One of the priority health programs of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is the Medical Equipment Donation Program (MEDP).
The program aims to provide financial assistance to both government and private medical and health institutions for the purchase of medical equipment with the end-view of upgrading the medical facilities of hospitals thereby rendering quality, effective and accessible health services to indigent patients.
PCSO Chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz announced that in pursuit of the above program and to facilitate the upgrade of the capabilities of government hospitals, the PCSO Board approved the donation of financial assistance in the amount of P42 million to Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in Antique and Northern Cagayan District Hospital in Cagayan Valley, for the purchase of advanced medical equipment.
Chairman Corpuz said that P30 million of the amount is for the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital which is currently operating at 100-bed capacity to purchase a 16-Slice CT Scan with PACS. The16-Slice CT Scan technology is equipped with dramatically advanced and broadened range of CT applications to include orthopedics, angiography, cardiology, and more.
Under the same program and approval, the Northern Cagayan District Hospital with 19-bed capacity located in the Province of Cagayan Valley is recipient of a P12-million assistance for the purchase of one unit Digital Mobile X-Ray System and one unit 3D Color Doppler Ultrasound with three transducers.
Meanwhile, PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan opined that the financial assistance for the purchase of the above mentioned equipment will surely go a long way in ensuring effective and efficient delivery of services that will benefit not only the people of Antique and Cagayan but also the residents from the neighboring towns and cities.
GM Balutan further said that MEDP is to effectively implement the Universal Health Care Coverage of President Duterte by improving the facilities and equipment of government and private hospitals in order to deliver affordable healthcare services to the Filipino people particularly the less fortunate members of the society. With affordable healthcare services, more Filipinos can access the needed medical and healthcare services under the Duterte administration.
Like all the other charity programs of PCSO, the funds for MEDP is derived from the revenues generated from all the gaming products of PCSO namely, Lotto, Lotto Express (Keno), Sweepstakes and Small Town Lottery (STL).
With the public’s continued and strong support for the gaming products of PCSO more funds will be generated thus more funds will be used to support the various charity programs of PCSO.
GM Balutan stressed, “Bawat Taya Para sa Kawanggawa.”