The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), being the only wholly owned and controlled government corporation engaged in lottery gaming to raise revenues to fund the priority health, medical and social programs of the government, continually exerts efforts to find game innovations to increase its funds for charitable purposes.
The Small Town Lottery (STL) being run by PCSO is the only legal numbers game authorized by the national government through Section 1 of Republic Act 1169, as amended. Authorized Agent Corporations (AACs) are engaged by PCSO to assist the agency in the implementation of the STL nationwide.
On January 11, 2017, 56 AACs were approved by the PCSO Governing Board to operate the expansion of STL nationwide. Previously, there were only 18 STL AACs in 14 provinces and 4 cities in the country. There being remaining provinces and cities open, the PCSO still plans to expand its operations and is once again accepting STL applications until February 16, 2017.
From January to September of 2016, STL AACs remitted an average sales of 400Million per month to PCSO. But when the new PCSO Governing Board under the administration of President Duterte came in, the monthly STL sales revenues more than doubled in the average amount of 900Million per month for the period October to December 2016. This is expected to even increase further to more than 2Billion per month or 27.6Billion for the whole year of 2017 when all the 56 expected AACs become operational.
Operationally, the PCSO will also strengthen its collection of STL sales to raise additional funds for health and medical assistance and services to LGUs. Under the STL IRR, the monthly sales collection of AACs should not be lower than the PCSO approved Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipts (PMRR), which is non-negotiable.
To fulfill its mandate, all Local Government Units (LGUs) are encouraged to support the PCSO STL operations to help raise revenues to provide funds to the various health, medical and charitable projects of the government, which will mainly benefit the poor.
PCSO against Illegal Gambling
PCSO Chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz and General Manager Alexander Balutan met with PNP Chief General Ronald dela Rosa on January 17, 2017 at Camp Crame in Quezon City to discuss the expansion of STL and the government’s all-out war against illegal gambling activities in the country.
The PCSO appreciates and is thankful for the full support being given by the PNP, AFP, DOJ and other government agencies on its drive to expand the only legal numbers game run by the agency, including the reforms in the STL operations to increase the income of PCSO and eradicate illegal gambling.
The STL expansion will be officially launched by PCSO on January 31, 2017 at the Marquee Tent of EDSA Shangri-La Plaza wherein PNP Chief dela Rosa and officials and/or representatives from other government agencies like the DOJ, COA, BIR, AFP, etc. and media partners are invited.