PCSO ASSISTANCE. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) provided financial assistance to provinces and Tacloban City hit by typhoons ‘Tisoy’ and Ursula last December in total amount of P15 million. Photo shows PCSO board member Sandra Cam handing a check worth P2 million to Tacloban City Alfred Romualdez on Jan.3. (Mayor Alfred Romualdez Facebook)

TACLOBAN CITY- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has extended financial assistance to four provinces and this city which were hit in successions by typhoons ‘Tisoy’ and ‘Ursula’ last December.
PCSO board member Sandra Cam gave the checks to the officials of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, and this city, last January 3 in the total amount of P15 million coming from the agency’s charity funds.
The assistance by the PCSO was intended to help these typhoons-ravaged areas help recover from the devastations like procurement of food needs and feeding projects and purchase of medicines and medical supplies necessary for the conduct of health-related activities for disease prevention or treatment for typhoon victims.
The province of Northern Samar received P 5 million for being hard-hit by Tisoy last December 2 and again felt the wrath of Ursula though in a minimal scale.
Meanwhile, the provinces of Eastern Samar and Samar each received P3 million from the PCSO for suffering much devastations due to Ursula which hit Eastern Visayas on the eve of Christmas Eve displacing more than 230,000 families or over 960,000 persons and killing 13 people.
The province of Biliran and the city of Tacloban, each received financial assistance from the PCSO P 2 million each.
Here in Tacloban, the PCSO also provided food package to 400 families affected by Ursula.
All the local government units that received financial assistance from the PCSO are under state of calamity due to the impacts of Tisoy and Ursula. (JOEY A. GABIETA)