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Panel says only compliant POGO should operate

Keith A. Calayag

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Rep. Bernos said the government should ensure that only the most compliant and valuable companies will be allowed to operate. (Representation photo)
House Committee on Games and Amusements Chairman and Abra Rep. Joseph Bernos has called for additional safety measures when Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) resume their business.
In a statement, Bernos said there should be site inspections, conduct of daily monitoring and issuance of security clearances to POGO employees.
He also urged the government to allow only those companies compliant with laws to resume operations under an enhanced community quarantine mode.
“We recognize how POGOs help our economy and our workers, but in light of recent events surrounding these operators, the government should ensure that only the most compliant and valuable companies will be allowed to operate within our territory,” Bernos said.
 
“It is within our powers as regulators to ensure that they are clean and will mean no harm to other companies, people, and communities,” he added. 
Bernos said his committee is ready to investigate the recent discoveries of illegal POGO hubs in the country. 
p: wjg

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