The Philippine Charity Sweep-stakes Office (PCSO) Zam-boanga branch received Family Emergency Medical Kits and support packages from its Charity Services Offices in Quezon City as the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) con-tinues its armed struggle against the military.
Five thousand kits for Zam-boanga and 500 for Basilan worth P152,350 and 1,000 sets of support packages of mats, blan-kets and mosquito nets worth P299,000 were airlifted and received by the PCSO Zamboanga Branch head Glo Ybañez. The kits and packages are set to be released today to the different evacuation centers as requested by Mayor Beng Climaco.
The goods are stored in the PCSO Zamboanga office where bombings happened just 300 meters away. A PCSO lotto outlet teller was hit by shrapnels from the said bombing.
The PCSO also heeded the request by Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soli-man for more ambulance units and the Municipality of Tuburan turned over the donated ambu-lance, for the time being, to Ybanez to be endorsed to the Crisis Management Committee.
Medicines were purchased by PCSO Zamboanga office to help augment the needs of some local hospitals as requested by their Medical Directors and the DSWD Secretary. PCSO will shoulder the hospitalization costs of the patients affected by the man-made calamity.
PCSO Chair Margie Ju-ico talked to Climaco on securing a DSWD certification for the processing of patients’ documents in accordance with Commission on Audit liqui-dation regulations. For patients in government hospitals, zero balance billing from Philhealth is practiced.
“Here we see DSWD, LGU [local government unit], PCSO, DOH and Philhealth working together to provide relief to the Zamboanga victims as how President Aquino would have it And that is what we need not just in times of crises like this, but hopefully every day,” said Juico.