The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has extended to four months the operation of Small Town Lottery game in Negros Occidental, that is being managed and supervised by the Super Lucky Beagler Inc.
This is because the guidelines for the implementation of the PCSO Loterya ng Bayan, that will replace the STL operation, are yet to be approved by the Office of the President, its chairwoman, Margarita Juico, said.
The PCSO extended the STL operations of Super Lucky Beagler Inc. from July 1 to October 31 this year, by virtue of its Board Resolution No. 122, series of 2103, dated June 6, a copy of which was furnished the DAILY STAR.
PCSO general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas had said earlier that the STL operation in 19 of the 31 towns and cities in Negros Occidental, which is supervised by the SLBI, provides jobs to more than 5,000 Negrenses.
The contract between PCSO and STL Corporations is supposed to expire on June 30 this year.
In the PCSO board resolution, Juico said the On Line Lottery Sector recommended the extension of operations of the existing STL agent corporations, stating their immediate suspension will result in the proliferation of illegal bookies and illegal number games, decrease in the Charity Fund due to loss of sales of contribution, and unemployment of more than 100,000 bet collectors employed by STL corporations.
She, however, said the extension of STL operation is still subject to applicable laws, rules and regulations of the PCSO.
Reelected Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. had earlier ordered the re-instated provincial police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, to further step up his campaign against illegal numbers game in Negros Occidental.*GPB