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Two container vans with 40 hospital beds with head/foot boards and 40 hospital mattresses arrived today at the Provincial Capitol of Cotabato were blessed and subsequently handed to eight government hospitals in the province.
One of the vans arrived as the first shipment with beds and mattresses amounting to $260,000 or equivalent to P11,700,000 and the other as the second shipment which also carried the same kind of items is worth $288,0000 or equivalent to P12,960,000 using the current dollar exchange rate of P45.
All these highly needed items came from the World Medical Relief (WMR) headquarters in Detroit, Michigan as donations and a component of the continuing medical assistance partnership between the provincial government of Cotabato and the said prominent organization.
No less than Dr. David Lee Zarate, Philippine Coordinator to WMR led the turn-over ceremony of the equipment to Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliño-Mendoza and Vice Governor Greg “Dodong” Ipong as well as the Chiefs of Hospitals in the province Cotabato .
Among the hospital chiefs present during the activity were Dr. Sabino I. Marasigan (Fr. Tulio Favali Municipal Hospital), Dr. Joel Nelton V. Sungcad (Arakan Valley District Hospital), Dr. Alex S. Cabrera (President Roxas Provincial Community Hospital), Dr. Chedita T. Briones (M’lang District Hospital), Dr. Lilian A. Roldan (Cotabato Provincial Hospital), Dr. Rosario Pader (Aleosan District Hospital), Dr. Marie Jane G. Apusaga (Dr. Amado Diaz Provincial Foundation Hospital) and Dr. Mary Joy P. Posada (Alamada Provincial Community Hospital).
These, the hospital chiefs’ claim, will definitely boost the quality of hospital service to the constituents of the province.
On October 19, 2013, the provincial government won the grand prize during the 60th founding anniversary of WMR in Detroit, Michigan.
The grand prize consisted of one unit brand new van-type ambulance went with emergency equipment such as defibrillator, suction machine, nebulizer and oxygen all estimated to value at $ 30,000 or equivalent to P 1,290,000.
The raffle draw, considered as a first-ever and unusual way to celebrate the anniversary of WMR aimed to help hospitals around the world augment medical services by providing highly needed equipment and supplies.
Dr. Zarate’s wife, Dr. Ellen Theresa Cainglet Zarate personally received the prize at the MWR Head Office in Detroit, Michigan said the province of Cotabato is very blessed to have won, thru Gov. Taliño-Mendoza the ambulance.
Dr. Zarate said that the tickets for the WMR anniversary raffle draw were distributed in around one hundred countries around the world.
Aside from this, the tickets were also sold to different provincial governments in the Philippines, according to Dr. Zarate.
“The provincial officials led by Gov. Lala must be doing something right and very good for the people, and I am sure of this, that must be the reason you won the much coveted prize”, Dr. Zarate also said.
“This does not happen every day, really you are blessed here,” Dr. Zarate added referring to the province’ constituents in general.
He mentioned that patients in the government hospitals within Cotabato are certainly to benefit from the ambulance like faster transporting of patients to hospitals especially those harmed or injured during calamities such as flashfloods and earthquakes and other emergency cases.
The equipment would equally bring much help to patients as these are material supplement to the existing facilities of public hospitals, like that of Cotabato Provincial Hospital (CPH).
In her response to Dr. Zarate, Gov. Taliño-Mendoza assured the MWR of her continual partnership with the organization in the many projects for the constituents of her province.
She mentioned the sustained partnership she has with the Provincial Board Members in implementing health and medical programs especially in far-flung villages.
The Board Members in attendance during the turn-over were Maybelle Valdevieso, Ivy Dalumpines-Balitoc, Eliseo Garcesa, Jr., Cris Cadungon and Noel Baynosa,
With them were OIC-Provincial Administrator Vergelita Guillaran, department heads and the Public Affairs Assistance Tourism and Sports Development Division (PAATSDD) which organized the program along with the staff from the Cotabato Provincial Hospital (CPH).
The MWR, with its advocacy of bringing much needed help to various organizations and local governments around the world will continue to partner with the provincial government of Cotabato.
For more than two years now, under the administration of Gov. Taliño-Mendoza, the MWR has given the province assistance in the form of medical equipment and pharmaceutical needs.