PCSO vows assistance for ‘Maring’ victims

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced on Friday that under its Quick Response Program, assistance will be provided for victims of Tropical Storm Maring who are undergoing medical treatment in government hospitals.

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The typhoon has left wide areas of Metro Manila and surrounding provinces flooded, suspending classes and work in many public and private offices on Monday and Tuesday. Several cities and provinces have already declared a “state of calamity.”

PCSO Chairman Margarita Juico said that, “We assure the victims being treated at government hospitals in coordination with PCSO offices that their hospitals bills will be shouldered by PCSO.”

According to PCSO General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand Rojas 2nd, this is “in line with PCSO’s mandate to extend assistance during times of national calamities.”

To implement this, he added “PCSO branch office heads and personnel are already coordinating with local government hospitals and clinics in areas affected by the storm.”

PCSO will also be distributing Family Emergency Medicine kits as well as rice in evacuation centers.

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