SOME 1,500 Aetas, scavengers and other poor patients benefitted from the social service programs of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) as the agency celebrated its 85th anniversary Monday, October 21.
The PCSO Pampanga branch held a motorcade, medical and dental missions, and gift-giving, according to Pampanga Branch manager Ma. Lourdes Soliman.
PCSO general manager Royina Garma provided P500,000 to fund the heart operation of Daisy Casupanan, a one-year-old Aeta girl from Barangay Nabuklod in Floridablanca town who was diagnosed with Ventricular Septal Defect.
Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda thanked Garma for the assistance she gave to the girl.
“Sobrang laki ng pabor na binibigay ng PCSO lalo na sa mga kabalen nating may sakit. Kaya sobra rin po ang pasasalamat ko kay GM Garma. Imagine isang batang katutubong may sakit nabigyan panibagong pag-asa (The PCSO has given us a very big favor especially to our sick kabalen. That is why I am very thankful to GM Garma. Imagine, an indigenous child who has an illness is given new hope),” Pineda said.
“PCSO is one of our strongest partners in the implementation of comprehensive and integrated delivery of services to the people of Pampanga. That is why, we are so much thankful to the agency,” the governor added.
Garma also thanked the Pampanga Provincial Government for constructing the PCSO Pampanga office during the time of former Governor Lilia Pineda.
“Ang PCSO ay totoo sa kanyang mandato na tumulong sa nangangailangan (The PCSO is true to its mandate to help those in need),” Garma said.
“Kahit po kayo ay matalo sa ating mga games, may panalo pa rin po dahil may napapagamot tayo gaya ni Daisy Casupanan (Even if some of you lose in the games, there are still some who win because they are able to receive treatment like Daisy Casupanan),” she added.