The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Wednesday expressed readiness to help victims of Typhoon Glenda.
PCSO Vice Chairman and General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd said the agency will give assistance to hospitalized victims and distribute medicines in areas hit by the typhoon.
Rojas said the charity agency will shoulder the bills of those confined or treated in public hospitals.
“All of PCSO’s departments particularly in Southern Tagalog, Bicol Region and Visayas are closely monitoring the situation in Bicol, Samar and other vulnerable areas,” he said.
According to Rojas, the present PCSO Board of Directors has made it a policy to subsidize the bills of patients directly affected by national emergencies and calamities who are being treated at government hospitals and healthcare facilities.
“This is in line with the agency’s charter, Republic Act No. 1169, which mandates that PCSO provide assistance to ‘charities of national character,” Rojas explained.
In addition to hospitalization assistance, the PCSO will also be distributing Family Emergency Medicine (FEM) kits which have been prepared for deployment in readiness for the monsoon season.
The FEM kits contain medicine for common illnesses such as fever, cough, colds, and diarrhea.
Ritchie A. Horario