Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) chair Andrea Domingo has a soft spot Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that not even a pandemic would make her stop operations of these online casinos geared mostly to players in China where gambling is prohibited.
While it believes the “seriousness of the COVID 19 situation”, Pagcor was allowing POGOs and these firms’ hundreds of thousands of workers (mostly Chinese) to continue operating despite the community quarantine declared by President Rodrigo Duterte in Metro Manila from March 15 to April 14, 2020.
“Only a minimum number of workers will be allowed in their workplaces. The rest of POGO workers will be restricted to their respective living quarters where they will observe social distancing and quarantine protocols,” Pagcor said in a statement.
This exemption granted to POGOs is more glaring if you consider that Domingo did not think twice about shutting down all casinos (both PAGCOR-owned and operated as well as all licensed and integrated resort-casinos), electronic game (eGames), bingo (traditional and electronic), sports betting, poker and slot machine clubs under its regulation in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Hence, it supports the government’s extreme effort in containing the virus. For its part, the state-run gaming agency has decided to prohibit public gatherings in its gaming venues and in the licensed gaming properties that it regulates.
POGOs apparently are the only exemptions as all
This measure is intended to ensure the safety of both gaming employees and customers and eventually, the general public.
As regards Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO),
For Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO), only a minimum number of workers will be allowed in their workplaces. Other workers will be restricted to their respective living quarters where they will observe social distancing and quarantine protocols.