PCSO provides aid in quake-hit areas




The Manila Times



THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) sent its relief teams to provide assistance to people affected by the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit South Cotabato, Sarangani, and General Santos City on Friday afternoon. PCSO General Manager Melquiades Robles promptly directed their branches and Small Town Lottery (STL) operators in the damaged areas to distribute food packs to affected families and victims. “Our deepest concern lies with the families affected by the earthquake. Through our close collaboration with local government units, we aim to ensure that these families receive the necessary assistance during this challenging time,” said Robles. “As part of our commitment, we have established a direct presence in the affected provinces and towns, actively coordinating with relevant organizations to ensure timely relief services and essential supplies to the affected communities,” he added. The PCSO also offered medical aid to individuals injured or hospitalized due to the calamity through its Medical Assistance Program, and allocated calamity funds to support affected communities in their recovery from the devastating effects of the natural disaster. Among those who responded promptly to Robles’ call were the PCSO South Cotabato Branch Office and STL Operators, Tentro Gaming and Leisure Corp., and JGM Gaming and Leisure Corp. The STL operators teamed up with concerned local government units on Sunday, November 19, for the distribution of food packs to 200 families in Barangay Hall, Malapatan, Sarangani Province, and 200 more families in Barangay Bula, General Santos City. The PCSO’s relief initiatives showcased its dedication to fulfilling its mandate as the government’s principal charitable arm, putting the welfare of the people at the forefront of its operations.