THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office ( PCSO) said that at least 60,000 Filipinos have benefited from more than P400 million the agency released in medical aid over the first quarter of 2023.
“Nasa 60,779 kababayan natin ang natulungan sa kanilang gastusing pang-medikal, na umabot sa P410,427,957.55 na inilabas ng PCSO sa pamamagitan ng Medical Access Program.
“Asahan po ninyo na tuloy-tuloy lang ang PCSO sa adhikain nitong matulungan ang sambayanang Pilipino. Paiigtingin pa natin ang serbisyo para mas marami pang kababayan natin ang makinabang,” PCSO chairman Junie Cua said.
The Medical Access Program covers various requests for fund augmentation for medical concerns, such as confinement, dialysis injection, cancer treatment, hemodialysis, laboratory, diagnostic, and imaging procedures, and implant and medical devices, among others.
The MAP is taken from the Charity Fund which comprises 30 percent of net receipts, and is used exclusively to finance and support health programs, medical assistance, and services, and/or charities of national character.
The PCSO generates funds through sweepstakes, horse races, lotteries and similar activities.
Cua expressed optimism that the agency would be able to serve more Filipinos this year and exceed the figures it had posted in 2022.
Last year, the PCSO released P1,395,310,206.43 to 210,731 beneficiaries.