PCSO: Help us help you

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Lifelong dream For many Filipinos, winning the lottery may prove to be a castle in the air. AFP

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is set to construct its own corporate center in San Marcelino, Manila to decongest its satellite office at the Lung Center of the Philippines.

As this developed, PCSO general manager Alexander F. Balutan appealed to the public to stop patronizing illegal numbers game and instead take their chances with PCSO’s lotto and small-town lottery draws in trying to get rich.

The Lung Center PCSO office processes about 700 requests a day for medical assistance from patients or their relatives who queue starting at the crack of dawn. It will be transferred to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

Balutan said they hope to immediately conduct a bidding for the project so it can be started this year. Aside from the main office, Balutan said PCSO will be constructing at least six more branch offices.

“We will continue to help our indigent patients nationwide. We shall maintain the Individual Medical Assistance Program though the law on the Universal Health Care (UHC) is already there,” Balutan said.

“The PCSO will help look for funds for PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corp.),” added Balutan, who dispelled rumors PCSO will stop giving medical assistance once the UHC Law is fully implemented.

“PCSO will not stop helping; it will just be centralized. The vision is to have a one-stop shop for all the patients seeking help, so that they no longer have to line up at different government agencies,” he said.

The PCSO chief explained that the office will give a percentage of its earnings to PhilHealth so all bona fide beneficiaries of the state health care program will directly or indirectly benefit from PCSO funding.

“That’s the thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte – that our countrymen would not find it hard seeking medical help,” Balutan said.

“I would like to appeal to each and every one of you to help PCSO and President Duterte fight the illegal numbers game and promote and support Small Town Lottery (STL) operations and other PCSO games,” Balutan said.

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