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Sweepstakes produces 88 millionaires from Pangasinan

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (11 June) -- Unknown to many, the once highly-popular sweepstakes produced 88 millionaires in Pangasinan.

Lotto, which subsequently became the favorite of bettors, on the other hand, made 19 people from the province instant millionaires, according to Sales Manager Carlos Castillo of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office who along with other PCSO officials toured last Tuesday five AM radio stations in this city and later met the Pangasinan media in a press conference at the Lenox Hotel "to spread the charity virus" thru the agency's "Charity' 09 Caravan."

The caravan included such activities as motorcades, mini-concerts and medical and dental missions in 20 selected cities and municipalities including Dagupan.

PCSO, which is now observing its 75th year, is re-introducing the sweepstakes ticket for its diamond anniversary draw on September 8 with P75 million as jackpot prize, Castillo said. Second prize is P10 million and third prize is P5 million aside from thousands of consolation prizes. The total prize runs to P116 million. He described the sweepstakes ticket as the "firstborn" of PCSO-sponsored games.

Each ticket costs P50. A seller is entitled to an earning of P1,200 if he sells a booklet costing P5,000, he said. "Ibalik natin yong dati nating nakikita na mga disabled, elderly, bulag o pati mga bata na nagtitinda ng sweepstakes," he said, noting the chance for many including children to earn money in selling the tickets.

Told that P50 is already a big amount for many and that P10 to P20 is more affordable, Castillo said the agency based its pricing on the amount of prizes to be won. His colleague Rolando Kapunan who heads the printing department, told the press conference that the winning chance of one against 65,000 for a P50 bet is much better than the odd for a P10 or P20 bet which is one against more than a million.

PCSO on September 6 will hold a nationwide simultaneous medical mission in the 42,000 barangays as part of the Diamond Celebration. Ernieli Dancel, who heads the lottery operations in Region 1 and the Cordilera Administrative Region with Urdaneta City as base, however clarified that there is a need to cluster some barangays in view of the fact that each mission needs doctors and other health professionals.

Under the Kaibigan ng PCSO concept, barangay health workers and other civic volunteers will be tapped to help in the medical missions, according to Imelda Limun, project team leader. Necessary training and orientation will be conducted similar to the one conducted last Monday at the city museum, she said.

Here in Dagupan, a team of PCSO doctors, dentists, nurses and other volunteer health professionals within the city provided free medical and dental treatment to poor residents at the People's Astrodome last Monday, June 8. PCSO provided booths for the Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) to entertain requests for financial assistance from city residents who cannot afford to send their sick relatives to the hospital.

More than 600 individual patients benefited from the said mission 61 dental and 665 medical with 395 adults and 270 pedia patients.

Under the Kaibigan ng PCSO (KNP) project, more than a hundred residents of the city pledged to volunteer their time and services to charity work. As a starter, 26 volunteers from the city already served during the medical mission.

The project aims to recruit and mobilize thousands of volunteers for the various activities of the charity agency, particularly for its simultaneous medical missions throughout the country this September as part of the agency's diamond anniversary celebration. The volunteers will be given trainings in First Aid, Basic Life Support, Child and Maternal Care and Disaster Management, Limun said.

All card-carrying volunteers will be given PCSO Health Card, which puts them on the priority list of those seeking financial and medical assistance from the charity agency. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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