PCSO inaugurates new FAD, clinic

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will inaugurate tomorrow, September 8, its new Fund Allocation Department (FAD) and clinic at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City.

Previously, FAD and its clinic were at the Quezon Institute, also in Quezon City, but transferred to the Quezon City Hall after the PCSO moved in October last year to the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.

PCSO Chairperson Margarita P. Juico said the transfer to the LCP is part of the State charity agency’s continuing effort to improve its services to the Filipino people.

“Our clientele will now have a nice, comfortable FAD and clinic where they can wait, protected from the sun and the rains,” Juico said.

Juico told journalists Tuesday, September 6, that PCSO did not raise any money for the LCP site of FAD and clinic, saying it was the PCSO during the Marcos regime that provided at least part of the funds for the LCP’s construction.

“As we looked for a new site for the FAD and clinic, I remember the LCP and the PCSO’s contribution to its construction,” she said.

Juico said then contacted Health Secretary Enrique Ona and discussed the matter.

“So, here we are, we have a new venue for our people who come for assistance,” she added.

Meanwhile, the PCSO is about to reach its 77th anniversary on Oct. 30, the date in 1934 when Commonwealth Act No. 4130 was passed and signed by Frank Murphy, the American governor-general of the Philippines.

The law created the PCSO, replacing the National Charity Sweepstakes.

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