Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

Press Statement: PAGCOR supports DOH effort in the strict monitoring of entry of POGO employees in the country

Tue | 01.28.2020

AMID the global panic over the spread of the highly contagious and deadly 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV), the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is supporting the effort of the Department of Health (DoH) in strictly monitoring the entry of Chinese citizens being employed by several gaming firms in the country.

Recently, PAGCOR issued a memorandum to all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and service providers, ordering them to exercise extreme caution in selecting employees to be sent to the Philippines. Another Order was issued today to impose a 10-day quarantine on all newly-hired and returning employees from countries with reported nCoV cases.

But even before the agency came out with the said directives, some POGO entities have already voluntarily avoided the entry of such workers to the country.

Although the World Health Organization has not yet declared a global emergency, the Philippine government has tightened the noose on the entry of workers and tourists coming from Wuhan, China and other countries with reported 2019 nCoV infections.

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