In this file photo shows Rep. Ansaruddin Adiong (left) and Gov. Soraya-Alonto Adiong (second from left) led dispersal of wheelchairs to physically-handicapped Maranaws in Marawi City. Unson, File photo

DOH provides 200 wheelchairs to PWDs in Zamboanga Sibugay
Roel Pareño ( - February 24, 2018 - 6:45pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY —  The Department of Health turned over Saturday 200 units of brand new wheelchairs worth P600,000 to Zamboanga Sibugay province to mark its weeklong 17th founding anniversary.

Zamboanga Sibugay Gov. Wilter Yap Palma received the wheelchairs and immediately ordered to distribute those to its 16 municipalities through the provincial health office.

Palma said the timely turnover of the wheelchairs will greatly benefit the underprivileged people with disability in the municipalities of his province.

“The provincial government is not only enhancing the capacity of fully abled residents but also our PWDs towards a progressive Zamboanga Sibugay,” Palma said. 

He said each of the 16 municipalities will receive 10 brand new wheelchairs. 

Palma said the remaining 40 units will be turned over to the provincial health office for its program for PWDs. 

"I am very happy to receive the wheelchairs because it is big help to my municipality" Olutanga Mayor Arthur Ruste said as he joined his staff members load the wheelchairs onto the government vehicle owned by his municipality.

He pointed out that buying brand new wheelchairs from private establishment is too expensive which cost more than P6,000 each while those distributed by the DOH cost roughly P3,200 above.

"I able to save worth P3,000," Ruste said as he canceled the town’s plan of acquiring wheelchairs from a private company.

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