Pagcor launches biggest gift-giving program for the poor



MANILA, Philippines – More than 8,000 less indigent Filipinos nationwide  will benefit  from the “biggest ever gift-giving activity” of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) this Christmas dubbed “Bayanihan:  Pamaskong Handog ng Pagcor 2012.”

Pagcor allocated P26.7 million to fund the event that would run from November 29 to December 20, 2012.

A total of 8,600 less privileged Filipinos under the care of 41 institutions nationwide will benefit from the project.

Pagcor said among its  beneficiaries are indigent patients confined in several state hospitals; orphans; abandoned and abused children; the elderly; the disabled and physically handicapped; street children; cultural minorities; special children diagnosed with mental retardation, autism and multiple disabilities; children in conflict with the law; women with serious mental disorders, poor families and communities; cancer-stricken children, and street sweepers.

In Metro Manila for instance, the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital will receive a “halfway” house for nursing mothers, which will serve as breastfeeding station for indigent mothers whose new-born babies are confined at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Nicu) of the hospital due to premature birth and other conditions.

The half-way house is being constructed by Pagcor’s employees from the Property and General Services Department.

The National Children’s Hospital, on the other hand,  will have newly renovated and repainted patients’ wards courtesy of the gaming firm.

“Apart from the renovation that our employees are doing for the hospital, we will also be donating one mechanical ventilator, three units of infusion pump and three units of syringe pump to the National Children’s Hospital for the use of patients diagnosed with leukemia, nephrotic syndrome, congestive heart failure and haemophilia,” Pagcor chairman Cristino Naguiat Jr. said in a statement on Wednesday.

Other institutions in Metro Manila that will be getting “bayanihan” components in Pagcor’s “Pamaskong Handog 2012” are the Lingap Pangkabataan, Inc. Soldiers’ Hills Elementary School, Tondo Medical Center, Pasay Youth Homes, Create a Job for the Disabled Association, Inc., and the Philippine Orthopedic Hospital.

Naguiat said the gaming firm will also share its blessings with institutions from various provinces hosting a Casino Filipino branch.

“We will help provide better facilities and equipment to several institutions in Angeles, Bacolod, Cebu, Laoag, Tagaytay, Olongapo and Davao. This would hopefully help the institutions provide better service to their beneficiaries,” he said.

The Gawad Kalinga (GK) Tabun in Pampanga will be given assistance in the renovation and repainting of their multi-purpose halls, day care center and bathrooms. The St. Vincent’s Home in Bacolod City which takes care of abandoned elderly will have their ceilings, comfort rooms and recreation areas renovated and repainted, while the Southern Philippines Medical Center (Davao Mental Hospital) will have their recreational areas and out-patient lounge repaired and repainted.

Naguiat, Jr. said the agency’s “Pamaskong Handog” event this year were made more special by the “bayanihan” component in several institutions.

“Bayanihan’ or community spirit is inherent in us. We want to highlight this unique Filipino trait in our Pamaskong Handog for 2012,” he said.

He explained that aside from helping the less fortunate, Pagcor’s “Pamaskong Handog” event this year also aims to strengthen the spirit of volunteerism among the corporation’s employees.

“We are encouraging our employees to share their time, talent and capabilities in our mission to bring joy to others,” he said.

“Through this initiative, Pagcor can leave behind a valuable and lasting legacy to our beneficiaries long after our Christmas gift-giving activity is over,” Naguiat added.

Pagcor’s “Pamaskong Handog” event began in December 2010 under the initiative of the agency’s new management as part of its core commitment to reach out to the less privileged sectors of society.

The gaming firm said its successful staging of the “Pamaskong Handog ng Pagcor: 12 Days of Christmas” in 2010 inspired the new management to make the event a yearly tradition.

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  • berdengleon

    hypocrisy at its best, why don’t pagcor start from their own backyard, help out its employees whose been robbed by genuino all these years..tsk..tsk..naguiat, please don’t be in the mold of your predecessor, give back what your employees should have gotten years ago..all these pa-pogi efforts are laughable to your employees, who btw are watching you..please don’t make the same mistake, “genuine” help begins at home..

  • Your_King

    After Aquino insulted and was very offensive to the sick, disabled, and handicap during one of his foreign vacations, its at least nice that Pagcor is helping out the poor. It would be better however if helping out the poor was a priority of the Aquino Admin on a year-round basis and just during the holiday season.

  • buttones

    Seems all this is about Imperial Luzon………

    • boypalaban

      laki naman ng galit mo sa mga taga Luzon…
      sisihin mo mga magnanakaw na pulitiko at opisyal ng gobyerno…marami diyan hindi purong taga Maynila…mga taga probinsiya…

      • buttones

        True, Imperial Luzon does not have a prerogative on the things that ails us, but they do seem to claim most of it, and in fact if you look at it, VisMin is hardly in the picture- so don’t tell me it is, the focus is on Luzon……

      • boypalaban

        sisihin mo ang mga mandarambong gaya ni pichay na taga Surigao, Zubiri na taga Bukidnon, Winston Garcia na taga Cebu, Romeo Jalosjos ng Zamboanga, Nograles ng Davao, Ecleo ng Dinagat, etc…yan ang ilan lang sa mga salot sa bayan na kontribusyon ng Visayas at Mindanao…

        oo nga pala, malawak ang pag-iisip ko…matagal akong tumira sa Maguindanao, Cotabato, Davao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi…daming napabayaan na lugar…hindi dahil sa mga taga Luzon kundi dahil kinurakot na ang mga pondo ng mga opisyal diyan…tanungin mo ang mga tao diyan kung nasaan mga opisyal nila…nasa Maynila nagliliwaliw ang mga kumag…inuubos pondo niyo diyan….

        kaya…payo lang sa yo…wag sisi nang sisi sa iba…

  • Seroquel55

    The release of funds and the beneficiaries should be monitored and documented thoroughly.  This is also the biggest opportunity for Naguait to pilfer PAGCORS’r fund and remit some of the pilfered funds to the Liberal Party for next year’s election.

  • kapatad

    Saan kaya kukunin ng PAGCOR ang budget na pang charity, hindi naman masama ang tumulong kaya lang dapat malinaw at hindi ito overproce, walang corruption na mangyayari. Minsan gagamitin ang mahirap pero may kasamaang gagawin naman.

  • disqusted0fu

    at last! something for the poor. after all the money acquired by Aquino government officials, they have to somehow give some to the poor and not just distribute it amongst the kkk.

  • Guest

    With this, the poor will not learn to do something for themselves. Instead they will get used to welfare mentality (sanctioned even by the RCC). 

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