PCSO limits aid to sick, needy



The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will limit its cash assistance program to the health and medical needs of its beneficiaries—for now.

The PCSO said it was implementing new policies aimed at instituting reforms in the agency and, thus, would not be able to support charitable and nongovernment organizations that rely on its funds for their operations.

PCSO Chair Margarita Juico said she was prompted to issue an appeal for understanding from the groups concerned after she attended a church service and heard someone ask for assistance from the parishioners because the PCSO had withdrawn its support from an NGO that helped street children.

“I hope they will understand that we are presently servicing our debts of P4 billion from the previous management, in addition to this current year’s payables. Hopefully we can settle everything by the end of the year,” she said. “However, we continue to support the medical and health needs of the [group] constituencies but not [their] administrative expenses.”

In January this year, Juico said, she issued a memorandum stating that all PCSO financial assistance to NGOs and charities of national character shall be used exclusively for health and medical purposes.

The following month, the PCSO board issued a resolution affirming Juico’s memorandum.

“It means NGOs requesting help from the PCSO would no longer be allowed to use Institutional Financial Assistance Program (IFAP) funds for administrative and other miscellaneous expenses such as water, light, transportation, honorarium, repair, maintenance and others,” Juico explained.

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  • Anonymous

    I do not see any logic here….why is it that inspite of so many anomalous transactions and corruption in PCSO during previous administrations, I have not heard nor was there any general sentiment from the public that PCSO had ever withheld funds for medical charity….. Now that Juico has sat in, first it was the cancer children, now this!  After watching Krusada last night on the planned PPP of public hospitals,  seems like PNoy’s administration is getting to be very cruel to the poor, needy and voiceless in our society….. Juico and Rojas look elitists to me…..

    • Anonymous

      Eh di iprisinta mo sarili mo kay PNoy. Sabihin mo ikaw na lang ang magpapatakbo ng PCSO at mas magaling ka kay Juico at Uriarte combined.

      • kris makati

        unfortunately, hindi pwedeng italaga si skyblue1031 sa PCSO, kasi hindi siya membro ng KKK ni noynoy. kuha mo?

      • Anonymous

        Hindi talaga ako puede…mahirap lang ako…pero member ako ng Liberal Party…i am just airing my sentiment…na dapat ang mahirap ang bigyan ng priority..tama si Johnllander…..Ihiwalay sana ang addressing corruption sa PCSO and performing the function and role for which PCSO was created and  duty bound to do…not for Intelligence Funds of Malacanang or for PR….but for the promotion of health and well-being of poor Filipinos….

      • Anonymous

        Sigurado ka? Pakitaan mo nga ako ng listahan ng mga miyembro ng KKK na yan. Para lang tiyak tayo na wala ngang nakalagy dun na skyblue1031.

      • Anonymous

        kung nanood ka ng Krusada last night sa channel 2…maintindihan mo ang ibig kong sabihin dito….hindi ko piniprisinta sarili ko….siguro wala ka pang sakit na kinakailangan mo ang tulong ng PCSO….baka mayaman ka cguro…pasensiya na mahirap lang kami and my daughters survival leans a lot on PCSOs supplementary support….

      • Anonymous

        Hindi ako nakapanood. And I don’t care na hindi ko yun napanood. Kung sinasabi ng PCSO na babawasan nila ang tulong nila, so be it. Kung kontra ka, eh di magsampa ka ng kaso.

        But if I were you, sa iba ako hahanap ng tulong. Unless pinanganak ka kahapon, (which obviously you’re not since sabi mo may mga anak ka) you should know na hindi dapat i-asa lahat sa gobyerno. Yan ang hirap sa marami sa atin eh. Lahat na lang problema ng gobyerno.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ETIVE4H6I7ZVBAL72HE3VLGCA4 nicosan

      either you are acting blind… or st oop i d. it’s clear as day.. they are indebted. before they can help any further, they have to help themselves first. ikaw ba pag me utang kang malaki eh mamimigay ka pa rin ng madaming pera? dba lilimitahan mo na lang, ang ibibigay mo na lang ay yung kakayanin mo habang nag huhulug ka para sa utang mo?

      • Anonymous

        Ang pagkaintindi ko sa Senate hearings ay i expose ang mga unncecessary expenses and practices open to corruption na siyang mga luho  ng dating administrasyon…at yon ang ipambayad sa utang…huwag galawin ang “real” meaning of its existence kasi maraming nangangailangan ang magsusuffer at buhay na mawala…..besides hindi ako “stupid” o bulag….. PCSO is indebted to the people who allowed it to operate a seemingly “gambling operation” only because its intentions are for a noble cause…… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    The PCSO has done a lot of good for the poor and the needy no doubt about it. What it should address however is how to prevent abuses committed by its own officials. Mrs. Juico used to be a director of PCSO and she knows the practice of allocating funds for the directors for media advertisements where these directors ask for commission. This is known to media outlets especially the broadcast. Anomalies such as these should be addressed by the Juico leadership.

  • Anonymous

    The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will limit its cash assistance program to the health and medical needs of its beneficiaries— Oh no… Is this the reason why Macapal and Arrovo are acting to have such poor health? So they can get more CASH ASSISTANCE?…..oink oink oink

  • Anonymous

    This is the most ridiculous outrage, that street kids, who need the help the most, are being denied the help while the police, and other bureaucrats are allowed funds from the PCSO to decorate their offices. The money should be allocated with transparency, and through credible groups to help the desperately poor get back on their feet without unlimited dependence on such services. This type of convoluted policies may have been practiced by the Arroyo government, but must not be allowed by the Aquino administration.

  • Anonymous

    The needy should have more from PCSO.  The politicians and bishops should have none from PCSO.

  • Anonymous

    ito na ang sinasabing daang matuwid

  • Anonymous

    Mas maganda sana pakinggan kung ganito ang news…”PCSO cuts Advertising/PR, Intelligence Fund and Other Unncesessary Operating Expenses To Sustain and Increase Charity Fund; Urges Public to Support PCSO projects”…….

    • JV Velarde

      masyado mahaba… nahirapan yun gun gumawa ng headline kaya shortcut na lang! ;)

  • Anonymous

    walang maniniwala sa inyo…parehas lang kayo ng PAGCOR…ubos ang pera sinong maysabi???

  • Guest

    I think NGO’s operating (in rural areas) on the poorest provinces should  have been exempted, especially if their operation heavily rely on #PCSO funds. Why not limit the cut of funding on religious-affiliated beneficiaries, on political personalities and gov’t agencies that are also receiving government funds? And please, don’t use your 4-billion debt an excuse; don’t rub it further in the faces of your beneficiaries that these policy adjustments are being done at their expense.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    The ultimate loser here is the hospital. It cannot refuse to admit the patient who has no money to deposit and it cannot force the patient to pay, although the patient can sign promissory note. But most promissory notes were just mere scrap of papers as the patient has no money to pay anyway. Philhealth has also limits as to how much it can pay. No wonder our hospitals are forced to make all kinds of ways to make money to make up for these loses.

  • Anonymous

    I think it would be best for PCSO to focus on initiatives that doesn’t replicate other government agencies’ (DSWD, DOH, etc) existing programs/initiatives.Prioritizing support to the poorest provinces/LGUs is also a good idea. I was also pondering on the possibility for PCSO to make its board 100% incentive free? Something like a total volunteer stint for its directors/members. I think time that government agencies should promote the idea of volunteerism so as to cut operational costs; and for the likes of PCSO, they can focus more on providing assistance and support to the people.

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