PCSO GM thanks Cebu City for acting on request to get rid of illegal STL operators

Published June 5, 2021, 1:46 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – The general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) thanked the police and the city government for acting on her request to get rid of unauthorized Small Town Lottery (STL) operators here.

Royina Garma, a retired police colonel who once served as chief of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said she was satisfied with the action taken by the city after she complained that the PCSO was losing at least P12 million a day due to illegal STL operators in this city and Mandaue City.

The rampant operation of unauthorized STL operators was discussed when Garma met mayors, vice mayors, and other government officials in Cebu last May 7.

After Garma met Mayor Edgardo Labella here and CCPO chief Police Col. Josefino Ligan, personnel of the city’s Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification, and Enhancement (PROBE) conducted a series of clearing operations in which several illegal STL booths were dismantled.

Garma was in Cebu again last Friday and noticed that some illegal STL booths have been removed from the sidewalks.

She said the series of operations against illegal STL operators was timely as the PCSO is already preparing for the entry of authorized operators in Cebu City and in Bohol.

“The police and the city were very cooperative and I am now working and coordinating with them again in preparation for the two authorized agents that will soon to operate in Cebu City and Bohol,” Garma said.

In her recent visit here, Garma led the distribution of medicine and food assistance to 17 local government units in Cebu.

The assistance was part of the P100 million that the PCSO has set aside to help those affected by the current pandemic, said Garma.