PCSO has given financial assistance to Lydia de Vega’s family.
PCSO — The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has given financial assistance to the family of Filipina sprinter Lydia de Vega.
Lydia is in critical condition due to Stage 4 breast cancer and is currently confined at the Makati Medical Center.
Philippine News Agency reported on Tuesday that PCSO Chairperson Junie Cua and General Manager Melquiades Mel” Robles personally gave the check worth PHP 500,000 to Lydia’s daughter Stephanie Mercado de Koenigswarter in a ceremony at the PCSO main office in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday.
Lydia’s daughter thanked the agency for its support to their family as they faced what she called their “biggest race” so far. Stephanie also appealed for prayers and continued support for her mom.
Mel Robres, for his part, also called on the public to also help Lydia’s family.
“We are giving but definitely it’s a far cry from what they need. We’re also appealing to others to join us in helping the family. It is a fact, siya yung kayamanan ng ating bayan,” he said.
Earlier, Filipino Olympian Ernest John “EJ” Obiena pledged to give PHP 250,000 incentive he would be receiving from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to ailing athlete.
This came after he clinched the bronze medal after clearing 5.94 meters in the finals of the World Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA last July 25 (Manila time).
“On the flight back to Italy, it occurred to me that despite my own training needs, Mam Lydia needs this money more than I do,” EJ Obiena wrote at that time.