The regulator has remitted PHP25m to the municipalities of Luisiana and Victoria for the construction of Multi-Purpose Evacuation Centres (MPEC).
The Philippines.- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) has remitted PHP25m to two municipalities to help them build Multi-Purpose Evacuation Centres.
Louisiana and Victoria are classified as fourth-class towns, with a population of more than 70,000. Evacuating people in emergencies and extreme weather conditions poses a huge challenge for disaster relief services.
Luisiana Mayor Nestor Rondilla said: “This soon-to-be-built permanent evacuation centre from PAGCOR is exactly what we need and prayed for. We’re grateful beyond words for this blessing.”
The regulator has also held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the PAGCOR Village in Barangay San Sebastian. PAGCOR released PHP30m to the local government of Mataas na Kahoy to initiate a permanent housing project for families displaced by the eruption of the Batangas Taal volcano.
A few weeks ago, PAGCOR remitted PHP8m to a non-government organisation catering to people with disabilities. The cash is part of PAGCOR Cares, which also supports training and workshops, conferences, scholarships and the components in making prosthetics conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
PFPPI Chairman Dr. Teodoro Herbosa said PAGCOR’s donation will help the non-government organisation finance the training of scholars on a prosthetics-making course.
PAGCOR announces support for Casino Filipino host cities
The regulator has approved a PHP34.64m (US$678,543) grant for cities that host a Casino Filipino to help them recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Andrea Domingo, PAGCOR chairman, said: “With the approved grant of PHP34.64m, our host cities will be able to receive financial support that is almost equivalent to their host city share allocation under full operational capacity.”
Domingo said the money remitted by PAGCOR to its host networks is used for different activities, including emergency assistance to calamity victims, education programs, anti-drug abuse campaigns, etc.
Between 2016 to March 2020, PAGCOR dispatched over PHP1.93bn to urban communities that have a Casino Filipino branch. Among these were the legislatures of Manila, Pasay, Angeles City, Olongapo, Tagaytay, Cavite, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Bacolod, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte and Davao.