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PCSO cuts medical assistance budget

From a more or less P20 million daily budget, beneficiaries of the medical assistance program of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) would have to make do with P4.1 million only from now on.

The PCSO’s charter mandates it to allot 55 percent of its revenues for prizes, 15 percent for operational expenses, and 30 percent for its “charity fund.”

During the first quarter of the year, it has earned a total revenue of P15.98 billion from Lotto, Keno, Sweepstakes, and Small Town Lottery (STL)—an increase of 28.24% from the agency’s revenue during the same quarter in 2017—and has helped some 120,356 patients nationwide.

In May especially, 37,186 patients have benefited from the PCSO’s Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP). About 13,376 of these sought hospital confinement; 12,132 requested medicines; and 4,305 had chemotherapy.

But the PCSO had an “overutilization of medical assistance funds,” PCSO deputy spokesperson Florante Solmerin has been quoted saying in a report. It has already exceeded the IMAP budget by P500 million for the first semester of 2018 compared to its 2017 data of the same period. The PCSO would have to change the manner on how it provides medical assistance,” PCSO charity assistance department (CAD) head Dr. Larry Cedro has concluded in the same report “as this may result in problems with the Commission on Audit (COA).”

More or less 40 percent of these funds “have been gobbled up by “mandatory contributions,” too. Ten percent of this has to go to the “Comprehensive and Integrated Shelter and Urban Development Financing Program” by virtue of the Republic Act No. 7835 or the National Shelter Program. Executive Order No. 357 also mandates the PCSO to allocate 5 percent of the charity fund for local government units.

Other “mandatory contributions” would go to the Philippine Sports Commission Program, Commission on Higher Education, Documentary Stamp Tax, Shared Government Information System on Migration (SGISM) under the Department of Foreign Affairs, Crop Insurance Program, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples for the Ancestral Domain Fund, Museum Endowment Fund, and Dangerous Drugs Board.

“We need to do this or else we will go back to the issue of ‘overutilization.’ As a general rule, you only operate within your budget. Simply put, we can only give what we have,” Dr. Larry Cedro

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Puso ng Pamilya

Notes:

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is a government-owned and controlled corporation under the direct supervision of the Office of the President of the Philippines.

In Metro Manila, its government-run partner-hospitals include Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Justice Jose Abad Santos Hospital, Las Pinas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center, National Children’s Hospital, Ospital ng Muntinlupa, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, San Lazaro Hospital and Tondo Medical Center.

In the country’s provinces, meanwhile, the government-run partner-hospitals are Batangas Medical Center, Bulacan Medical Center, Davao Regional and Medical Center, Mandaue City Hospital and Southern Philippines Medical Center, while partner-private hospitals are Brokenshire Integrated Health Ministries Inc., Castro Maternity Hospital and Medical Center and Dela Salle University Center.

There are private partner-hospitals that could accept PCSO aid. These are the Asian Hospital and Medical Foundation Inc., Capitol Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Delos Santos Medical Center, FEU-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation Medical Center, Hospital of the Infant Jesus, J.P. Sioson General Hospital and Colleges Inc., Makati Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospitals, Manila Med (Medical Center Manila), Mary Johnston Hospital, MCU-FDMTF Inc., Metropolitan Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, St. Jude General Hospital and Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City, St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital, UE-Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center and Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center.

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“PWD-friendly” and “disabled persons”

Just how PWD-friendly the Philippines can get?

Not much, Amierielle Anne A. Bulan had said in an article. Her grandmother who had colon cancer and difficulty in walking had to be placed in a monobloc chair and carried by four men (whom her family paid P100 each) to attend to her medical check-up in a six-story building with no elevator in Quezon City. That is far, in Bulan’s opinion, from what the Department of Tourism is trying to convey in its latest campaign: that the Philippines is “destination-friendly.”

But it is trying. The Muntinlupa City has recently partnered with The Birthright Educators Foundation Inc. (TBEFI) and established—finally—a Persons with Disability Affairs Office (PDAO)1. Ten hotels were also recognized for being “barrier-free” and friendly to persons with disabilities (PWD) during the World Tourism Day2 and 15 business establishments were awarded by the Makati City Hall for promoting the rights and welfare of PWDs3.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has urged public buses to modernize4. The National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) has reiterated the importance of facilities like ramps, toilets, and handrails in all public places5.

In the Oxford Dictionary, there is no such term as “PWD-friendly” but “disabled-friendly,” an adjective “that caters to the needs of the disabled, as by offering wheelchair access or services for those with impaired vision or hearing.”6 Recognizing the term, though, could instill the necessary attitudes people must have towards PWDs: thoughtful, tolerant, and instinctive.

“We need to inspire the persons with disabilities to stand up for their rights, and this is one way of exercising that, recognize us as people and not for our impairments,” Leila Benaso

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Harthy Satina

1https://www.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/pwd-friendly-city/

2https://businessmirror.com.ph/19-hotels-recognized-for-being-pwd-friendly/

3http://www.manilatimes.net/15-makati-establishments-pwd-friendly/151967/

4http://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/metro-manila/02/18/16/look-phs-first-pwd-friendly-bus

5https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/02/09/audit-up-for-establishments-to-be-pwd-friendly/

6https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/disabled-friendly

7https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disabled