VIEW FROM CALUMPANG: Diego Cagahastian
VIEW FROM CALUMPANG

Windfall from the sweepstakes

May 26, 2023, 12:51 AM
Diego S. Cagahastian

Diego S. Cagahastian

Columnist

AT A time when the national government badly needs revenues to cover the multifarious expenses directly related to governance, any addition to the national coffers coming from a government owned or controlled corporation is very much welcome.

It is therefore a whiff of fresh air when the Philippine CharitySweepstakes Office (PCSO) last May 15 turned over a total of P2.6 billionto the Bureau of Treasury (BTr), committing to fulfill its mandate as the government's major charitable arm and big contributor to national coffers.

PCSO General Manage Mel Robles personally handed to Deputy Treasurer Erwin Sta. Ana a cheque with the total amount of P2,665,701,213.78 representing the agency's remittance to the BTr for 2022.

This is a significant increase of 70% or P1,097,678,322.53 to the agency's total remittance of P1,560,102,891.25 in 2021.

In a statement, GM Robles expressed his gratitude for the tireless efforts and support of the PCSO officers and employees, as well as their stakeholders, that resulted in greater revenues for the agency.

"We are proud to contribute to the government's coffers.The P2.6 billion represents our unwavering commitment to serve the needs of the people,"he said.

While GM Robles thanked the public for their continued patronage of the PCSO, he reiterated his call for them to participate only in agency-sanctioned legal games.

"Sa halagang bente makakatulong ka na sa bayan mo," he emphasized.

Observers noted that the huge jump in remittance demonstrates the effectiveness of the current PCSO leadership's initiatives and reforms in fulfilling its commitment to generate funds for the government's health and charitable programs.

The PCSO is mandated to raise funds through lotteries and sweepstakes, the earnings of which are then being used for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charity works of the national government.

Earlier, GM Robles expressed confidence that PCSO will generate more funds as it intensifies its campaign against illegal gambling in partnership with the Philippine National Police.

Newly appointed PNP chief, Major General Benjamin Acorda has promised to utilize the full personnel complement of the police organization against illegal gambling, which has been eating into the legal revenues of both the PCSO and Pagcor.

Included in the anti-illegal gambling campaign of the PCSO and the PNP are operations against E-sabong and other "sugal lupa" aside from the usual jueteng, loteng, etc.


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