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Three more provinces unveil newly-built evacuation facilities from PAGCOR



Three more provinces unveil newly-built evacuation facilities from PAGCOR
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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. #



PAGCOR Licensees Give PHP60-M for New VMMC Wing



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The Veterans Memorial Medical Center will soon have more patient rooms with the start of construction for the Magiting Veterans Wing on Friday, September 22, through a Php60 million grant from two licensees of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

The Magiting Veterans Wing is a project initiated by the Philippine Military Academy Magiting Class of 1970 with funding support from Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc. (BCFI) and Newport World Resorts Foundation, Inc. (NWRFI), among others.

The two foundations, representing Solaire Resort and Newport World Resorts, respectively, each released Php30 million with PAGCOR’s approval.

The project will be carried out in two phases. The first will be sponsored by BCFI and covers civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, masonry works and roof deck waterproofing while the second phase will be funded by NWRFI and consists of works, fixtures and devices.

The Magiting Wing will have a total floor area of 1379.84 square meters and will house 12 new private rooms inclusive of four suites, a nurse station, lounge area, hallway, storage, access ramp and connecting bridge to the main hospital building.

PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Alejandro H. Tengco said the agency approved the grant from the casino foundations because of the project’s noble objective.

“PAGCOR recognizes the patriotism and sacrifice of Filipino veterans who dedicated their youth, vigor, strength and even lives for our country. By supporting this noble project, we show our gratitude to our modern-day heroes and their families,” he said.

Tengco said all integrated resort casino licensees in the country are required to put up a foundation to fund Corporate Social Responsibility programs on education infrastructure, health facilities, environmental preservation and cultural heritage restoration.

Two percent of the licensees’ gross gaming revenues from non-junket tables automatically go to such foundations.

Defense Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, who graced the ceremonial concrete pouring for the project, expressed gratitude to the project supporters.

“As donee, we will provide the necessary maintenance and other operating expenditures to see to it that your donations will not go to waste,” he said.

Teodoro said other plans to improve the welfare of Filipino veterans include decentralising the VMMC’s services and the upskilling of hospital personnel so that doctors and specialists can focus more on caring for patients.

“No soldier ever retires. They are always a part of the system. They provide guidance and support to our active personnel hence their job as a soldier is never done,” he said.

Aside from BCFI and NWRFI, other major sponsors of the Magiting Veterans Wing project are DMCI, San Miguel Corporation and some retired military personnel.

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Dubai Racing Club Opts for TPD’s Horse Tracking Solution



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Total Performance Data, the world’s leading horse racing live data provider, has announced today that Dubai Racing Club is a new client.

Following successful live trials at last Spring’s Super Saturday and Dubai World Cup meetings, Dubai Racing Club has signed a multi-year deal to use TPD’s services beginning with the new season at Meydan Racecourse on Friday 10 November. This extends TPD’s content footprint in the fast-growing Middle Eastern horseracing scene where both of Saudi Arabia’s racecourses are already live.

TPD will produce live and post-race timing stats for every horse as well as live running order graphics for the world’s biggest set of on course screens, including the new 4k big screen.

Will Duff Gordon, CEO of TPD, commented: “We are very excited to be further enriching the wonderful racing that takes place at Meydan and look forward to a successful partnership. I’d like to thank our engineering partners at Gmax for so rapidly delivering the live service back in March.”

Mohammed Riaz, Head of IT for Dubai Racing Club, said: “When Trakus ceased trading we were impressed with the speed of set up and quality of output when Gmax and TPD met our needs for the climax of last season. We are excited to use this content on our new 4k big screen as well as for our international audience.”

The new season at Meydan Racecourse begins on Friday, November 10th and concludes with the $30.5million Dubai World Cup meeting on Saturday, March 30th.

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Niko Partners ‘India Games Market’ Report – India retains title as Asia’s fastest-growing video games market in 2023



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The recently published “India Games Market Report 2023” report by Niko Partners, states that India retained its title as the fastest-growing video games market in Asia. The total gamers in India are forecasted to have surged a remarkable 343% in the 10 years between 2017 and 2027, climbing to 641.2 million in 2027. 
Video games revenue is also on the rise, forecast to increase 21% YoY in 2023 to $868 million. Factors such as higher disposable income, the growth of internet connectivity, and low-cost smartphones are propelling India’s video games market forward.
Below are the key findings of the report:
  •  Meteoric rise in revenue: Niko Partners projects India video games revenue across all platforms to reach $868 million in 2023, up 21.2% YoY. India’s video game market is the fastest growing by gamers and revenue, which is forecast to reach $1.6 billion by 2027, growing at a 5-year CAGR of 17.2%. The report excludes revenue generated from Real Money Games.
  •  Player base keeps on expanding: The number of gamers in India across all platforms is forecast to reach 444 million in 2023, up 12.1% YoY, and reach 641.2 million in 2027, growing at a 5-year CAGR of 10.1%.
  • Dominance of mobile gaming: India is a mobile-first market with 96.8% of total gamers playing on a smartphone or tablet.
  • Game-spending is on an upward trajectory: 31% of the 444.4 million gamers will spend on video games in 2023, with annual ARPPU reaching $6.38.
  • Esports continues to gain momentum: 71.8% of the total gamers have engaged with Esports by either playing an Esports game, watching or participating in an Esports tournament.
  • Encouraging factors in terms of revenue growth and brand investment: The return of BGMI and Free Fire are positive signs for the industry and foreign game companies looking to enter the market.
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