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PCSO gives hospitals huge boost

Elmer N. Manuel @tribunephl_lmer

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced that it is set to release P447 million worth of financial assistance to 81 government hospitals across the country, as its board approved the financial assistance to “mostly provincial hospitals across the country.”

In a statement on Wednesday, PCSO General Manager Royina Garma said that the financial assistance aims to augment the financial capability of the beneficiary hospitals in catering to COVID-19 patients.

She added that the P477-million financial aid to state hospitals is on top of the P420-million funds to be released to PhilHealth.

“The coverage of the assistance is specifically limited to COVID-19 cases and shall be utilized for testing kits, reagents, medical/diagnostic equipment, confinement, medicines, laboratory/diagnostic procedures, and personal protective equipment,” said Garma.

The newly approved financial assistance will be charged to the PCSO’s charity fund under its Calamity Assistance Program (CAP) budget.

She noted that the PCSO branch managers in different provinces are now coordinating with the hospitals for the required documents of the assistance and the schedule of turnover and as procedural requirement, upon receipt of the assistance, the hospitals are required to submit hospital profile and Department of Health license or shall execute an undertaking to submit the said documents on a later time.

“We are calling on the heads of these hospitals to also reach out to the nearest PCSO branch office in their area for the details of the assistance so that they can start planning on how to use the assistance based on the given limitations,” Garma said.

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