PCSO estimates P13 billion loss during lockdown amid Lotto closure

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2020 01:43 PM

MANILA - An official of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said Saturday the agency has lost an estimated P13 billion in revenues as lotto outlets were shut over quarantine restrictions because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. 

“Most likely mga P13 billion ang nawala po na maaaring kinita ng aming ahensya mula noong nag-lockdown," said PCSO General Manager Royina Garma in the Laging Handa briefing on state TV.

(We likely lost P13 billion in income ever since government implemented the lockdown.) 

Lotto outlets have been closed since March when lockdowns were enforced as the country faced the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Such outlets were touted as a source of income for charity programs offered by the PCSO. 

Garma said they have been preparing for the re-opening of lotto outlets where minimum health standards set by the government will be followed. Such resumption has yet to get approval. 

PCSO is also mulling the use of “digital” means of betting to discourage people from lining up and buying tickets from physical outlets as quarantine measures remain. 

Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon considered as high-risk areas were under strict lockdown for about two months but shifted to general community quarantine on June 1.