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2009, December 18.  Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) - 75th Anniversary

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14.

Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Sheets of 40 (10 x 4);  Souvenir Sheets of 4




Se-tenant Blocks of 4  (39,500)


  7p   PCSO Building, Presidents Manuel L. Quezon & Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

  7p   PCSO Building

  7p   PCSO Building and Filipino Family

  7p   PCSO Building and Employees


28p Souvenir Sheets of Four  (6,500)


Layout Artist: Corazon T. Loza

Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak


First Day Covers:  Manila;  Quezon City





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 1935.

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.





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