Staying true to its mandate of helping those who are in need, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) conducted a series of relief and aid missions for hundreds of individuals and families around the country recently.

On February 1, 2024, the state gaming firm distributed more than 400 food and non-food relief packs to hundreds of fire victims in Pandacan, Manila.

The beneficiaries were left homeless after a fire broke out more than two weeks ago in a residential area in West Zamora Street, displacing mostly indigent residents from three barangays who are now temporarily housed in a nearby evacuation facility.

Wheelchairs for Malaya Lolas

A group of women survivors of World War in II Pampanga called “Malaya Lolas” enjoyed a post-Christmas treat from PAGCOR when the state gaming firm gave them 18 wheelchairs and Christmas gift baskets in Barangay Mapaniqui in Candaba town.

A day earlier, PAGCOR brought cheers to women survivors of World War II in Candaba, Pampanga where it turned over 18 wheelchairs and gift baskets to the recipients who are members of an organization named “Malaya Lolas”.

Octogenarian Lola Pilar recalled through a song the atrocities that they suffered during the Japanese occupation and said that the gift-giving activity made them feel loved and cared for. 

“Masayang masaya po kami dahil higit naming naramdaman na maraming mga taong nagpapahalaga at nagmamalasakit para sa kapakanan naming mga lola na nagdusa nang husto noong panahon ng digmaan,” she said.

The event was held in a private residence in Barangay Mapaniqui in Candaba town and was witnessed by representatives from the local government unit.

On January 29, 2024, PAGCOR also provided financial assistance to victims of a deadly bombing incident at the gymnasium of the Mindanao State University in Marawi City last December 23 while the victims were hearing Mass.

The agency provided Php50,000 each to the families of four individuals who died in the attack while seven survivors also received a cash aid of Php30,000 each.