BALANGA CITY, Bataan – An average of 40,000 poor patients from this province receive medical assistance from the Phil. Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) annually.
This was learned yesterday from Ms. Erlinda Yano, provincial manager of PCSO, who said that an average of 330 indigents are given medical assistance monthly by the PCSO in Bataan alone.
The setting up of a provincial office here has benefitted Bataenos since there will be no need for the poor patients to go to as far as Manila to seek financial and medical assistance.
“Actually mas madali na dito i process ang requests ng mga indigents dahil direkta na naming pina process at ibinibigay sa mga clinics at hospitals; di na sila pumipila pa; di katulad sa main office ng PCSO,” pointed out the soft-spoken PCSO manager here.
In fact, “we can even facilitate in one day their request for medical assistance once they have complete documents ” added Yano who has been here for the last 10 months.
Meanwhile, Mrs Marilyn Tigas, head of the Provincial Social Welfare Office (PSWDO) here, also said that an average of 200 patients for dialysis are being assisted by them monthly in the province.
He said that Governor Abet Garcia wanted them to give priority to those seeking financial assistance for medicine, hospitalization, among others.