TAGBILARAN CITY – Provincial Board Member Godofreda O. Tirol of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) has raised the question on why impose fees on Telephone and Radio System Integrated Emergency Response(TaRSIER) 117 facilities. The developed during the second reading of the “proposed imposition of fees for the use of fees on ambulance and first aid station exclusively for Non-Emergency Transport and Ambulance Services and for other purposes” recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means chaired by Kag. Atty. Abeleon Damalerio.
The proposed fees is tantamont to tinkering Provincial Ordinance No. 97-001 as amended by P.O. No. 2011-015, otherwise known as the Revenue Code of the Province of Bohol “by addition Article D, Section 4D.01.”
Tirol said that the proposed fees appeared awkward to section 2 sa Provincial Ordinance No. 2013-006, “institutionilizing the T.A.R.S.I.E.R. 117, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes.”
Section 2 of the said Ordinance provides for “MANDATE. The T.A.R.S.I.E.R. 117 as a major component of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), is the emergency response arm of the provincial government of Bohol in crisis situations and communication nerve center of the PDRRMC, tasked to help prevent and mitigate damage to life and property in times of natural and man-made calamities.”
Damalerio defended the proposed fees for TARSIER’s “non-emenrgency use.” He argued that “non-emergency” serves as “regulation” and as a response to Commission on Audit (COA) comments that TARSIER’s fuel costs are so high.
SP presiding officer Vice-Gov. Concepcion Lim stepped into the discussion, saying that even municipal run ambulance units are for free to the public. This time she suggested to defer the matter and discuss it back to the committee concerned.
It will be recalled that a Letter from Governor Edgar M. Chatto transmitting the Proposed Ambulance Fees and First Aid Station Fees (Non-Emergency Transport and Ambulance Services) by the TaRSIER 117 was endorsed to the Local Finance Committee.
Damalerio’s committee made it clear that the “proposed fees do not include the services rendered by TaRSIER 117 for emergency cases which shall remain free to the public.”
“The proposed fees are intended for services requested by private parties for pre-determined events and are designed for regulatory purposes and for the maintenance of ambulance and operations of the emergency unit of Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.
The committee’s favorable recommendation provides that the “Contracts of Agreement for First Aid Station Service and for Non-Emergeny Transport Service shall be properly reviewed by the Provincial Legal Office.”
The following fees for for Non-Emergency Transport and Ambulance Services are being proposed: Ambulance Services: eight (8) hours duty – Php3,000.00; four (4) hours duty – Php1,500.00; two (2) hours allowed extension – P400.00 per hour.
First Aid Station: eight (8) hours duty – Php2,000.00; four (4) hours duty – Php1,000.00; (transportation shall be shouldered by the requesting party).
Conduction of Patient: Within the city limit – Php300.00; Outside the city (50 kms. and below) – Php1,000.00 and Additional fees: Gasoline expenses (above 50 kms.) per 10 kms. and fraction thereof – Php100.00; and additional crew – Php300.00 per person.
The aforecited proposed Provincial Ordinance approved on first reading is sponsored by Damalerio and co-sponsored by Atty. Tomas D. Abapo Jr., Cesar Tomas M. Lopez and the Presiding Officer, Vice Governor Concepcion O. Lim. (rvo)