flores District Hospital; Jose Songco Lapid District Hospital; and San Luis District Hospital. (Maribel U. Singca/Pampanga PIO)