Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, the charitable arm of Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, donated eight patrol cars to the Philippines National Police (PNP) on Tuesday.
The donation was made after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) approved BFCI’s request to release PHP10 million ($180,000) to the PNP for the purchase of six units of the 2023 Corolla Altis and two units of the 2023 Innova (2.8L E Diesel A/T).
BCFI President Donato Almeda said the patrol cars will aid the Southern Police District (SPD) in enhancing police operations within Entertainment City and shortening response time to security concerns.
“On behalf of Solaire Resort and Casino, together with PAGCOR, we are donating these mobile patrol cars to the Paranaque Police and the Southern Police District here at Entertainment City.
“This is for the betterment of the entertainment and gaming industry in this area and for all of us to feel safe and sound while enjoying the facilities of our resorts,” Almeda said.
SPD Director Brig. Gen. Roderick Mariano said the new patrol cars will help ensure a low to zero crime rate in the area.
Mariano also expressed gratitude to PAGCOR for approving the grant.
The foundation’s grant to the PNP is part of PAGCOR’s requirement from its casino licensees to establish foundations for corporate social responsibility programs for education, infrastructure, health facilities, environmental preservation, and restoration of cultural heritage.
Two percent of the licensees’ gross gaming revenues from non-junket tables automatically go to such foundations.
Earlier this year, PAGCOR also approved the request of Entertainment City Estate Management, Inc. (ECEMI)—composed of the four major licensees at the Entertainment City – to allocate PHP10 million ($180,000) annually for the administration, management, maintenance, and security of common areas and facilities at Entertainment City.
The amount will be taken from the respective foundation funds of the licensees.