A Small Town Lottery (STL) operator in partnership with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has donated one ambulance unit worth P1.45 million to the Provincial Capitol of Compostela Valley Province on Monday, said PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan. “Nakikita lang natin na ang ating STL ay tumutulong at nagbibigay ng ayuda sa mga local government units as part of their CSR (corporate social responsibility) at no cost to the municipality, even to PCSO,” said Balutan, who graced the blessing and turnover of the ambulance unit to support the activities of STL operators, especially its medical and ambulance donation programs. The ambulance unit was donated by Oro Swerte Gaming and Leisure Corp., headed by its president Atty. Maceste Uy, PCSO’s authorized STL agent (ASA) for the Province of Compostela Valley. Oro Swerte, which started operating on September 20, 2017, has about 500 employees, including sales agents and administrative staff. “Oro Swerte has consistently exceeded its Guaranteed Monthly Retail Receipt (GMRR),” said Atty. Ravena Joy Rama, branch manager, PCSO Davao del Norte branch, who was also present during the event. Compostela Valley Province is located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. While it is classified as a first class province, agriculture is the major economy of the province that is why ComVal is far from urban centers and hospitals. “’Yung hospitals malalayo kaya kailangan nila ng ambulance. But they [Oro Swerte] promised three more ambulance units,” Balutad said. The brand new Nissan NV 350 Urvan ambulance unit is equipped with doctor’s seat, foldable stretcher, auxiliary spine board stretcher, blinker, portable flashlight, head immobilizer, medical oxygen tank, steel medicine cabinet, oxygen tank gauge regulator and dehumidifier with nasal cannula, minor first aid kit, ambu bag with resuscitator (adult), minor surgical set, LV bottle holder, ceiling mounted, blood pressure apparatus (aneroid) with stethoscope, and body markings. “Very successful naman ang event. Maraming dumating na mga bisita, andun din ‘yung mga government employees kasi may flag raising ceremony sila. Punung-puno ‘yung auditorium,” added Balutan. The event, which was supervised by PCSO Davao Del Sur branch headed by its branch manager, Atty. Elvie Ann T. Uy, was also graced by Dr. and Mrs. Alex Castillo and Dr. Jacques Pinili from the Office of the PCSO Chairman, and Bebot Cualing and Nolan Inso both from Oro Swerte Corp. PCSO Davao del Sur branch has 12 employees with daily Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) allocation of P800,000. It has three At-Source-Ang-Processing (ASAP) desks with daily IMAP allocations at the following hospitals: Southern Philippine Medical Center in Davao City, P300,000; Brokenshire Hospital, P150,000, and Davao Doctors Hospital, P100,000. Top three nature of requests include hospitalization and confinement, request for medicines and chemo medicines, and dialysis. STL is a regular game by PCSO authorized by the national government through Section 1 of Republic Act 1169; while ASAs are corporations or cooperatives duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or with the Cooperative Development Authority, respectively, that applied, been duly qualified and expressly authorized by the PCSO to conduct STL in a particular area. XXX
Caption: PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan (center) in an iron fist pose with Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy of ComVal Province (sixth from the left) and Oro Swerte President Atty. Maceste Uy (standing beside him at the right) with the newly donated ambulance unit as their background. Balutan was joined by ComVal department heads, Atty. Elvie Ann Uy, Dr. Alex Castillo, Nolan Inso of Oro Swerte, Dr. Jacques Pinili, Atty. Ravena Joy Rama, and Bebot Cualing of Oro Swerte.
