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On the birthday of PBBM, PCSO would donate P1.74 billion to UHC.

On September 13, which is President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s 65th birthday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced that it would donate PHP1.74 billion to the national treasury to assist in funding the government’s Universal Health Care Program (UHCP).

PCSO general manager Mel Robles claimed in a statement that the check for PHP1,741,645,797 that will be paid to the Bureau of Treasury has already been signed by him.

“We want to add more significance to President Marcos’ birthday celebration. Robles said that the president’s governance platform prioritizes providing all Filipinos better, more reasonably priced, and easily accessible health services.

According to Robles, the sum is PCSO’s contribution to the UCHP, which ensures that every Filipino is automatically enrolled in the National Health Insurance Program.

The program is carried out by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

The total represents PCSO’s three-year UCHP contribution from 2019 to 2021.

Per Republic Act 11223, often known as the UHC Act, the PCSO will designate 40% of its charitable budget to support the health program.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and PCSO have released funds for this purpose only, following Joint Circular No. 0001-2022, which lays out the rules for implementing RA 11223.

Therefore, PhilHealth will not spend even a single centavo of the PCSO payment on administrative costs.

Marcos promised to increase the healthcare system’s capacity and end the country’s use of coronavirus lockdowns in his first State of the Nation Address.

Beyond the problems caused by the epidemic, it is evident that a more robust healthcare system is required. As Marcos stated in his speech on July 25, “We must deliver medical services to the people and not wait for them to come to our hospitals and healthcare centers.

The Chief Executive stated that the availability of skilled and adequate medical personnel was one of the pillars of an effective healthcare system.

He declared, “We will make every effort to improve the welfare of our physicians, nurses, and other members of the front medical line.”

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