The Global Gaming Expo as known as G2E Asia conference is coming to Manila for the first time on December 3 and 4, 2019. To celebrate the event’s first visit to the Philippines, the event organizers, Reed Exhibitions, hosted a press conference at the Manila Marriott hotel, including special guest Andrea Domingo, chairman of the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Domingo welcomed the event of G2E Asia to the Philippines, and noted that its arrival in the Philippines helps the country towards its goal of being one of the “biggest centers for gaming and entertainment in this part of the world.”
She noted that this isn’t the only conference the Philippines has its eyes on, teasing that PAGCOR is in talks with ICE to have a conference in the Philippines in 2020. “This would put actually the Philippines in the radar of international gaming,” she noted.
With G2E Asia coming to Manila, she noted that this will allow PAGCOR to demonstrate to the world its ability to regulate, its experiences with supervision but also regulating casinos. She also noted that she’s happy that the world is coming to the Philippines to experience what it has to offer. “I’m sure you’ll like it so much, you’ll want to have three or four of them a year here if you can.”
She also noted that, on the topic of recent controversies like employee kidnappings, PAGCOR has formed a task force with other government agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Immigration (BI) and police. That has reduced the number of kidnapping incidents. She also noted that as many as 200 illegal operations have been shut down as of last report.
Commenting on the recent crackdown of Cambodia on their online gambling industry, she also noted that the Philippines needs to maintain its tough regulation to prevent a flood of illicit activity from operators that may have been operating there. “We just want to stand on our own, transparent, clean, and fair play, so we will not benefit from it in terms of having more operators.”
She addressed the idea of concentrating POGOs into hubs, an idea that came from the potential of spies in the industry spreading throughout the country and near government offices: