NOW, on its 82nd year, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) continues to provide medical and health-related assistance to Filipinos.
With the new management, headed by Chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz and General Manager Alexander Balutan, PCSO commits to bring its services closer to the Filipino people, thus the anniversary theme Isulong ang ibayong pagtulong.
For more than 20 years, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has been continuously distributing ambulances nationwide. The Ambulance Donation Program of the Agency aims to equip local government units, government hospitals, municipal health offices, and other government health institutions/facilities with ambulance to immediately respond to the needs of patients from poverty-stricken areas for emergency transport and equitable access to health care. Those municipalities and cities belonging to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd class are under the 60-40% Scheme Program and those belonging to the 4th, 5th and 6th class are under the 100% Ambulance Donation Program. The ambulance units given to the beneficiaries should be used exclusively and solely for emergency medical services such as but not limited to transporting of wounded/ ill patients; for medical outreach programs; and as an extension service of the recipient’s hospital/ medical institutions and should not to be utilized for private purposes and public utility purposes. The vehicles are equipped with basic equipment like monitors, ventilators, medication and stretchers.
Under the Ambulance Donation Program, the recipient is responsible for the following: (1) renewal of the LTO registration of the vehicle upon its expiration and yearly thereafter; (2) ensure that the vehicle is covered by a yearly comprehensive insurance based on its current value to answer for any damage sustained or caused by it to any third party; (3) submit semi-annual report to the PCSO Assets and Supply Management Department on the utilization of the PCSO donated ambulance unit; (4) maintain the vehicle in constant roadworthy condition and shoulder all expenses for its operations, repairs and maintenance. It shall instruct the designated drivers to follow and observe traffic rules and regulations, as well as observe courtesy to other vehicles on the road; (5) shall maintain and preserve all the decals, symbols, imprints, labels, signs or whatever markings as originally found on the ambulance especially those representing the corporate identity of PCSO, and shall not superimpose, remove, replace, alter or deface the same or put any other addition thereto, except the name of the recipient, without any name or picture of any local or national official; (6) applying tint/ color to the ambulance windows is prohibited; (7) ensure faithful compliance with the Guidelines established by the PCSO relative to the project; and (8) ensure compliance with Administrative Order No. 2016-0029 issued by the Department of Health (DOH) on the Rules and Regulations governing the Licensure of Ambulances and Ambulance Service Providers, and all other rules and regulations issued by the DOH, and other necessary government agencies and/ or offices.
Based on the report submitted by the Assets and Supply Management Department, PCSO distributed a total of 1,249 ambulance units to beneficiaries from various provinces for the period January 2011 to September 2016.
With the new management, the Agency is looking forward to expansion of the program to other areas that have not as yet benefitted from it.
Medical and Dental Mission
In support of the global development goals and the health programs of the national government, PCSO continuously aims to support healthy lives, promote well-being and create long-term change by engaging in significant endeavors geared toward alleviating the health condition of the Filipino people. One concrete and valuable means of pursuing this commitment is the conduct of free medical and dental missions in depressed areas within and outside of Metro Manila, particularly in far-flung areas and communities. The services include medical consultation and treatment, dental consultation and treatment, tooth extraction, preventive dental health education, and provision of free medicines for primary health care.
PCSO conducts this program in partnership with Local Government Units (LGUs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), civic and religious organizations and other government agencies. The PCSO medical practitioners consisting of doctors, dentists, and nurses go to areas with little or no medical care at all. Despite the tough work and uncomfortable conditions, the health workforce managed to conscientiously perform their mission of charity.
From CY 2010 to third quarter of 2016, the number of institutional beneficiaries of the medical and dental mission reached 1,984. The program had likewise served 245,612 individuals. A total of Php10,037,669.84 was utilized to serve both institutional and individual beneficiaries.
The country may be miles away from achieving equitable access to efficient health system, but little efforts count. We are heartened by the fact that every day, our dedicated public servants work hand in hand to make the vision of providing medical assistance and services a reality.