The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the government agency that generate funds for health programs and charities of national character, is the only institution continuously providing financial assistance to a far-flung district hospital in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
The PCSO granted Dr. Serapio Montaner Al Haj Memorial Hospital in Lanao del Sur, ARMM, an endowment fund for medicines worth P500,000 for the hospital’s charity patients.
The hospital caters to more than a hundred thousand population.
Romeo Montaner MD, chief of hospital, sent a letter to PCSO Chairman Margie Juico thanking the agency for the “provision of essential medicines for our indigent patients, significantly saving their lives.”
The agency’s services include hospitalization, dialysis, medicines, chemotherapy drugs, laboratory/diagnostic procedures, wheelchair, hearing aid, implant/prosthesis, medical and dental missions, out-patient consultations, ambulance conductions.
Under its Institutional Financial Assistance Program, it gives endowment fund to hospitals, other health care facilities, government and non-government organizations; medicine and medical supplies and equipment donation programs; regular institutional beneficiaries; ambulance and mobile clinic donation programs through local governments, qualified hospitals and institutions; and relief and assistance to victims of calamities and national emergencies.
“We really want to reach the farthest and most remote areas of the country. This is what PCSO is for. We serve the poorest of our kababayans so that they, too, will be blessed and have hope for a brighter future,” Juico said.