December 18. Philippine Charity
Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) - 75th Anniversary
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 14.
Blocks of 4, Sheets of 40 (10 x 4); Souvenir
Sheets of 4
Se-tenant Blocks of 4 (39,500)
PCSO Building, Presidents Manuel L. Quezon & Gloria Macapagal
PCSO Building and Filipino Family
PCSO Building and Employees
Souvenir Sheets of Four (6,500)
Layout Artist: Corazon T. Loza
Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
First Day Covers: Manila;
THE PHILIPPINE CHARITY SWEEPTSTAKES OFFICE
The Philippine Charity
Sweepstakes Office has been one of the country’s symbols of life and hope for
the marginalized sector of the population. Because of their mandate
to provide assistance to various health and social welfare programs,
the PCSO has pursued humanitarian goals and objectives by raising
funds through sweepstakes and lotteries since its establishment in
Lotteries have been
thriving in the country as early as 1833. Under the auspices of the
private enterprises called Empresa de Lotteria Espanolas Filipinas,
the Spanish government conducted lotteries to generate revenues.
With the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution, the lotteria was
forced to stop its operations.
In 1932, the concept of
the sweepstakes was reborn through a draw done by the government to
raise funds for the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation (PAAF).
Because of its success, institutionalizing the sweepstakes became
the new venture of raising funds for the promotion of public health
and general welfare and by September 1935, the new agency held its
first official draw. As the sweepstakes grew, the government further
expanded PCSO’s role by amending its charter. Under such amendment,
the monetary allocation for the agency’s charity fund was elevated
and the draws were now held every week all year round.
The primary objective of
the sweepstakes is to provide funds for health programs, medical
assistance and services, and charities of national character.
Beneficiaries of these services are victims of natural
catastrophes like floods, typhoons, earthquakes, eruption of Mt.
Pinatubo, livelihood programs, epidemic outbreaks (SARS, Avian flu,
Swine flu) and medical assistance to the poor in general.
True to its commitment,
the PCSO provides financial assistance to the National Government.
Local Government, Non-Government Organizations, Socio-Civic Groups
and other institutions who undertake charity, pro-poor programs and
activities particularly in the areas of health, medical and welfare
through the institutional Financial Assistance Programs.