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PCSO: Ano ang maitutulong ng 20 pesos mo?

What help can your 20 pesos give?


For some, twenty pesos may mean a one-way tricycle fare, a snack chips, a carbonated drink or even an ice cream cone.


But for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), your 20 pesos will go along way in helping the sick, those in need and those stricken by disasters and calamities.


How? 


PCSO Vice-Chairperson and General Manager Royina Marzan Garma said you can place your bets in all lottery products of PCSO for as low as 20 pesos.


Garma said PCSO is a government-owned and controlled corporation which is working hard to do business to generate funds for the Filipinos.



Under the  PCSO charter, it is required to pay taxes. Some  42 percent of its revenue is given back to the government in the form of taxes. At the end of the year, it remits  dividend taxes to the  Bureau of Treasury. Just last year, PCSO remitted P2 billion in dividend taxes to the government. 



Fifty percent (50%) of PCSOs charity fund is also given to the Universal Health Care program under the Philippine Health Insurance, Corp. and a big chunk also goes to the Malasakit Center which caters to indigent and even non-indigent patients.



“I bet not everyone knows that  everytime you access help from PhilHealth, you have also accessed PCSO funds. Every time you get  financial assistance from the Malasakit Centers in your areas, you have accessed PCSO funds which helps in achieving a zero balance billing,” the PCSO general manager explained.


Its Trust Fund for prizes for winners is also being taxed and every PCSO outlet in the area remits a 7.5 percent tax on its earnings to the government, she added.


Local government units, schools, and other agencies also benefit from  PCSO games in the forms of ambulances, food packs, assistive devices, medicines, financial assistance and many more. 


Garma said she is  thankful to all the bettors because if no one would place bets, PCSO would not have funds for all the assistance needed by people.


“Sa beinte pesos mong taya, may chance ka nang manalo, nakapagbigay ka pa ng assistance at nakatulong ka pa sa nation building. Ganoon kalawak ang mararating ng 20 pesos mo,” Garma disclosed. 


As an expression of gratitude to Pangasinan which accepts and patronises products of PCSO, Garma personally handed-over  P5.8-M worth of food packs, medicines and medical devices during her visit to the province which were received by Governor Amado  Espino III and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)-Pangasinan chapter President Leopoldo N. Bataoil during  the ceremonial turn-over of the donation at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) Gymnasium.


Among the donations to augment programs of LGUs and agencies were 4,000 food packs, medicines,  medical supplies and  fire equipments to Provincial Health Office,  21 LGUs,  police stations, fire stations,  barangay schools,  rural health units and social welfare offices.


Governor Espino for his part, exhorted local chief executives and other recipients to maximize the support of the PCSO and bring the donations to the needy.

“Kami po ay nagpapasalamat dahil ‘yung pagtangkilik natin sa PCSO ay binabalik din nila sa ating mga kababayan at ito po ay nakikita natin tulad ngayon,” Espino  stated.


So the next time you think of what to buy with your 20 pesos, try locating a PCSO outlet nearby and buy a ticket. Who knows, you might be the next millionaire and might help a million more people with your ‘beinte’ pesos. (VHS/PIA Pangasinan)  

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PHOTO: As an expression of gratitude to Pangasinan which accepts and patronises products of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), its Vice-Chairperson and General Manager Royina Marzan Garma Garma personally handed-over  P5.8-M worth of food packs, medicines & medical devices  during her visit to the province which were received by Governor Amado  Espino III and League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP)-Pangasinan chapter President Leopoldo N. Bataoil during  the ceremonial turn-over of the donation at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) Gymnasium. (VHS)

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