Philippines: PAGCOR donates to Coronavirus relief efforts

Philippines’ gaming regulator donates €34.7 million help the government halt the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

Philippines.- The Philippine gaming regulator PAGCOR has donated PHP2 billion (€34.7 million) to the Office of the President for funding the government’s efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

The donation will help to strengthen the measures already taken by the government. This week, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced that Metro Manila would be on a month-long lockdown with travel restrictions being put in place for foreign visitors.

“The PHP2 billion was remitted to the Socio-Civic Projects Fund (SCPF) under the Office of the President in response to Proclamation No.922, declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines brought about by the Covid-19 virus,” the head of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor), Andrea Domingo, said in a statement.

“The number of confirmed Covid-19 patients in the Philippines is rising and President Rodrigo Duterte already declared a state of public health emergency because of this,” stated Ms Domingo. “We want to help the concerned agencies in the fight against and containment of this deadly disease. Hence, we immediately provided the PHP2 billion funding which we directly remitted to the SCPF,” she added.

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