The development of two self-contained gaming hubs set to house the operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) is aimed at limiting interactions between Chinese workers and local Filipinos, according to a PAGCOR official.
In an interview aired on Philippines television, PAGCOR’s Vice President of Offshore Gaming, Jose Tria, said the hubs are a response to complaints from Filipinos over alleged “unruly behavior” from POGO workers.
“That is the reason why we came up with these POGO hubs. These will be self-contained communities (so we can limit the) interaction between Filipinos and foreign workers,” PhilStar reported Tria as staying.
“As soon as … the private participation is able to set up these hubs, we will be canceling all their authority to operate outside these hubs. We will put them there so it is easier to monitor.”
The hubs, to be established by online gaming giant Oriental Game, were first announced in July. Initial plans are for two of these self-contained communities to be developed – one in Clark and the other in Cavite – with PAGCOR chair Andrea Domingo stating at the time that they would make regulation of POGOs easier. POGO operators who relocate to the hubs will be offered five year licenses rather than the current three.