Feature: PCSO continues to spread charity virus

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Agusan del Norte Field Office is in the final stage of preparation for the upcoming nationwide medical, dental, feeding and information-gathering mission on Sunday, September 6, as part of the effort to "spread the charity virus" nationwide.

Dubbed as '100 percent in one day', a number of doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, health workers, medical professionals and concerned Filipino citizens from the government and private sector leave the comforts of their home to perform the biggest act of charity in the country.

The charity mission aims to cover all of the country's 41,995 barangays.

In Caraga Region, PCSO is setting up media center in Butuan City and Surigao City aimed to feed live coverages in the national television. Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gym is set for Butuan's media center while the San Juan Gym in Surigao City will be the venue for Surigao del Norte.

According to PCSO-Caraga Lottery Operations Officer Gloria Ybañez, a total of 1,310 barangays throughout the region will benefit from the mission. "This number of barangays comprises 60% of the total number of barangays in Caraga," Ybañez said.

In the Infotext program where the IMAP guidelines will be implemented, the mission aims to serve 1,310 beneficiaries throughout the region - or 100% of the beneficiaries.

Also, Ybañez said that during the event, PCSO is targeting for a 100% registration of "Kaibigan ng PCSO" volunteers which was launched in the city on May, 2009. "This is the continuation of the PCSO Caravan and Kaibigan ng PCSO launching last May, 2009 where hundreds of volunteers throughout the region were able to register. So, for those who are still interested to join as PCSO's kaibigan (friends), this is their last chance to have their names registered," she said.

For Agusan del Norte, PCSO has assigned 12 venues for the medical-dental mission. For the whole region, a total of 77 venues were set for the mission.

In the feeding program, children from Agusan del Norte, Province of Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte as well as sick elders are expected to benefit the program.

The nationwide medical, dental, feeding and information-gathering mission highlights the 75th year anniversary of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). (PIA-Caraga)

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