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PGMA continues Friday's Common Tao Day tradition

Manila (5 December) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo continues to observe the Friday's Common Tao Day, a tradition started by her father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal.

On December 4, President Arroyo gave an extraordinary day to the residents of Barangay Addition Hill in Mandaluyong City.

The President interacted with some 373 families who are victims of the fire in the area in November. She also observed the conduct of medical, dental, and optical services to some 1,500 beneficiaries through the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Aside from regular check-ups, beneficiaries are given free medicines, eyeglasses, and wheelchairs. A number were also presented with certificates for free dialysis treatments. Under the current administration, the PCSO has become a symbol of hope for the needy by tripling its resources and charity funds for indigents and common folks.

The PCSO's "Common Tao Day" was launched in President Arroyo's hometown Lubao last Sept. 25. The event was patterned after the "Common Man's Day" that was conceptualized by the President's father, the late President Diosdado Macapagal.

Since then, the President has blocked off a part of her Fridays for the Common Man's Day to be with the poor and disadvantaged people in the different places of the country.

The Common Tao Day has given hope to many people like cancer patients Gertrudes Montemayor and Charmaine Manalac who would not have to worry so much about the cost of their medical treatment.

This, after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assured them of financial assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during the holding of the second "Common Tao Day" in Pampanga.

The President said Montemayor will be given P50,000 for her six-cycle chemotherapy treatment while P150,000 will be provided for Manalac for her bone treatment and eye operation.

Two other patients, Felicisima Gaza and Nelia Sampang were also fortunate for they received one wheelchair each. (PIA 8) [top]

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