Two employees of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) perished in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday.
Virginia Carausos, 54, sweep-stakes/lottery operations assis-tant, and Milba Cha-Eyal, 57, admin-istrative aide, had been reassigned from PCSO Head Office in Manila to the Bohol branch and arrived in Tagbilaran City to take up their new duties just two days before the earthquake.
They died when the house they were staying collapsed.
Both were long-time employees of the PCSO—Carausos had served for 31 years, and Cha-Eyal for 19. The former leaves behind a husband and three children, the latter a husband and a daughter.
PCSO Chairman Margarita Juico arranged with PCSO Visayas-Mindanao Department Manager Federico Damole and Bicol Branch Manager Roberto Pio Cinco to have the remains of the two employees returned to Manila.
A Mass was held at the PCSO Head Office in Pasay City in remembrance of Carausos and Cha-Eyal.
PCSO General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas 2nd said, “PCSO deeply mourns the untimely demise of Ms. Carausos and Ms. Cha-Eyal. They gave their lives in service to the agency, the government, and to the Filipino people, and we commend and thank them for their selflessness and dedication.”
Even as PCSO laments the loss of two members of their corporate family, the agency continues its efforts towards providing assistance to the victims of the Bohol earthquake.
Juico said that under the PCSO Quick Response Program and with the cooperation of the Philippine Air Force, an initial delivery of 300 sets of relief packs comprising mosquito nets, sleeping mats, and blankets will be made today, along with family emergency medicine kits.
Rojas added that PCSO will shoulder the treatment costs of those earthquake victims confined in public hospitals. He said that Damole and Cinco are coordin-ating with government hospitals and clinics in Bohol and other affected areas to extend the agency’s assistance to qualified patients.