Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

Helping the gov’t win the war on drugs

Fri | 11.30. 2018 | 9:00 AM

Helping the gov’t win the war on drugsDangerous Drugs Board Chairman Catalino Cuy is guest speaker during the “Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week” held in Lucban, Quezon on November 2018. The annual event aims to promote public awareness against the ill effects of illegal drug use and to encourage public cooperation in the government’s anti-drug campaign.

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo underscores the state-run gaming agency’s full support to President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Since 2003, PAGCOR has already remitted P915 million to the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) pursuant to Republic Act 9165 to support its mission to protect the “well-being of the citizenry particularly the youth, from the harmful effects of dangerous drugs...”

Said funding is used for the “establishment of drug rehabilitation centers in the country and the maintenance and operations of such centers.”

“We have witnessed the ill-effects of drug abuse among individuals, families and the community. Despite the huge challenge in addressing this problem, we can all work together in building a drug-free nation,” Domingo said.

Aside from remittances to DDB, PAGCOR also urged its casino licensees to be part of the campaign against dangerous drugs.

In 2016, PAGCOR collaborated with Resorts World Philippines Cultural Heritage Foundation Inc. in building a drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Davao City. The center’s design, which was approved by the Department of Health, is patterned after the existing treatment and rehabilitation centers in the country.

Domingo added that PAGCOR is able to provide funds to DDB by regulating gaming and preventing the proliferation of illegal gambling in the Philippines.

Aside from DDB, PAGCOR remits 50% of its revenues to the National Treasury. The agency also regularly allocates a portion of its income to various mandated beneficiaries such as the Philippine Sports Commission, the Early Childhood Care and Development Council, cities hosting a Casino Filipino branch, the President’s Social Fund, among others.

PAGsugpo sa droga... PAGCOR.

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