PCSO General Manager Alexander F. Balutan (left), PSCO Chairman Anselmo Simeon Patron Pinili (middle), and PCSO Director Atty. Bong Suntay (right).

Text by Cathylou Salvaleon

Changing the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office charter may be a solution to some woes the PCSO is undergoing right now.
Rocked by controversies on the Small Town Lottery operations and disbursement of funds, it is about time to revise the 63 year old charter after its approval in 1984. The agency believes that the present time necessitates its amendment to better fulfill its role in the government.
Since its operations started in 2006, STL has the biggest increase in sales revenues of the agency, from revenues of only P6,462,304,820.00 in 2016 yielded a total of P15,747,421,671.00 in 2017 which is 144% higher than the previous year.
From January 1 to December 31, 2017, STL generated a total of 280,722 jobs for organic employees, Sales Supervisors (Cabos), and Sales Agents/Representatives (Cobradores) nationwide. This is 38% higher than the jobs generated in 2016.
Out of 18 Authorized Agent Corporations (AACs) since STL operated, there were 92 approved AACs in 2017 with 83 who have fully complied with the physical requirements and are presently operating.
A9R1p77hkf_1nz36x2_1ewPCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said there is now a need to revise the Internal Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the operations on STL and the charter in general so that we could have more efficient rules to govern our agency adopting to the present times.
“We have a lot to look forward to in the coming years,” Balutan said.
From January 1 to December 31, 2017, there was a 34% increase from the previous year, with a total of gross retail receipts amounting to 53 billion pesos. An all-time record in revenue collection since PCSO
The growth in revenues enabled PCSO to allocate P8,086,535,198.41 for the IMAP (Individual Medical Assistance Program) benefitting more than 415 thousand Filipinos nationwide. Also, as of end of December 2017, PCSO already has created 57 ASAP (At-Source-Ang-Processing) desks in located in various hospitals all over the country, thereby making medical assistance more accessible to our countrymen. The IMAP system was also enhanced through the introduction of the on-line appointment system and guarantee letter validation.
The agency has also improved the provision of basic health services to the public through our Ambulance Donation Program. Only recently, the PCSO complied with the President’s directive to replace the ambulance of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, which was severely damaged by the tropical storm “Vinta”, in just less than two days.
Meanwhile, the expansion of the STL and Lotto operations allowed us to generate new jobs in 2017. The entry of new Authorized Agent Corporations (AACs) brought about 280,722 jobs for field personnel which is a 38.07% increase from the 173,861 jobs generated in 2016.
On revenue collections, Lotto gained the highest retail receipts amounting to Php 31,858,987,200.00 which is P3,088,858,460.00 or 11% higher than the retail receipts in 2016. Meanwhile, the Small Town Lottery which had revenues of only P6,462,304,820.00 in 2016 yielded a total of P15,747,421,671.00 in 2017 which is 144% higher than the previous year. Keno also posted a 24% increase in its revenues from P4,319,273,200.00 in 2016, to P5,357,611,520.00 in 2017.
Lastly, Sweepstakes contributed a total of P22,500,000.00 from January 1 to December 31, 2017 which is P10,000,000.00 or 80% higher than the revenues in 2016.

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