The Tagbanua’s Problem on BUCOR’s Bullying in Palawan far from IWAHIG

DZMJ Online Season 7 Episode 10 get to talk with Leaders from Palawan’s Tagbanua tribe who has problems with bullying from BUCOR particularly at IWAHIG Penal Colony. they said prisoners from the penal colony demolished their houses at the orders of BUCOR. Their leaders talked with the Monarch of Lupah Sug


PCSO opens 67th branch in Agusan del Sur

Staying true to its promise of bringing the services closer to the people,
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has opened its 67th branch in
Agusan del Sur recently.

“Napakalayong lugar ito kaya nga dapat magkaroon ng isang branch doon para
mabigyan ng tulong ang ating mga kababayan lalong lalo na sa IMAP
(Individual Medical Assistance Program) natin na nanghihingi ng
pang-confinement, dialysis, chemo, atbp. It’s the 18th branch in Mindanao,
67th branch nationwide,” announced PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan.

Agusan del Sur is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the
Caraga region in Mindanao. Most, at 75 percent of the labor force, are
engaged in agriculture and forestry. Rice, corn, and fruits are among the
major agricultural crops.

Caraga in Mindanao is one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. It is
home to some 500,000 indigenous people (IPs) who are facing development
challenges, due to conflict and degradation of their natural resource base.

In a data from the 2000 Census of Population and Housing of the National
Statistics Office, Agusan del Sur is considered as the most populous
province in Caraga region. The population of Agusan del Sur in 2015 census
was 7000,653 with a density of 70 inhabitants per square kilometer or 180
inhabitants per square mile.

“Doon sa lugar na ‘yun, nag-a-average sila ng 50 patients per day. Kaya
tuwang-tuwa sila nung nabigyan natin sila ng pondo. Initially, P50,000 a
day. Napakalayong lugar! Medyo alanganin pa ‘yung mga lugar na dadaanan.
One hour and a half drive from Butuan City and five-hour drive to Cagayan
de Oro,” said Balutan.

“Kaya tuwang-tuwa si Governor [Adolph Edward] Plaza at nakarating tayo doon
at napagbigyan ang kanilang kahilingan na magtayo ng branch ng PCSO sa
Agusan del Sur. Napunta tayo doon para ihatid personal ‘yung mga tulong ng
gobyerno through PCSO kaya malaking pasalamat nila dahil ito ay kailangang
kailangan ng mga mamamayan doon,” added Balutan.

Most common requests for medical assistance include common illnesses,
hospitalization/confinement, dialysis and chemotherapy sessions.

Balutan revealed that the building was donated by the local government of
Agusan del Sur through Gov. Adolf Edward Plaza.

As per Command Operating Budget, the agency is planning to put up four more
branches this year. Priority include far-flung areas like Saranggani and
Dinagat Islands. The agency is also planning to replace old and dilapidated
buildings, and put up new ones.

*2019 target *

Earlier, Balutan reported that the agency earned P63.55 billion in 2018,
breaching the P60 billion target, but it will not aim higher than that.

“Because of the roll-out of STL nationwide and lotto baka mag-plateu na
ito. Baka naisagad na natin. Baka this year, hindina gaanong tataas.
Ma-maintain lang natin ‘yung P63.55 billion o umangat lang ng konti eh
matindi na ‘yun. There is no possibility na ma-i-angat pa natin ang
kakayahan natin. Lakap pa tayo ng pondo through our gaming,” admitted

In case the revenues hit plateau, Balutan revealed that the agency is
currently studying new gaming proposals, explore new market and systems, or
try online games to increase revenues.

“Meron kaming nakasalang na for approval and testing this year para makita
natin ang new market. Eto kasing dati nating gaming, kilala na ito ng ating
mga mananaya. Titignan natin kasi may bagong nagpo-propose at iba pang
sistema ng gaming na tinitignan natin na possibility. And also ‘yung
computerization o online na pwede nating i-access sa ating mga cellular
phones i-o-offer na din para pwede ng tumaya online,” said Balutan.

On illegal numbers game, Balutan lamented that ‘peryahan ng bayan’ is still

“Tinatanong ko nga kung saan sila nag-iingreso eh. Kung talagang sinasabi
nilang legal sila, saan ba sila nag-iingreso? Ipakita nga nila ang kanilang
authority from PCSO? Ang masama nito, ginagamit pa nila ang logo ng PCSO na
bawal na bawal sa batas ‘yan,” said Balutan.

At present, cases were already filed on court and the agency has been
relentless in conducting raids in response to Lotto and STL operators’
complaints against ‘peryahan ng bayan’.

He also warned operators running for government posts that their illegal
activities could disqualify them.

“‘Wag n’yo ng tangkilikin ‘yan. Marami nang nahuli at napakulong d’yan!
‘Yan na nga ang sinasabi ng ating pangulo, next to war on drugs, is war on
illegal gambling, especially now elections is nearing. Saan ba kukuha ‘yung
ibang mga kandidato ng pondo kundi d’yan sa mga illegal numbers game? Baka
‘yung mga operators na kumakandidato eh ma-disqualify kayo d’yan. ‘Yan din
ang sinasabi ng ating Department of Interior and Local Government secretary
Eduardo Ano na kapag nahuli kayo madi-disqualify kayo sa illegal numbers
game na ‘yan!”

“Saan ba napupunta ang jueteng funds kung hindi napupunta sa kaban ng
gobyerno? Sinong nakikinabang d’yan? Samantalang ‘yung legal numbers game
talagang touching the lives, healing the Filipino people. Bukambibig na
‘yan ng ating mamamayan ang PCSO,” he added.


P24.00 bet gives P58M to 1st 2019 winner of Ultra Lotto 6/58

It only took P24.00 – one bet – that changed the life of one person and
became the very first Ultra Lotto 6/58 millionaire for 2019. “Congratulations to our lucky millionaire. He will take home the P58,472,458 jackpot prize,” announced Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander F. Balutan.

The lone winner was lucky enough to guess the winning draw combination of
43-55-15-02-29-56 last Sunday night. It was a self-picked number. “The winning ticket was purchased from the franchise owned by the Lucky Circle Corporation, with ticket outlet at SM Bacolod, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental,” said Balutan.

Arnel Casas, PCSO’s assistant general manager for gaming sector, said the
odds of winning in Ultra Lotto 6/58 is one in 40.4 million. Lotto has not yet produced a billionaire.

While Ultra Lotto 6/58 jackpot prize reached P1,180,622,508 last October
2018, it was shared by two people. The winning combination was 40-50-37-25-01-45. That was the second time this year that two people won the Ultra Lotto 6/58
prize. Last February 16, two bettors shared the P331-million prize.

“Gaya ng lagi kong paalala sa mga nananalo, use your money wisely. Huwag
maging one-day millionaire. Save for your future. Invest,” Balutan added.