THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will release P447 million financial assistance to 81 government hospital across the country in catering coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a statement on Wednesday, PCSO General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma said the Board approved the assistance for 81 hospitals during a meeting last March 31.
The financial assistance aims to boost the financial capability of the government hospitals in catering to COVID-19 patients, she said.
Garma said most of the hospitals that will get the aid are located in the province.
The financial assistance for the hospitals is on top of the P420 million funds that PCSO will give to PhilHealth.
“The additional P447 Million is in compliance with the Memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on March 28, 2020, with the subject Implementation of the Temporary Emergency Measures under the Republic Act (RA) No. 11469, otherwise known as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which orders government bodies to work together in protecting and supporting health workers and front liners; providing supplies and equipment necessary for detecting the disease and caring for those infected; deliver essential necessities such as food and medicine to the most vulnerable; and, mobilize all state assets to sustain the operations of the government.”
“The coverage of the assistance is specifically limited to COVID-19 cases and shall be utilized for Testing Kits; Reagents; Medical/Diagnostic Equipment; Confinement; Medicines; Laboratory/Diagnostic procedures; and Personal Protective Equipment.”
PCSO said the newly approved financial assistance will be charged to the Agency's Charity Fund under its Calamity Assistance Program (CAP) budget.
Getting the biggest assistance are the Philippine General Hospital, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Southern Philippines Medical Center with P50 million each, followed by the Lung Center of the Philippines with P35 million, while Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Davao Regional Medical Center and Cagayan Valley Medical Center will get P30 million each.
Garma said the PCSO branch managers in the provinces are now coordinating with the above mentioned hospitals for the required documents of the assistance and the schedule of turnover.