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Dagupan indigents receive free medical-dental services

by Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (14 September) -- A total of 1,321 Dagupenos benefited from the medical-dental mission conducted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office yesterday at the People's Astrodome.

Records showed 664 adults and 563 children received free medical attention and medicines from the PCSO medical-dental team that included four physicians, four dentists, six nurses, three paramedics and two pharmacists. Ninety-four others received free dental services.

The PCSO-sponsored roadshow dubbed "Walang Kupas" included a free concert at the city public plaza in the evening.

A similar activity will be held on Tuesday, September 18, at the Urdaneta City Cultural Center.

Dagupan City Mayor Alipio Fernandez, Jr. thanked the PCSO team for rendering free medical services to the city's indigents.

The PCSO was just returning favor to the people for patronizing state-sponsored lotteries and games, according to Region 1 Director Abraham Libadia of the Philippine Information Agency which helped PCSO handle coordination of the roadshow with concerned local government units.

Lottery Operations Officer Ernieli Dancil of the PCSO office based in Urdaneta told the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency over Radyo ng Bayan-DZMQ last Tuesday that the office continues to extend financial assistance to families who could not afford huge medical bills.

She urged the public to patronize PCSO lottery draws and tickets rather than stake their money from illegal gambling like jueteng.

She also noted that the amount of time involved in betting thru PCSO sweepstakes and lotto tickets is very minimal as compared with other forms of gambling which involve a lot of time and effort. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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