Mayor John Dalipe accepted on Thursday three checks for P2.7 million, representing the city government’s share from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-Zamboanga Branch.
This, as the PCSO-Zamboanga Branch officials headed by Officer-in-Charge Pilarcita Florentes paid their courtesy visit to Mayor Dalipe in City Hall Thursday morning.
Florentes, who personally handed over the checks to the city chief executive, said the checks amounting to around P2,660,000 represent the city’s shares from the PCSO lottery games in 2021 and first semester of 2022.
The PCSO is the principal government agency for raising and providing funds for health programs, medical assistance and services and charities of national character. It operates and supervises the charity sweepstakes races, the lottery and other similar activities as a source of funds consistent with its charter.
Under the law, the PCSO is mandated to the set aside 30% of its net receipts from its lotto operations as a Lotto Charity Fund, of which 5% is granted in favor of the local government units where lotto tickets are sold.-(Vic Larato)