PAGCOR cancels accreditation of POGO hub in Clark Freeport

PAGCOR cancels accreditation of POGO hub in Clark Freeport

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) on Tuesday night said it cancelled the provisional accreditation of Sun Valley Clark as an offshore gaming hub.

This came after PAGCOR recently cancelled the accreditation of CGC Technologies – an offshore gaming service provider based in Pampanga.

PAGCOR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alejandro Tengco stated that Sun Valley Clark Hub in Clark Freeport is “no longer suitable to maintain its provisional accreditation, nor be issued a full accreditation as an offshore gaming hub."

He said this is "due to the firm's failure to ensure a lawful and orderly conduct of offshore gaming by its occupants in its registered sites.”

On May 4, 2023, an inter-agency search and rescue operation was conducted in Sun Valley after alleged criminal activities such as cryptocurrency investment scams, serious illegal detention and human trafficking activities were being linked to CGC, which occupies six buildings inside the offshore gaming hub. Of the six buildings only two were accredited by PAGCOR.

PAGCOR said a POGO hub is a complex which houses the operations, logistical, administrative and support services of PAGCOR-licensed offshore gaming operators and service providers.

The agency added that among the facilities found in a POGO hub are office and residential spaces, food establishments, grocery stores or supermarkets, health and wellness facilities, recreational facilities, among others.

Tengco reminded PAGCOR’s offshore gaming operators and service providers to avoid any involvement in criminal activities if they wish to retain their accreditations and licenses.

“This serves as a warning to all our offshore gaming licensees and accredited service providers that PAGCOR is serious in its mission to uphold responsible and regulated gaming in the country. While we see the potential of offshore gaming in terms of our revenue-generation efforts, we do not condone their involvement in any criminal activity that violates the rights – not only of Filipinos but of other nationalities as well,” Tengco said.

The PAGCOR chief likewise warned foreign nationals to be more cautious in accepting attractive online job offers in the Philippines, which fraudsters use as a strategy to engage in human trafficking.

“PAGCOR would like to remind foreign nationals who are being offered attractive employment opportunities in the Philippines to check the credibility of the companies that they are applying in. By going the extra mile, they can protect themselves from possible scams and human trafficking activities,” he said.

Tengco added that PAGCOR is continuously coordinating with other government agencies including the Office of the President, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Immigration to combat illegal activities linked to offshore gaming operations. / via CAC


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