(SDN) — The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will take a break for the 2021 Lenten Season.
PCSO Vice Chairperson and General Manager Royina M. Garma announced the suspension of all games from April 1 to 4, which is Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday.
During the four-day break there will be no selling of tickets and draws for lotto and other games.
The charity agency, she said, will resume regular operations on Monday, April 5.
As this developed, the PCSO today, at about 8 p.m., issued a breaking statement on the suspension of selling of tickets and lotto draws on March 29 to 31.
The agency said “lotto and digit games operations covering the selling and conduct of draws shall be suspended from March 29-31 pending approval of PCSO’s request to conduct draws at the PCSO Main Office in Mandaluyong City.”
Garma, a former officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP), emphasized that the suspension of the PCSO’s gaming activities the period is to respect the occasion’s solemnity. It will also provide lotto agents, players, and PCSO employees a respite to observe their own Holy Week activities.
She took the time to send her thanks to the public for support.
“We thank the public for their continued support of PCSO gaming products. PCSO will continue to deliver it’s mandate to raise and provide funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character.
“Let’s play to win (at the) game of chance, share and care for charity cause, ‘Ang Larong May Puso,'” Garma says.
Meanwhile, the suspension order for gaming does not cover the agency’s Small Town Lottery (STL) in areas with approved request to hold selling and draw activities.
The PCSO is the premier agency in generating and providing funds for the government’s various assistance programs and services for poor Filipinos. (✓)