MANILA – A party-list lawmaker said on Wednesday that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) can continue to do business by launching secure and fraud-free interactive mobile lottery games to help the government bolster the revenue needed to meet coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis.
In a statement, Ang Probinsyano representative Ronnie Ong said that while the PCSO really has no choice but to shut down its land lottery activities such as the Contest, Scratch-it and Small Town Lottery , he can launch an interactive and mobile lottery. games in the midst of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
“Interactive and mobile lottery games can actually be very timely right now because of the ECQ. A lot of people are at home doing nothing. Instead of wasting money on some online games to fight against boredom, they can actually support the PCSO lotteries as a means of contributing to the war effort against this invisible enemy, ”said Ong.
Ong, the deputy chair of the House Gaming and Entertainment Committee, noted that the government is losing at least PHP 3.75 billion per month, or PHP 125 million per day since the PCSO decided to shut down operations with the ECQ last March.
He cited that the PCSO earns at least around PHP 15-16 billion each quarter through its various lottery operations.
“Even if we can only generate half of the PHP 3.75 billion in monthly PCSO revenue, we will be able to provide adequate relief to many communities, especially in areas under lockdown. Most people try their luck away from home because they have nothing to eat, ”said Ong.
He suggested that the PCSO could deploy interactive and mobile applications where people can play raffles, scratch cards and other forms of lotteries.
Transactions can be made using various payment methods such as credit cards, Paypal, and virtual wallets such as G-Cash, SmartCash, PayMaya, and WeChat.
Ong said the PCSO needs to ensure that adequate network security safeguards are in place to ensure their mobile platform is safe and secure against all possibilities of hacking and other online frauds.
“This should be urgently considered by the PCSO as the market may not recover even if the ECQ is lifted due to the loss of market to illegal operators and the gray market. At the very least, funds are generated rather than nothing at all, ”he added. (ANP)