Three municipalities that are frequented by various calamities recently unveiled the Multi-Purpose Evacuation Centers (MPECs) funded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
The towns of Binmaley, Pangasinan; Tagudin, Ilocos Sur; and the city of San Fernando, Pampanga held the inauguration rites of the PAGCOR-funded MPECs on June 24 and June 27, 2022. Each recipient local government unit received P50 million for the construction of two-storey emergency structures, which were completed in over a year.
Said MPECs boast of amenities like kitchen and storage areas, toilet and shower rooms for male and female, and lactating rooms for nursing mothers, among others. They are designed to augment the recipient municipalities’ existing emergency facilities such as schools and basketball courts.
PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo led the inauguration of the brand-new evacuation center in San Fernando City. The PAGCOR chief also inspected with Bacolor town Mayor Eduardo Datu the newly-built three-storey, 15-classroom school building that the agency funded in Bacolor Central Elementary School (BCES).
“PAGCOR’s effectiveness in regulating gaming resulted in the proper collection of revenues. So during our six years in office, we were able to record more than P300 billion, of which P234 billion went directly to the government and mandated beneficiaries while the remainder went to our social responsibility projects,” Domingo stated.
Meanwhile, PAGCOR President and COO Alfredo Lim, who unveiled the MPECs in Tagudin and Binmaley, said that the newly-built facilities were built in accordance with the specifications and requirements provided by the Department of Public Works and Highways. “Ang mga evacuation center na ito na magiging sanggalan at proteksyon ng ating mga kababayan upang sila ay protektado sa ano mang kalamidad na tatama sa kanilang lugar,” Lim said.
Tagudin Mayor Roque Versoza, Jr. said the new evacuation facility will not only help ensure the safety of his constituents during extreme calamities and other emergency situations but will also provide extra space where they can hold various programs and activities.
Tagudin local Gema Sanchez, 44, is also grateful for the new evacuation facility donated by PAGCOR. She recalled how locals like her feared for their lives when Typhoon Lawin ravaged their town in 2016. “Natutuwa po kami na nagkaroon dito sa aming bayan ng isang mas malapit na evacuation center kasi po kapag may bagyo, malayo po ang pinaglilikasan namin. Noong huling binagyo kami, kahit mataas ang bahay naming, eh inabot pa rin ng agos ng tubig mula sa dagat na may kasamang buhangin at kahoy. Hiwa-hiwalay po kaming lumikas noon ng pamilya ko dahil kinakailangang may maiwan sa aming bahay dahil mga alaga naming baboy at manok,” she narrated.
Apart from inaugurating the MPEC in Tagudin, PAGCOR also distributed hundreds of food and non-food relief items to indigent families who were severely affected by the previous typhoon that hit the town.
Meanwhile, Binmaley Mayor Simplicio DL. Rosario stated that the brand-new evacuation structure they received from PAGCOR will be instrumental in their promotion of different projects that seek to improve the lives of the town’s residents. “The structure that we received will not only serve as an evacuation facility but also as venue where we will conduct some activities that will boost the welfare of our people,” he explained.
The state-run gaming firm has allotted a total of P3.5 billion for the construction of MPECs in 76 approved sites nationwide. Aside from Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan, MPECs in Tarlac, Albay, Capiz and the towns of Sagñay, San Jose, Tigaon and Ocampo in Camarines Sur have been completed. #
Singapore Gambling Regulatory Authority Officially Inaugurated
Singapore officially inaugurated its new gambling regulator – the Gambling Regulatory Authority (GRA) – on August 16.
GRA aims to stay ahead of new and global trends in the gambling industry and aims to respond more effectively to emerging gambling culture and products, particularly the lines between gambling and gaming are blurring.
“The gambling landscape within the next five years will be very different from what it is today and we have to get ready for that future,” Minister for Communications and Information and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Josephine Teo, stated in her keynote address during the inauguration ceremony of the GRA.
GRA will regulate a wide spectrum of gaming activities, including casinos and online or offline lotteries, as well as sports betting and several operations offered through an online or interactive games segment.
