Oct 25 2016
Chatto bats for PCSO offices in Talibon, Jagna
Gov. Edgar Chatto is batting for two more Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) field units in Bohol, providing the poor sick in far areas direct and easier access to government mercy programs.
Chatto identified Talibon in the Second District and Jagna in the Third District as the locations of the new PCSO extensions in addition to the existing one at the back of the provincial capitol in Tagbilaran City.
The possibility of the laudable plan was discussed at the dialogue in Cebu on Thursday among officials of Bohol, PCSO and some other national agencies.
PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan was “very open to the proposal,” Chatto reported live by phonepatch from the Quest Hotel in Cebu City during his weekly media forum here Friday “Kita ug Ang Gobernador.”
Each PCSO unit will be opened at the Pres. Carlos P. Garcia Memorial Provincial Hospital in Talibon and Cong. Teodoro B. Galagar Memorial District Hospital in Jagna, both run by the provincial government.
Also, Balutan released during the meeting the mandated shares of the local government units (LGUs) hosting lotto outlets and three ambulances for Clarin, Calape and Tagbilaran City as requested by Chatto.
The exclusive event was a Bohol provincial government and mayors’ league orientation-interface with the national agencies.
It also had the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Along with Chatto were Vice Governor Dionisio Balite and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) while the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP-Bohol) was led by its president, Clarin Mayor Allen Rey Piezas.
On behalf of PCSO Chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz, Balutan welcomed the renewed faith and trust tightening the partnership of the PCSO and Bohol province.
The new top two PCSO officials in the country under Pres. Rodrigo Duterte are retired police (Corpuz) and marine (Balutan) generals.
Balutan is also a friend of First District Board Member Ricky Masamayor, who is an in-law of Rep. Rene Relampagos and Dr. Cesar Tomas Lopez, a former board member and currently Chatto’s hospital modernization and health services program consultant.
Thru Balutan, Chatto also thanked Corpuz for fully supporting Bohol’s health program that provides to the economically lest, last and lost.
The poor or indigent patients in localities far from Tagbilaran City can readily seek and process assistance at the strategic PCSO branches in Talibon and Jagna.
Among its charity programs and mercy services, the PCSO has an endowment fund (EF) for charity patients in certain public hospitals and Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP).
Generally, the agency grants funds or financial support to hospitals and other health institutions, thus making health/medical services accessible to indigent charity patients and facilitate better medical management.
The devolution of basic social welfare services, including health services, to the LGUs has adversely affected the access of the unfortunate and indigent population to adequate medical interventions.
It is common knowledge that the budget for medicines from the Department of Health (DOH) has been insufficient.
Even the patients who are confined at the big and established government hospitals have to buy expensive medicines required for their treatment.
What is more depressing is the situation of the poor patients confined at provincial hospitals in the country, according to the PCSO.
Since the devolution took effect, health services have suffered budgetary setback, especially in the purchase of medicines to be provided for free to poor and indigent patients in the provinces.
It is in this context that financial support thru EF for charity patients at the provincial and city hospitals in the country has been granted.
The IMAP attends to the financial needs of all individuals with health-related problems through the provision of financial assistance.
A guarantee letter is issued to the hospital or partner health facility and it assumes the obligation of a specific amount due from the client for the services rendered.
The same principle applies to the very own program of the capitol under Chatto for individuals in crisis situation.
The capitol fund is entrusted to the Office of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (OPSWD) from which the recipients claim their financial aids.
BETTING FOR CHARITY, LIFE
While releasing the LGUs’ shares from the operation of PCSO lottery outlets, Balutan said the government, particularly his agency, has to generate enough money as many Filipinos are expecting assistance.
For every P10.00 sweepstakes or lotto bet, P3.00 of it goes to charity, he said, explaining that this is “not mere gambling but a charitable act.”
“Let’s educate our people that the PCSO can help our constituents in a way that could uplift their condition,” Balutan urged.
Chatto shared Balutan’s belief that more are assisted if the people do understand the core noble intention of the PCSO.
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