The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has recently given a donation of PHP10-million to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) as financial assistance towards funding and enhancing their various programs, services, and outreach efforts, especially those in times of calamities and disasters.
“This will benefit the National Blood Services of PRC. We hope that with this support, the PCSO through the Philippine Red Cross, shall be able to extend its services to even more Filipinos in the performance of its mandate to raise and provide funds to strengthen the health and welfare programs of the government,” PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said in a statement Wednesday.
The grant was received by PRC Chairman Senator Richard J. Gordon, and the turnover was witnessed by PRC’s Board of Governors, Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla, PCSO Chairman Anselmo Simeon Pinili, PCSO Board of Directors, and PCSO and PRC officers and staff.
“We all know that PCSO and PRC have been in the forefront in providing assistance to our countrymen especially those who have less in life. We have become partners in these endeavors because we both recognize each other’s contribution in making the lives of the Filipino better through our various programs in the fields of social, medical, and health services,” Balutan said.
PCSO’s Institutional Partnership Program (IPP) is responsible for the grant. IPP works with institutions engaged in welfare and charity services, especially those with specific emphasis on medical and health aid such as PRC.
“We all know PRC’s effort in providing safe and quality blood, which has benefitted many of our poor countrymen. Even more remarkable is PRC’s effort on the education and promotion of voluntary blood donation, donor recruitment, retention and care, blood collection, testing, processing, and blood issuance through its network of 82 blood service facilities nationwide,” Balutan said, speaking on the qualification of PRC for the program’s donation.
The first semester of 2018 saw the PCSO extend PHP35,475,050 worth of financial assistance under the IPP. In total, these grants benefitted 20 institutions. Specifically, the recipients were White Cross Children’s Home, Laura Vicuna Foundation, Inc., Hospicio De San Jose, Cribs Philippines, Inc., Kadiwa sa Pagkapari Foundation, Inc., Reception and Study Center for Children, Nazareth Home for Children, Tahanang Mapagpala ng Immaculada Concepcion, Casa Dei Bambini San Guiseppe Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Sta. Ana-San Joaquin Bahay Ampunan, and Golden Acres-Haven for the Elderly.
The IPP also benefitted the Orphanage of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Western Samar Development Foundation, Inc., SOS Children Village, Balay Silonganan Home for Street Children, Gesu Eucaristo Children’s Inc., Bahay ni San Jose Orphanage, Inc., Taw Kabui for a Child, Inc. Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and Por Cristo Fondation, Inc. Home of the Abandoned Elderly.
The recipients of the aid were institutions, both government and non-government, such as orphanages, halfway houses fo elderly citizens and the abandoned. These were located in the National Capital REgion, REgionds 3, 4, 5 and 8 and CARAGA.