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    Phl lawmaker: Channel funds to charities

    A lawmaker on Wednesday sought the repeal of Republic Act 7835 which mandates the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to channel 10 percent of its funds to local horseracing and lotteries.
    In filing House Bill 3148, Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe stressed that the PCSO should instead channel 10% of its funds to the National Shelter Program of the government.
    In the absence of socialized and low-cost housing projects in Metro Manila and other urban centers in the Philippines, squatting of government lands is a major problem.
    In 2012, Batocabe said the National Shelter Program received from PCSO an approximately P691 million under its mandatory contributions.
    The PCSO is the principal agency for raising and providing funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and other charities of national character.
    "PCSO should abide by its original mandate and charter. The funds for mandatory contributions should be redirected towards the improvement and development of the country's health and charity services. This is beyond its mandate and charter," Batocabe said.
    The PCSO holds and conducts charity sweepstakes, races and lotteries and engages in health and welfare-related investments, projects and activities to provide for permanent and continuing sources of funds for its programs.
    "PCSO provides for the permanent and continuing sources of funds for health programs, including the expansion of existing ones, medical assistance and services and/or charitable grants," Batocabe said.
    He added: "The policy and objectives of the National Shelter Program are notable and should properly be supported through government funding as it provides, at affordable cost, decent housing and basic services to underprivileged and homeless citizens in urban centers and resettlement areas."
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