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Mas inuna pa ang mga Chinese! POGOs to resume operations in quarantine areas

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By Prince Golez

Some Philippine offshore gaming operators will be allowed to operate in areas under general enhanced community quarantine and enhanced community quarantine, Malacañang confirmed.

In Laging Handa public briefing Friday, Roque said that offshore gaming firms are part of the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector, which is allowed to continue operations during community quarantine.

Earlier, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Chairman Andrea Domingo announced that 30 percent of the total workforce will be allowed to report despite the coronavirus disease health crisis.

“Ang BPOs po ay ina-allow at ang POGO po talaga ay isang BPO. Pero hindi lahat ma-a-allow. Ang BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) ang magde-determine kung sino ang mag o-operate dahil kung merong pagkakautang by way of buwis sa gobyerno hindi puwede mag operate. Kinakailangan wala din utang from PAGCOR,” the Palace official said.

“Lahat ng manggagawa kinakailangan covered ng Covid-19 testing… Ang lahat ng proceed na kikitain ng BPOs na galing sa POGOs, lahat ay ilalalaan 100 percent dito sa mga gastusin related sa Covid-19,” he added.

The POGO industry mostly employs Chinese nationals because its clients are primarily Chinese.

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