PCSO releases P3B to aid gov’t fight COVID-19

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has released over P3 billion to help the government in the battle against the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“It’s crucial that we all work together with other government agencies to help minimize the negative impact of the pandemic on health systems, social services as well as economic activities.” PCSO General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma said.

The official said, although the agency has no revenue for more than two months, this will not stop PCSO from doing its best to make sure that it will come to the aid of our government and the public.

“That is why when this is all over, I am calling on the public to donate to PCSO by continuously playing Lotto, STL, Keno, Sweepstakes, Scratch-it games," she added.

In March, the PCSO Board of Directors approved the amount of P420 million which was turned over to Philhealth to help the government health insurance agency in shouldering the cost of hospitalization of COVID-19 patients,

The agency then released P447 million financial assistance to 82 government hospitals across the country.

To capacitate government hospitals with Malasakit Center in Metro Manila, Garma said PCSO released P4.2 million as additional daily fund allocation to the Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine General Hospital, Rizal Medical Center and Taguig Pateros District Hospital.

According to the PCSO general manager, the agency also released in advance its dividend payment amounting to P2.2 Billion to the Department of Finance so that it may be used by the government in fighting COVID-19.