MANILA – A total of PHP2.145 million was remitted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), in a simple ceremony at the PCSO Main Office in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday.
PCSO private secretary 2 Marie Louise Serojales and account specialist Joseph Porto formally turned over the check to PSC cashier Marini Negado, the first remittance this year.
“Ang PCSO ay kaagapay ng gobyerno para magbigay tulong sa buong Pilipinas (The PCSO is the government’s partner in extending assistance throughout the Philippines). Despite the pandemic, we are mandated to give our contributions, especially to the PSC,” Serojales said.
Under Section 26 of the Republic Act 6847, the PCSO is mandated by law to remit 30 percent of its charity fund and proceeds of six sweepstakes lottery draw per year to the sports agency which will be used for the latter’s sports development programs.
“We are grateful for the unending support of PCSO to our sports programs. Our vision won’t be possible without support from agencies like them. Malaking tulong po ito para lalo naming mapagbuti ang aming mga programa. Maraming salamat po (This is a big help to improve further our programs. Thank you very much),” PSC Chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez said.
Among the grassroots programs of the PSC are Batang Pinoy, Philippine National Games, Children’s Games, Indigenous Peoples Games, among others.
The charity agency also sends their well wishes to Team Philippines who will see action at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8, and the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2 this year.
“Sana itong aming mandatory contributions kahit paano ay makapagdagdag ng tulong sa ating mga atleta. Sana ay magkaroon tayo ng pag-asa na makakuha ng gintong medalya sa darating na Tokyo Olympics at SEA Games (I hope that PCSO’s mandatory contributions would serve as additional help for our athletes to win gold medals in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and SEA Games),” Serojales said.
Last year, the charity agency released more than PHP1.8 million to the government sports arm aside from the PHP2.3 million in 2019, the same year when the country hosted and claimed the overall championship of the 30th SEA Games. (PR)