The Philippine Charity Sweep–stakes Office (PCSO) is preparing to return to its original location on San Marcelino Street in Manila after two decades.
“PCSO is going home,” said lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, vice chairman and general manager. “We are in the process of developing our San Marcelino site and constructing more buildings to accommodate our personnel and beneficiaries.”
The PCSO is the principal government agency for raising and providing funds for health programs, medical assistance and services as well as charities of national character. It raises funds by holding lotteries and other games.
Its offices are in the Sun Plaza Building in Mandaluyong City (corporate offices), the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City (charity assistance and medical services departments) and San Marce-lino (logistics).
“Our stay at our various locations now is only temporary,” said Rojas, “until the new buildings are constructed.”
The project is now in the pre-design phase. Plans are made for three interconnected buildings of varying heights to house the corporate, logistics, and charity offices.
When completed, the entire complex will cover around 36,000 square meters of floor area including parking and warehouses for gaming equipment and supplies.
The public bidding-out of the design phase is expected to take three months, starting in July. The construction phase will also be bidded out, with the entire project to be completed by 2017 or 2018.
The PCSO also has 38 branch offices nationwide, with more to be opened until 2016. A branch in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, will be opened next month.
The agency was created in 1934 during the term of President Manuel Quezon. In its early years, it held office at the Soriano Bldg. in Divisoria, near Claro M. Recto St., Manila.
In the 1960s, it acquired the 1.19-hectare property on San Marcelino that served as the agency’s home until 1998, when the office was transferred to a more spacious building at the Quezon Institute complex in Quezon City.