Pagcor issues statement against gambling addiction @InquirerBiz

On the heels of recent reports by the Philippine National Police that Jessie Carlos — the lone gunman in the Resorts World incident last June 2, 2017 — was not a member of any terrorist group but someone with gambling problems, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) would like to reiterate its stand against any form of gambling addiction.
The state-run gaming firm strictly implements its Code of Practice for Responsible Gaming in all its PAGCOR-operated gaming areas and licensed entities in authorized gaming establishments to prevent gambling addiction and minimize potential harm to individual players and the community.
In fact, to heighten awareness on Responsible Gaming, PAGCOR tapped the mainstream, internet and social media to reach its target public about the hazards of gambling addiction. It has also set a 24/7 hotline and partnered with Help Centers in the country to assist those who wish to be rehabilitated from their gambling problem.
Aside from player exclusion, which happened to Jessie Carlos — who was banned in all gaming establishments — following his family’s request, PAGCOR also enforces stricter regulations for its electronic games and E-bingo sites. Among these were banning of minors, of known addicted players and the strict enforcement of distance requirements for electronic gaming sites.
As the government’s gaming regulator, PAGCOR ensures that such strict measures on Responsible Gaming are implemented not only by PAGCOR-operated gaming establishments but by all its licensees — from the integrated resorts to electronic gaming sites.
It is the agency’s hope that gaming in the country will remain to be a form of entertainment and not a means to destroy individuals and families. #


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