- Published on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 00:00
- Written by By Junhan B. Todeno - Reporter
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THE Office on Aging has recently purchased two 16-passenger vans using funds it saved through the government’s austerity measure, Aging Director Rose Mondala said yesterday.The vehicles, which will be used to transport congregates, are worth $29,000 each including shipping costs.
Mondala said her office will request more vehicles: one each for Rota and Tinian, and four for Saipan.
The vehicles will be used in the delivery of food to homebound senior citizens.
“Our vehicles for delivery to the homebound are already old. And we have problems with the accessibility of unpaved private roads,” Mondala said.
The Aging Office has 138 homebound clients on Saipan, 24 on Tinian and 40 on Rota.
In addition, the Saipan center has 55 congregates while Rota and Tinian have 14 each.
The Aging Office ships food and other supplies, including LPG, to Tinian and Rota, Mondala said.
“We manage our budget for everything because we have more expenses but limited funds,” she added.
Her office also has to pay for the repair and maintenance of its old vehicles.
However, Mondala said, under the five-year state plan, the Administration on Aging has been current with its release of funds to the center.
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