Andrea Domingo, Chairman, and CEO of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), has said that said she hopes to see gaming operations reopen gradually in June. She was speaking through a digitally delivered keynote session as part of ICE Asia Digital 2020.
“In the Philippines, we are suffering as much as everybody else. [Perhaps] to a lesser degree due to fewer infections, and fewer deaths. But still, the economy is at a standstill,” she said.
“We hope at the beginning of this month, we will be able to resume operations on a [gradual] basis.”
Domingo said she expects gaming venues to open with less staff, fewer gaming machines, and tables, as well as strict social distancing and stringent hygiene and protection measures.
Domingo also stressed the importance of maintaining the 132,000 strong workforce in the country’s gaming industry, and on the side noted Okada Manila’s recent furlough of 1000 employees due to lower demand.
The regulator also stressed the need to maximise revenue collection. Not only to fight and vaccinate the population against COVID-19 but to jump-start the stalled economy.
Domingo said that they would be focused on taking down illegal online gaming companies (NOGOs) which have sprung up amidst the COVID-19 crisis.