• PCSO donates half of Lotto charity fund to Yolanda survivors

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    HALF of the Charity Fund from lotto sales in its holiday fundraising drive will be donated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to survivors of supertyphoon Yoland in nine areas.

    PCSO General Manager 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-days tradition of Simbang Gabi.

    The revenue from games sales are allocated by law as follows: 55 percent to the Prize Fund (which constitutes prizes for PCSO’s games), 30 percent to the Charity Fund (for PCSO’s assistance programs), and 15 percent to the Operating Fund (for agency operational expenses).

    The PCSO Board of Directors led by Chairman Margarita Juico approved the cash donations, based on average daily sales, which will amount from P6 million to P10 million per day, to areas badly hit by the two natural disasters.

    The approved percentage from game sales on Dec. 16 will be allocated to Tacloban City; Dec. 17, Samar; Dec. 18, Leyte; Dec. 19, Cebu; Dec. 20, Iloilo; Dec. 21, Capiz; Dec. 22, Aklan; Dec. 23, Palawan; and Dec. 24, Bohol.

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd has placed the country under a state of national calamity with Proclamation No. 682, while the earlier Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolusyon Blg. 2013-453 and 2013-454 put the province of Bohol 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 especially during the ‘Nine Days of Christmas’ activity,” said Rojas.

    He added that “the more sales generated, the higher the amount to be allocated for the donations, and the higher the potential jackpots for players.”

    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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