• PCSO shares ‘Yolanda’ rebuilding efforts

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    AS the basics to life are light and water, power generators and portable water treatment plants are among the relief equipment that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has released to areas stricken by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the first two weeks after the storm hit.

    PCSO Chairman Margarita Juico asserts: “Our agency is working closely with the Office of the President on relief concerns and we are expediting all forms of assistance as part of our ‘quick response’ policy during times of national calamities.”

    The Juico-led PCSO Board of Directors has approved a P50-million grant to the Department of Health for their logistical and other expenses tied to their relief efforts.

    Too, the Board has released three water treatment plants for Samar, Eastern Leyte and Bohol, the latter for post-October 15 earthquake relief; 100,000 Family Emergency Medicine (FEM) kits comprising mefenamic acid, paracetamol, and loperamide; 3,450 survival kits of sleeping mat/mosquito nets/blanket; and 600 sacks of rice for Eastern Samar and Leyte.

    PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said P600,000 was also released to purchase generator sets for Culion and Coron, Palawan.

    “We will also shoulder,” added Rojas, “the medical bills of victims of Typhoon Yolanda who are being treated in government hospitals and health care facilities.”

    Related to this, said Rojas, was the coordination made by PCSO with eight hospitals for the treatment of victims who came to Manila via Villamor Air Base. These facilities are Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Ospital ng Makati, Makati Medical Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, San Juan de Dios Hospital, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, and UPH Delta Medical Center.

    The PCSO has also coordinated with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to supply food for the evacuees in Manila housed in the Tent City in Pasay City.

    In addition to goods and services, the agency fast-tracked the release of lotto shares for host local government units (LGUs).

    From sales in January to June 2013, Leyte will receive P7.31 million in LGU shares; Samar, P2.13 million; Iloilo, Guimaras, Capiz, Antique, and Aklan, P6.31 million; and Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, P3.73 million.

    PCSO previously prepared P4.66 million in LGU shares for Bohol and P24.36 million for Cebu to augment relief funding for the October 15 earthquake victims.

    In addition, the PCSO Board will be donating one month’s worth of their board and committee meeting per diems to Yolanda relief programs. PCSO directors do not receive salaries, only a fixed amount for every board and committee meeting they attend.

    The other directors are Betty Nantes and lawyers Ma. Aleta Tolentino, Mabel Mamba and Francisco Manuel Joaquin 3rd.

    Agency officials and employees also personally donated goods such as rice, canned food, bottled water and clothes.

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