Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo suggested on Tuesday, Sept. 10, that the Philippine government use ‘air ambulance’ following reports that patients have died in transit because of the traffic crisis in Metro Manila.
Since the Senate has yet to grant the proposed emergency powers for President Rodrigo Duterte in solving the traffic problem in the country, Panelo believes that government agencies should be ‘creative’ in dealing with emergency cases.
“They should look for roads that are not traffic-laden or perhaps they can use choppers or an emergency flight,” the Palace official explained in a press briefing.
Panelo added that the Department of Health (DOH) can coordinate with the Department of National Defense (DND) so that choppers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can be used in transporting patients to public or private hospitals.
He also said that the DOH can also allocate funds for the use of ‘air ambulance’ in their next budget proposal.
“Siguro the DOH should consider that too in relation to public service. Perhaps they should include that in the next budget or they can ask the help of other agencies that can buy them choppers to be converted into an ambulance chopper,” Panelo proposed.