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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, September 3, 2019
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STL Negros resumes,
13,000 return to work


Small Town Lottery operations have resumed in26 towns and cities in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City.

This has enabled 13,000 sales agents and employees of Super Lucky Beagler Inc. that operates STL in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental to resume work, Jose Manuel Villagracia, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office provincial manager, said yesterday.

Villagracia assured that PCSO assistance for indigent patients in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City has not been affected by the more than one month halt in STL operations in the province that began July 27 and resumed Sunday, September 1.

In 2019, the PCSO daily allocation for its Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) in Negros Occidental has been P744,504 and P240,000 for the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, he said. The amounts are allocated for the poorest of the poor, he said.

The amount this year is larger than in 2017 and 2018 when only P800,000 was allocated daily for IMAP, including CLMMRH, he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the shutdown of the PCSO and all lotteries it operates on July 27 due to alleged widespread corruption within its ranks .

PCSO Vice Chairman Royina Garma, in a letter to Jexter Mercado, president of Super Lucky Beagler Inc., informed him that the Office of the President had approved the resumption of STL operations by his firm starting Sunday, September 1.

Duterte lifted the suspension of PCSO Lotto operations on July 30, but its online Keno and sweepstakes have not been granted permission to resume operations yet, Villagracia added.*


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