TAWI-TAWI—Bangsamoro Ministry of Health (MOH) turned over two land and two sea ambulances to the Integrated Public Health Office (IPHO) of this province in a simple ceremony held at Datu Halun Sakilan Memorial Hospital (DHSMH) compound on Sunday, Aug. 29.
The distribution of the ambulance units was realized through the Transitional Development Impact Fund (TDIF), a lead project of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) that assists identified beneficiaries.
Sunday’s distribution of the TDIF projects in Bongao were allotted to Members of Parliament (MPs) Amilbahar Mawallil and Al-Syed Sali, who are representing this Island province in the Bangsamoro Parliament.
Dr. Sangkula Laja, chief of DHSMH, said that MP Mawallil sponsored the procurement of these equipment and identified the provincial hospital (DHSMH) as recipient of one (1) land ambulance, one (1) mobile X-ray ambulance, and one (1) sea ambulance from his share of the TDIF.
He also identified Alawadin T. Bandon, Sr. Municipal Hospital in Sitangkai municipality as a recipient of one (1) sea ambulance and Php500,000.00 worth of assorted medicines from the same project.
Mawallil is a native of the said municipality, Laja added. On the other hand, MP Sali, according to Laja, identified the provincial hospital as recipient of one (1) sea ambulance from his share of the TDIF.
Meanwhile, representing the regional office during the turnover activities were MOH Deputy Minister for Island provinces, Dr. Abdulhalik Kasim and Laxamana Bangcola, MOH director for Administration and Finance, who expressed support and commitment for the betterment of Tawi Tawi.
The gathering was also attended by medical workers from the different island hospitals throughout the province.
“We wish to thank and express our passionate gratitude to MPs Mawallil and Sali and to the Bangsamoro Government for their generosity, and for continuously helping and supporting the health care system in Tawi-Tawi,” Laja stressed.
“We also hope in the future they will give more,” Laja added. (Bangsamoro Information Office)