Automate STL earnings to solve remittance, corruption issues: PAGCOR chief

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Posted at Aug 15 2019 09:50 PM

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MANILA - Programs and systems need to be in place to set the small town lottery operations of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in order, according to the government's gambling regulator.

"I think when you look at it from a management and systems point of view, they're lacking things there that have to be put in place so that you are able to collect as much as you can and also there should be a limit...sometimes pambili na ng bigas itaya pa," said Andrea Domingo, the chief of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

When asked if STL operations should best be given to PAGCOR, Domingo said they will follow what President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered.

"I think its very manageable and there should be just some programs and systems and procedures. But again, like I said, I don't really want to be like I'm gerrymandering over any agencies. Right now, STL is under PCSO and I'm very happy with that," she said.

Last week, PCSO board member Sandra Cam said STL operations must be under PAGCOR or the Gaming Amusement Board (GAB) so PCSO can concentrate on charity activities.

This, after Cam said a lot of STL operators have failed to remit revenues to the PCSO, affecting their charity services.

"Automation certainly makes it really more efficient and it would prevent a lot of the bad things that are happening now," said Domingo.

Duterte on July 26 suspended the operations of all gaming schemes of the PCSO, citing "massive corruption" in the agency.

Lotto operations resumed on July 31 after the Palace explained that lotto was only dragged into corruption allegations hounding the entire PCSO.

Gaming activities such as the Peryahan ng Bayan, STL, and Keno remain suspended.

She also cited the system of bidding out the licenses or franchises of STL operators.

"Kasi just pure bidding without probity checks, without looking into the company itself, its capability to sustain operations, its experience in running...wala talaga magbi-bid lang sila ng highest, yung highest makukuha 'di naman niya kayang i-meet [targets]," she said.