The city of Iloilo is investing in its senior community by providing an ambulance to serve their needs and raising city government incentives.
Three ambulances were presented to city government employees this Monday, October 8, following the day’s regular flag-raising ceremony.
Mayor Jose Espinosa said that one of the vehicles is meant for the senior community.
“As promised, one ambulance will be given specifically to our senior citizens. In case they have problems, they will be brought to hospitals using this ambulance,” said Espinosa.
Ultimately, the use of the ambulance will be determined by the senior citizens themselves, said Espinosa. The emergency vehicle will be outfitted with proper equipment and staff.
“We will put personnel who have knowledge on geriatric care,” the mayor said.
The other two vehicles have bee assigned for use by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. All three of the ambulances will be equipped with radio capability to ensure proper communication and coordination, and to better serve the community of Iloilo.
The new ambulance was warmly received by the city’s senior community. Elpidio Asuelo, Jr., who heads the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA), said that the ambulance would be useful for the community and make healthcare more accessible to seniors who are bed-ridden, hospitalized, or otherwise incapable of moving around.
“We are fortunate enough to be given a vehicle. We have been anticipating this because Mayor cares for us,” said Asuelo.
Besides the ambulance, the city is also increasing the benefits it gives to the elderly. The city government this year has increased the local incentive given to celebrating centenarians from PHP10,000 to PHP50,000.
OSCA’s registry of senior citizens from 2008 to June this year recorded 56,918 elderly in the community.