Rep. Francisco “Kiko” Benitez recently turned over two brand new ambulances to the town of Murcia in Negros Occidental, and received by Mayor Victor Gerardo Rojas, in the presence of Vice-Mayor Johnny Reosura, Sangguniang Bayan members, barangay captains and other local officials.
“We thank the Department of Health for the arrival of these ambulances for Murcia. The ambulances came at the right time, because we need the services of these vehicles in this time of pandemic, when our consciousness on our health needs is heightened. In behalf of Murcia and the entire Third District, we thank the DOH for working continuously during this time of crisis and difficulty,” Benitez said.
The ambulances were procured by the Department of Health, and facilitated by the Office of Benitez. The DOH 6 was represented by Joelyn Demerin at the turnover ceremony.
Aside from the two units for Murcia, the DOH and Benitez also delivered two ambulances to E. B. Magalona and another ambulance to Victorias City.
“In this pandemic, the demand on our health system is extreme. What we need to do is to make sure that our health system’s capacity is strengthened to ensure that we can respond as quickly as possible to the health needs of our population,” Benitez added.
After the vehicles were blessed by Murcia parish priest, Fr. Regner Dequeña, Rojas turned over the vehicles to the Murcia Rural Health Unit, headed by Dr. Raymund Antonio Maguad, a press release from the town said.
“This is another blessing for all of us in Murcia. I thank Cong. Kiko and Cong. Albee for these ambulances. As Cong. Kiko said, the arrival of these ambulances is very timely. In the middle of the pandemic, we really need these vehicles, because we lack ambulances, since most of our ambulances are already old,” Rojas said.
“These will be a big help to Murciahanons, particularly to transport patients who need to be transferred to nearby hospitals,” he added.*