PCSO: Ambulances were given to 'rich' provinces

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Posted at Jul 07 2011 11:07 AM | Updated as of Jul 08 2011 03:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Instead of providing ambulances and financial assistance to provinces where poverty incidence is high, the previous administration preferred the more affluent ones, said the current leadership of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

At the resumption of the hearing before the Blue Ribbon Committee, PCSO chairman Margie Juico said Thursday the current leadership did a poverty mapping to determine several places where there is significant poverty incidence.

She said that between January 2009 and June 2010, the previous administration distributed P455 million worth of assistance to 46 areas.

“These were awarded to areas with low poverty incidence. ARMM, CAR and CARAGA were not given anything,” she added.

Ilocos Sur, for example, got 20 ambulances under Governor Deogracias Savellano.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile questioned the system, noting that other provinces are lacking ambulances compared to the 20 provided to Ilocos Sur.