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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 06, 2012


Cagayan PCSO operational by 1Q of 2012

by Thelma C. Bicarme

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 6 (PIA) -- Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Dir. Mabel Mamba has confirmed that the newly established provincial office of the PCSO in Brgy. Naruangan, Tuao, Cagayan will be fully operational this first quarter.

Mamba said they are just waiting for the final result of the PCSO rationalization plan.

“Once it will be fully enforced, we could already start hiring employees for our provincial

office,” Mamba assured.

When operational, residents of Cagayan, Kalinga and Apayao who are needing services and medical assistance of the PCSO need not travel to the regional office in Cauayan City to process

their requests or claims.

Mamba said the establishment of PCSO in the province is an augmentation to the existing offices in country to ensure that the needs of the people will be catered.

“The state-run charity office is bringing its services to the people so that everyone will have access to health services of the government. This is in support to the Universal Health Care

program of the Aquino administration,” she added.

Among the programs and services of PCSO include mandatory contribution, individual medical

assistance program, endowment fund program, medicine and medical equipment donation and

outreach projects.

The PCSO also allocates a five percent share to local government units from the total sales of online lottery (lotto) outlets operating within their jurisdictions, including a documentary stamp tax from the said donation.

Medical assistance is given to individual patients through the issuance of guarantee letters to hospitals where the patients are confined.

A guarantee letter is a certification issued to hospitals for a particular charity patient under the PCSO medical assistance program where the agency assumes the obligation of settling the cost of hospitalization, including the medicines, medical, surgical or blood supplies, and diagnostic procedures. (TCB/PIA 2)

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