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‘PCSO rises to greater heights under Du30 govt’

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has aggressively increased its revenue collections and widened its charity services to the Filipino people especially to remote areas, general manager Alexander Balutan said Tuesday.

“The PCSO is on the rise under the government of President Rodrigo Duterte because we have increased almost all aspects of our operations,” Balutan said. “We have increased our revenues, our branches, services, and especially our number of beneficiaries since we assumed office under President Duterte.”

Balutan said that is the reason why officials and employees of the agency chose “PCSO on the Rise” as the theme of anniversary celebration to be held at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City on Oct. 26.

“The PCSO is on the rise because our revenues are increasing, and so we were able to increase the allocation for our Individual Medical Assistance Program [IMAP] which is the fund our branches use for the benefit of our countrymen,” Balutan said.

“We have also increased our number of branches to 60 so more Filipinos can benefit from our expanded gaming products, like the Small Town Lottery (STL),” he added.

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He said the agency has also increased its assistance desks called “At-Source-ang-Processing” (ASAP) desks to 46 partnered-hospitals in several provinces to hasten the medical aid the agency extends to patients.

Under the Duterte administration, the PCSO has increased its revenues after it expanded its Small Town Lottery (STL) operations to 92 Authorized Agent Corporations (80 are now operational) nationwide which now earns P1.5 billion a month.

“The expansion of STL operations this year has helped us increase our revenues which benefits thousands of people seeking medical assistance from the PCSO,” Balutan noted. “The PCSO has proven its dedication in fulfilling its mandate of helping people who are in need.”

“We are able to raise our target revenues this year to P46.62 billion from P37 billion last year. We are hoping to reach that figure before the year ends,” Balutan said.

“But we will not stop there,” said PCSO Chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz. “We will continue to make ways to improve our services even more and help more of our countrymen.”

Corpuz said he and other PCSO officials are looking forward to reporting the agency’s accomplishments during the advance anniversary celebration on October 26.

The celebration will begin with the anniversary messages from the PCSO top executives and will be followed by series of presentations. It includes the recognition of this year PCSO employees awardees for Employees Service Award, including Top Performing Individual Lotto Agent Award, Top Performing Corporate Lotto Agent Award and Top Performing STL Authorized Agent Corporation Award.

“There will be also testimonies from beneficiaries of PCSO’s medical services,” Balutan said.

To entertain the guests, the PCSO has invited performers from the entertainment industry to sing and entertain the employees and guests during dinner. Invited are Michael Angelo Lobrin, Betong Sumaya, and DJ Durano.

Raffy Benavides, a songwriter, and composer from Iloilo, will also unveil the jingle he composed for PCSO and for STL.

Balutan said the Philippine Marine Combo will also be performing, in addition to prize raffles for both employees and guests.

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