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PAGCOR turns over P571 million grants to eight LGUs

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) turned over a total of P571.58 million to the provinces of Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Ilocos Norte, Masbate and Leyte on June 28, 2022.

PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea D. Domingo said the financial grants will be used for the upgrading of hospital equipment and augmentation of the local governments’ medical facilities.

The province of Pampanga received P190.5 million. Of this amount, P100 million was allotted for the completion of Pampanga Provincial Hospital – Clark Annex as instructed by former President Rodrigo Duterte, while the remaining P90.5 million will be used for the procurement of 40 units of dialysis machines and one unit of CT scan machine.

Pampanga’s Provincial Administrator Atty. Charlie Chua said the hospital will cater to around 125,000 employees in Clark and other patients from nearby provinces. “Yung dialysis machines at CT scan naman ay gagamitin sa dalawang dialysis centers sa Districts 4 at 2 na itatayo sa Pampanga,” he added.

Meantime, the province of Bataan received P102.06 million which will be used for the procurement of various medical/hospital equipment for the COVID-19 facility and Mariveles District Hospital (MDH)-Imaging and Diagnostic Center of the province.
MDH Chief Doctor Hector T. Santos said the donation will enable them to cater to more patients after serving as a COVID facility for two years.
“Early this year lang kami nakapag-resume ng operations ng lahat ng services. Kaya napakalaking timing ng grant ng PAGCOR. Una, magagamit ito sa pagpapa-gawa ng temporary ICU para kung magka-surge ulit ng COVID, prepared tayo. Second, i-a-upgrade natin ang ospital at makakabili na tayo ng diagnostic modalities, like CT Scan, Ultrasound, mga Digital X-Ray. Sabi nga ni Gov. Alberto Garcia, kung napakalaki ng province at development, ang healthcare hindi dapat napapag-iwanan,” Santos shared.
The provinces of Zambales and Nueva Ecija, meanwhile, received P100 million each.

According to Zambales Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Jo Ellaine Collado, the financial grant will be utilized to upgrade their provincial hospital. “Currently, our hospital is under level 2. But with the P100 million-donation from PAGCOR, we will get to level 3 to increase our bed capacity from 150 beds to 300 to 500, hopefully” she said.

Nueva Ecija Provincial Administrator Atty. Alejandro Abesamis said they will use the donation for the procurement of one unit of MRI machine and three units of ambulance.

Other provinces that received financial grants were Aurora (P54 million for the procurement of one unit of 64-slice CT scan equipment, anesthesia machine, and construction of a building to house the facilities) and Ilocos Norte (P15.05 million for the procurement of various hospital equipment).

Also, the municipality of Baybay in Leyte received P3.97 million for the purchase of various medical equipment intended for Immaculate Conception Hospital. The municipal government of Balud, Masbate also received P6 million for the construction of one unit school building, procurement of books, journals latest editions, furniture and fixtures, and laboratory equipment.

The recipients expressed their gratitude to PAGCOR for the agency’s generosity and timely support.
In the past six years (2016 – 2022), PAGCOR has infused more than one billion to several health-related programs of the national government and several public medical institutions, on top of its mandated contributions.

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Japneet Singh Sethi, Country Manager, Khelraja wins the prestigious Rising Star Award at the 2nd Edition of The Business Leadership Awards

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Owing to his contribution to the iGaming landscape in Asia, Japneet Singh Sethi, Country Manager, Khelraja has been awarded with the prestigious Rising Star Award in the Gaming category at the 2nd Edition of The Business Leadership Awards. The award ceremony was held on 29th September at Courtyard by Marriott, Mumbai. Actress Udita Goswami was the celebrity guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the felicitation, Japneet Singh Sethi said, “It is always an honor to be recognized for your work. I was always focused towards building a thriving iGaming ecosystem for the vast community of iGaming enthusiasts and to be recognized for my efforts in this respect is a great boost to the entire industry. I have always wanted to contribute to my country’s economy and I think iGaming is one of the ways I can give back to the nation. I would also want to congratulate all the other nominees and winners who are working towards the development of their respective sectors”.

Khelraja is Asia’s renowned real-money gaming brand that offers sports betting, casino and esports among other categories. Japneet has been instrumental in expanding the brand’s reach in Asia.

Also, speaking on the occasion Ankit Joshi, Founder & CEO, Feather Touch Business Solutions said, “The Business Leadership Award is initiated with the objective of felicitating the innovative businesses who are ensuring that the world becomes a better place with their efforts for growth of the community and society. It is always an honor to meet the entrepreneurs who are helping the country grow through their vision.”

The event witnessed over 120 attendees. Some of the popular categories in which the awards were given included Brand Marketing, CSR, Real Estate, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Startups, Innovation and Strategy, Healthcare and Information Technology.

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“MPL launches India’s first multi-game Loss Protection initiative for a risk-free gaming experience”

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MPL, one of the world’s largest mobile and skill gaming platforms, has announced India’s first ever multi-game Loss Protection policy that is aimed at safeguarding the interest of the players. With this policy, gamers can claim a refund of up to 100% of the net loss that they may have incurred after playing 10 gameplay sessions with specified thresholds. This initiative is a great step in enabling users to play some of the most popular titles on the platform while keeping their financial security in mind. The loss protection initiative will be available for activation during MPL’s marquee gaming festival, Diwali Lakhpati Party, and will help users enjoy a great  gaming experience during the festive season.

This first of its kind initiative in the gaming industry is aligned with MPL’s player-first approach that shows the company’s commitment towards offering  a safe and secure gaming experience. This will also enable the players to concentrate on the gameplay without having to worry about the probability of losing money.

Through this program, once a user activates this policy, they can avail the option of claiming a refund of their net loss, if incurred, after 10 gameplay sessions. The policy covers select titles which are some of the top games like Poker, Ludo, Fantasy, Carrom, Block Puzzle, etc. The procedure for activating the insurance entails a successful KYC verification and the amount is directly refunded to the users’ MPL wallet. Gamers need to submit their claims on the app to avail the offer.

Commenting on the launch, Namratha Swamy, Country Head – India, MPL, said, “At MPL, we are committed to offering best-in-class gaming experience to our users always. We feel the Loss Protection policy is a great initiative that can foster safe and risk-free gameplay and is aligned with our player- first approach. With this, we hope our users can enjoy a great festive season and play their favorite games on the platform without having to worry about losing money”.

The MPL Diwali Lakhpati Party, which will run from today until October 31, presents many opportunities for players to try their hand at skill gaming and claim grand cash rewards.  The marquee gaming gala, with a total value of Rs 40 crore, will see more than six million gamers with 10,000 users expected to win every hour.

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India thrashes Pakistan and Bangladesh to qualify for 14th World Esports Championships in CS:GO

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India’s CS:GO team produced vigorous performances in the South Asian Regional Qualifiers of the 14th World Esports Championships after hammering Pakistan and Bangladesh in the South Asian regional qualifiers.

The team, comprising of skipper Ritesh Sarda (Defaulter), Shuvajyoti Chakraborty (Mcg1LLzZz), Anshul Adardkar (KiiLSwitCh), Hrishikesh Shenoy (Crazy_Gamer) and Harsh Jain (lynX), recorded identical 2-0 victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh in the semi-finals and final respectively.

Besides CS:GO team, prominent Tekken 7 athlete Hitesh Khorwal (rcool) and well renowned eFootball professional Hemanth Kommu (peshemak7) will also represent India at the World Esports Championships, scheduled to take place in Bali from Nov 29 – December 12, 2022. Hitesh and Hemanth secured their berths by winning the National Esports Championships (NESC) 2022, conducted by Esports Federation of India (ESFI) earlier this year.

Organised by International Esports Federation, the prestigious event will witness participation of top athletes from over 120 countries, competing in six different Esports titles—CS:GO, Dota 2, Tekken 7, eFootball, as well as PUBG mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang which will be making its debut at the championships. The 14th WEC has a prize pool of USD 500K (~INR 4 Crores).

“The team was simply too good for the opposition in terms of their skills, strategies and coordination. They won comfortably against Pakistan and Bangladesh shows the confidence they have in their gameplay. We are extremely proud of their performances and are now looking forward to seeing them compete with the best teams from all over the world in Bali. Everyone at ESFI wishes them the best of luck for the grand tournament,” said Lokesh Suji, Director of Esports Federation of India and Vice President of the Asian Esports Federation.

Led by Sarda, the dominant Indian team hardly had to break a sweat in their matches as they comprehensively defeated Pakistan in two different maps by 16-6 and 16-4 and then displayed a similar aggressive performance to outperform Bangladesh in both maps of the final by 16-7 and 16-5.

“It feels amazing to represent India again at the World Esports Championships in back-to-back years. We definitely want to improve on our performances from last year and have been working very hard to do so. The team has done very well in showcasing its qualities in game while prevailing in all these qualifiers but the WEC final will be a stern test on a much higher level and we want to match that. I have high hopes from the tournament and we want to bring some glory from it back home,” said Sarda, captain of the Indian CS:GO team.

The same CS:GO team had participated in the last edition of World Esports Championships, held in Eilat, and finished eighth in the final.

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