PACGOR’s new measures aim to curb illegal activities in the POGO sector
In a bid to combat illegal activities associated with offshore gaming operations in the Philippines, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has introduced a new regulatory framework for offshore gaming companies. The move comes as part of a joint effort among various government agencies to address concerns surrounding the sector.
During the Senate Committee Hearing on August 2, 2023, Atty. Jessa Fernandez, PAGCOR’s Assistant Vice President for Offshore Gaming Licensing, announced that all offshore gaming licensees and service providers have been placed on probationary status. These entities will be required to reapply for permits by September 17.
PAGCOR aims to ensure that only compliant and law-abiding operators and providers are granted licenses under the new framework. Companies that have been involved in illegal activities will not be considered for obtaining a new license.
Jessa Fernandez emphasised that under the present framework, all service providers accepting bets are obligated to apply for a valid license. Furthermore, PAGCOR will scrutinise the beneficial owners of these companies to hold them accountable if any unlawful activities are uncovered.
The new regulatory approach also stipulates that entities found engaging in activities beyond the scope of their granted license or accreditation will not be eligible for obtaining a license under the revised framework. Additionally, licensees or service providers who fail to re-apply within the specified period will face potential cancellation of their endorsements.
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