THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) yesterday said it will soon release the calamity fund for Pampanga which was devastated by a strong earthquake last Monday.
The PCSO said it will also provide medical assistance to victims in hospitals through the Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP).
PCSO Board member Sandra Cam said the financial aid will be based on the assessment of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRMO).
“PCSO’s monetary aid will depend on how big the damage is, and to the number of families affected. Rest assured that all of them will be helped by PCSO. This is in accordance to the directive of President Duterte,” Cam said.
The financial help will be given directly to the local government unit which will distribute the money to the quake victims.
Cam recently went to Jose Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in Porac, Pampanga. She visited the survivors of the four-storey Chuzon Supermarket, which collapsed during the magnitude 6.1 quake.
She told survivors not to worry about their expenses, saying they should focus on getting well as the government will take care of their hospital bills.
PCSO also said it will provide artificial legs for Maria Lourdes Martin and Desiree Pacun, the two employees of the supermarket, whose feet got amputated.