MANILA – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has released over PHP63 million in medical assistance to more than 6,000 eligible indigent beneficiaries nationwide in the first week of May.
In a statement Wednesday, PCSO General Manager Royina Garma said the agency has approved PHP63,513,546 worth of medical assistance for 6,211 indigent Filipinos across the country from May 4 to 8.
The Medical Access Program (MAP), formerly known as the Individual Medical Assistance Program or (IMAP), is designed to augment the medical needs of indigent Filipinos, particularly hospital confinement, chemotherapy, dialysis, and post-transplant medicines. The program is funded by revenues from PCSO games nationwide.
Nearly PHP36 million was released for the dialysis treatment of 4,415 patients while an additional PHP22.1 million worth of assistance was availed of by 1,487 patients confined in different hospitals nationwide.
For chemotherapy, the PCSO allocated PHP4.4 million for 227 patients while 92 patients received PHP1,082,652 for post-transplant medicines.
Garma said amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis, the agency is taking the necessary steps to continue providing medical assistance to the increasing number of indigents seeking help from PCSO.
“Rest assured that the agency will find ways to meet the medical and health-related needs of all Filipinos, especially the marginalized,” Garma said.
Meanwhile, patients from NCR may file their requests online by accessing the PCSO official website http://www.pcso.gov.ph. Applicants must go to E-Services and click the NCR Online Application to process their medical assistance.
She added that PCSO will continue to find ways and means to reach out to people and assist the national government in its fight against Covid-19.
“The agency, adhering and complying to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, emphasizes and strengthens this auxiliary role especially in providing healthcare to Filipinos, bearing a part of the weight and augmenting government efforts in these strained and challenging times,” she said.
For queries contact the hotline numbers for Globe: 0917-880-7150/ 0927-313-9380; for Smart: 0919-068-3699/0949-031-0843 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ia/PNA)