FINANCIAL AID. Rodrigo 'Rigo' Duterte II, representing the office of 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte, hands over the financial assistance to the senior citizens in Barangay Matina Aplaya, Davao City, Thursday afternoon (August 11, 2022). The office also facilitated free check-ups and medical assistance for the elderly. (Photo courtesy of 1st District Rep. Paolo 'Pulong' Duterte's office)

DAVAO CITY – Four villages here were recipients of patient transport vehicles (PTVs) and financial aid for the elderly through the office of 1st District Rep. Paolo Duterte.

In a statement Friday, Duterte's office said the vehicles were turned over to the leaders of barangays Langub, 22-C, 23-C, and Bago Aplaya by the lawmaker's son, Rodrigo “Rigo” Duterte II, on Thursday afternoon.

The lawmaker’s office said the PTVs were provided in cooperation with ACT-CIS Partylist Rep. Edvic Yap, and Benguet Rep. Eric Yap.

“The (PTVs) aims to address the immediate response of health programs and services in barangays, especially to far-flung communities of the first district,” Duterte said.

To date, Duterte’s office has distributed at least 16 PTVs to its barangay officials.

“We are looking forward to providing the entire 54 barangays with transporters and ambulance trikes, as well,” he said.

Meanwhile, at least 36 senior citizens in Barangay Matina Aplaya also received medical assistance from the lawmaker’s office.

The office also facilitated a free check-up at the health center in the same barangay.

Duterte said the support given to the elderly is one way to help alleviate the effects of the pandemic and the increasing prices of commodities, especially for senior citizens and those in need. (PNA)