It’s a bit late for a Christmas gift, but Palawan government officials happily accepted the P7.5-million “Pamaskong Alay” from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Palawan is the first province to receive a revenue allocation from the agency’s holiday fundraising drive for the survivors of super–typhoon Yolanda in nine areas.
PCSO allocated its Charity Fund from the sales of its Lotto, Keno, Lotto Express, Sweepstakes and Bingo Milyonaryo games from December 16 to 24, 2013 to eight provinces and one city in the Visayas. Its program titled “Pamaskong Alay ng PCSO: Nine Days of Christmas,” which PCSO Gen. Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd started, reflected the nine-day tradition of the Simbang Gabi.
Fifty five percent of the revenue from games sales is allocated to the prize fund that constitutes prizes for PCSO’s games, 30 percent goes to the charity fund for PCSO’s assistance programs and 15 percent to the operating fund for agency operational expenses.
“If only I could give them all, I would. This is PCSO’s little share in the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the national government for our brothers and sisters,” said PCSO Chairman Margie Juico.
With Assistant Secretary Raffy Albert, Palawan Vice Gov. Dennis Socrates as witness, Juico, manager for fund allocation Dr. Larry Cedro and lawyer Reena Yason, the officer in charge-manager and supply management department, handed a check for P7,551,723.83 to Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez. This amount is half of the province’s net charity fund of P15,103,447.65.
“We thank the PCSO and President Benigno Aquino 3rd for supporting the typhoon victims in Palawan,” said Alvarez.
Cedro also donated P100,000 worth of medicines to Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron.
“We didn’t expect this, truly a great blessing to our countrymen. PCSO is always there to reach us,” said Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron.
Chairman Juico promised that the PCSO will continue helping devolved hospitals, military hospitals and other public hospitals in the city.