P5.4M more aid to ‘Vinta’ victims — PCSO

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THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is set to release an additional P5.4 million financial assistance to local government units (LGUs) affected by typhoon “Vinta”.

“PCSO will always be ready to come to the aid of Filipinos who are victims of natural calamities”, PCSO Chairman Jose George Corpuz said in a statement on Sunday.

The P5.4 million is on top of the P10 million released earlier by PCSO as assistance to the victims of typhoon “Urduja”, said Corpuz.

The amount will be released to Davao (P2.5 million) and Tagum (P500,000), and provinces of Davao del Norte (P1 million), Davao Occidental (P200,000), Davao Oriental (P600,000), and Compostela Valley (P600,000).

Corpuz said it is the mandate of PCSO to provide medical assistance and charities of national character to all Filipinos regardless of status, religion or belief.

PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan said the board has yet to release another more than P3 million financial assistance for the typhoon victims.

The amount was saved from the approved Christmas celebration budget of the 1,580 PCSO employees together with their families that became the subject of controversy after newly-appointed PCSO Director Sandra Cam exposed it.

“The financial assistance will be turned over to the officials of the local government units concerned for the purchase of blankets, mats, mosquito nets, hygiene kits, food packs, rice, canned goods, kitchen utensils, clothes, emergency first aid kits and drinking water,” Balutan said.

“The additional P5.4 million shall be turned over to the concerned LGUs, to be coursed through the (PCSO) Branch Office with jurisdiction over the aforementioned provinces, which shall also be responsible for ensuring that the concerned beneficiary-LGUs shall comply with all obligations, including liquidation f the financial assistance granted,” Balutan said. (RONDA Balita Online News)

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