SENATE Labor Committee Chair Joel Villanueva questioned the willingness of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) to reopen the area under the general community quarantine (GCQ).
According to the senator, POGO is not involved in essential goods but may still be a contributor to disease in the country.
He also said POGO is not contributing much to the country’s economy as it has just contributed 0.4% in the last three years.
As such, the senator said the government should prioritize agriculture and food manufacturing as the food chain in the country should not be cut off.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has previously said that POGOs will be allowed to return to operation for the revenue it can provide to the country and that the Philippines now needs funding to combat coronavirus disease 2019.