PCSO losing P12 M daily to illegal STL operations in Mandaue, Cebu cities

Published May 8, 2021, 4:12 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is losing P12 million a day due to unauthorized operations of Small Town Lottery (STL) in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue.

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) (MANILA BULLETIN)

This was disclosed by PCSO General Manager Royina Garma when she met local chief executives in Cebu Friday.

Garma explained to the town mayors, vice mayors, and officials from various government agencies the effects of the continued operations of unauthorized STL operators.

“Proceeds of PCSO go to charity. We can donate more if we can earn more and these illegal STL operators are affecting the proceeds of PCSO games,” said Garma.

Garma, a retired police colonel who once served as chief of the Cebu City Police Office and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Central Visayas (CIDG), said STL operations have become rampant in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue.

“Those STL booths found on sidewalks or interior areas in barangays are illegal,” she said.

Garma said no one is allowed to operate STL in Mandaue and Cebu City.

“It is only in the province of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu where we issued permits for STL operations,” Garma said.

Garma said she was hoping that the police will come up with intensified efforts to shut down those illegal STL booths that are openly operating by the road.

She said she was not disappointed with the police.

“I’m not disappointed but I think the effort is not enough.”