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TUGUEGARAO CITY-If elected in Congress, lawyer Mabel Mamba has pledged to push initiatives seeking amendments on the charter of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and to work for increased charity fund for poor people needing medical help.Answering the query of this news correspondent before the citizens’ forum at a private restaurant on May 5 afternoon here, Mamba–the wife of Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba and former Marilao vice mayor in Bulacan years back—said the PCSO charter has long been “too old” and needs “significant changes” to cope with the modern times.

“The charter has been too old, 1950s pa, it speaks of horse races and sweepstakes, not updated so it needs to have updates, review and amend,” she said.

Once a director of the said agency, Mamba said she saw the PCSO as the usual charity funder but some congress people overdo their requests beyond the primary functions such as for charity and medical funding.

 “Others make request outside the primary functions of the PCSO which are for medical and charitable programs. (The charter) needs review so that more funds must be allocated for charity and medical needs of the poor people,” she added.#