Basic health service delivery remains a major concern in the Philippines that needs to be addressed adequately. The chronic lack of doctors, nurses, and competent health workers has been aggravated by decades of overseas migration of Filipino medical practitioners who leave the country in search of higher-paying jobs abroad. Likewise, the lack of basic medicine and provisions for primary medical procedures has made difficult the timely intervention for arresting communicable diseases and even common ailments. These realities have taken their heaviest toll on the state of health of Filipinos in remote provinces and similarly situated poor municipalities and cities that make up the nation’s 42,000 barangays.
Kaibigan ng PCSO is a program that will be pursued through the leadership of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to systematize and rationalize the sourcing of volunteer individuals and organizations in partnership with the private sector to advance the charity agency’s health mandate. By establishing sustainable networks and linkages that will continuously recruit medical and health volunteers as well as generate additional resources, the program will be able to expand the reach of PCSO services that immediately address health concerns of needy Filipinos.
The program envisions that through this mode of intervention on a nationwide scale the corporate responsibility ethic of private corporations and companies will be enhanced, particularly with regard to health issues. It likewise seeks to promote the volunteerism spirit inherent in every Filipino.
Kaibigan ng PCSO recognizes the varying capabilities of individuals, groups, and corporate entities in the public and private sector in rendering vital volunteer work that meets the immediate health needs of the poor. It also gives importance to the value of individual and collective civic efforts and of raising these efforts to the level of “unity in volunteerism” to sustain a functioning and efficient health and medical assistance delivery system for poor Filipinos everywhere.
Kaibigan ng PCSO will recruit and organize volunteers at the provincial, municipal, city, and barangay levels, using primarily the organizational reach of PCSO, the country’s premier charity agency.
All card-carrying members of Kaibigan ng PCSO will have the chance to be given the special PCSO Health Card that puts you on the priority list for those seeking financial assistance for hospitalization and medical support from the country’s lead agency in charity work.
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