Monday, September 2, 2013

Unavailability of water transport for patients during night time, confirmed by Coast Guard

Written by: Mackie Pajarillo

“There should be a kind of water ambulance ready for use especially during night time.”

This is what PO1st Condrito Alvarez Jr. of the Coastguard Sub-station Boracay has said in relation to the unavailability of motorboats for patient transport especially during the late hours.

Alvarez confirmed this dilemma hoping that the PCGA will provide them with a water ambulance that will be ready for use whenever there is a need to transfer a patient.

They usually meet the difficulty at the port particularly after 10 pm since there are only 2 motorboats scheduled for a 24 hour trip.

What’s worse, he added, is that they are being charged for each operation.

If the request of a water ambulance will be granted, they will have an improved service and operation, Alvarez said.

Meanwhile, this matter has already been brought up by the coastguard to DOT OIC Tim Ticar during a consultative meeting last Thursday.

Ticar, in return, assured a meeting with the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA) and the CBTMPC or Caticlan-Boracay Transport Multi-Purpose Cooperative to address this concern.

Tranlsated by: Shelah Casiano

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