The Philippine National Police (PNP), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) companies, and local government units of Bacoor City, Kawit and Carmona have joined forces to strengthen law enforcement operations and address incidents involving these gambling firms in the province.
They signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, committing to be responsible for the security and protection of POGO employees, as well as ensuring that all operations are properly inspected and documented.
The PNP anticipates that as a result of this agreement, there will be no more victims of crime or violence associated with POGO operations or its employees.
“We expect na ‘yung mga nangyari before na may mga kidnapping, may mga nasasaktan, o nawawala ay hindi na mauulit at wala nang madadagdag sa listahan ng mga biktima dahilan ng may kinalaman sa POGO operations,” DRDO, PRO-IVA PLtCol. Edwin Quilates said in a media briefing.
According to Quilates, the regional police department considered this agreement as an effective strategy for connecting with all government and private sectors in order to protect the safety not only of the POGO firms and workers, but also of the people who live around the gaming industry.
As reported by the PNP, the town of Kawit has the most POGO operators in the province of Cavite.