SP asks PCSO funds for medical assistance

Considering that the budget of PCSO in Negros Occidental for medical assistance to indigent patients has already been depleted, members of the Bacolod City Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) approved the resolution of Councilor Caesar Distrito, request the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office to allocate funds for medical assistance.

This decision was made when Mr. Jose Manuel Villagracia, OIC Branch Manager of PCSO in Negros Occidental, bared that the medical assistance they provide is suspended due to insufficiency of funds.

In 2016, PCSO Negros Occ. had released P202 million for 8,547 patients, while for this year (January to October), the office released medical assistance for 11,246 patients the amount of P179 million.

Mr. Villagracia had already requested the PCSO Central Office for additional allocation of P30.8 million but approved was only P6 million, which is considerably not enough to cater the needs of indigent patients, according to Councilor Distrito.

PCSO records show that most of the indigent patients who request for medical assistance from PCSO are those who undergo hemodialysis while some are for confinement and other treatments.

“Therefore the SP humbly asks the PCSO Central Office to provide additional allocation for the PCSO Negros Occidental branch to somehow ease the burden of these indigent patients,” the councilor said.*(Edith B. Colmo)