METRO MANILA (MM) will receive P75.43 million from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) as its share of the proceeds from lotto operations.
MM, or the National Capital Region (NCR), will get the biggest “lotto share” among all the regions, and all checks are now available for release, according to PCSO.
Under its charter Republic Act. No. 1169, the PCSO allocates 30 percent from its net receipts from lotto operations to a charity fund, from which 5 percent is to be given to local government units (LGUs) where lotto outlets are located.
The following are the lotto shares of other regions: Visayas with P54.48 million; Southern Tagalog and Bicol Regions with P43.51 million; Mindanao, P31.38 million and, Northern and Central Luzon, P27.81 million.
The PCSO said the cited lotto shares cover the period July to December 2013.
PCSO Vice-Chairman and General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said the lotto shares are now available for claiming by the respective LGUs.
“We are reminding the LGU payees to claim your lotto share checks, if you have not already done so, from the PCSO branch office nearest you or from the PCSO Head Office in Manila,” said Rojas.
From July to December 2013, PCSO allocated a total of P232.62 million for the lotto shares of LGUs all over the country.
For regions where there are few or no lotto outlets, Rojas encouraged the local officials to start hosting more PCSO outlets “so that you can avail of the LGU shares that you may use for your area’s social programs.”
Rojas also appealed to the public to support the PCSO’s lotto and other games.
“For every ticket you buy, you not only have the chance to become a millionaire, but you are also helping fellow Filipinos around the country,” he said.
PCSO’s charity fund enables the operation of its various medical and health care programs.