• PCSO braves floodwaters to give aid

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    The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), through its Chairman Margie Juico, heeded the call for help from the people in Imus, Cavite and Biñan, Laguna in the wake of the onslaught by Typhoon Maring and southwesterly monsoon-spawned deluge.

    Juico cancelled the agency’s big sports event PNOy Sports on Wednesday, asked for a 6×6 truck from Philippine Air Force Col. Gerardo Zamudio and went through floodwaters in Cavite and Laguna to extend help to the residents.

    With physicians Ma. Isabel Vinteres and Zelda Ganancial, PCSO gave away dry clothes, blankets, family emergency medicine (FEM) kits, towels as well as canned goods, noodles, and rice to hundreds of flood victims.

    “PCSO had a medical mission and we distributed medical emergency family kits containing medicines for common ailments like colds, coughs, diarrhea, fever and pediatric cough suspension. “We are working very hard to assist the flood victims,” she said.

    “It was heartwarming seeing the PNP [Philippine National Police] maintaining order in the distribution, the Philippine Army trucks and AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] composite group loading and unloading the relief goods, NGOs [non-government organizations] like the Sagip Kapamilya, and government agencies like DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Development] and PCSO working together,” said Juico.

    Under the agency’s Quick Response Program, assistance will also be provided for the flood victims undergoing medical treatment in government hospitals.

    The typhoon has left wide areas of Metro Manila and surrounding provinces flooded, suspending classes and work in many public and private offices on Monday and Tuesday. Several cities and provinces have already declared a “state of calamity.”

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