Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR says it is waiting on approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for COVID-19 to resume land-based gaming operations nationwide after submitting an appeal for relaunch last month.
PAGCOR revealed it has already made a request to reopen business after the Philippines capital saw its COVID-19 restrictions downgraded, including a list of proposed safety guidelines operators have agreed to follow.
PAGCOR said it is hoping casinos will be approved for operations once Manila and other areas revert to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) – possibly as soon as 16 June when GCQ restrictions come under further review.
“PAGCOR’s legal mandate is to operate as well as regulate the gaming industry, and as we do this, we are able to generate revenues to help in nation building efforts,” PAGCOR told IAG. “Presently, our secondary aim is to basically maximize revenue generation with little to no risk of spreading the virus.
On 1 May, the IATF for COVID-19 approved PAGCOR’s recommendation for the partial resumption of POGOs, subject to strict government requirements and stringent health protocols set by our Health Department. Given the nature of online gaming, there is no need for face to face interaction with customers, hence, a lower risk means of earning funds for the government.
Last month, PAGCOR likewise submitted its appeal to also allow the resumption of land-based gaming operations, with all the proposed safety and health protocols to be implemented. The safety protocols and guidelines prepared by PAGCOR and the Integrated Resorts and Casinos are well-crafted so they are even more secure and safe compared to other businesses that are now in operation.
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