Muslim community dismayed over ambulance disparity

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2011 01:08 AM | Updated as of Jul 08 2011 11:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Muslim community in Quiapo, Manila expressed their dismay over reports that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) provided as many as 20 ambulances to the province of Ilocos Sur.

One barangay in Manila has been using one ambulance for the past decade, because its request for an ambulance from the PCSO has yet to be granted.

Barangay Captain Sainal of Barangay 384 said they filed for a request for an ambulance in 2001.

Sharief said they are even lucky to have an ambulance, as some Islamic communities from neighboring barangays do not have one at all.

“Ang ambulansya namin, hindi lang kami ang gumagamit. Madaming humihiram,” said Sharief.

“Matagal na kami humihingi sa PCSO, noong panahon na si Miles Roces ang congressman humingi na kami. May endorsement pa kami pero hindi kami nakakuha,” he added.

Sharief said the ambulance that the barangay has been using was funded by the barangay itself through contributions by its residents.

However, the ambulance does not have the complete equipment.

“Mayroon lang mga stretcher. Kulang-kulang ang pasilidad,” said Sharief.

The Gat Andres Bonifacio Hospital in Tondo, Manila also uses one ambulance.

The hospital serves around 150 patients daily.

The Manila City Hall admitted that the 12 ambulances it uses are not enough. Their request for additional service vehicles has not yet been granted by the PCSO. – With a report from Niko Baua, ABS-CBN News