In his opening remarks, Chairman GRA, Mr Tan Tee How, expressed appreciation and encouraged his officers to continue to sustain the transformation efforts across GRA’s processes to uphold GRA’s effectiveness and credibility as a gambling regulator.
Minister for Communications and Information and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Josephine Teo, lauded CRA’s positive achievements over the years, noting that, “Casino-related crime remains very low, well under 1% of overall crime.”
The formation of GRA is an important next step for gambling regulation in Singapore, Mrs Teo highlighted the need of such a regulatory agency was a need of time with a major paradigm shift due to technological advancement.
“First, technology has significantly altered the gambling landscape, it has changed how people gamble. It is now easier to gamble anytime, anywhere, with people around the world, anyone. Demand for remote gambling has risen. Technology will continue to further enlarge the scale and scope of online gambling.” Minister for Communications Josephine Teo stated.
The minister emphasised the fact that changing consumer preferences have given rise to new gambling products. It’s increasingly challenging to keep up with all of the innovations while the boundaries between gambling and gaming have blurred.
There are more and more variants of gaming, gambling, and games of chance, such as those involving cryptocurrencies or using crypto technology.
Endorphina to Attend G2E Asia Singapore
Endorphina games, the leading B2B online slots game provider, will be attending this year’s G2E Asia in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, this month from August 24 to 26.
G2E Asia is a prominent event that brings together key gaming experts from around the globe and within the industry. Endorphina will be amongst the participants this year and have their own stand at B1113.
Growing steadily each year, Endorphina has a portfolio packed with over 100+ catchy and thrilling games. The event will be the perfect excuse to learn about the latest news from the leading B2B online slots game provider which has recently been shortlisted at the SBC Awards in the category of Employer of the Year. The leading B2B online slots game provider has achieved industry recognition at the highest level.
This year, SBC Awards will take place on the final day of the SBC Summit Barcelona on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at The Palau Nacional in Barcelona.
The company stated: “This year is our 10th anniversary as a company, a remarkable opportunity to celebrate together in person. We’re looking forward to spreading and sharing endorphins with you all.”
Casino Secret Becomes AS Monaco’s Official Online Gaming Partner in Japan
Casino Secret, one of the fastest growing and innovative online casinos in Japan, has become the Official Online Gaming Partner of AS Monaco in Japan for the next two seasons.
By entering into a partnership with a company primarily focused on the Japanese market, AS Monaco is taking another step forward which will enable the Club to get closer to the football fans in the region.
Casino Secret and AS Monaco will jointly launch an exclusive digital campaign, featuring a series of high-impact content targeting the Japanese audience to celebrate the new partnership.
Jean-Emmanuel de Witt, CEO of AS Monaco, said: “We are delighted to welcome Casino Secret as our online gaming partner in Japan. AS Monaco is an iconic Ligue 1 club with a strong international dimension, and is enjoying growing interest in Japan notably due to the arrival of Takumi. We look forward to starting this new partnership with Casino Secret to grow our presence in Japan and to provide Japanese football fans with some unique jointly created content.”
Nadir Ounissi, Founder and CEO of Casino Secret, said: “Since our launch in 2018, Casino Secret brand has been growing exponentially in Japan and that has led us to win several awards voted by the community of players. In the past we worked with other partners in the football industry, now as one of the leading online gaming companies in Japan, it is logical to take a next step to associate with AS Monaco, a world-renowned club, with a strong digital audience of over 22 million supporters and a constant growth of this resonance. With Takumi Minamino’s presence in the AS Monaco team, we have a great opportunity to grow our respective Japanese communities in the next two seasons. We look forward to this collaboration.”
Gary Aurivel, COO of Casino Secret, said: “We’re excited to partner with AS Monaco. Emotion, surprise, and fun are the main keywords defining this partnership. This collaboration between the club where one of Japan’s top football players’ plays, and online casino will bring endless fun and excitement to our audience in Japan. We look forward to work with them to create exclusive content to our Japanese audience.”
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