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Garma welcomes probe on PCSO officials

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By Jel Santos

All the records of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) are open for investigation, the top official of the agency said.

PCSO general manager Royina Garma (Screenshot / PCSO / Facebook live / MANILA BULLETIN)

PCSO General Manager Royina Garma (Screenshot / PCSO / Facebook live / MANILA BULLETIN)

This, as PCSO General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma welcomed the new development in the probe being conducted by the Philippine Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on those allegedly involved in corruption in the agency’s Small Town Lottery (STL).

On Friday, PACC revealed that it will also be investigating high ranking government officials outside PCSO.

“The records of PCSO are open for investigation. We will cooperate with PACC , because PACC and PCSO are one with the President in ensuring that funds due to the government must be collected and should go to the intended beneficiaries,” Garma said in a statement.

The PCSO general manager said those involved in the non-remittance and irregularities in the STL operation should face the full force of the law.

“If there are other officials outside of PCSO who are involved in the non-remittance  or in the irregularities in the operation of STL, let them face the full force of the law,” she said.

On July 27, President Duterte halted the operations of  all PCSO games over alleged corruption at the agency. Lotto’s operations were resumed after Garma asked the President to bring back the Lotto because of its “transparent and clean” nature, and it is the most profitable game of the agency.

PCSO is one of the revenue generating agencies of the government that provides for the funding of health programs and other charities of the government.

The agency’s flagship charity program is the Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) which includes services such as financial assistance for hospital bill, chemo/radiation and dialysis treatments and other medical services to patients that needs immediate financial assistance.

The other charity programs of the PCSO are the Endowment Fund Program, Institutional Partnership Program, Procurement of Medical Equipment, AFP/PNP Health Facilities Capability Building Project, Calamity Assistance Program, Milk Feeding Program, Integrated Health for Overall Productivity and Empowerment (I-HOPE), and Out-Patient Services Program.

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