The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation – ‘Creating Opportunities beyond Gaming’
PAGCOR is a one hundred percent government-owned and controlled corporation under the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
The corporation’s three point vision aims to create an environment that propels the development of the Philippine gaming and entertainment industry, to be a responsible and responsive partner of the Philippine government in its nation-building programs and to establish and enforce a regulatory framework that preserves the integrity of the Philippine gaming industry.
Former Congresswoman (1992 to 1995) and General Manager, Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Reclamation Authority, Andrea Dizon Domingo joined PAGCOR as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on July 1, 2016.
Synergy Media Specialists asked Andrea Dizon Domingo about her plans for PAGCOR and the corporation’s contribution to the Philippines:
Andrea Dizon Domingo: “PAGCOR has ventured into the development of the Entertainment City, which will host the country’s premiere casinos. Infused in this initiative is the concept of ‘integrated-resorts” where by our casino licensees were required to invest not only in the establishment of casinos, but also in other entertainment activities including wellness centers, dining experiences, high-end shopping centers, theme parks and hotels. Located in the City of Parañaque and just five minutes away from our international airports, the Entertainment City is poised to give the casinos in other Asian countries a good challenge. We have likewise licensed other ‘integrated-resorts’ in major cities across the country to offer our guests ample choices should they wish to visit and experience the countryside”.
Synergy Media Specialists: How important is it to attract Southeast Asian and Japanese visitors to the Philippines?
Andrea Dizon Domingo: “It is well known that the uptrend in the gaming industry is happening in Asia. This is simply because Asians are enthusiasts of gaming more so than other nationalities and this casino investors are now migrating to Asia. Guests from the Asian region, including the Japanese, play an important role in invigorating our gaming and entertainment industry”.
Synergy Media Specialists: According to PAGCOR’s Mission, by 2020, you will make the Philippines the top gaming and entertainment destination in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), generating revenues that fund nation-building programs. What part does PAGCOR play in the economic development of the Philippines?
Andrea Dizon Domingo: “PAGCOR plays a major role in the Philippine economy. We are the third largest contributor of revenues to the Philippine Government, beating us in revenue generation is of course the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Internal Revenue. What makes us a better contributor is the fact that the Philippine Government does not spend a single centavo for our operations as PAGCOR is a self-sustaining agency. In addition, with the establishment of our ‘integrated-resorts’, casinos, VIP clubs and other gaming stations, not only do we generate job opportunities for our people, we also contribute to the promotion of tourism in the country which as experienced worldwide, is a major contributor to economic growth and development”.
Synergy Media Specialists: How would you best describe the Philippine workforce in terms of productivity and commitment?
Andrea Dizon Domingo: “Filipinos as workers are really very productive and committed to their jobs. Our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) are the greatest testament to this. Filipino workers are very much in demand in other countries for being very professional, hard-working and intelligent. The exemplary revenues that we generate from our very own casinos, is the result of PAGCOR having a hard-working and very productive workforce. Despite the fact that they earn so little from their meagre salaries, they generate so much revenue for the government; that’s what you call ‘commitment’”.
Synergy Media Specialists: What final message would you like to share with our readers?
Andrea Dizon Domingo: “PAGCOR, as both operator and owner of gaming properties has been serving our country well since 1983 and will continue to do so in the coming years”.