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QC Says Game Responsibly

On 29 June 2017, PO20CC-247 has been filed by Councilors Ivy Xenia L. Lagman, Franz S. Pumaren, Alexis R. Herrera, Raquel S. Malañgen, Marvin C. Rillo and Godofredo T. Liban II.

Another landmark measure for the Quezon City Council, this defines the requirements and conditions of special permits for the operation of games of chances covering casino, bingo, cockfighting, off-track betting, online sports betting, and e-games. It also establishes the specific procedures for applying for these special permits.

It also introduces proactive measures that prevent the negative effects of gambling on the health and welfare of residents, which includes; expanding the list of excluded and banned personalities from entering any gambling establishment; providing for a mandatory responsible gambling fee from QC residents for every consecutive period of twenty four (24) hours spent in a gambling establishment; requiring the conduct of information and education campaigns to prevent problem gambling and creating a 24/7 Help Hotline to assist problem gamblers.

Lastly, the ordinance creates the Responsible Gambling Advisory Council (RGAC) to oversee the approval, compliance, monitoring and evaluation of gambling activities in close coordination with national agencies like the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

As early as 2014, the Quezon City government has enacted Ordinance No. SP- 2285, S-2014, that regulates the operation of e-games, bingo games, and other games of chance in Quezon City.  The City Council deemed it necessary to further strengthen its regulations to all kinds of games of chance and introduce affirmative actions aforestated.

Keeping in mind that all stakeholders are relevant players in governance, the City Council will solicit comments, suggestions and recommendations thru public hearings on July 20-21 2017 at Carlos Albert Hall (Session Hall), 3rd Floor, Legislative Wing Building, Quezon City Hall Compound.


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