The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) attended the formal turnover ceremony of the eight ambulance units for local government units (LGUs) and hospitals in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) donated on May 17 at the Bajau Hall, ORG-ARMM in Cotabato City.
The PCSO Team, composed of General Manager Alexander Balutan, Mindanao Department Manager Gloria Ybañez and South Cotabato Branch Manager Misael Hamak, was acknowledged by the Board of ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman.
GM Alex Balutan in his speech said, “None of these charity programs would be possible if not for the support and patronization of the public of PCSO’s lotto and sweepstakes game products through responsible gaming.”
He also explained the difference between gambling and responsible gaming. Furthermore, he pushed for the benefits of establishing more lotto outlets in the ARMM area which will result to higher LGU shares and will automatically translate into more charity assistance within the localities, such as ambulance donation, endowment fund, medical equipment and the PCSO IMAP.
During the press interview, GM Balutan added PCSO is expanding the Small Town Lottery or STL, and once again encouraged everyone that the more outlets established, the more programs the government can provide for its community.
Recipients of the ambulance units were Mayor Mohammad-Ali Guro from the Municipality of Matanog, Maguindanao; Mayor Abdulradzak Tomawis from the Municipality of Barira, Maguindanao; Mayor Abdulkarim Langkuno from the Municipality of Paglat, Maguindanao; Mayor Raul Mastura from the Municipality of Sultan Mastura, Maguindanao; Mayor Bai Johaira Ampatuan from the Municipality of Datu Hoffer Ampatuan, Maguindanao; Mayor Adbulmohaimen Dipatuan from the Municipality of Bacolod-Kalawi, Lanao del Sur; Chief of Basilan General Hospital Rufino Gaudiel of Isabela City, Basilan; and Chief of Ilof Sulu Sanitarium Government Hospital Aminkadra Majid of Jolo, Sulu.
JUSTIN SANTOS/PHOTOS BY ARNOLD RAMOS