HERMOSA, Bataan – Municipal Mayor Antonio Joseph R. Inton on Thursday led the formal grand opening of the provincial office of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Small Town Lottery located along the National Road in Barangay Palihan here.
Inton was joined by other local officials and other guests which include Dr. Boyet Castaneda (representing Congresswoman Geraldine Roman), Bataan PNP Provincial Director Senior Supt. Benjamin Silo, Jr., Bataan CIDG Chief P/Chief Insp. Reyson Bagain, Municipal Councilor Jenna Marie Basi, Sunset Bay Research and Marketing Corp. (authorized agent corporation) representative Jimmy Tapang and PCSO officials led by OIC-Bataan Branch Manager Erlinda T. Yano.
Five percent of STL revenues go to agent-corporations, another 5 percent go to taxes, while the remaining 90 percent are allotted to prizes, charity funds and operating funds.
Thirty percent of the proceeds go to charity—broken down into 10 percent for the host city or municipality, 5 percent for the provincial government, 2.5 percent for the congressional district, 5 percent for the Philippine National Police, and 7.5 percent for the PCSO.
To effectively decentralize the use of charity funds, the proceeds of STL will directly reach the local government units. It will go to the municipal treasurer’s office.
PCSO executed memorandum of agreements (MOAs) with local government units on how to disburse the funds given to them via STL. The remaining 7.5 percent of the charity fund will go to PCSO.
Implementing the STL has allowed PCSO to provide immediate and localized funding assistance for health and developmental projects in various localities.
By end of 2007, PCSO has launched the STL in 15 approved test run areas. These include: Quezon province, Angeles City, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Pampanga, Laguna, Bulacan, Negros Oriental, Iloilo City, Tarlac, Oriental Mindoro, Ilocos Norte, Albay, Olongapo City, Batangas.
During its first year of operations (2006-2007), STL generated revenues totaling to more than P3B, creating about 62,500 jobs and livelihood for displaced jueteng cabos and cobradores, as well as for the organic staff of the agent-corporations.
PCSO is one with other government offices in helping President Rodrigo Duterte in his fight against corruption and illegal gambling.
The Agency remains focused on the expansion of STL to generate Serbisyo, Trabaho and Laro to more Filipinos.