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POGO office vacancies expected to enable expansion by BPOs

OFFICE VACANCIES following the departure of online gaming firms could be filled by expanding IT-Business Processing Manufacturing (IT-BPM) companies, making the industry a key barometer for a real estate recovery, Leechiu Property Consultants said in a report.

New Philippine tax adds more pain to pandemic-hit online casinos

China-centric online casinos in the Philippines will incur more losses and more are expected to shut after a pandemic relief law imposed a new tax on the industry, a gaming authority official said.

POGO exodus pulls Manila office demand 74% lower in first half

By Denise A. Valdez, Senior Reporter THE DEMAND for office space in the country dropped 74% in the first six months of 2020 as Philippine...

POGOs start to exit PHL — regulator

TWO Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) have exited the country, according to the industry regulator, with more expected to follow suit as they face difficulties in securing tax clearance from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

POGO franchise fee arrears must be settled before resuming operations —...

TAX authorities will require Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) to settle their 5% franchise fee before they are cleared to resume operations, a finance department official said.

POGO work-permit applicants required to prove their firms are PAGCOR-registered

FOREIGN nationals working in Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) applying for a work permit will be required to submit proof that their company is allowed to operate by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR).

Regulator says Chinese offshore gaming offers essential services

By Gillian M. Cortez, Reporter and Genshen L. Espedido THE LOCAL gaming regulator on Monday said offshore gaming operators in the country — mostly Chinese companies...

POGO ban sought once lockdown in Luzon eases

A SENATOR urged the government on Tuesday to bar offshore gaming operators in the Philippines from reopening once a Luzon-wide lockdown is relaxed.

Duterte urged to deport unwanted Chinese nationals

AN OPPOSITION senator urged the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to deport Chinese criminals with links to offshore gaming companies here and who bribed their way into the country.

Palace weighs in on taxing POGOs in rebuff to Calida; seen...

THE President has asserted the government’s right to tax Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) should be taxed, rebuffing his own Solicitor General Jose C. Calida, who had stated that POGOs cannot be taxed.

BIR padlocks another POGO for evading taxes

ANOTHER Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) service provider has been padlocked amid the government’s crackdown on the sector.

China can’t force Manila to ban POGO — envoy

CHINA has no authority to force the Philippines to ban online gambling involving Chinese nationals as part of its effort to crack down on a practice that supposedly causes illegal outflow of money, according to Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana.

Philippine military looking at security risks of Chinese POGO workers

THE Philippine military is looking at the security risks of Chinese-dominated online gaming operations in the capital, where gambling centers are very near military installations, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana told The Chiefs segment on Cignal’s One News Channel.

Gov’t pushes POGO hubs

THE GOVERNMENT is wielding another tool in its bid to better regulate Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) — which are estimated to be costing the state an estimated P22.5 billion annually in foregone revenues due to untaxed foreign workers — encouraging such establishments to locate in hubs, the industry’s regulator said on Friday.

POGOs driving residential property market’s growth

DEMAND from a growing number of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators or POGOs for properties is invigorating the residential real estate market of Metro Manila.

DoubleDragon unveils first phase of DD Meridian Park

DoubleDragon Properties Corp. unveiled on Monday, May 7, its flagship office and retail project in Metro Manila with majority of its tenants coming from...

Megaworld eyes offshore gaming operators at Davao Finance Center

DAVAO CITY — Megaworld Corp. is in discussions with offshore gaming operators who have expressed interest in locating at the Davao Finance Center, which...