PCSO lets photos spread 'charity virus'
Roxas City (18 July) -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has launched a national photo competition to give due recognition to photographic works that show "acts of kindness done by people from all walks of life."
The competition, which has "Isang Pitik sa Charity" for its theme, was conceived to promote the institutional brand message of PCSO – "Spread The Charity Virus." It has two categories, namely Professional and Amateur.
All subjects must cover acts of charity or kindness of Filipinos in different settings or circumstances shown in different walks of life.
The contest is open to all professional and amateur photographers. Entry size should be 11"x14" with or without borders. Low-resolution images will be disqualified.
Entries can be color and/or black & white. Photos that are digitally altered are not allowed. Those that have won in national or international competitions are disqualified.
Prizes at stake for both categories are: First Prize – P100,000; Second Prize – P50,000; and, Third Prize – P30,000. There will be 12 consolation prizes of P5,000 each.
Entries may be submitted to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) or PCSO. Details of the competition can also be obtained from said agencies. Deadline for submission of entries is August 1, 2008 at 5:00 P.M.
Meanwhile, as its own gesture of charity, the PCSO), upon the instructions of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has approved the release of P13,250,000 in financial assistance to provinces devastated by Typhoon "Frank."
The financial assistance included P3-Million that was coursed through the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for its relief operation, particularly for the purchase of medicines and food.
Pursuant to its mandate to help alleviate the condition of our countrymen brought about by the typhoon, the PCSO Board of Directors likewise passed and approved several resolutions to grant financial assistance to local government units and institutions including the provincial government of Capiz, which received P500,000.00 for the purchase of medicines and other health-related supplies.
The amount was turned over to Capiz Gov. Victor Tanco by Vice President Noli De Castro together with Senator Mar Roxas, DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Raul Banias during their visit here June 26 as part of the relief operations of the national government and National Disaster Coordinating Council. (PIA-JSC/PCSO) [top]