Gov't eyes automation of small-town lottery to address corruption: PCSO

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 23 2019 08:44 PM

MANILA – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is exploring the possibility of automating small-town lottery to address corruption, its general manager said Friday. 

“We’re going into automation to be able to get the exact sales and we are studying the possibility [of] how we will implement this the soonest possible time,” PCSO general manager Royina Garma said during its agency’s budget briefing before the House Appropriations Committee.

"Ang issue dito is the paper because…the paper is more expensive than the bet na piso piso ‘yun yung inaaral din natin,” she added.

(The issue here is the cost of paper. The paper is even more expensive that the bet which is at P1. That's what we're looking at)

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday lifted the suspension on STL operations, which had been suspended in July citing “massive corruption,” provided that authorized agent corporations (AACs) would comply with the conditions set by the PCSO. 

Based on PCSO’s rules: STLs must pay a bond equivalent to 3 months of the agency’s share in the guaranteed minimum monthly retail receipt, on top of their existing cash bond. Failure to remit guaranteed minimum monthly retail receipt will result in automatic forfeiture of the bond, Garma said. 

Operators must also execute a written undertaking underpinning its intent to comply with its obligations. The said agreement will be terminated upon violation of the conditions, she added.

Operators that fail to comply with the conditions may lose their franchises, Garma said, adding that only 47 out of the 86 operators were compliant in terms of remittances. 

“Yung mga may utang at di magbayad (those that will not pay their debts) I’ve given them 2 weeks actually to comply. If not, a termination order will be issued,” she said. 

The PCSO will inform the Philippine National Police and the local government units of compliant operators that can be allowed to operate.

-- with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News