The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is pushing to shutter small town lottery (STL) operations in the entire Isabela province.
Cited as the main reasons are the failure of the franchisee (identified as Sahara Games and Amusement Phils.) to observe established Covid19 health protocols and safety measures, as well as their failure to prevent the proliferation of unauthorized betting set-ups which has resulted in huge revenue losses to the government.
It was learned that PCSO general manager Royina Garma has formally asked Malacanang for clearance to lower the boom on Sahara’s continued operations.
The PCSO had been called out by the House committee of good government for its apparent refusal to order Sahara to close, despite cease-and-desist orders from Isabela governor Rodito Albano and Cauayan mayor Bernard Faustino Dy.
Albano said Sahara was found to be operating without the required permits from concerned local government units.
He also accused STL bet collectors, whose job it is to frequently move about in search of clients, as the main source of Covid19 spread in the province.
As of February 8, Albano said Isabela reported 601 Covid infections, of which 188 are STL employees.
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