Pagcor expected recover income lost to COVID-19 with full operations of POGO villages – solon

Published September 7, 2020, 9:42 PM

by Ben Rosario

A party-list lawmaker on Monday aired confidence that the revenue-raising capability of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) will normalize soon with the full blast operations of communities for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO).

Probinsyano Ako Party-list Rep. Bonito Singson

Probinsyano Ako Party-list Rep. Bonito Singson said the establishment of POGO villages will allow PAGCOR to concentrate recovering from the huge income it failed to realize when the COVID-19 pandemic started alst March.

During Pagcor’s budget defense, Singson inquired into the state gaming firm’s plan to put up POGO villages to address various peace and order issues being blamed on its operation.

Responding to queries from Singson, Pagcor  Vice President Juanito Sanosa Jr. said POGO hubs proposed by Chairperson Andrea Domingo have already been put up.

Two, located in the old Island Cove in Cavite and another at the Clark Economic Zone, are expected to be completed soon.

“Construction is ongoing so that we can start relocating some of the operators and providers to these POGO hubs soon,” said Sanosa.

Singson lauded Pagcor’s bid to get back to business, saying that government badly needs its contribution.

“I suppose this will address our general concerns about POGO operations. We can now concentrate on raising Pagcor’s capability to raise funds for the government,” he said.

The administration solon said the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) should also move quickly in normalizing its operations.

PCSO General Manager Royina Garma told the Committee on Appropriations that lotto, Keno, and instant sweepstakes operations have resumed.

Small Town Lottery (STL) operations may start so long as operators are able to pay the P100,000 monthly guaranteed income of PCSO.