Gov’t allows POGO to partially resume operations


MANILA, Philippines – The government has allowed Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) to resume partial operations amid the enforcement of community quarantine to curb the spread of the virus.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Andrea Domingo said that licensed POGOs but will be subjected to stringent conditions. They will also impose safety protocols to ensure that their employees would be protected from infections and to prevent any spread of the infection.

POGOs and their service providers are ordered to strictly adhere to the following conditions:

Updating and settlement of all their tax liabilities, as certified by the Bureau of Internal Revenue;

Updating of their payments for any regulatory fee, license fee, performance bond or penalties due to PAGCOR;

Remittance of regulatory fees for the month of April;

Must pass the readiness to implement safety protocols

POGO employees, both suspected and those tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to work. Those who will report back to work must undergo another COVID-19 testing and must obtain a negative test result from a testing facility.

Andrea Domingo said that the decision to allow the gaming industry to operate was reached with the intention of helping the government raise funds to support the fight against Covid-19.

According to the agency, there are currently 31,556 Filipinos working for the said industry.

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