Pagcor to cancel all POGO operations outside of POGO hubs by 2021, offers perks for relocation
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. is planning to force all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) to operate only in self-contained communities by cancelling licenses of players outside these hubs.
This was revealed by Pagcor vice president for offshore gaming Jose Tria in an interview with One News where he spoke about the mounting concerns of Filipinos who were unprepared for the deluge of Chinese workers in urban centers.
“Because of the mounting complaints, Tria said PAGCOR is preparing to confine all POGO operations in self-contained hubs, to minimize interaction with locals. By 2021, all POGO licenses outside such hubs will be canceled,” wrote One News host Ana Marie Pamintuan in her column.
“That’s still about two years away. In the meantime, those old enough to remember are warning that the phenomenon is similar to the influx of Japanese workers in the decades before World War II. When the war broke out, friendly Japanese neighbors became part of the occupation forces,” she added.
Pagcor has endorsed the construction of two massive POGO hubs – a 10-hectare facility in Clark and a 20-hectare community in the former Island Cove Resort in Kawit, Cavite – to hold he Chinese workers.
Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo had previously stated that she would grant five-year gaming licenses with a seven-year extension to POGOs that would locate in POGO hubs. This is way better than the regular three-year franchise with three-year renewal granted by Pagcor to POGOs.