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Aug 8, 2019 @ 17:41

Pagcor to kill property boom: All Chinese workers to be stuffed into ‘self-contained communities’ in Cavite, Clark


The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. is poised to burst the real
estate bubble fueled by the entry of Philippine Offshore Gaming
Operators (POGOs) in the country.

Chinese nationals working in Philippine offshore gaming operations
(POGOs) will be transferred to “self-contained” communities or hubs
that will limit their interaction with Filipinos, according to an
official of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor).

In an interview with One News, Pagcor vice president for offshore
gaming Jose Tria said the casino licensor has endorsed a plan by POGO
firms to establish “hubs” or
“self-contained communities” to prevent Filipinos’ disgust over the
bad behavior of some Chinese workers, mostly working illegally in the
country, from boiling over.

“As soon as… the private participation is able to set up these hubs,
we will be canceling all their authority to operate outside these
hubs. We will put them there so it is easier to monitor,” said Tria.

This is bad news for the country’s biggest real estate companies whose
profits have swelled since President Rodrigo Duterte created POGO in
2016 and Pagcor approved at least 57 operators who brought in
thousands of low-income workers from China to cater to the
predominantly Chinese clients. POGO is forecast to eclipse call center
and business process outsourcing firms in terms of office demand in
the country.

Tria said these hubs – the 20-hectare Pogo Island in Cavite with a
capacity for 20,000 workers and a 10-hectare facility in Clark with a
5,000-employee capacity – would have their own police security and
satellite offices include the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of
Immigration and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

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