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PIA Press Release
2009/06/11

PCSO charity caravan takes Butuan by "storm"

by Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (11 June) -- The recent launching of the Kaibigan ng PCSO took Butuan and the neighboring province of Agusan del Norte by storm as it registers hundreds of volunteers, most of them barangay health workers during the registration and orientation of volunteers considered as "kaibigan" (friends) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office in Dottie's Place Convention Center here.

A night prior to the launching, a concert was held at the city's Sports Complex featuring local and national artists led by John Lapus who hosted the show. Amidst the heavy downpour of the rain, Butuanons of all ages came to the concert venue to have a glimpse of entertainment brought by "Moymoy Palaboy" and the rest of the artists.

Hours before the launching proper on Sunday (May 31), PCSO Charity Caravan was conducted, participated by public and private healthcare providers in Butuan City and Agusan del Norte.

In her speech before the crowd estimated at around 2,000 volunteers and stakeholders, PCSO-Caraga Regional Lottery Operations Manager Ms. Gloria Yba˝ez acknowledges those who have made the activity possible and successful. She also extended her warmest thanks to all the barangay health workers who volunteered to be partners of PCSO in spreading the "charity virus" in this city and the province of Agusan del Norte.

Meanwhile, a medical-dental mission was held at the covered court of Barangay San Vicente, Butuan City on the afternoon of that same day. Private and public nurses and doctors entertained the people coming from the different barangays of Butuan and municipalities of Agusan del Norte. Also, medical and dental team of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) offered their services to cater the medical and dental care of the people.

Kaibigan ng PCSO is a program that is pursued through the leadership of PCSO to systematize and rationalize the sourcing of volunteer individuals and organizations in partnership with the private sector to advance the charity agency's health mandate. By establishing sustainable networks and linkages that will continuously recruit medical and health volunteers as well as generate additional resources, the program will be able to expand the reach of PCSO services that immediately address health concerns of needy Filipinos.

The program envisions that through this mode of intervention on a nationwide scale the corporate responsibility ethic of private corporations and companies will be enhanced, particularly with regard to health issues. It likewise seeks to promote the volunteerism spirit inherent in every Filipino.

Kaibigan ng PCSO recognizes the varying capabilities of individuals, groups, and corporate entities in the public and private sector in rendering vital volunteer work that meets the immediate health needs of the poor. It also gives importance to the value of individual and collective civic efforts and of raising these efforts to the level of "unity in volunteerism" to sustain a functioning and efficient health and medical assistance delivery system for poor Filipinos everywhere.

Kaibigan ng PCSO recruits and organizes volunteers at the provincial, municipal, city, and barangay levels, using primarily the organizational reach of PCSO, the country's premier charity agency.

All card-carrying members of Kaibigan ng PCSO will have the chance to be given the special PCSO Health Card that puts individual the priority list for those seeking financial assistance for hospitalization and medical support from the country's lead agency in charity work.

Prior to the launching here, it can be recalled that PCSO national charity caravan has already served thousands of beneficiaries in Iloilo, Batanes, Nueva Ecija, Davao City, Cebu City, Palawan and Bacolod City, in celebration of its 7th year anniversary. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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