Sorsogon Small Town Lottery under probe for failure to comply regulations

Eden Banzuela of PCSO explain the operations of Small Town Lottery (STL) during the Sangguniang Panlungsod committee hearing. BICOLTODAY.COM PHOTO
Eden Banzuela of PCSO explain the operations of Small Town Lottery (STL) during the Sangguniang Panlungsod committee hearing. BICOLTODAY.COM PHOTO

By Felix ‘Boy’ Espineda, Jr.

SORSOGON CITY, 30July2013 ( – The axe may fall anytime for Oceana Sur Gaming Corporation (OSGC) an agent of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) that operate the small town lottery province-wide since April of 2010 under a test operation agreement.

The contract extended many times will end on October this year was the information of Eden Banzuela of PCSO Sorsogon when she appeared at the committee hearing of games and amusement conducting it as a committee of the whole. The hearing was an offshoot of the resolution filed by Councilor Joven Laura during its special session last Friday inquiring among others the low remittances to the city treasury of OSGM which was referred to the committee on games and amusement who invited the OSGC, PCSO, DOLE, Social Security System and Philhealth for them to inform the collegial body if compliance of regulations as a corporate business was observed by the gaming agent.

Ironically Oceana Sur Gaming Corporation whose address is Zone 4, Bulan Sorsogon failed to appear instead informed the committee through a letter address to the city vice mayor that “ we believe that our company, Oceana Sur Gaming Corporation, though the STL operator for the Province of Sorsogon is only an agent of the PCSO and therefore not the right party to appear and answer questions regarding the PCSO STL project”. The letter was dated today.

The STL in Sorsogon City started during the fourth city council whose members are incumbent city councilors and the current vice-mayor who failed to notice the violations of the operation inspite of the provisions of RA 7160 and RA 8806 defining and guiding the Sanggunian of the requisites before an operation of such a gambling business.

The committee presided by Councilor Roque Divina of Bacon District is a member of the previous council was also a member of the games and amusement committee at that time.

Document received by that for 2011 Oceana Sur Gaming Corporation remitted Php 2,614,306.41 to the city, for 2012 its remittance is Php 3,081,312.81 and the for the first 6 months of 2013 it was Php 1,511,494.90. The figure does not reflect the collection from April 2010 until December of same year.

The low average of city share compels the Sanggunian to review the net remittance percentage of the gaming agent if it was the real figure thus necessitating the invitation of PCSO if the figures are the same with the submitted income of Oceana Sur Gaming Corporation to them. []


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