TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan – Despite the allegations about corruption, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) made its second donation in the region in just a month after turning over a check worth P5,000,000 as financial calamity assistance for the victims of the twin quakes that struck Itbayat, Batanes last July 27.
PCSO General Manager Royina Garma personally handed the check and P100,000 worth of medicine to Gaezelle Anne Camacho, representative for the Local Government Unit of Batanes on August 17 at Cagayan Valley Medical Center.
Last July 29, just three days after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared the closure of all gaming schemes operated, licensed, and franchised by the PCSO, Governor Manuel Mamba received a check worth P10,000,000 that will be used for the procurement of two machines for the Northern Cagayan District Hospital at Sanchez Mira.
All in all, the Region, specifically Cagayan and Batanes province has received a total of P15,000,000 financial assistance from PCSO in just 19 days, even with the gaming ban.
“Let’s be transparent, people should know, saan natin kinukuha ang pondo, saan din natin dinadala ang pondo”, Royina Garma, PCSO General Manager said in her message during the turnover ceremony.
(Let’s be transparent, people should know, where do we get and use the money)
In addition, Garma explained that they are not subsidized because they are generating their own funds through the number games.
The general manager shared that lotto alone accumulates P50,000,000 everyday and ever since the Small Town Lottery (STL) was banned, they were having an at least P18,000,000 increase everyday.
Garma stressed that 35% of the raised funds goes directly to charity while 55% of it goes to the prizes, at least 10% is used for the daily operations.
“My personal motto [in] PCSO when I assumed office, is to make the lives of the poor better”, she added.
She encouraged the people to think of ‘betting in lotto’ as a donation, not gambling, because the 20 pesos ticket can mean so much to other people.
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Meanwhile, she urged STL Cagayan to work hard and deliver the remaining balance so that they can be cleared.
Also present during the turnover ceremony was Dr. Glen Matthew Baggao, CVMC director, Heherson Pambid, STL Cagayan Manager and some lotto outlet owners from the region.