Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office  ambulance (Photo courtesy of Tipo-Tipo municipal government)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) donated 45 ambulances to Mindanao, including three to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Tipo-Tipo town was the recipient in Basilan province under the program that targets third-class or lower municipalities through the PCSO Charity Assistance Department.

The Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Tipo-Tipo, located along the provincial highway, is also the main hub for medical services to adjacent towns Ungkaya Pukan and Al-Barka.

The three towns have a total combined population of 73,382 as of the 2020 census.

Inshallah (If God wills), this patient transport vehicle will serve its purpose for the constituents of Tipo-Tipo or anyone needing emergency medical transport,” read the Tipo-Tipo RHU Facebook post on Friday.

The signing of the deeds of donation and turnover of the vehicles were held Thursday at Toyota SM Lanang in Davao City, graced by PCSO General Manager Royina Garma and local government unit officials.

Carmen, Cotabato; Sibagat, Agusan del Sur; and 42 others also received the deluxe patient transport vehicles. (PNA)