STATEMENT OF SENATOR WIN GATCHALIAN ON PAGCOR’S PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH POGO HUBS

PAGCOR's plan to transfer Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGOs) to "self-contained" communities or "hubs" may be well-intentioned but it is totally missing the point. What we want is for POGO operators and their employees to pay the correct taxes and not devour local jobs that are exclusively for our countrymen.

The government may be losing an estimated P32 billion in uncollected income taxes a year from some 138,000 foreign workers in POGOs, according to the Department of Finance. Isolating these firms and workers into hubs will not bring additional revenue for the government, nor will it solve the issue of foreigners encroaching on jobs meant for Filipino citizens.

Imbes na ayusin ang problema ay tinatago lang nila ito.

Source: Senate of the Philippines