Manila, Philippines – Following the recently released memorandum from Malacañang Palace regarding the Enhanced Community Quarantine all over Luzon to minimize the spread of COVID-19/ Coronavirus, lotto enthusiasts are now asking whether there is a suspension/ postponement of PCSO Lotto draws on March 2020 and April 2020.
In light of the recently released Memo, PCSO has released the new announcement stating the medical and lotto gaming activities will be suspended starting 12:00 noon today, March 17, 2020. Here’s the complete statement from PCSO,
Pursuant to Proclamation No. 922 and RA 11332, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Board of Directors announced the suspension of its medical and gaming activities effective 12:00 noon today March 17, 2020 until further notice:
1. Nationwide suspension of lotto, digit games and Keno operations which include ticket selling and holding of draws.
2. Suspension of STL operations in LUZON only.
3. STL operations in Visayas and Mindanao shall continue but will be evaluated daily.
4. Suspension of Medical Assistance Program in Metro Manila
The amidst apprehension in reneging on its mandate, the PCSO has decided to heed Malacañang’s call for Enhanced Community Quarantine. This move will promote safety of its playing public, employees, stakeholders and beneficiaries.
The PCSO has embarked more than 400 million for the medical and rehabilitation needs that may arise from the Novel Corona Virus 2019 PandamicSource: PCSO Official
On March 13, 2020, after the release of Proclamation no. 922 and 929 s. 2020 in light of COVID-19, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said that they will continue their operations amidst the COVID-19 threat.
To quote the statement from Ms. Royina Garma (PCSO General Manager),
“We will be in full operations but will observe strict safety practices to ensure the health of our office and field staff. We have set in place precautionary steps so we can continue operating with the least risk of exposure to the virus,”
“We will be proactive in helping LGUs to fight the virus. If you are looking for ways to help our people, please continue to support our Lotto operations,”
Likewise, the agency is ready to release 424 million pesos to augment the funding of government programs.
“This is where your contributions go. Every bet can help others in need, especially at this time when transmission and infection are rising at alarming levels,”
SUSPENDED OR NOT?
To repeat, PCSO has anounced that the lotto draws will be suspended from 12:00 noon March 17, 2020 amidst the new memorandum from the President.
ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE
Under the recently released memorandum, the public is reminded of the following:
- Strict home quarantine
- Suspension of public transportation
- Provision of food and essential services regulated
- Expect more police and military visibility
PCSO Announcement(s) and Notice(s) to the Public
March 23, 2020: Further on the Proclamation No. 922, PCSO reminded the public to keep all tickets for March 17, 2020 at 4PM and 9PM as well as all PCSO lotto tickets bought in advance. PCSO will announce the date when all these tickets will be drawn. Stay safe everyone!
March 17, 2020: PCSO lotto draws were suspended nationwide pursuant to President’s Proclamation No. 922 on the Enhanced Community Quarantine to lessen if not stop the spread of coronavirus or the COVID-19. The said quarantine will last until April 14, 2020.
March 1, 2020: PCSO informs the public, especially those avid followers in the Youtube Channel that they will temporarily stop the live-streaming of lotto draws while currently coordinating with the Youtube management. Meanwhile, those followers at other social media accounts are not affected.
February 10, 2020: 6D Lotto is now a nationwide lotto game. Players from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao may secure their tickets and tune in every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday to win exciting prizes.
February 6, 2020: PCSO informs the public that the operation of PERYAHAN Games is suspended until further instructions from the Office of the President.
In an important recent announcement posted on January 4, 2020, PCSO clarified the adjustment of assistance to hospitalization, chemotherapy and dialysis for medical-financial assistance due to the mandate to remit 40% to PhilHealth. To quote the full statement,
In view of the implementation of the Universal Health Care Law (RA 11223), PCSO in compliance with the provision to remit forty percent (40%) of its charity fund to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to be used in improving the benefit package of its beneficiaries, changes in the provision of individual assistance shall be implemented effective January 1, 2020.
With this, there will be adjustments to the amount of assistance for hospitalization, chemotherapy and dialysis in order for the agency to respond to request for medical-financial assistance.
Those not included in the aforementioned types of assistance shall be deemed not covered by the new guidelines. All assistance to be extended by PhilHealth already incorporates PCSO’s financial assistance.
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