PAGCOR has announced that it has vaccinated 11,473 staff against Covid-19.
The Philippines.- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) has announced a workforce immunisation rate of 94 per cent. It said 11,473 employees out of 12,176 were vaccinated against Covid-19. The regulator also said it hopes to complete the immunization of 100 per cent of its workforce.
Andrea Domingo, PAGCOR Chairman and CEO, stated: “By ensuring that our personnel will not suffer severe Covid-19, or worse, death – we can confidently do our duties as public servants and contribute to nation-building amidst the pandemic.”
The vaccination program was held at Casino Filipino Manila Bay and several other sites. PAGCOR had the support of the Manila City Government and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
A week ago, the agency remitted PHP2bn to the National Treasury in cash dividends, increasing total cash dividend contributions to PHP5bn. PAGCOR previously released PHP1.35bn (US$28.3m) on May 28 and PHP1.6bn on May 12, 2021.
Domingo said: “As the global health crisis drags on, our government needs more resources to help mitigate the pandemic’s impact.
“Our prudent use of our funds enables us to continuously aid the government in its effort to create measures that will help the country survive this very challenging time.”
Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels’ Solaire Resort & Casino also announced a week ago it has completed its vaccination programme for its day-to-day staff.
Another casino in the Philippines, Okada Manila, also announced the launch of a free programme to vaccinate all of its staff against Covid-19 by the fourth quarter of 2021. The company will work with AC Health to vaccinate more than 5,700 team members.
Metro Manila casinos closed until August 20
Casinos in Manila decided to close from August 6 to Augusto 20 after the government decided to extend the general community quarantine (GCQ). The decision was taken following the guidelines from the Philippine government and PAGCOR as the delta variant of Covid-19 spreads in The Philippines.