PCSO workforce paid early amid virus threat

March 20, 2020
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Royina MArzan-Garma announced on Wednesday night the early release of the salaries of the agency’s personnel, following  the declaration of a state of calamity  throughout the country  due to the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

"We have arranged the early release of the payroll until April 15, 2020 to help cushion our personnel and families from the negative impacts of the health emergency," she said.

President Duterte's Proclamation No. 929 enjoined all government agencies and local governments to render full assistance and cooperation and mobilize necessary resources  to undertake critical, urgent, timely, and appropriate response and measures against the threat of COVID-19.

"We are grateful to the PCSO Board [for] the assistance it has approved for the entire PCSO family," the general manager added.

Garma urged employees to follow the instructions of authorities by practicing good personal hygiene and social distancing.

"Foremost of our concerns is the safety and well-being of all PCSO personnel and our families. Hence, PCSO Management has issued guidance to recalibrate our operations to implement directives related to COVID-19," she said.

“Those who are experiencing symptoms are enjoined to contact the proper authorities to receive appropriate medical attention. Please reach out to our Medical Services Department  for any health/medical-related queries and concerns.”

On March 17, Garma announced temporary suspension of the operations of Lotto, Digit Games, and Keno in the whole country, and Small Town Lottery (STL) in Luzon.

The PCSO general manager also said the PCSO Board has approved P1 billion additional assistance to the government to aid in the fight against the COVID-19, which is on top of the P420-million assistance it earlier gave.