BM Soliman of PCSO-A A +A
By Ram Mercado
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
OUT of over 60 national government agencies and offices operating in Pampanga, it is the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) which provides the most extensive assistance to the poorest of the poor.
Established in 1935 on a borrowed capital of P25,000 to generate some funds for the anti-tuberculosis campaign, the PCSO has grown to be the giant charity arm of the government today.
Through the decades public trust and patronage of its various lottery, racing, and gaming activities have transformed the small enterprise into a social welfare giant.
"In Pampanga the allotment extended to the city and provincial governments have been enabling the maintenance of provincial, city, and municipal hospitals, and for other health, social, welfare and charitable work in their territories," according to PCSO Pampanga Branch Manager Ma. Lourdes S. Soliman.
BM Soliman was PCSO Tarlac chief for l7 years until she was assigned to Pampanga seven weeks ago. Enormous and mounting indigent people’s health and welfare needs are daily challenging her resourcefulness, logistical talent and professional capabilities.
"She has a high threshold of patience, deep understanding of the under privileged, and a sense of public service," reported a hospital medical director in Tarlac.
"These are the same virtues that she has carried over to her new assignment," said Mrs. Cynthia Maninang the branch office lone social worker.
Cynthia carries the brunt of evaluating the merits of a hundred requests for PCSO assistance daily. "By her lonesome, she is able to meet a heavy workload with the highest proficiency,” Mrs. Soliman commended her pretty girl Friday.
Cynthia said the bulk of the work in the branch office spans from financial help for hospitalization, to hemodialysis, chemo drugs/chemotherapy, labs/diagnostic procedure, medicines, implant/prosthetics, lens/ eye surgery, cobalt/ radiation/brachytherapy, wheelchairs, hearing aids.
BM Soliman, alumna of St. Paul's College (Manila) estimated the branch office funding assistance at an average of P-8 million monthly covering the needs of some 500 indigent beneficiaries.
BM Soliman was elated by the Pampangos continued trust and confidence of the PCSO’s principal activities, especially lottery and gaming. Millions earned from these enterprises empower the PCSO to translate its Charter into a living and dynamic force for public good, she said.
"Each time you buy a Sweepstakes ticket or bet on lotto you are contributing to organizations engaged in charitable, relief and health work for the improvement of the conditions of indigent masses," the comely and amiable GM stressed.
Sometimes the sun shines, Sometimes the rain pours.
But don't forget it takes both sun and rain to make a rainbow.
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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 30, 2013.