Secure Rono before transfer, Pagcor told

THE Bacolod City Council approved a resolution urging the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to observe City Ordinance 599 or the Resolution of No Objection (Rono) Ordinance.

Vice Mayor Greg Gasataya said this is to inform Pagcor in the light of the proposed transfer of Casino Filipino from the Goldenfield Commercial Complex along Araneta Street to 15th-Lacson Streets.

Councilor Archie Baribar, who authored the resolution, said Pagcor has to comply with the Rono before they can operate a gaming entity in Bacolod City.

“They should ask for a Rono from the SP. The SP will then issue a resolution that it is not objecting,” he said.

Baribar said that since they are placing the casino in the middle of the city, particularly on 15th Street, the consequence is that it will have an impact on traffic, peace and order, and night life of the area.
He said they should consider the local government unit, adding that if Pagcor will question the ordinance, they should go to court.

Baribar said that during a committee hearing, Casino Filipino said they are not covered by the Rono. The councilor, however, pointed out that the Casino Filipino in Manila has complied with the required Rono.

He added that even small online gaming establishments found in malls must secure Rono from the SP.
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