Mahigit P2.5 bilyon ang kinita ng Small Town Lottery (STL) nitong nakalipas na Agosto para sa pakinabang ng mga maysakit na Pilipino, ayon kay Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander “Mandirigma” Balutan. Sa kasalukuyan, sinabi ni Balutan na 85 na Authorized STL Agents (ASA) sa buong bansa. “Sa P2.5 bilyon na kinita ng STL, P58,647,466 ay nanggaling sa mga ASAs mula sa National Capital Region (NCR); P909,906,154.95 sa Northern at Central Luzon; P540,144,261.75 sa Southern Tagalog at Bicol Region; P547,376,618.22 sa Visayas; at P484,198,299.48 sa Mindanao,” ayon kay Branch Operations Sector Assistant General Manager Remeliza Gabuyo. Ang STL ay isang regular na palaro ng PCSO na otorisado ng gobyerno sa pamamagitan ng Section 1 ng Republic Act 1169. Sa unang semestre ng 2018, inaprubahan ng PCSO ang 13 na STL agents. Ito ay ang Mountain View Games of Chance Corporation mula sa probinsya ng Kalinga at Apayao; Red Carpet Gaming Corporation mula sa Siquijor; Zamboanga Amusement and Recreational Incorporated mula sa Zamboanga Sibugay. “Kung may bagong STL agents, siyempre meron mga natanggal din dahil nilabag nila ang ilang probisyon ng Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) ng STL. Patunay lang ito na hindi namin kinukunsinti ang mga hindi nagbibigay o nagbabayad ng tamang PMRR,” ayon kay Balutan. Noong Setyembre 14, anim na agad ang natanggal: Evenchance Gaming Corporation ng Camarines Sur, Level-Up Gaming Corporation ng Cavite City, Eagle-Crest Gaming and Holding Corporation ng Iloilo, hindi kasama ang Ilo-ilo City, Marikudo STL Corporation ng Antique, PF3 Games and Entertainment Corporations ng Bohol, at Golden Go Rapid Gaming Corporations ng Pangasinan. “Ang STL ay nakapagbigay ng ligal na trabaho para sa mga taong dati’y nag-i-iligal. Sila ‘yung mga hindi makapasa sa trabaho dahil sa edad, kulang sa pinag-aralan, at may kapansanan. Inilayo namin sila sa bisyo – gaya ng droga – at sa mga kriminal. Ang STL ang nagbigay sa kanila at kanilang pamilya ng disenteng trabaho,” giit ni Balutan. “Imbes na kunsintihin ang jueteng, suportahan at pagtibayin natin ang STL,” hikayat ni Balutan. Ang matatag at umiiral na korporasyon ng mga STL ay nagbibigay ng regular na medical mission at tulong sa edukasyon sa kanilang mga bayan at munisipalidad, bukod sa pagbibigay ng pagkakakitaan sa probinsya. XXX
Aside from contributing billions of pesos to the Charity Fund, Small Town Lottery (STL) operations has given jobs and decent lives to 310,863 people all over the country, reported Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan on Friday. “Of 310,863 jobs, 13,611 are organic STL employees, 22,950 are sales supervisors, and 274,302 are sales agents,” Balutan said. When it comes regions, Assistant General Manager for Branch Operations Sector Remeliza Gabuyo confirmed that Northern and Central Luzon have generated the highest number of jobs with 147,261. “It was followed by Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region with 88,745 jobs, Visayas with 43,464 jobs, Mindanao with 20,552 jobs, and National Capital Region with 10,841 jobs,” Gabuyo said. “Instead of tolerating *jueteng,* let us support and strengthen STL. STL has provided ‘legal’ jobs for people who were used to illegal numbers game. They are the ones who cannot even pass the nitty-gritties of job fairs due to age, lack of education, and physical disability. We have saved them from vices – example drugs – and from being exploited by criminals. STL is giving them and their families a decent life,” Balutan stressed. The established and existing STL corporations provide regular medical missions and educational assistance to their towns and municipalities, apart from providing economic activity to the province. At present, Balutan said that PCSO has 85 operational Authorized STL Agents (ASAs) nationwide, with 18 more approved ASAs for the first semester of 2018 and six terminated ASAs for violations of the STL Implementing Rules and Regulations. STL is a regular game by PCSO authorized by the national government through Section 1 of Republic Act 1169. ASAs are corporations or cooperatives duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or with the Cooperative Development Authority, respectively, that applied, been duly qualified and expressly authorized by the PCSO to conduct STL in a particular area. The whole gross sales of PCSO from its lottery products such as Lotto, Sweepstakes and STL, 55 percent of which goes to Prize Fund, 15 percent goes to Operating Fund and the remaining 30 percent goes to Charity Fund.
CAPTION PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan (left) and Assistant General Manager for Branch Operations Sector Remeliza Gabuyo (right, wearing yellow)