The TESDA is one and the latest is the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) situated at the ground floor of the City hall in Calaoa-an in Candon City.
PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, with Cong. Eric Singson, Ilocos Sur Vice Governor and Candon City Mayor Ericson Singson, led the inauguration and blessing of the new PCSO office.
Also present during the inauguration were the different town mayors off the second district of Ilocos Sur and city employees.
Mary Jane Claridad, PCSO Ilocos Sur branch chief, said the office will serve Ilocos Sur and Abra.
City Mayor Singson expressed his deep appreciation to the PCSO top officials for approving the establishment of the branch in the city.
“We know that having PCSO here in our city, we will have a reliable partner in providing services for our constituents and province wide,” City Mayor Singson said.
He also appreciated the efforts of Congressman Eric Singson for his assistance and support.
General Manager Rojas appealed everybody to support their office.
He said that whatever gains by the office will be shared back to the people through the different services they are providing.
The General Manager also led the formal turnover of two ambulances for the towns of Salcedo and Quirino.
Mayor Leopoldo Gironella, Jr. of Salcedo and Mayor Clifford Patil-ao of Quirino were present to receive their ambulance.
He also announced that the municipalities of Caoayan, Burgos, Santa Maria and Sinait, as well as the Candon City Hospital will soon receive their respective ambulance.
Candon City itself will be eligible to receive an ambulance in August, given the PCSO’s five-year rule in between ambulance requests.
Under its Ambulance Donation Program, the PCSO gives ambulances to fourth- to sixth-class municipalities for free and to first- to third-class municipalities under a 60/40 cost-sharing scheme.
A big boost to PCSO’s laudable services and hardworking personnel was no less than the testimony of the officiating Priest Reynaldo Rebebes who was very proud to relate that his late father, Rufino Rebebes, once worked for more than 40 years as sales supervisor for the PCSO.
“I idolized my father because he was religious and hardworking. He gave us a good life,” Rebebes said as quoted by Rojas in his column in a national daily.
Fr. Rebebes went on to relate how he himself helped his father as child by rubber-stamping the back of sweepstakes tickets.
“I hope [the] PCSO, especially this branch in Ilocos Sur,” he said, “will continue the good work it is doing of helping our less-fortunate kababayan,” said Fr. Rebebes.