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The impact of suspending gaming activities of PCSO
PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) was created in 1954 as a government agency commissioned to raise and provide funds for health programs, medical assistance, charities, and other donations to boys and girl scouts, Commission on Higher Education, and crop insurance.

In 2018, PCSO has generated P64 billion from its lotto, small-town lottery, keno, and sweepstakes draws.

Through the years, it expanded its operations and services, but all of a sudden, without prior notice, the President, in the night of July 26, has ordered the suspension of all gaming franchises issued by PCSO due to alleged massive corruption in the agency.

The instant closure of PCSO has displaced thousands of workers and resulted in foregone millions of daily revenues. It also deprived people of their chances of winning and would shove the resurgence of illegal numbers games and other forms of gambling.

The ban on lotto has been lifted and its operation resumed on July 30 but the other games remain suspended on account of claimed connivance of fraud between the management and the outlets.

Why not investigate, pinpoint, and prosecute erring personalities in the PCSO without sacrificing the income derived by the workers and by the state? Better yet, let the private sector to take over the management of games involving money – they would be more credible and efficient – and for them to just give corresponding guaranteed proceeds to the government.

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