Bacolod council asks PCSO to reconsider budget cuts

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Bacolod City Council has appealed to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to reconsider cuts to budget for the medical assistance program allocated to the city and Negros Occidental province.

The Council earlier passed a resolution asking the PCSO to reconsider its reduction of financial assistance or at least to retain the allocation.

The allocation for medical assistance for indigent patients provided by PCSO in Bacolod and Negros Occidental was slashed from P211.2 million to P133.056 million.

“The decrease will certainly affect thousands of indigent patients who greatly depend their medical needs to the assistance provided by PCSO, particularly those who undergo dialysis or chemotherapy,” said Councilor Caesar Distrito.

Distrito said the reduction is untimely and unjust for those who primarily depend on the medical assistance.

“The city council earnestly appeal to the PCSO to reconsider its move to reduce the allocation and the allocation given last year must be retained to spare the indigent patients who depend on it from carrying so much burden,” he added.