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By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — Two national security and one education institutions have received a combined total of Php52.2 million from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Monday (November 22, 2021).
The distribution of Php22,058,902.37 to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Php8,823,523 to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is from the two law enforcement agencies’ share from the PCSO’s Small Town Lottery (STL). Their shares are for the second quarter of 2021.
In the case of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the charity agency turned over to CHED the amount of Php21,406,854.70 as its mandatory contribution for the strengthening of higher learning institutions based on Republic Act No. 7722, otherwise known as the Higher Education Act of 1994.
PCSO Vice Chairman and General Manager Royina Marzan Garma led the turnover of checks to the PNP, NBI, and CHED at the PCSO Headquarters on Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.
The PCSO is the government’s main arm in generating revenue for assistance to the poor and charity of national character.
Meanwhile, the PCSO explained that the turned over money checks for the PNP and the NBI are not for their daily operation but for their programs related to medical and health of their respective members.
The PCSO reiterated that this is not a financial support to fund its daily operation but it is intended to support the PNP’s medical and health-related programs.
Garma welcomed and lauded the assistance of the two law enforcement agencies in the charity agency’s activities.
Garma thanks PNP, NBI
“PCSO’s partnership with enforcing agencies from the NBI and PNP has greatly helped the cause of the Office’s continuous drive in its expansion of its income generating products such as the STL and Lotto in turn to give back to its clientele from its various charitable programs, she emphasized.
“The NBI and the PNP has apprehended numerous cases and battled suspected individuals and groups belonging to underground illegal gaming. This is why we are truly thankful for their services so that our agency and the safety of our employees are sought and protected all the time. This is our way of rewarding them for their sincerest efforts in helping the government’s (fight) in reducing such existing problems,” the PCSO official said.
Garma, herself a former PNP officer, asked the NBI and the PNP to step up their campaign to eliminate illegal gambling operations.
“Thank you for supporting our campaign against illegal gambling. I hope the fight against illegal gambling will be sustained so that our games will (become) a priority (of) our customers down below,” Garma said.
In response, NBI Deputy Director Atty. Eleanor Rachel Angeles voiced her gratitude to the PCSO for distributing the STL shares. She also made plain where the amount from the PCSO will go, assuring it will go their medical programs and charitable activities.
“We thank the PCSO and rest assured that all the funds will be utilized as mandated,” Angeles assured.
Where PCSO revenue goes
Likewise, Police Colonel Alejandra Silvio of expressed thanks to the PCSO for its consistent support to the agency.
“Makakaasa po kayo na ang supprtang ito ay makakaabot sa lahat ng ating mga kapulisan. Magagamit po nila ito lalo na sa kanilang kalusugan at sa mga medical needs,” Col. Silvio said.
(Translation: You can rest assured this support will reach all our policemen. They can use this for their health and medical needs.)
Silvio also assured the PNP members will give back the service to the Filipinos they were expecting.
The PCSO derives its revenue from its various gaming products that include STL, Lotto, other lotteries, ScratchIt Cards, and seasonal sweepstakes.
Every peso of its revenue is allocated for Prize Fund (55 percent), Charity Fund (30 percent), and Operating Fund (15 percent).
The PCSO is the only government agency that does not receive funding from the General Appropriations Act or GAA). (✓)