PAGCOR resumes accepting requests for aid

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    THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) resumes today its acceptance of requests for financial medical assistance as it strengthened cooperation with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to address the issue of fraudulent claims.

    PAGCOR chairwoman Andrea Domingo announced the resumption of accepting applications for medical assistance after stopping it on Wednesday last week due to fraud committed by a couple who submitted bogus documents for fictitious medical cases.

    The couple was arrested by the Manila police last week in an entrapment operation and charged with falsification of public documents.

    PAGCOR said applications for medical aid will now first be endorsed to the PCSO for verification. PCSO will then confirm whether a request has been issued a PCSO guarantee letter.

    Under the new arrangement, PAGCOR will be able to tap the assistance of PCSO which has more resources and experience in processing requests for medical assistance.

    The interim measure is in preparation for responsible data-sharing and other long-term solutions that the two agencies have been exploring in light of their commitments under the Universal Health Care Law and “Malasakit” law.

    The objective of the stronger cooperation between PAGCOR and PCSO is to maximize aid given to patients and to harmonize the systems of both agencies. – Cyra Corral