February 9, 2023

BANGUED, Abra – The chair of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Games and Amusement said computerization of the operations of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office franchisees will assure that proper taxes are remitted to the government.
Abra Rep. Joseph Sto. Niño Bernos said he will propose the computerization of the processes and operations as a deterrent to “hidden” information.
“Computerize it, that’s the only thing that will fix (the problem). With a computerized process, you will be able to monitor (every transaction),” he said during the first quarter Cordillera Regional Development Council meeting here.
He said when they first met with the PCSO officials when he was vice-chair of the committee, they saw a lot of loopholes.
Bernos was appointed as head of the Games and Amusement Committee, taking over the position from ACT-CIS Rep. and Benguet caretaker Eric Go Yap after the latter’s appointment to the Committee on Appropriations.
He said the committee assigned to him is a big challenge, considering the sensitive issues that the committee is currently tackling, particularly the concerns on the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogos).
He said he is not against the operation of the Pogos in the Philippines so long as the government is not deprived of the correct taxes. – PNA release