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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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Investigate POGO, solons asked


A labor leader in Negros Occidental is calling on lawmakers to conduct a legislative inquiry on the operations of the Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO).

Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Association, said yesterday that the public has no transparent idea on how the circulation of money in the said industry goes.

“We urged our legislators to conduct an inquiry on the POGO industry because the government only banners the annual monetary gain from the industry, which is P7.8 billion,” he said.

He said they are still monitoring if the offshore gaming firms have set up in the provinces, “it’s possible that the wind of change will reach Negros Island and other provinces,” he added.

“As a precautionary measure, we’re urging the legislators especially from the province to safeguard Western Visayas from the influence of POGO that’s creeping in the country,” he added.

He also lamented that the industry preferred to hire Chinese workers in the country because their language skills are needed.

“Currently, there are 130,000 Chinese POGO workers, and they’re going to add 20,000 more,” he added.

This is unfair to Filipinos as the national government is giving preference to hiring foreigners rather than local workers, he added.*


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