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Here’s Reason Why PCSO STL in Cebu City Still Not Operating

PCSO STL – Find out the reason why the PCSO STL in Cebu City is still not operating considering President Rodrigo Duterte has already lifted the suspension three months ago.

In July 2019, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte suspended all the gaming activities of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to alleged corruption. He said the government is losing its rightful share.

PCSO general manager Royina Garma announced that the 74-year-old chief executive lifted the suspension of the Small Town Lottery (STL) operations. “We are happy to announce that pursuant to the recommendation of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the President lifted the suspension of the operations of STL,” she said.

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Photo Source: Philstar

Malacañang spokesperson Salvador Panelo warned the PCSO that their license will be revoked if they violated the new rules and regulations.

Based on a report from SunStar, the PCSO STL in Cebu City is still not operating. Its been three months since the president lifted the suspension.

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There are four authorized agent corporations (AAC) in Cebu but one is still not open for business. According to the report, the STL AAC in Cebu City has a retail receipt deficit of P200 million. They have fallen short to their guaranteed monthly minimum retail receipt as of July 2019.  

Cebu City’s four AAC are scattered in City of Naga (2,500 outlets), Mandaue City (200 outlets), Lapu-Lapu City (200 outlets), and Cebu City (2,000 outlets).

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Photo Source: Philippine Star

On November 5, the head of PCSC Cebu branch, Glen Jesus Rada, said they had yet to receive a notice from the head office of the PCSO regarding the STL AAC in Cebu City.

“The transactions, in terms of complying with the requirements, take place in the head office. We are only given instructions by PCSO to implement the notice that they should resume, but until now, there is no document,” said Rada.

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Photo Source: ABS-CBN

Based on the report, PCSO Chief Royina Garma said the STL AAC cannot operate because they have yet to settle their debts to PCSO. “Wala, kasi hindi nagbayad ng utang,” she said.

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