Carlo J. Caparas' P1.3-B contract stuns PCSO

Posted at 10/05/2010 5:51 PM | Updated as of 10/06/2010 5:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) wants to stop the airing of 2 television programs featuring lottery winners amid concerns regarding alleged irregularities in the shows’ funding.

The PCSO discovered that the shows’ producer, filmmaker Carlo J. Caparas, was given a P1.3-billion contract for 5 years under the administration of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Caparas was the brains behind "Ang Pangarap Kong Jackpot" and "Kroko," which are shown on government-owned TV stations NBN 4 and IBC 13.

PCSO chairperson Margie Juico said the agency’s board wants to know if people watched them and if the money for the shows were spent properly.

Between P550,000 to P1.2 million are reportedly spent to produce each episode of the 2 shows.

The amount does not include airtime fees.

PCSO documents revealed that the agency’s previous board approved the contract with Caparas, and his production unit was paid even before the shows were aired.

The deal also reportedly did not go through bidding.

Caparas has yet to comment on the allegations.

Former PCSO director Manolong Morato, meanwhile, claimed that the government agency saved money in its deal with Caparas.

He said the amount given to the filmmaker is comparable to broadcast industry standards.

He also warned that lotto sales will plunge if both TV programs are stopped.

Morato claimed that poor marketing resulted in a 44% drop in PCSO sales during the administration of then President Joseph Estrada. –Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News