SARIAYA, Quezon – In a move to improve emergency medical services in the town, five brand-new ambulances and a pick-up truck were put into service on Monday, January 8. The vehicles were also turned over to the Bureau of Fire Protection in Sariaya.
Mayor Marcelo Gayeta announced that the ambulances would be free for patients in need of immediate transport to the hospital. “Anyone who uses the ambulance doesn’t have to spend anything, even for the fuel and driver. All is free of charge. The patient will be picked up from their homes and brought to the hospital and brought home again for free,” Gayeta said.
The vehicles were blessed by a priest during a flag-raising ceremony, and Gayeta emphasized the importance of providing medical support to the town’s indigent residents. “I don’t want our indigent people to spend for their medical needs. I will continue to provide them, especially the elderly, with their health requirements,” he said.
According to Gayeta, the six vehicles cost a total of P10.4 million, and with their addition, the municipal government now has a total of 16 ambulances to serve the medical needs of 43 barangays in Sariaya. The move is expected to greatly improve healthcare access and emergency services in the town.