POGO operations suspended

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    THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) on Wednesday suspended the operation of all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and their service providers in Luzon in compliance with guidelines set for the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed by President Duterte.

    PAGCOR said “skeletal workforce at POGO operating sites are no longer allowed” and ordered that all POGO employees “remain in their places of residence, and no loitering or mass gatherings are allowed.”

    PAGCOR said maintenance and upkeep of POGO data centers, software, technical devices and other Information Technology (IT) facilities should be done remotely.

    However, on matters that cannot be done remotely, the agency said maintenance personnel can do office work provided they secure permits from the Inter-Agency Task Force.

    For POGO operations outside Luzon, PAGCOR reminded operators and service providers to abide by community quarantine measures enforced by their host local government units.

    “Our situation right now is different. While revenue generation is important in our operations, the health and well-being being of every Filipino is our immediate priority. By practicing the health protocols recommended by our health department, we can all help curb, if not stop the spread of COVID-19,” PAGCOR chairman and chief executive officer Andrea Domingo said.

    PAGCOR has suspended all its gaming operations in Metro Manila, Casino Filipino branches in the provinces, licensed and integrated resort-casinos, electronic games, bingo (traditional and electronic), sports betting, poker and slot machine clubs and other activities regulated by PAGCOR have also been temporarily stopped, as well as all junket operations.

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