The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte headed by Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo formally turned over the three (3) ambulances to the Officers of each Provincial Hospitals- Kauswagan, Kolambugan and Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital on February 19, 2019 held in front of Governor Arsenio A. Quibranza Provincial Government Center, Pigcarangan, Municipality of Tubod.

The three (3) ambulances are donations from the Department of Health through the good Secretary, Dr. Francisco T. Duque III who have seen the importance of these vehicles in the Provincial Hospitals in better serving the constituents of Lanao del Norte.

Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo in her message recognized the effort of Dr. Melania A. Untao, Provincial Health Officer, in complying with all the requirements needed by DOH beginning from the province up to the region in order to have these ambulances be given to the provincial government in cooperation with the Chiefs of these three Provincial Hospitals.

The Department of Health-Central Office before handing the vehicles to the Provincial Chief Executive has presented conditions stipulated in the Deed of Donation. One of the conditions set in the agreement is that the donee (PGLDN) shall ensure that the ambulance is utilized in accordance with the definition standard provided in the DOH Administrative Order.

Dr. Untao narrated that in 2016 when Governor Angging was just new at the Office, PHO presented its list of project proposals to the Department of Health through the Regional Office and submitted to the Central Office. One of these project proposals are these ambulances. The PHO Head added that with the support of former Lanao del Norte Provincial DOH Officer, Dr. Sulpicia D. Abamonga and PDOH Administrative Officer, Peter Dela Vega the project is now realized through close cooperation between the two offices and the unwavering support of the Governor.

Aside from the ambulances being handed over, Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital in Baroy also received a Garbage Truck to be used in collecting its waste for proper disposal in accordance with the solid waste management program of the provincial government.

Furthermore Governor Angging stated that additional ambulances will come for the remaining Provincial Hospitals before reminding the three recipients to take care of their ambulance and ensure that it will be utilize to serve its purpose of delivering quality and efficient medical services to the people of the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN