Iloilo losing millions, badly needs ‘legal’ STL operator

Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office (PCSO)
Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office (PCSO)

Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is hoping that the operator authorized by the Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office (PCSO) to handle the Small Town Lottery (STL) operation in the province will be announced this week.

Defensor said the announcement is “already long overdue”.

He noted that last July 22, Joe Ferdinand Rojas, general manager of PCSO, told him that the operation of STL in Iloilo will begin this month.

However, the governor said PCSO has not yet made a final decision on this until now.

There were four companies that applied to operate STL in Iloilo. These include D’world Gaming Corporation, Fairpoint Marketing Corporation, Iloilo Small Town Lottery Gaming Corporation and Iloilo PMV Gaming Corporation.

Of the four applicants, only one will be given a permit to operate STL under the PCSO sanctions and authority, with the approval and support of the Iloilo Provincial Government.

Defensor lamented that the delay is causing millions of pesos revenue loss.

“The illegal operators are benefiting from the delay. The province is losing millions because these illegal operators are not paying their taxes,” he stressed.

Under the STL sharing scheme, the city or municipal government gets 10 percent of the revenue, the provincial government gets 5 percent, a congressional district gets 2.5 percent and the police gets 5 percent.

It can be recalled that Defensor endorsed the Iloilo Small Town Lottery Gaming Corporation to legally operate STL in the province.

He said he is familiar with the operator and it is very important to be familiar with the operator’s background and track record. IMT