THE Cebu City Government received P150,000 worth of medicines for its public hospital from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Friday, June 4, 2021.
PCSO General Manager Royina Garma handed the medicines to Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) Administrator Yvonne Cania and CCMC Director Anton Oliver Reposar II.
Mayor Edgardo Labella, represented by the Office of the Mayor’s chief of staff Mary Rose Lubino, thanked the PCSO, saying hundreds of individuals would benefit from the assistance.
Garma, who spoke during the turnover, said her office is ready to help local government units for the benefit of their healthcare systems.
Aside from Cebu City, Talisay City and the municipalities of Tuburan, Ginatilan, Catmon, Balamban, Alegria and Dumanjug, STL Foundation and others also received food packs and medicine from the PCSO.
In Labella’s Facebook post, he praised the PCSO for its commendable program.
“I am truly grateful to the PCSO, led by General Manager Royina Garma, for the assistance they have extended to our city so far.” Labella said.
The mayor said the PCSO had always helped Cebu City even before the pandemic.
The latest aid to Cebu City from the PCSO came on the heels of the City’s imposition of a massive crackdown on illegal small-town lottery (STL) outlets.
As of May 27, 2021, a total of 54 illegal STL booths was seized and dismantled.
Labella said in an earlier interview that there are about 1,000 illegal STL booths in Cebu City.
In May 2021, Garma met with Labella and discussed the presence of illegal STL in Cebu City, telling the mayor that PCSO is losing P12 million a day to illegal STL in Cebu City and Mandaue City. (PAC)