PCSO shoulders hospital bills of calamity victims


The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) continues to assist Tropical Storm Maring victims through hospitalization assistance and the distribution of relief goods and medicine in areas hard-hit by the storm.

“The public might not be aware of this, but the present PCSO board of directors made it a policy to subsidize the bills of patients directly affected by calamities who are being treated at government hospitals and healthcare facilities,” said PCSO Chairman Margarita Juico,

The policy was applied during occasions of previous natural disasters, including Typhoons Sendong, Pablo, Habagat 2012, the landslide in Compostela Valley, and others.

“This is in line,” said PCSO General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, “with the agency’s charter, Republic Act 1169, which mandates that PCSO provide assistance to ‘charities of national character.’”

In addition to hospitalization assistance, PCSO is also distributing relief goods.

“Around 75,000 Family Emergency Medicine [FEM] kits have been given away,” Rojas said, “with an evacuation center in Imus, Cavite, being one of the first areas served, with 177 families or 758 individuals there receiving FEM kits.”

The FEM kits contain medicine for common illnesses such as fever, cough, colds and diarrhea.

PCSO is also coordinating with the National Food Authority for the procurement of 1,000 sacks of rice for distribution in evacuation centers nationwide. Some 1,000 sets of blankets, sleeping mats and mosquito nets will also be donated.

Jefferson Antiporda


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