Lawmaker wants Pagcor funds for CHed, PSC

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Posted at Jul 31 2019 10:17 AM | Updated as of Jul 31 2019 10:40 AM

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MANILA - A party-list lawmaker on Wednesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to use the revenue from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to help fund the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

AKO Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr. filed House Resolution 147 after all gaming schemes under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office was suspended.

"Definitely, there will be a shortfall in the revenue collections and we have to exact the level of the financial support to PSC and CHED," said Garbin.

On Tuesday night, Malacañang said lotto operations can now resume. However, gaming schemes such as Peryahan ng Bayan, small town lottery (STL) and Keno remain suspended pending the result of an investigation into allegations of "illegal activities and corrupt practices."

"Lotto is only 50 percent of the total income of the PCSO. The other half is those collections coming from STL, Keno and other betting games that are still suspended," said Garbin.

Garbin is thankful to the President for lifting the suspension on lotto which he said is the frontrunner in contributing to the income of the PCSO.

"Nagpapasalamat tayo dahil nakita niya 'yung problema hindi naman masyado sa lotto, doon ito sa STL. STL can even surpass the collection and income contributions to PCSO if the laws, the licenses, and conditions component to the said license and franchise will be strictly complied with," he said.