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PCSO’s medical program
THE reported number of indigent Filipinos provided medical assistance by the government, through the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), fires the imagination of the people.
Established in 1934, the PCSO is mandated to do fund raising and provide funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character.
Last year, records show that PCSO, a government-owned corporation, provided some P2 billion worth of direct medical assistance to more than 255,000 beneficiaries across the country.
And during the first two months of the year (January 9 to March 3), it provided P271.3 million worth of aid to nearly 40,000 Filipinos through its “Medical Assistance Program (MAP).”
As the PCSO’s flagship program, MAP is being implemented nationwide in partnership with government and private hospitals, health facilities, medicine retailers and other partners.
Services covered by MAP include hospital confinement, dialysis injection, chemotherapy drugs, specialty medicines, hermodialysis, laboratory, diagnostic and imaging procedures.
“Inaasahan na mas marami pa tayong matutulungan sa mga susunpd na panahon,” according to PCSO Chairman Junie Cua.
He added: “Sang-ayon po sa direktiba ng ating Pangulong Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., patuloy po kaming nagsisikap upang mapaigting ang aming paglilingkod para mapabuti ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan.”
Admittedly, the government, through PCSO, is doing a great job in meeting the medical and other needs of the more than 110 million Filipinos, particularly the poorest of the poor.
That’s why we support all the programs, projects, undertakings and initiatives of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.