The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will donate half of the charity fund from lottery sales in its holiday fundraising drive to survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in nine areas.
PCSO General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said “PCSO will allocate 50 percent of its Charity Fund from the sales of its Lotto, Keno Lotto Express, and Bingo Milyonaryo games from December 16 to 24 to eight provinces and one city in the Visayas.”
The program, he said, is dubbed “Pamaskong Alay ng PCSO: Nine Days of Christmas” and reflects the nine-day tradition of Simbang Gabi.
Revenue from games sales are allocated by law—55 percent to the prize fund (which constitutes prizes for PCSO games), 30 percent to the charity fund (for assistance programs), and 15 percent to the operating fund (for agency operational expenses).
The PCSO Board of Directors led by Chair Margarita Juico approved the cash donations, which based on average daily sales will amount from P6 million to P10 million a day, to areas hit the hardest by the two natural disasters that struck within three weeks of each other.
The approved percentage from game sales on December 16 will be allocated to Tacloban City; December 17, Samar; December 18, Leyte; December 19, Cebu; December 20, Iloilo; December 21, Capiz; December 22, Aklan; December 23, Palawan; and December 24, Bohol.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd placed the country under a state of national calamity with Proclamation 682, while the earlier Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolusyon Blg. 2013-453 and 2013-454 put the province Bohol of under a state of calamity.
These were used as the basis for the recommendation of the areas to be given assistance by PCSO.
“We appeal to everyone to strongly support PCSO games,” said Rojas, “especially during the “Nine Days of Christmas” activity. The more sales generated, the higher the amount to be allocated for the donations, and the higher the potential jackpots for players.”