DDB thanks the PCSO for its financial support to the anti-drug campaign

(ANP photo by Joey Razon)

MANILA – The Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) on Tuesday praised the state lottery agency for its contributions to the country’s anti-drug campaign and for being a member of key government humanitarian agencies.

This after the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) handed checks worth PHP 67 million to the DDB, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). ) as part of its compulsory contributions to various partner institutions.

DDB represented by Under Secretary Earl Saavedra received a check worth PHP 9.6 million, PNP represented by Lieutenant Colonel Bethzaida Abalos received PHP 25.7 million while the CHED represented by the administrative supervisory agent Diana Aguilar obtained PHP 24.67 million, the NBI obtained PHP 6.76 million through Lilibeth Barreto and the PSC with PHP 156,616.

Saavedra said the DDB has been able to set up 77 drug treatment and rehabilitation centers at the provincial level with funds provided by the PCSO.

“The PCSO has truly taken its commitment to helping with our addiction prevention and control initiatives to heart. Based on our records from 2016 to 2021, the PCSO has made no-fault mandatory contributions, as noted in the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act 2002. We may have encountered challenges, but thanks to funding from the PCSO, we have used for maintenance and exploitation of drug addiction. treating and rehabilitating facilities across the country, ”Saavedra told reporters after receiving the checks at the PCSO main office in Mandaluyong city.

Aguilar also thanked the PCSO for supporting the state university and colleges through research and extension scholarships for institutional development and internationalization of higher education institutions across the country to become competitive. worldwide.

PCSO Director General Royina Garma said that through its mandatory contributions, the agency not only helps people in need of medical assistance, but also provides funds to government institutions.

She said that the PCSO can only maintain its financial commitments to various institutions, such as these compulsory contributions, if the agency continues to generate more income through its “Larong May Puso” like small town lottery actions ( STL), Lotto, Keno and Scratch-It. .

Garma urged the public to continue to patronize PCSO games in order to generate more funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities.

The PCSO is mandated to set aside 30 percent of its income for charity, 55 percent for prizes, and 15 percent for its operations. All PCSO fund balances will be part of the charitable fund. (ANP)

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