“Health is wealth.” is an age old saying which still rings true today.
A person who is healthy can live a life free from worries, problems and stress. However, if by any chance you (or someone you know) have been diagnosed with an illness and you don’t have enough resources/finances to undergo a medical procedure or buy (maintenance) medicines there are several ways to do so. But I will only be discussing about one in this article and that is “how to ask for help for medical/medicine assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office or PCSO.
These are the documents which you need to prepare:
1.Write a letter addressed to the PCSO chairman.
2. Get a medical abstract from the doctor who attended to you or a referral letter from your doctor if you are requesting for (a supply) of medicines.
3. It would also be helpful (if you have ready copies of your laboratory tests).
4. Secure an Indigency Certificate from your barangay. Some barangays charge a very minimal fee of PhP 50.00, others do not charge you for it.
5. You may go to your governor’s office for additional certification that you are a resident of your province. (but, this is not the case at all times.) Most of the times, the Indigency Certificate from your barangay is enough.
6. At times, a DSWD certification from your municipality will also be required. (take note that to get a DSWD certification, you should have your indigency certification).
7. If you are seeking help for the payment of hospital bills, you should get the latest copy of your bills from the hospital.
8. You can now proceed to the PCSO Office which is located at:
PICC Secretariat Building
1307 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City
or to any Regional Office that is near you.
9. After you have submitted all the necessary requirements, they will give you a guarantee letter addressed to the hospital or to a pharmaceutical company (for medicine supplements or prescriptions).
Warning: You have to be patient because there is usually a long line of people who are availing of these charitable services. Just bear in mind, that in everything, you may have to follow some rules/regulations for them to process your paper.
It always pays to come early.