MANILA – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has released over PHP145 million in medical assistance to 21,599 eligible indigent beneficiaries nationwide.
In a statement Thursday, PCSO general manager Royina Garma said the total amount of assistance was given to beneficiaries from March. 1 to 31, 2021.
The Medical Access Program (MAP), formerly known as the Individual Medical Assistance Program (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.
Among the beneficiaries were 3,502 individuals from the National Capital Region (NCR) who received a total of PHP31.4 million, and 5,271 individuals from Northern and Central Luzon who were given PHP35.36 million.
In the Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region, about PHP30.96 million were released to 5,584 indigents.
In the Visayas, the PCSO under the MAP also assisted 3,853 individuals who were provided with PHP25.12 million in medical aid, while 3,389 individuals in Mindanao benefited PHP22.21 million.
Earlier, Garma said the agency is continuing to provide medical assistance to the increasing number of indigents seeking help from PCSO amid the coronavirus disease crisis.
“Rest assured that the agency will find ways to meet the medical and health-related needs of all Filipinos, especially the marginalized,” he said. (PNA)