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PCSO first to provide aid in quake-hit South Cotabato, other areas

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Proving that it is ready and able to provide necessary aid and help during calamities and emergency situations, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) wasted no time in sending its relief teams shortly after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit South Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos City on Friday afternoon. 

PCSO General Manager Melquiades Robles promptly directed its branches and Small-Town Lottery (STL) operators in the damaged areas, to distribute food packs to affected families and victims, ensuring that swift assistance reaches those in need.

“Our deepest concern lies with the families affected by the earthquake. Through our close collaboration with local government units, we aim to ensure that these families receive the necessary assistance during this challenging time,” GM Robles said.

He continued: “As part of our commitment, we have established a direct presence in the affected provinces and towns, actively coordinating with relevant organizations to ensure timely relief services and essential supplies to the affected communities”.

The PCSO also offered to provide medical aid to individuals injured or hospitalized due to the calamity through its Medical Assistance Program (MAP).

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Additionally, the agency has allocated calamity funds to support affected communities in their recovery from the devastating effects of the natural disaster.

Among those that responded promptly to GM Robles’ call, are the PCSO South Cotabato Branch Office and STL Operators, Tentro Gaming and Leisure Corporation, and JGM Gaming & Leisure Corporation.

The STL operators teamed up with concerned local government units Sunday (November 19), for the distribution of food packs to 200 families in Barangay Hall, Malapatan, Sarangani Province, and an additional 200 families in Barangay Bula, General Santos City today, November 19.

The PCSO’s relief initiatives showcased its dedication to fulfilling its mandate as the government’s principal charitable arm, putting the welfare of the people at the forefront of its operations.

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