Monday , June 18, 2018

PCSO steps up campaign vs illegal gambling

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has intensified its campaign against illegal gambling which causes 30 percent losses on the agency’s 1.1 billion every month.

This was disclosed by Florante “Bong” Solmerin, deputy spokesperson of PCSO, during a press conference at the Bale Balita here Tuesday, October 3.

Solmerin said PCSO is losing 30 percent revenue on its small town lottery (STL) because of illegal gambling.

“And 30 percent is 30 percent, if you convert that into peso malaki na rin yan kung mailagay mo yan sa medical assistance sa Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) natin malaking maitutulong nyan sa mga nagkakasakit na nangangailangan ng mga gamot,” Solmerin said.

In the previous administration, STL is only earning up to P400 million a month with its 18 authorized agent corporations (AACs) mostly in Central Luzon, according to Solmerin.

“The bulk of the revenue came from Central Luzon,” he said.

At present, Solmerin said there are already 75 franchise holders all over the country. “Actually we have 92 approved AACs na pero 75 pa lang ang operational.”

PCSO has allocated P13.5-million for its medical assistance program or IMAPeveryday, the PCSO spokesperson said.

“Yung IMAP allocation natin nationwide dati P8.9 million daily. Ito yung, kunwari nagkasakit ka at you want to avail financial help para mabayaran yung bill mo sa hospital at yung gamot ang tawag naming IMAP,” Solmerin said.

But the figure was increased by the PCSO board to P13.5 million daily effective October 1, 2017, he added.

“Itong IMAP ang gusto naming i-promote kasi ito yung nakakatulong,” Solmerin said.