The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in cooperation with selected Accredited Agent Corporations (AAC) or Small Town Lottery (STL) operators will conduct a nationwide feeding program on September 13, Tuesday, to celebrate the 65th birthday celebration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
As a more meaningful “birthday gift” to the popular President, PCSO together with AACs/STL operators across the country will simultaneously provide sandwiches and drinks to the public under the program “Handog ng PCSO: Isang araw na salu-salo sa kaarawan ng Pangulo.”
The initiative was on top of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)’s commitment to remit P2.5 billion to the Bureau of Treasury on PBBM’s birthday as additional funding for the Universal Health Care Program.
The UHCP provides for the automatic inclusion of every Filipino into the National Health Insurance Program.
PCSO’s financial support to the UHCP accounts for its full net charity fund from the fourth quarter of 2019 until December 31, 2021, amounting to P1.74 billion.
It also includes the P837 million funds from the first and second quarters of 2022.
PCSO general manager Mel Robles has already signed the check, which he hopes will make PBBM’s “birthday celebration even more substantial.”
“Providing better, affordable and accessible health services to all Filipinos ranks high in the president’s platform of governance,” Robles noted.
Under Republic Act 11223, otherwise known as the Universal Health Care Act, the PCSO is mandated to allocate 40 percent of its charity fund to help subsidize the state insurance program.